7 Western Movies Every Man Should Watch

Long before superheroes dominated theaters, another genre dominated the big screen: Western movies. In place of Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk we had John Wayne, James Arness, Charles Bronson, and Clint Eastwood.

The heyday of the bang bang movies was during the 1950's, where dozens of movies opened in theaters every month. The plots of their movies were a bit more "innocent", almost always showing a good guy against Indian bad guys.

It was in the late 60's and early 70's that the genre reached its maturity with the Italian Bang-Bang. At the time, the big productions were filmed in Italy, but they were all spoken in English and had North American actors such as Clint Eastwood, Terence Hill, and Lee Van Cleef.

Regardless of the year it was filmed, a major maxim about Wild West movies is that they have always been very cheap to produce, so their directors have always been able to be very daring, both in terms of script and technical resources, filming classics that have gone down in the history of cinema.

For you to understand a little more about the Old West movies, MHM has put together a list with 7 Western movies every man should see Check it out:

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

One of the last western films directed by Sergio Leone, this feature manages to bring together all the qualities that made him one of the greatest directors of the genre. In the plot, a mysterious stranger who is always playing the harmonica decides to help a widow who is being hunted by local criminals.

Compared to today's movies, the pace of Once Upon a Time in the West may be considered slow, but you will see few movies in your life with a setting and soundtrack job as fucked up as these. The long camera rides and the music composed by Ennio Morricone create tense moments of making you sit on the edge of the couch.

Tracks of Hate (1956)

Also known as "Duke", the actor is one of the most famous names in the world when it comes to Western bad guys, but in "Tracks of Hate" we see a much denser and heavier film than the audience of the time was used to.

The film follows the story of a veteran who returns from the Civil War and sees his brother and his wife murdered by Indians. Alongside his adopted nephew, he sets out on a five-year search for his other niece.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Three men are after a treasure hidden in a cemetery. Each of them knows only a part of its location, which makes them have to team up. The problem is that none of them is willing to share what they find.

The film brings together three of the most important names in Italian Western films: director Sergio Leone, actor Clint Eastwood, and soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone. A classic.

The Unforgivable (1992)

Clint Eastwood's last - and, dare I say it, best - Old West film, was so successful that it earned the actor his first Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as a nomination for Best Actor.

Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood) is a retired gunman who returns to active duty when he is offered a reward for killing the men who cut off a prostitute's face. Accompanied by two old partners, he must face other bounty hunters and an unscrupulous sheriff to finish the job.

Seven Men and a Destiny (1960)

Imagine the "Avengers" in the time of the Old West. This is "Seven Men and a Destiny". The story is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" and brought together actors such as Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, and others in the cast.

The film tells the story of a group of inhabitants of a small Mexican village who are terrorized by the bandit Calavera (ever played "Grim Fandango"?). Desperate, they turn for help to two gunmen who assemble an elite team to protect the town.

The Indomitable (2007)

Imagine a situation where you can do the right thing or gain an advantage by being a son of a bitch. This 2007 feature film is a remake of the 1957 film of the same name. Almost 50 years later, the quality is still the same.

The plot follows Dan Evans, a rancher in financial trouble, who, in the midst of his crisis, captures a bandit and must make a choice: Accept a fortune in bribes or put the bandit on the 3:10 train to Yuma, where he will be sentenced.

The Man Who Killed the Fighter (1962)

You've heard the phrase, "When the version is better than the story, tell the version." This John Wayne film is one of the most provocative in the western genre, with a clever story and brilliant performances;

In the plot, the Old West town of Shinbone is visited by Ransom Stoddard, a senator who is attending the funeral of Tom Doniphon, a cowboy he befriended.

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