Best Hollywood Westerns

Monday, March 28 by Thomas West

If you are looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, then you should definitely consider watching any one of the best Hollywood westerns, which have become one of the most celebrated and popular genres of American filmmaking. Whether you prefer your Westerns to be comedies or serious fare, consider any one of these Hollywood westerns.

  1. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" - This famous film, which stars the very popular and talente Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the title roles, has gone down in history as one of the most popular and successful westerns ever made. With its powerful story that follows the two legendary outlaws and their adventures in the West, and the splendid performances, this is one Hollywood Western that is not to be missed.
  2. "McLintock!" - If you are looking for a Hollywood Western that is a little bit lighter in tone, then you should definitely consider watching this film, which stars the fabulously funny pair of John Wayne (hard as it may be to imagine him being funny) and the beautiful actress Maureen O’Hara. It tells the story of a rancher and his attempts to please both his wife and his daughter. With its brilliant combination of comedy and Western style, this film is guaranteed to have you in stitches.
  3. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" - No list of the greatest Hollywood westerns would be complete without mentioning this film, which stars one of the most famous actors of all time, Clint Eastwood. With its powerful storyline that follows a peaceful farmer's attempts to avenge the murder of his wife and son, and the iconic performance delivered by the inimitable Eastwood, this is a Western that has come to be seen as emblematic of the genre as a whole (at least in its later, darker incarnations).
  4. "High Noon" - This film has gone down in film history as not only a great Western, but also one of the finest films ever made, and no wonder. With its gripping story (it is told in real time) and the superb acting talents of Gary Cooper (who is always gripping) and Grace Kelly (with her icy beauty), not to mention the extraordinary amount of critical acclaim it received upon its release, this western is one that everyone should watch.
  5. "Dances with Wolves" - If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary, then you should definitely look into this Hollywood western, which was part of a revival of the genre that occurred in the early part of the 1990s. It tells the story of a Civil War soldier who gradually finds himself part of a group of Sioux Indians. Both moving and epic, this is a Western film that has become a classic and deservedly so.
  6. "Pursued" - This dark film, which combines elements of both the film noir and the western, tells the story of an outcast (played by noted western actor Robert Mitchum) as he struggles to come to terms with his past and avoid a group of men who are out to kill him. At times both thrilling and slightly disturbing, this is a Western that is sure to leave an impression.
  7. "Rio Bravo" - This western film, which also has some elements of a comedy, stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including John Wayne (well-known for making some of the most famous and successful Westerns in film history), Dean Martin (the famous crooner), and Ricky Nelson (the teen idol). Furthermore, the plot is an interesting one, showing the friendship between three men and their attempts to survive in a Western town amidst lots of gunfighting and a mysterious woman, and the film is one of the best made by the famous director Howard Hawks.