Limited appeal post

January 17, 2019

I like lists and I like Westerns.

I’ve been working my way through Time Out’s 50 Greatest Westerns (and a few other lists) since 2014. My progress is listed below.

The image comes (with permission) from my blogger friend JMN at ethicaldative.

I’ll leave my James Cagney and Alfred Hitchcock lists for another day.

The Hired Hand

Open Range

Day of the Outlaw

The Missouri Breaks

Blazing Saddles

Little Big Man

Ride the High Country

The Magnificent Seven

High Plains Drifter

The Naked Spur

Rio Bravo

Once Upon a Time in the West



Seven Men from Now

High Noon

One Eyed Jacks

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Red River

Forty Guns


The Wild Bunch

My Darling Clementine

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Decision at Sundown

Johnny Guitar

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Winchester ’73

The Searchers

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

McCabe and Mrs Miller

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

A Fistful of Dollars

Man of the West

The Treasure of the Sierre Madre


The Gunfighter

Will Penny

3.10 to Yuma 2007

3.10 to Yuma 1957

The Professionals



Fastest Gun Alive


The Tall T

The Man from Laramie

Day of the Evil Gun

Seraphim Falls

How the West was Won

Rio Grande

My favourites so far are Once Upon a Time in the West, 3.10 to Yuma (2007) and Ride the High Country.

30 Responses to “Limited appeal post”

  1. Ken Dowell said

    Many great movies on this list but my absolute favorite is McCabe and Mrs. Miller.

  2. Ken Dowell said

    Of the ones I’ve seen I’d recommend Little Big Man and Butch Cassidy.

  3. Believe it or not I have seen most of these. Favorites galore!

  4. JMN said

    A wonderful list! You’ve really piqued my interest in viewing/re-viewing some of these great films. “I don’t need no filthy badge!” One of the great lines in all cinema from “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” Thank you for this post.

    • It is just a list, but for people who like lists (like me), it’s a list! I’ve recorded Duel at Diablo this weekend so that will be added to the list too. Do you have a definition for a ‘western’? I’d be interested in people’s thoughts. I’ve not formed one.

      • JMN said

        Definition of a “western” is an interesting question. My unconsidered notion is that it’s set in the 19th century in a frontier area, usually west of the Appalachians for some reason. (“Back East” was synonymous with civilization.) There has to be a certain amount of gun-slinging, which seems to be endemic in our culture. Cattle culture, gold mining, railroad building are in the foreground. Whiskey and saloons. The more I think of it, the less sure I am of any definition I can think of! Of this I’m certain: My dad, raised on a ranch, made fun of cinema cowboys who drank water from the crown of their hats. You never do that, he said. You always scoop it up and sip it from the brim. Much cleaner.

        • I’ve started a list of things that come to mind for westerns to get me thinking. It’ll result in themes rather than a definition though. Will share it when it’s finished – perhaps you can do one too and we can compare. Mine will definately be swayed by the ‘type’ of western I watch/don’t watch. I couldn’t bear the cavalry/indian films as a child and have always avoided them (apart from the time out list)

          • Have also identified two westerns starring Mitchum – Pursued and Blood on the Moon. Haven’t seen either.

          • JMN said

            Theme rather than definition sounds like a good way to go. Not sure we’re talking about the same thing, but from an early age I’ve been repelled by depictions of Native-versus-white-settler conflict.

            • Yep, we’re talking about the same thing – repelled is the right word. I was thinking earlier about how I can enjoy watching films as a product of their time, but not those ones. I also thought what alot of fun westerns must have been to make. Then I remembered David Niven saying how many horses were killed during The Charge of the Light Brigade and thought, perhaps not for the horses.

  5. JMN said

    Meant to say, looking forward to your Cagney and Hitch lists!

    • These lists hadn’t been added to for years, but I did see ‘Run for Cover’ before Christmas (Cagney). What’s your favourite Hitchcock?

      • JMN said

        I haven’t seen most of Hitchcock’s films. The ones I remember seeing in rerun are “North by Northwest” and “Vertigo.” My chief exposure to him was in boyhood. He hosted a weekly TV series called “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (I think). As a catchy theme song played (I can still hum it) he would walk into an outline of his profile — a portly bald man — say, “Good evening,” then introduce in a plummy, lispish accent the evening’s half-hour episode, which invariably tended toward the sinister, ironic and darkly humorous. I must have enjoyed this series because I remember it fairly vividly. One installment that sticks with me involved an elite supper club of fanatic gourmands which culminates in the dark suggestion that cannibalism is afoot.

        • I think there were some Hitchcock presents books too. He probably had nothing to do with the actual selection. The ones I need to add to my list are the early ones. I have accepted that my lists, as with my shelves of unread books, will not get completed. I can prioritise the books, but am at the mercy of tv and cinemas for the films!

  6. Noellie said

    I love the old westerns. grew up on all the oldies but goodies

  7. Where are the Easterns?

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