The Coen Brothers remake of the western classic “True Grit” hits theaters tomorrow. If you haven’t seen the previews or opened your eyes in the past week, “True Grit” stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and this 14 year old prodigy Hailee Steinfeld. Bridges plays a tough U.S. Marshal who helps a stubborn young woman played by Steinfeld track down her father’s murderer. They showed a clip from the movie on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and she was unbelievably good. Anyway, you should go see it. Also, here are 8 other westerns that should be in your Netflix queue.
3:10 to Yuma
The storyline to this movie is as bad-ass as you can get – Batman and Maximus battling it out Western style. Without spoiling the plot for you, Dan (played by Christian Bale) is a rancher who has captured one of the most reckless outlaws, Ben Wade, and has to get him on the 3:10 train to Yuma to get hung. Under his capture, the outlaw (played by Russell Crowe) grows a lot of respect for the rancher. The sh*t totally hits the fan when the train is running late and Ben Wade’s henchmen offer $100 to anybody who gets a shot on Dan, causing him to try to make it through a whole town of gunfire to make sure Ben gets on the 3:10 train.
More often than not, the root of all drama is women. The main plot of this movie surrounds two bad-asses that are hired to police a town. They run the town pretty ruthlessly and make you feel like America is now run by a bunch of pansies. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen do a really great job in bringing really good acting back to the Western genre, which it had not seen since Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman.
The Quick and the Dead
Let me be crystal clear in saying that the realism in this film may not be as on-point as the rest of this list, but it may very well be the most entertaining. Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone,and Gene Hackman do an awesome job in making the movie one that can be watched again and again. Long story short: Russell Crowe is a priest who is against violence, but has the fastest hands in the West. He is forced to kill when the town undergoes a tournament of duels, leaving hot shots like Leonardo DiCaprio (playing a role similar to Billy the Kid) compete for a fortune. Intertwined story-lines and Sharon Stone’s boob are enough to keep you engaged, while the cocky one-liners will keep that stupid smirk on your face.
Wouldn’t life be easier if you only had to retire once? Right Brett Favre? Tombstone is a movie with plenty of blood that follows a lawman who tries to move to a remote town in his retirement, only to be hunted down by all of the outlaws that he brought down in his prime.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Quite possibly the most famous of all Western films, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly has a formula that has recently been resurrected in Hollywood with films like Spiderman 3 and the Dark Knight. Aside from having your good guy and bad guy, there is an additional character that plays a pivotal role throughout the entire film (much like Harvey Dent). In doing so, making the plot much harder to predict than your usual western film. This film has everything that makes a Western movie complete: bounties, greed, alliances, and gun slinging.
The Assassination of Jesse James
We often think of villains as characters that cannot be trusted and spend their lives doing terrible things for little to no purpose. Ironically, this film will have you sympathizing for the “villain.” The film follows the posse of one of the most notorious outlaws in American history, Jesse James, while showing the compassionate and caring side of James. The title (and history) may spoil the end of the film for you, but we highly recommend watching it.
Clint Eastwood, arguable the best Western actors ever makes you never want to mess with an older guy with his interpretation of retired Old West gunslinger William Munny. After taking one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man, William Munny is forced to sacrifice more than he ever has to come out on top against one of the most feared outlaws in the country.
Dances with Wolves
This movie has a storyline that has been repeated over and over again in Hollywood. Similar to the more recent films like the Last Samurai and Avatar, this movie will make you want to stand up to bullies. After being exiled, a Lieutenant is forced to live amongst wolves and Native Americans, giving him a new found respect for their values and way of living. His new found compassion for the Native Americans make him feel obligated to help them defend themselves.
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