I have always loved Westerns. Some people like scary movies, some like kung-fu flicks, me I have and will always love the Outlaw stories of the old west. That being said this is my list and my opinion I am not a critic and I am not basing this off box office success, just very simply the films that are the most enjoyable to watch. FOCUS: discuss the movies on my list, make your own and please make sure to post movies you feel should be on the list. 10. The man with no name series: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good Bad and The Ugly: Western fanatics were introduced to an entire new genre in 1964 when Sergio Leone gave fans the "Spaghetti Western." It certainly did not hurt that he had the best western actor EVER to play the main characters in all three movies. **(if you think John Wayne is the best close the thread......I'm not kidding) These films gave birth to a new type of hero, one who was not afraid to fight a little dirty to get the job done. The movies were released in 64, 65 and 66. Many critics have Good Bad and the Ugly as the number one Western of all time, that movie is the most popular of the three. Many characters were based on Eastwood's portrayal of this gunman, Bruce Willis in "Last man standing" to Steven Kings epic series "The Gunslinger." Pretty much everyone associates Eastwood with cowboys. 9. Young Guns II: 1990, Emilio and the boys are back in this sequel that follows one of the most famous outlaws of all time Billy the Kid. I always loved westerns that were based on real people and events and to this movies credit there is more historical accuracy than usual for Hollywood. Many of the things are just accounts that were not proven, but are indeed on record. The movie starts when an old man named Brushy Bill Roberts talks to a reporter and claims to be the famous William H. Bonney, he then proceeds to tell his story. It mainly focuses on him being on the lam from onetime friend Pat Garrett but there is some great acting, and awesome action. Christian Slater plays Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh and gives the film a great boost. (Rudabaugh was indeed a great historical figure from the outlaw sense, he shared a jail cell with John Wesley Hardin and was beheaded in Mexico) This movie is a thrilling ride and helped revive Westerns, they had truly fallen by the wayside until the Guns. ***(this movie also gave us the song Blaze of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi which was pretty cool) "Hey, I'll make you famous......" 8. Appolosa: 2008- A brilliantly acted film starring Ed Harris, Viggio Mortensen and Jeremy Irons. This movie follows Virgil Cole an older gunman who has made his living traveling and cleaning up rough and tumble towns that have fallen under the control of bad men. I loved this movie because it gives realistic depiction of a gun fight, in one sequence there was a shootout between five men that took less that a minuet. Everett said to Virgil "well that didn't take long" (both men were laying on the ground wounded) Virgil responded "well everyone could shoot!" The movie get's a little too involved with Renee Zellwhatevers character but Ed Harris did a great job directing. 7. The Wild Bunch: 1969- This movie may be unknown to many of you but it was excellent. Ernest Borgnine and a group of aging outlaws try for one last score so they can retire. Amazing ending sequence with a gatling gun that for it's time was incredibly violent and bloody. 6. Open Range 2003 Brilliant cinematography and sensational acting make this film very enjoyable even if you don't like westerns. Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall do a marvelous job at bringing these characters to life, you really end up cheering for them by the end. In my opinion this movie has one of the most realistic gunfights is all Westerns. You wont see guys getting shot with a pistol from fifty yards away, but you will see them missing from ten feet away. You will see the fear on a mans face when a guy get's shot in front of him, you will see a body fly backwards after being shot with a 44. caliber handgun as opposed to just grasping his chest and falling forward. It takes a little while to get to it but it's well worth it. Western junkies have trouble with this one because of the lack of action, but it's a great story. 5. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid 1969- This was a "fun" Western. It was also one of the first one's to get critical acclaim with a best picture nomination. Robert Redford and Paul Neuman had great chemistry making it a great movie. Again I always enjoy movies based on real events and the story of these two bank robbers going out in a blaze of glory in South America is an excellent one. 4. The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976- This picture was directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the story of a Missouri farmer who avenges his murdered family by gunning down Union soldiers. This Western was one of the few that actually has some funny scenes thanks to Chief Dan George and the fact that Eastwood's character constantly spit tobacco on a mangy dog. This movie had the infamous move of handing two men pistols butts first and then flipping them upside down and shooting them. Every kid who had a toy Peacemaker did this at one time or another. 3. Tombstone 1993- Great, great movie that tells the story of Wyatt Earp and one of the most famous gunfights in American History, The gunfight at the OK Corral. Val Kilmer does an insane job portraying Doc Holliday and I really can not believe he did not get an oscar nod for best supporting actor. The film has an all-star cast including Charlton Heston, Bill Paxton and Thomas Haden Church in minor roles. Hollywood took a couple liberties with the story but it still is an action packed shoot em up that will not disappoint. When you get to the scene with Wyatt and Josephine getting ready to go for a horse ride fast forward it. Keep your eye's peeled for Billy Bob Thorton, he has an interesting cameo. 2. Unforgiven: 1992- My favorite movie on the list and one of my favorite movies of all time. This movie was also critically acclaimed as well winning best picture, best director, and snagging a best supporting actor for Gene Hackman. While following the aging outlaw William Munney you get an amazing story that has an absolute dynamite ending. Eastwood does an amazing job (of course) portraying a man who had turned his life around and had become a gentle loving father. Then of course he ends the movie by showing the mans dark side and becomes the devil himself who "always had been lucky when it comes to killing folks." Morgan Freeman is also in the movie and everyone knows about the chemistry between Eastwood and Freeman. Many fans were not exactly thrilled with this movie because it had very little action, but Western purists can recognize this gem as an amazing story about The American West. "Why William Munney, you are a cowardly cuss!! You just killed an unarmed man!" "Well he best arm himself if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend...." NUMBER ONE-YOUNG GUNS 1988- I loved this movie. I was thirteen years old when I saw this film, I had always loved westerns but this movie made me want to be an outlaw. Again this movie did a good job in siting many historical facts as well as glamorizing the life of one Henry McCarty, aka Henry Antrum, aka William H. Bonney, aka Billy the Kid. Emilio Estevez is an awesome Billy the Kid and there is a slew of young actors that make up the cast of the regulators. Doc Skerlock played by Keifer Sutherland, the knife smith Chavez E. Chavez played by Lou Diamond Phillips and don't forget the Pugilist Charlie Bowdre (Billy's eternal Pal) portrayed by Casey Siemaszko. This movie takes you through the action packed and very violent Lincoln County War. Plenty of gunfights, and superb acting make this movie almost flawless. Jack Palance playing the lead villain of course adds to the excitement, and they didn't try and put some stupid love story in it either so it keeps to the plot. (A couple short scenes with Doc and an Asian girl but nothing significant) this movie was a cultural phenomenon that made around 45 million with a 13 million dollar budget not bad for a western. You can even here the catch phrase "Regulators mount up" in Warren G's rap song "Regulators. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable and if you like Westerns at all rent it. NOW, I'm not kidding if you have not seen it stop reading and go get it. **********honorable mentions********** Silverado, 3:10 to Yuma, (Crowes character was great but the stupid scene at the end of them running around town kept it off my list, Dances With Wolves (i don't really consider that a western but it's sometimes categorized as one) Well have at it!