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Old 07-22-21, 10:07 PM
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Underrated Westerns

What are some Westerns that you consider underrated? I would choose: "Comes a Horseman" (Stunningly shot by Gordon Willis), "Open Range" (Costner's best IMO), "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Great cast and beautifully shot by Roger Deakins) and "Bite the Bullet" (Epic). I'm thankful I was able to see both "Range" and "Ford" in the theater. Wish I could have seen the other two on the big screen.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Appaloosa is a fantastic film directed by Ed Harris. It seems to never get mentioned when discussing Westerns.

I donít know if itís ďunderratedĒ but I love the Russell Crowe/ Christian Bale version of 3:10 to Yuma.

And speaking of Christian Bale, Hostiles seems mostly overlooked but was my favorite movie of 2017.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

The Last Wagon (1956)
*The Bravados (1958)
**Westward The Women (1951)
The Spikes Gang (1974)
A Bullet For The General (1967)
The Baron of Arizona (1950)
Four Of The Apocalypse (1975)
The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)
*Yellow Sky (1948)
**The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

*Gregory Peck (Who isn't quickly known for Westerns) made some lesser-known excellent ones
**I guess I'm a sucker for female-led Westerns!


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Re: Underrated Westerns

Godless on Netflix I thought was a great western.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

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Re: Underrated Westerns

The Great Silence
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
The Homesman
Meek’s Cutoff
The Ox-Bow Incident
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Gunfighter's Moon (1996)

Saw this years ago and thought it was very good. Lance Henriksen was great in this, too bad there no blu-ray copy of this film.


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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by inri222
The Ox-Bow Incident
I was going to list this one but it was nominated for Best Picture. Itís also highly regarded. Iím not sure how underrated it is.

At any rate, itís a fantastic movie that touched a topic that no other western had touched, especially surprising for 1942.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

The Elvis movie Love Me Tender. It was his film debut, and despite the title wasn’t so much an Elvis movie as a Western with Elvis in it. The title was changed to cash in on Elvis’s rising fame.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by Mondo Kane
The Spikes Gang (1974)
I dug this one a lot too. It frequently plays on the MGMHD channel, keep an eye out for it if that's part of your TV package.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Sam Peckinpah's "Ride The High Country".
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Appaloosa
The Good, The Bad, and The Weird
Hostiles
The Long Riders
Bone Tomahawk
Slow West
Damsel
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Maybe not underrated per se, but overlooked - Warlock (1959). Great Western. Amazing cast.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

The Wagon Master (1950)
Blood on the Moon (1948)
Station West (1948)
Winchester ‘73 (1950)
The Naked Spur (1953)
The Violent Men (1955)
Man of the West (1958)
The War Wagon (1967)
My Name is Nobody (1973)
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by Paff
I dug this one a lot too. It frequently plays on the MGMHD channel, keep an eye out for it if that's part of your TV package.
That's likely where I first saw it too!
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by DWilson
Sam Peckinpah's "Ride The High Country".
I prefer the Deadly Companions, but RTHC is good too.

Speaking of Sam, the Ballad of Cable Hogue is excellent. My favorite Peckinpah movie.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

The Salvation
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Red Sun: Spaghetti Western meets Samurai flick with Charles Bronson, Toshiro Mifune, Ursula Andress, Capucine and directed by Terrence Young.

Big Jake: Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Richard Boone


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Re: Underrated Westerns

I have a bunch of westerns in my collection, but these are the stand-outs:

1. Open Range
2. Broken Trail
3. True Grit (both versions)
4, The Quick & The Dead (w/Sharon Stone)
5. Far & Away
6. The Homesman
7. Bone Tomahawk
8. Yellow Rock
9. Jane Got a Gun
10. Never Grow Old
11. The Salvation
12. Monte Walsh (with Tom Selleck)
13. News of the World
14. Hostiles

And of course all the Clint Eastwood westerns!!
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Re: Underrated Westerns

I watched the Criterion Monte Hellman two-fer a year or two ago and I really liked them both. Especially The Shooting.

Originally Posted by Mondo Kane
*The Bravados (1958)

*Gregory Peck (Who isn't quickly known for Westerns) made some lesser-known excellent ones
The Bravados is good, but his other Henry King western, The Gunfighter, is even better. Although that might not be as underrated.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by mickey65
1. Open Range
Yeah, Open Range is a GREAT Western. Top 5 all time for my money. Totally underrated.
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Re: Underrated Westerns

Originally Posted by DWilson
Sam Peckinpah's "Ride The High Country".
Far from underrated.
First prize at Cannes Film Festival
Nominated (but didn't make the cut) to AFI's Top 10 Westerns of All Time
Declared a National Treasure by The Library of Congress and preserved as part of The National Film Registry

It's hard to come up with underrated westerns because by now they've all been revisited and reevaluated, and those that deserve exceptional recognition have received it. It's more about their not being well known, everyone that knows about them appreciates them.

One that I've always considered great, but not extremely well known is THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE with Glenn Ford.

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