Thursday, July 03, 2008

Western Writers of America Name Top 100 Western Movies

SHANE the Greatest Western Movie of All Time, Western Writers of America Announces: "SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SHANE, director George Stevens' classic 1953 movie about a weary gunfighter caught up in a land war between Wyoming ranchers and farmers, is the greatest Western movie of all time, Western Writers of America has announced.

For top honors SHANE, which Pulitzer Prize-winning Western novelist A.B. Guthrie Jr. adapted for the screen from Jack Schaefer's novel, edged HIGH NOON, the 1952 movie that won Gary Cooper his second Academy Award as Best Actor."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

WEll let's see Once Upon THe West & McCabe and Mrs. Miller should be higher. But its also great to see two films I grew up on* the list Support Your Local Sheriff and Cheyenne Social Club.

So they say Shane is number one while AFI says The Searchers.

*remember when UHF channels actually showed movies all the time. Instead of some faux network crap.

Anonymous said...

We just watched The Searchers again a couple of weeks ago and it still is great. Also watched Red River recently.

I'm one of those who has never been all that taken with High Noon.

I agree with bruce about Support Your Local Sheriff, a favorite that I watch every year or so.

Jeff

Randy Johnson said...

I've seen most of these and own fifteen on DVD or videotape. I haven't seen No Country For Old Men yet, but from the clips I've seen, it doesn't appear to be a western. Maybe a modern day one.

Unknown said...

Without RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY in the top 10, it ain't legit. They must not have counted my vote.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

I agree with Bill on the legitimacy of this list, leaving Ride the High Country out of the Top 10. In fact, I prefer this movie over Shane any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

yeah don't understand the No Country mention its a fantastic movie and an even better book. But its not Western not even modern.

Personally I don't understand why Open range is in the top ten its a fine western but top ten.

Just rereading the list again and one truly great 70's western is missing The Hired Hand - Peter Fonda & Warren Oates

Anonymous said...

No Country - cowboy hats - western?

I agree on Ride the High Country, a classic of the first order.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

No Country - cowboy hats - western?

I agree on Ride the High Country, a classic of the first order.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

What of Paleface and Son of Paleface?

"There's a million Indians out here against one coward!"

Brent McKee said...

I don't understand why "Last Picture Show" is anywhere on this list (I think it's #46). Just because Ben Johnson is in it doesn't make it a Western. Then again they seem to have their own definition of "Western."

Unknown said...

How about GRAPES OF WRATH? GIANT? A number of others don't fit my definition, either.

Anonymous said...

when i saw shane as a youngster i understood why shane rode off despite the kid's hollering: that lad was one annoying whelp. and wasnt much to look at either. and seemed a little thick. he didnt have any of the qualities that would make a fellow rein-up and think "gee, i gotta go back, the little tyke needs me." shane rode on for a reason; if he needed to adopt, the pickens HAD to be a little better over the next rise. even if the only thing over the next rise was a potbellied pig.