A Rockstar Recommends Recap: Our Favorite Westerns - and Yours

Posted on May 14 2010, 2:49pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

For those that may have missed it, over the past 6 months we've been periodically recommending a few of our favorite Western movies that fans looking forward to the release of Red Dead Redemption might enjoy - especially as a good means of getting into the spirit of the game before its release. 

Among the ones we chose were films from both legendary director Sam Peckinpah and actor/director Clint Eastwood, along with selections from Sergio Leone, John Wayne and George Roy Hill - as well as a few more contemporary favorites, including The Proposition, an amazing film directed by our good friend John Hillcoat, plus a guilty pleasure or two, and others we consider to be certifiable modern classics. 

For those yet to experience these movies, and looking for a good way of making this last week a bit more bearable in the wait up to May 18th / 21st, here is a recap of our completely non-exhaustive list of Western favorites...

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Dir. John Huston)
3:10 To Yuma (1957, Dir. Delmer Daves & 2007, Dir. James Mangold)
Major Dundee (1965, Dir. Sam Peckinpah)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Dir. Sergio Leone)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, Dir. George Roy Hill)
The Wild Bunch (1969, Dir. Sam Peckinpah)
High Plains Drifter (1973, Dir. Clint Eastwood)
The Shootist (1976, Dir. Don Sigel)
Young Guns (1988, Dir. Christopher Cain)
Lonesome Dove (1989, Dir. Simon Wincer)
Unforgiven (1992, Dir. Clint Eastwood)
The Proposition (2005, Dir. John Hillcoat)

And for those that have seen all or many of them, you can let us know which is your personal favorite via the poll below.  Also feel free to leave us a note of your personal faves that we didn't include... but note that anyone suggesting "Wild, Wild West" will have their comment removed for abusive behavior.


  • EduOnline94on November 21 2011, 6:34pmReplyFlag
    i love western movies and the wild west itself, i might be getting RDR GOTY for christmas
    • dekka10on December 24 2010, 9:35amReplyFlag
      I second Wyatt3.0 on Tombstone. It should be on the list... add Pat Boone, Michael Biehn and yes, Landon... err... Sam Elliot to the list of actors... Definitly would be a winner!
      • CrazyCripp1eon October 24 2010, 10:13pmReplyFlag
        dude.. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid all the way. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it before voting.
        • FloggingMcMurryon October 24 2010, 2:22amReplyFlag
          I really like Open Range. It was my first real western I was able to sit though
          • ronwallon October 22 2010, 12:48amReplyFlag
            All of those who voted for only recent westerns are missing so much. Starting in the 1930's, Hollywood produced hundreds of 'oaters' starring the leading actors of the time. These are the movies that Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone grew up watching, so the influence of these movies is all over the 'great' westerns we have today. If you like Tombstone, check out Hour of the Gun from the '60's, directed by John Sturges who made several classic westerns of his own.
            • Wyatt3.0on October 21 2010, 10:57amReplyFlag
              There is a movie suggestion... Tombstone starring : Val Kilmer,Bill Paxton, Kurt Russell and Landon Rickett , and Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp....By the way Doc Holiday is Dennis Quaid. Nice watching...
              • 9759176on October 17 2010, 4:09pmReplyFlag
                oops, *good
                • 9759176on October 17 2010, 4:08pmReplyFlag
                  My favourite is "The goog, the ugly and the bad
                  • GoalieOfUnholyon October 14 2010, 12:26pmReplyFlag
                    The Outlaw Josey Wales!
                    • mougatti11on October 12 2010, 12:03pmReplyFlag
                      >>>>>"Shang-High Noon" and "Hidalgo – 3000 Meilen zum Ruhm" are the best western films forever !!!
                      • tonyrolltider69on October 12 2010, 12:23amReplyFlag
                        my favorite is the young guns 1 & 2
                        • McTateron October 9 2010, 3:35pmReplyFlag
                          6 Guns
                          • jet-redon October 6 2010, 2:46amReplyFlag
                            I'v voted for "Young Guns", but my favorite western film, is Winnetou.
                            The old westerns are the greatest, meybe in a nick of time You will put a character that is like Winnetou in the game, will be grat.

                            PS - Thank You Rockstar for this greatest game ever made !
                            • GrantF97on October 5 2010, 4:41pmReplyFlag
                              What about The Good, The Bad and the Ugly?
                              • aceace33333on September 29 2010, 11:36pmReplyFlag
                                I highly recommend "Seraphim Falls," a recent period western starring the fantastic actors Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan, who compliment each other very well.
                                • RANGER95on September 25 2010, 2:56pmReplyFlag
                                  THE GREAT SILENCE! C96 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
                                  • Tackett746on September 15 2010, 7:35pmReplyFlag
                                    jeremiah johnson
                                    the shootist
                                    rio bravo
                                    the good the bad and the ugly
                                    high noon
                                    dances with wolves
                                    wyatt erp
                                    high plain drifter
                                    • xMacTheVillainxon September 15 2010, 12:28amReplyFlag
                                      Clint Eastwoods the man!!!
                                      Just an off subject request from a western fan to others...But mainly
                                      To R*
                                      Great game depicts the west better then any game before. Also all of the updates are awesome and much apreciated. But like every other fan I have my little suggestion u could take in or if not i wont hold a grudge i know you guys down @ rockstar have your hands full. But here it goes the other day i switched the settings on my tv to black and white and the game looked great. I think u should have a mode in the settings for like a western theme like old west movies, should b farely simple to add in the already great game. The only reason i would like you to add this is because i couldnt see the colors on my radar because some situations require you to kill the highest player on the map it would be a little hard to cycle through shades of gray. that should b the only thing colored during this mode oh along with red and blue symbolising which team you are on and golden guns wouldnt want fans upset there golden guns wouldnt be visible. it would give a great feel to a western game. P.s. if u dont like the idea thats why i suggested it to be an optional mode that individual western fans could pick. Thanks R* you always make the greatest games thanks for always listening to your fans whether you implement there ideas or not.
                                      • Lank_oneon September 14 2010, 3:52pmReplyFlag
                                        Y el clasico el bueno el feo y el malo? xd
                                        • GoalieOfUnholyon September 7 2010, 10:44amReplyFlag
                                          The Outlaw Josey Wales...
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