Friday, May 25, 2018

The 100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time


The full title of this fun little volume is The 100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time: Including Five You’ve Never Heard Of.

This checklist of the usual suspects was compiled by the editors of American Cowboy magazine and includes a forward by film historian Douglas Brode.

As for the 100, you’ll find little to surprise, and the “Five You’ve Never Heard Of” is actually a list of 12 Honorable Mentions. To be honest, I think most knowledgeable Western fans will find few surprises here, but the volume is a fine addition to any fan’s library to fill in the gaps with a few golden films you might have overlooked. I’ll admit I hadn’t thought to try The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing until this volume despite being a Burt Reynolds fan. I’m glad I did, this low-key film displays him in a restrained performance pre-swagger, not bad at all.

Not essential, but a fun addition to the library all the same.

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