Favorite Westerns with gun fights ?


August 3, 2007, 05:53 PM
The thread that started

"Sitting here in the middle of the night drinking Jim Beam and watching old movies"

It got me to thinking sometimes I channel surf and when it comes to TCM
or AMC . I won't watch the screen, just listen and see how long it takes
to guess the movie. My older sister was over once and I was doing dishes
and Cat Ballou was on and she kept trying to get me to come out of the
kitchen to watch it saying you gotta see this. I finally told her to shut up and watch it - I know what's going on the screen I've seen it enough

So, hmmm Great Westerns.

It's not cowboys but
My fav. John Wayne movie is
"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

Western with gunfights

SHane - ALan Ladd & Jack Plance as BG

Rio Bravo/Rio Lobo - about 10 years apart
but it was almost the same script.

Ride the High Country
Only moivie with Randy Scott and Joel McRea
these two great 'B' western actors were in together.
High Noon - Gary Cooper
One Eyed Jacks - not enough gun play
Destry Rides Again - Jah Jah Jah JImmy Stewwwart...

I loked tombstone because the weapons were more correct with cap & ball

Ok Carral - Wayne and Kirk Douglas did it best

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August 3, 2007, 06:16 PM
About the first and last 5 minutes of "The Wild Bunch". About the last 5 minutes of "Open Range", "Pale Rider" and "The Unforgiven", as runners up.

Since it's pretty much a straight remake of "Fistfull of Dollars", only set during prohibition: "Last Man Standing" gets honorable mention, especially the hotel clearing bit.

The fight towards the beginning of "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" isn't bad (mostly because of the anachronistic model '87 Winchester) and the "gunfight" where he's called out and settles it with the buffalo gun that leaves a hole you can see through isn't half bad, in a black humor kind of way...

August 3, 2007, 06:21 PM
The Spikes Gagng (1974)

The final shotout between Lee Marvin and Ron Howard (yep, Opie)) is great!

August 3, 2007, 06:26 PM
Silverado has a couple of good ones in it ! :)

August 3, 2007, 06:30 PM
A favorite since my childhood, The Magnificent Seven (and the film it was copied from, The Seven Samurai).

Oh, and the Trinity Series as well as the Eastwood speghetti westerns (some of which were also copied from AK's other films).

August 3, 2007, 06:34 PM
The Quick and the Dead

August 3, 2007, 06:40 PM
Gotta go with Unforgiven.

"deserve's got nothin' to do with it".

August 3, 2007, 06:52 PM
The Magnificant Seven

Years after Yul Bryner and Steve McQueen had passed
Charles Bronson & James COburn were interviewed about the
mnaking of the film. Cobrun said Bryner came in as the big
name actor, the star billing. Steve McQQween? IT was among
his first movies after being "Josh Randall" on The Bounty Hunter.

They messed around off camera on a break with the sizguns and
blanks - After McQueen beat him every time on the fast draw
ol'Yul didn't want to play anymore Coburn brokeinto his tradmark
BIG toothy grin.

The guy that got blown away in Judge ROy bean/Paul Newman was
Stacy Keach playing Bad Bob - rides into town, shoots his own horse
grabs a pot of coffee straight off the fire and dringks half of it and
tells the guy sitting there to cook his horse - when asks how he
wants the horse cooked he sez "Blue!"

Kinda more of a satire but I imagine that sort of a tactic would
allow a sheriff to stay alive

Oh, and in The Shootist Ron Howard kills some other actor
I don't think it was lee Marvin.

James T Thomas
August 3, 2007, 06:53 PM
"The Magnificent Seven," starring Bryner, Chas.Bronson, McQueen,
Coburn, the Man from UNCLE, and great Mexican banditos; you loved to hate!

Qualifies also for the "best" gunfire sound effects.

Melodramatic license, but within the bounds of realism mostly.

August 3, 2007, 07:17 PM
Some of my faves:

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
High Noon
Quigley Down Under
The Sons of Katie Elder
Rooster Cogburn
Red Sun
The Magnificent Seven
High Plains Drifter
A Fistful of Dollars (this and "Last Man Standing" are a remake of Yojimbo)
The Outlaw Josey Wales

August 3, 2007, 07:23 PM
Not really any great shootouts, but what'd you guys think of Seriphim Falls?

Bazooka Joe71
August 3, 2007, 07:23 PM
The Quick and the Dead


My favorite western is The Outlaw Josey Wales. Hands down.

Followed by The Man With No Name Trilogy.

Tombstone is pretty good too.

the iron horse
August 3, 2007, 07:50 PM
Tough to get it down to just one...

