The 10 Best Western Movies Ever Made The Best Western Movies

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We thought it was time to put together a top list of the best Wild West adventures ever made. The list is based solely on our opinion, you can argue with it, but you can also simply write down your favorite in a comment or on our Facebook page.

10. In a Storm of Passions (1994, Legends of the Fall)
Anthony Hopkins’s Colonel William Ludlow and his three kids, Samuel (Henry Thomas), Tristan (Brad Pitt), and Alfred (Aidan Quinn), coexist peacefully with the local Native Americans while living in the remote Rocky Mountain wilderness. Although the three guys have very different personalities, they all managed to stand up again. One day, Samuel introduces Susanna (Julia Ormond), the woman who has won his family’s heart. After then, the brothers’ bond starts to swiftly erode as Alfred develops feelings for the girl and she develops feelings for Tristan. When the three lads enlist in the First World War and fight on the European fronts, the situation worsens even further.

The role of Tristan Ludlow was also offered to Johnny Depp, but he did not take the opportunity. It took director Edward Zwick 17 years to realize his film plan. Both the film and the novel contain some Cornish (the language of Cornwall and South West England) expressions, as the Ludlows are descendants of Cornish settlers.

9. For a Handful of Dollars (1964, Per un Pugno di Dollari)

San Miguel, a border village in Mexico, receives a visit from an armed marcona. Clint Eastwood’s character, the enigmatic Joe, swiftly befriends Silcanito (José Calvo), the proprietor of the neighborhood bar. Joe quickly learns that the vicious Ramón Rojo (Gian Maria Volonté) and John Baxter (Wolfgang Lukschy), two criminals who keep the little town in line. In a gunfight, Joe murders four members of Ramón’s group, prompting Ramón’s brother Esteban Rojo (Sieghardt Rupp) to take on Joe as a member of his gang. Joe is much more shrewd than anyone could have imagined, and he has mastered the art of pitting the rival gangs against one another.

Clint Eastwood’s trademark squint was caused by the blazing sun and high-powered lights. Ennio Morricone originally intended the soundtrack as a lullaby, but director Sergio Leone insisted on the tune, so Leone re-arranged the songs to fit the film better. The first part even had two sequels. Only Clint Eastwood, Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli and Aldo Sambrell appear in all three parts of the western trilogy.

8. Outlaws (2001, American Outlaws)
Jesse James (Colin Farrell) was just one of the peaceful farmers living next to Missouri and Liberty. We might never know his name if a corrupt railroad company didn’t try, with no choice in the means, to acquire the lands in the area. Jesse and his friend Cole Younger (Scott Caan) recruit a team of young people to take down the company and its henchmen. A fierce fight begins between the parties, and the land grabbers launch a merciless chase against him. Jesse has to face more and more enemies after the promise of a busty blood bounty on his head makes even his friends dizzy.
Colin Farrell and the rest of the crew had to spend 6 weeks on a ranch to spend as much time with cowboys as possible and learn how to saddle a horse before filming began. Farrell trained on a horse named Milagro, and this horse was eventually used on set. For at least 45 of the 65 days of filming, the crew members had to endure more than 37 degrees Celsius.

7. The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The town of Rose Creek is dependent on the evil businessman and bandit leader Bartholomew Bogue, who controls the settlement and collects money for his work. Desperate citizens decide that this is enough, so they hire seven outsiders to protect them from the evildoers. The seven mercenaries of different characters believe that there is much more money involved than what they receive as wages from the seemingly poor townspeople, so they take on the task.
The western film is a remake of the well-known Seven Snipers, but it is little known that the 1960 film is also a remake based on the story of Seven Samurai. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke’s second collaboration since The Training (2001), also directed by Antoine Fuqua.
6. Maverick – Deadly Poker (1994, Maverick)

Maverick is just a poker player who strives to be the greatest; he is not a wild west sniper. He needs a few dollars to enter the poker tournament of a lifetime, but it seems more difficult to raise than he anticipated. We learn about the crafty Annabelle Bransford and the gruff justice of the peace, Zane Cooper, through his experiences. In order to be able to pull a gun as swiftly as feasible, Mel Gibson got specific training. Paul Newman was originally given the opportunity to play James Garner, but he declined. Alongside Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon 1-4), the famous director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond also makes an appearance in the movie for a brief scene and cutscene.

