Saturday, September 13, 2014

Some Westerns on my To-See List

      I've said this before, and I'll say it again-- my list of westerns to watch is quite extensive, and growing all the time. There are so many that look so awesome and that I've heard good things about! Here are just a few of the westerns on the top of my to-see list:
  (By the way, are you sick of the word 'western' yet?)
The Good Old Boys (1995)

     This is a lesser-known TV western based on a book by Elmer Kelton. It's not very popular, and the only way I found out about it is from reading a magazine article about Elmer Kelton, and the writer of the article expressed how he felt it was one of the best westerns ever made. I love Tommy Lee Jones, and I also love Sissy Spacek (the two of them together in The Coal Miner's Daughter  were legendary), and this movie also has a young Matt Damon. :-) I haven't been able to find it anywhere yet, so I may just have to buy it because I REALLY want to see it.

Riders of the Purple Sage (1996)

   This is based on a book by the well-known western adventure writer Zane Grey. (Fun fact: Zane Grey's first name is actually Pearl.) I don't know much about it, but,'s Ed Harris in a western, people. And Amy Madigan, who acted alongside him in Places in the Heart, is also a great actress. I don't know, it just looks good to me. And don't you like how they made the cover purple? ;-P

  The Homesman (2014)

    I can't believe there's actually a new movie that I want to see! This movie comes out in theatres November 7, though I'll probably just wait until it's on DVD because I'm not very fond of theatres. This is another Tommy Lee Jones movie, also directed by him. It's the story of a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits an older man she found close to death and saved (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. It looks pretty intense but I think it sounds like a really good story. The cast also features Meryl Streep and....Hailee Steinfeld! Yay!!! :-)

(I couldn't find a trailer without Spanish subtitles.)

Tombstone (1993) 
   This movie is just a classic, and I've heard from various people that it's really good. It's about the town of Tombstone, Arizona, and the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. It's got a lot of great actors in it and the soundtrack is by one of my favorite movie composers, Bruce Broughton.
It's those long black coats I can't resist. :-)


 The Magnificent Seven (1960)

  This is another classic that I feel like I just HAVE to watch. There are so many legendary western actors in this movie, with a great score composed by Elmer Bernstein. It look like a wild good time!

 Wyatt Earp (1994)
    I don't know much about this movie except for the fact that it's about the OK Corral gunfight, the music is by James Newton Howard, and Kevin Costner plays Wyatt Earp-- which is quite enough to make me want to watch it. ;-P

  (Warning: you'll probably want to skip the part at 2:43.)

 Appaloosa (2008)
     I'm a little skeptical of newer westerns-- most of them just don't have what the good old ones from the 80s have, with a few exceptions like True Grit (2010). But this one has Ed Harris AND Viggo Mortensen AND Renee Zellweger, and it looks like it could be worth something. It's rated R though, so I'll probably have to wait a while before I watch it.

Hatfields and McCoys (2012)
    This is a newer TV series about the famous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families in the years following the Civil War, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. There are also several other familiar actors, and I've heard some of the music both from the soundtrack and at Kevin Costner's concert and I really like it. It looks really intense but very historically detailed.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    I've always been interested in stories about Indians and the frontier, and this is said to be some of the best Native American lore ever put to screen. It was legendary director John Ford's last western and has several well-known actors in it-- including my beloved Jimmy Stewart as Wyatt Earp-- and a host of Native American actors as well. I'm also very keen to read the book that this movie is based on.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (2007)
     Yes, I know what I said about modern westerns, but.....when I discovered this one
I just had to add it to my list. It's about the massacre of the Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, in 1890-something. This event was shown in Hidalgo and so I'm sort of familiar with it. The movie stars Aidan Quinn, who is a favorite in this household.

    Looking back over this list, it would seem I really have a thing for TV movies.

  So those are just a few of them! There are also a lot of other older ones I want to see-- I'm not very immersed in many of the older classics. You know, I've only ever seen John Wayne in one movie? And he was only in about five minutes of it, so even that didn't really count.



  1. You have one too! (A to-see list, that is)

    Okay, I actually knew that.

  2. I also want to see The Good Old Boys and Riders of the Purple Sage. Just read the latter book recently and loved it! I'd like to see Wyatt Earp sometime too.

    I love Tombstone, and I think The Magnificent Seven is the finest western ever made.

    I've seen Cheyenne Autumn, but long ago, and I can't remember much of anything about it.

  3. You really need to see "Wagon Train", "McClintock",& "3 Godfathers" That is if you haven't seen them already :) John Wayne is AMAZING!



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