Saddle your horses~!

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My husband is a TVoholic and in case this word is not existing -yet-, it  needs to be invented and used for people like him. He loves his TV. I call it the “noise box” and it wouldn’t be turned on for days, if it would be up to me. I understand why he loves to watch TV in the evening. We both work a lot, work crazy hours and it’s a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day.

I don’t know how it exactly happened, but it’s my responsibility to find and recording movies, shows and everything that we (him) likes to watch. Well, this statement is not entirely true, I like some of the shows as well, but the “noise box” has a harder time pleasing me and I read or write instead.

It’s the same every year in the summer, within just a few weeks all the shows we follow stop. They call it “Season Finale” and it leaves us with nothing to watch. 200 channels and we can’t find anything that would deserve our attention and the daily evening question “what do you want to watch” becomes more aggravating by the day.  “I don’t know” or “I don’t care” seem to be the appropriate answers, but of course I don’t say it and continue to search on Netflix and on TV, trying desperately to find a decent movie -somewhere.

Marilyn on her blog Serendipity wrote a post called “Violence with gusto in Tombstone”. She wrote about her favorite wild west movie and later one, when I looked for the movie online, I thought about other westerns we haven’t seen in a long time. I found a few websites with lists of great westerns and showed it to my husband. He was thrilled “marvelous idea” he said and we started searching for DVD’s and movies online, even asked some of our friends and it turns out we got it all together (movie-wise).

I am sure some really good movies might be missing on the list, or some movies won’t be really good, but for us it’s an experiment and it will help us to overcome our TV-summer-boredom.

So just in case you don’t know what to watch during the summer either, here is the complete list. We watched a few movies already and had a ball.

50. The Hired Hand (1971)

Director: Peter Fonda
Cast involved: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom

49. The lonesome Dove (1989)

Director: Simon Wincer
Cast involved: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover

48. Open Range (2003)

Director: Kevin Costner
Cast involved: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

47. The Claim (2000)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast involved: Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley

46. Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Director: Frank Perry
Cast involved: Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Slim Pickens

45. Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast involved: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson

44. Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Director: André de Toth
Cast involved: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise

43. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Director: Arthur Penn
Cast involved: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton

42. Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

Director: Robert Aldrich
Cast involved: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Joaquín Martínez

41. Blazing Saddles (1974)

Director: Mel Brooks
Cast involved: Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn

40. Wagon Masters (1950)

Director: John Ford
Cast involved: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Ward Bond

39. Requiescant (aka Kill and Pray) (1967)

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Cast involved: Lou Castel, Mark Damon, Pier Paolo Pasolini

38. A Man called Horse (1970)

Director: Elliot Silverstein
Cast involved: Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

37. Vera Cruz (1954)

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast involved: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel

36. Little Big Man (1970)

Director: Arthur Penn
Cast involved: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George

35. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Director: Fritz Lang
Cast involved: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy and Mel Ferrer

34. Ride the High Country  (1962)

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Cast involved: Randolph Scott, Joel McRea, Ron Starr

33. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Director: John Sturges
Cast involved: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach et al

32. The Great Silence (1968)

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Cast involved: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff

31. High Plains Drifter (1973)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast involved: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Mitch Ryan

30. Seven Women (1966)

Director: John Ford
Cast involved: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Mildred Dunnock

29. The Naked Spur (1953)

Director: Anthony Mann
Cast involved: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan

28. Rio Bravo (1959)

Director: Howard Hawks
Cast involved: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson

27. The Ox-bow Incident (1943)

Director: William Wellman
Cast involved:  Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn

26. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Director: Sergio Leone
Cast involved: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale

25. Django (1966)

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Cast involved: Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak

24. Tombstone

24. Tomstone (1993)

Director: Kevin Jarre
Cast involved: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott

23. Silverado (1985)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Cast involved: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner

22. El Dorado (1966)

Director: Howard Hawks
Cast involved: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan

21.Westward the Women (1951)

Director: William A. Wellman
Cast involved: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson

20. Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid (1969)

Director: George Roy Hill
Cast involved: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

19. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast involved: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George |

