To start off the week, here's a list of my personal favorite western movies. Like I've said before, I haven't seen a ton of westerns, but almost all the ones I have seen I've really loved. So here are my favorites:
#1 True Grit (2010)
This is one of my favorite stories ever, and one of the best books ever made into one of the greatest movies. This was the first real western I saw and still remains my favorite. (Read my review here.)
#2 Lonesome Dove (1989)
This miniseries is, in my opinion, the best western ever made. The story and the characters and actors are all brilliant, and the soundtrack is one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. There are so many epic moments, so many classic lines, so many historical details. Great acting, great scenery, costumes, great everything. It's just amazing.
#3 Hidalgo (2004)
This sort of isn't a western, but I still consider it one so I'm putting it on this list. :-) In fact, Hidalgo is the movie that first got me really interested in westerns. It's full of action and adventure, and Viggo Mortensen is brilliant as down-and-out cowboy Frank T. Hopkins. Another movie with a stellar soundtrack.
#4 Silverado (1985)
This may be the only movie on this list that I loved from the very first time I watched it. ;-P In fact, I've only seen it once, very recently, but it was so good it's now among my favorites. The story isn't exactly epic, but the characters and the actors are great and there are so many quotable lines! The soundtrack is amazing too.
Oh, man do I love this movie. :-)
#5 The Long Riders (1980)
This is a movie that my parents had seen years ago, and when I became infatuated with the Old West I begged to watch it. It's about the infamous James-Younger gang-- Jesse James and his brother Frank, the Younger brothers, and the Miller boys. What's cool is that all these brothers are actually played by brothers, and what's even cooler is that the James's are play by James and Stacy Keach and the Youngers are played by the Carradines. :-) It's a classic western with excellent acting and lots of action, but it's also really sad and has a tragic ending (though epic in a quiet sort of way. That Stacy Keach. ;-P) The soundtrack is nothing to scream about, but it suits the movie well and has a charming, old-timey feel. It's a gritty old western, with some rough parts, but I love it.
Wow, watching all these trailers makes me want to go watch the movies again. :-)