Stories about cowboys and gunmen from the Old West of the United States are the basis of the western genre. Very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, productions continue to influence new features and other media, such as video games.
For those who want to know more about this aspect of cinema, we have separated the 10 best western movies to watch in 2021. Discover classics, remakes and other titles full of dust and revenge!
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
Since childhood Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) has always admired the famous outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). After several attempts to join the reformed bandit gang in Missouri, the young man begins to resent the “idol” and leader of the gang.
The Return (2015)
The Return (2015).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
After being attacked by a bear, hunter Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is abandoned by his group in a forest. Struggling to survive in the hostile environment, the protagonist just wants to leave the place alive and carry out his revenge.
Free Django (2012)
Free Django (2012).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
In Django Unchained, a slave (Jamie Foxx) has the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to be released. Thus, he begins an action-packed journey to save his wife from the violent plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
World Reports (2020)
World Reports (2020)Source: IMDB / Reproduction
American Civil War veteran, Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks) accepts against his will the mission to return a kidnapped girl (Helena Zengel) to his uncles. However, the journey of hundreds of kilometers poses several dangers for the pair.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs brings together six tales about the Wild West. The anthology shows the stories of a “singing gunslinger”, a bank robber, a traveling businessman, an elderly gold digger, a carriage and a pair of bounty hunters.
Seven Men and a Destiny (1960)
Seven Men and a Destiny (1960).Source: MGM / Disclosure
In Seven Men and a Destiny, a group of gunmen is hired by Mexican peasants to free the village from bandits. The film features a cast full of former Hollywood stars like Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner and Charles Bronson.
Curiosity: the film directed by John Sturges is a remake of the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa. So the American filmmaker just changed the scene from feudal Japan to the Wild West.
Indomitable Bravery (2010)
Indomitable Bravery (2010).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
Determined to find her father’s killer, teenager Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Army Marshal Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). During the journey, they encounter the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who has been trying to capture Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) for months.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
Pursued by an assassin, a widow (Claudia Cardinale) is protected by a famous bandit (Jason Robards) and a stranger with a harmonica (Charles Bronson). Directed by the Italian Sergio Leone, the film is an absolute classic of the western.
The plot is full of mysteries about the past of each character. As well, it shows the surprising motives that made the widow a target of murderers.
Hate Trails (1956)
Traces of Hatred (1956).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
Hate Trails accompanies Ethan Edward (John Wayne), a Civil War veteran who is looking for nieces kidnapped by Comanches. However, this intense and violent hunt hides several secrets about the protagonist.
Unlike most Western movies, Edward is not portrayed as a traditional hero. The narrative features a terrifying character who uses revenge as an excuse for violent and prejudiced acts.
For a Fistful of Dollars (1964)
For A Fistful of Dollars (1964).Source: IMDB / Reproduction
The first film from Dollars Trilogy by Sergio Leone, For a Fistful of Dollars it is a western masterpiece. The production helped to popularize the term “spaghetti western”, Italian feature films made on a low budget.
In the plot, an errant gunslinger (Clint Eastwood) puts two rival gangs into conflict after offering his services to both. All of this happens in a city destroyed by greed, pride and revenge – a traditional scenario of its kind.
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