18. Pat Garret & Billy the Kid (1973)

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Cast involved: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel

17. Maverick (1994)

Director: Richard Donner
Cast involved: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner

16. Wyatt Earp (1994)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Cast involved: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

15. High Noon (1952)

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Cast involved: Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Grace Kelly

14. Red River (1948) 

Director: Howard Hawks
Cast involved: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan

13. Forty Guns (1957) 

Director: Samuel Fuller
Cast involved: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Barry, Robert Dix

12. The Unforgiven (1960)

Director: John Houston
Cast involved: Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

11. The Wild Bunch (1969) 

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Cast involved: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

10. The Shooting (1968) 

Director: Monte Hellman
Cast involved: Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates

9. Heaven’s Gate (1980) 

Director: Michael Cimino
Cast involved: Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Huppert

8. My Darling Clementine (1946) 

Director: John Ford
Cast involved: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature

7. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Director: Nicholas Ray
Cast involved: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge

6. Winchester 73 (1950)

Director: Anthony Mann
Cast involved: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea

5. Unforgiven (1992)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast involved: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

4. Decision Sundown (1957)

Director: Sergio Leone
Cast involved: Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele

3. The Good, the Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Director: Sergio Leone
Cast involved: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

2. The Man who shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Director: John Ford
Cast involved: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles

1. The Searchers (1956) 

Director: John Ford
Cast involved: John Wayne, Vera Mills,

Seems we might be busy for a long time.

16 thoughts on “Saddle your horses~!

  1. Rene’ is a wild-west-moviecoholic and can’t resist to most of your titles!
    As for me , as far as “western” movies are concerned , I’m a bit fed up , ……. while , generally , I care a lot for good actors/actresses and good directors , regardless of the plot of a film…….
    Your list is valuable ’cause I know the quality of what you recommended!
    So thank you very much from Rene’ and I…..

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    • So far I am having fun. This might change *I may add :-). We watched a very good black and white movie last night and I enjoyed watching my husbands face as much as I enjoyed to watch Jimmy Stewart 🙂


  2. I’m always good for Law & Order SVU and NCIS reruns on USA network. IDK, I flip thru movie channels and rarely find anything to grab my attention. Reading and writing work, but so does catching up with series I missed on demand (I.e., Graceland, Younger, etc). When all else fails, there is tennis or The Nanny on DVD.

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  3. My husband is a movie-holic….the older the movie the better. I am more like you……I read and write…don’t have much use for the “noise box.” That said, I have watched TV and do watch movies. Westerns aren’t really my preferred thing, but I still find it amazing you’ve created an entire list of movies that I’ve never seen…most of them I’ve never even heard of!

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    • We are watching “The man who shot Liberty Valance tonight” it is good. I had to stop it, because my husband already went to bed, he has to get up at 4 am tomorrow and he didn’t want to miss anything. Great movie with James Stewart, John Wayne, James Coburn. Great!

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  4. Garry recognized every single one of these and could tell me (without looking it up) the director, year, and cast. Fortunately for both of us, HE is in charge of the DVR. Because I’m like you. I’d record a few movies here and there. Otherwise, I’d probably listen to an audiobook — or write!

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    • Garry is a TVoholic too :-). I don’t know half of them, or don’t remember. So far I enjoy it. Can’t wait to see the ones with James Stewart. I have no idea why I am in charge of our movie night. Doesn’t make any sense. However, we watched two newer movies last months and I loved them both. Sat there and watched until the end, even paused the movie when I got up. One is called “The good lie” the other one is called “MCFarland”. I think you might like them as well.


    • Some interesting selections on the list. Some I’ve avoided. Time for another airing of “The Magnificent Seven”. I noticed “Shane” isn’t on the list. Curious.

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      • I found a few lists with the 50 best westerns in the UK and here in the U.S. We altered them with friends a little bit and I guess some of them will fly off the list and some might be added in 2020 when we will be done watching 🙂


  5. High Noon I recognized. (Do not forsake me Oh my darling). I loved it . I don’t watch much TV nor does my Helvi from Finland. There might be the news or some interview and inspector Gently, English humor, but overall…not much telly. The ads spoil it for us.


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