[quote]Big Kahuna wrote:
So I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and dive into a marathon of Westerns, but I’m unsure where to really start. I know that above most other genres, there’s likely to be a huge spaghetti western following here, so I thought this would be a great place to ask the question.
My main problem is that I don’t want to jump the shark too early by watching the absolute best of the westerns, but rather build up through good films and then into them. I aim to conclude with John Ford’s “The Searchers”, then to Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy and “Once Upon A Time In The West”.
So far I have a rather pitiful (and probably unexpected) resume of only having seen both True Grit films and Unforgiven. If anyone has any suggestions I could run by popular opinion for slotting into a list, or even create a recommended list themselves, I would be deeply grateful.
I thank you in advance for your help![/quote]
If you want to watch some decent westerns that aren’t spaghetti westerns and want to avoid the films listed above until the end, I recommend the following:
3:10 to Yuma (the original)
Gunfight at the OK Corral
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Magnificent Seven
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Assassination of Jesse James
anything starring Clint Eastwood
I’m incredibly grateful for both of your lists, but definitely this one in particular, gives me a few of the perhaps lesser popularised to adjust myself to the genre with.
How do you feel about some of the recent westerns? Like the 3:10 remake and The Proposition? I wonder if I should get some of the better, newer ones out of the way first, so I can rummage backwards into the golden era of Westerns. Or if I should more randomise my choices, and just build in quality regardless of film age.