5. The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962, Der Schatz im Silbersee)
A gang of thieves steals the map to the treasure of Silver Lake from its rightful owner. And Winnettou and Old Shatterhand team up to retrieve the description and get to the cave. “Between the southern reaches of the Rocky Mountains, there is an almost inaccessible lake, the name of which many have heard, but whose color few have seen. The people who lived there before the Indians called it Silver Lake. The area around the lake is rich in minerals.”
4. Django Unchained (2012, Django Unchained)

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In the area of the southern states, two years before the civil war, the professional bounty hunter of German origin, former dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) frees Django (Jamie Foxx), with whom they achieve great success. They decide to work together to find Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who is the servant of the rich planter Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The bounty hunters gain access to the estate thanks to a liar, but when the host’s loyal slave (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes suspicious, they must choose between survival and self-sacrifice.

Among the Oscar winners in the Best Supporting Actor category, Christoph Waltz appeared on the screen the most, exactly 1 hour 6 minutes and 17 seconds. In Django Unchained, we saw Jamie Foxx’s own horse named Cheetah. In 16 years, Django Unchained was the only film whose actors did not receive the highest salary from Leonardo DiCaprio. The word “nigger” is used 106 times in the film.
3. The Devil’s Right and Left Hand (1971, Lo chiamavano Trinita)

Joe is returning home from a long journey, but he has a small disagreement at a roadside pub. It’s not a big deal, he knocks down two useless bounty hunters and transports the wounded prisoner of the bystanders into the town, where three perverted guys are having an affair with his brother. He’s just wondering why his brother is wearing a sheriff’s star. The sheriff is not particularly happy about his brother because he knows him. Wherever he appeared until now, something always happened. It is no different now, the younger brother, called the “right hand of the devil”, is annoyed by the local powerful people who constantly harass the Mormon settlers in the area in order to get them to leave and seize their lands.
The name of the character portrayed by Terence Hill is Trinity, which was also popularly used in the titles of the actor’s later films in the English area. In this film, director Enzo Barboni worked with the popular couple for the first time. This western brought Terence Hill and Bud Spencer their real breakthrough.

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo)
In the story set in the Wild West during the Civil War, the main characters all desire money. In order to obtain money, the bounty hunter The Good and the wanted criminal Csf devise a plot in which The Good surrenders Csf, pays the blood price, and then sets his companion free. But one day they discover that one of the cemeteries has a sizable amount of wealth. The rival, the Bad One, appears as they are heading out to collect the priceless loot.
The irony of the film is that Good kills the most people in the film, and Bad kills the fewest. In the excavated grave was the real skeleton of a Spanish actress whose last will was to continue to act in the film after her death. Sergio Leone, director, never learned English, his work was assisted by an interpreter. The scene of the explosion of the bridge had to be shot twice, because the crew member who gave the order to explode gave the order at the wrong time and no camera caught it, so he was fired. The director Sergio Leone expressed in an older statement that his goal with this film was (also) to express his anti-war. He intended to show the viewer the senselessness of fighting and the horrors that soldiers face every day.

1. Once upon a time there was a wild west (1968, C’era una Volta il West)
Frank, the murderous gang leader, is tasked with clearing the land of the expanding railroad company so that they can get access to the land next to the tracks at a bargain price. However, Jill, the former courtesan, is clinging to her property, and Harmonika is on the hunt for Frank. Meanwhile, an escaped villain, Cheyenne, appears on the scene, and no one knows whose side he is on.

Initially, Henry Fonda declined the part. Sergio Leone, the director of the gold-medal winning western, went over to the US to speak with the actor about his choice. Previously, Fonda was exclusively seen by the audience as the good guy, but Leone wanted to surprise the audience, so the actor eventually agreed to play the vicious killer. Charles Bronson was once compared to Clark Gabel by a critic because of how long he had been out in the sun. Because he was dissatisfied with the Spanish extras, Sergio Leone paid Brits, Scandinavians, and American expats $14 per day to play extras.

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