My Top Ten (in no particular order)

-The Outlaw Josey Wales

-Ride the High Country

-Open Range

-Destry Rides Again

-Lonesome Dove

-The Magnificent Seven

-Quigley Down Under

-Winchester '73

-Tom Horn


"A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that."

~from the book/film Shane
by Jack Schaefer

August 3, 2007, 08:16 PM
Can't pick just one and like most that were mentioned already (with Quigley nearer the top). Also like the Duke in "The Alamo" & "The Patriot," particularly the "shoot small, miss small/father's vengeance & son's rescue scene. And don't forget Lancaster in "Valdez Is Coming."

August 3, 2007, 08:40 PM
The Quick and the Dead

The one with DiCrapio? I think you want the WORST gunfights thread!

August 3, 2007, 08:59 PM
Once Upon a Time in the West. Bronson and Henry Fonda.
"...the Man from UNCLE..." That'd be Robert Vaughan. Best death scene in any movie ever.
However, the absolute best shooting scene in any movie is the climatic attack in Zulu.

August 3, 2007, 09:50 PM
The Wild Bunch


Paint Your Wagon

August 3, 2007, 10:19 PM
final scene in the wildbunch,
winchester 73',
valdez is coming,
tell'em willy boy is here,
the professionals,
true grit,
las bravados,
open range,
red river,
man who shot liberty valence,

theres more, but I can't think of the names.

August 3, 2007, 11:18 PM

August 3, 2007, 11:20 PM
Tombstone is the only western i have seen that i actually like.....So tombstone it is!

August 3, 2007, 11:21 PM
Quigley Down Under

Crossfire Trail

August 3, 2007, 11:29 PM
I love the whole opening scene in Once Upon A Time In The West. It seems like about ten minutes buildup to the actual gunfire, which is over in a moment.

Mr White
August 4, 2007, 01:45 AM
Outlaw Josie Wales if probably my favorite western.
Open Range is my favorite gunfight western.

There are so man good westerns it'd be impossible to name all the good ones.

August 4, 2007, 03:14 AM
1. Any Clint Eastwood with the gunfight at the end of "The Unforgiven" probably the best.

2. Any John Wayne with the fight at the end of "The Shootist" the best. Maybe because it was his last.

3. "The Wild Bunch" at the beginning with the temperance parade coming down the street.

4. "The Magnificient Seven", several good ones.

5. At the end of "Quigley Down Under" for the remark "I didn't say I didn't know how to use one, just never had much use for 'em".

These are "my favorites" but there's many more.

August 4, 2007, 04:14 AM
The Unforgiven

"Anyone don't wanna get killed....better move on out the back."

XD Fan
August 4, 2007, 05:55 AM
Oh someone is going to mention it eventually, so it might as well be me.

Serenity and the series that spun it off Firefly.

They are as much westerns as they are science fiction. Cheesy sound efects though.

robert garner
August 4, 2007, 06:30 AM
Gunfighters Moon
kid "You shot him in the back!"
gunfighter (spits) "His back was to me"

August 4, 2007, 07:19 AM
For pure silliness, I always got a kick out of the Trinity movies with Terence Hill. I think he used a Colt 1851.

August 4, 2007, 09:47 AM
The Sacketts

August 4, 2007, 10:15 AM

You gotta respect the realism of western where the hero dies in a gunfight 'cause he's outnumbered two to one.


August 4, 2007, 10:24 AM
Once Upon a Time in the West.
Unforgiven "He should have armed himself"

August 4, 2007, 10:54 AM
ok ok ok.... I got it...

Blazing Saddles

August 4, 2007, 11:05 AM
Favorite Westerns with gun fights ?There's a Western without a gunfight?

August 4, 2007, 03:00 PM

August 4, 2007, 03:04 PM
My favorites were basically covered, would add Fire Creek with Jimmy Steward and Henry Fonda for drama and some shootings.

August 4, 2007, 03:08 PM
the Shootist with John Wayne

August 4, 2007, 03:53 PM
It wasn't 'Gunfighters Moon' with the 'shot him in the back' exchange, it was 'El Diablo'. Anthony Edwards to Lou Gosset Jr.

August 4, 2007, 04:35 PM
All of the above are my favorites. I like'm all. John Wayne is the all time Hero.

My favorite Westerns I can watch over and over again and still enjoy them.
I can watch Wyatt Earp with Costner every time

But to pick two, right now. -- "The Sacketts" and "Open Range"


Houston Tom
August 4, 2007, 05:36 PM
oklahoma is a ballet it ain't no western :D

True Grit " I ain't never shot nobody that didn't deserive shootin" & "Fill your hands"

The outlaw Josey Wales "buzzards gotta eat same as worms"

August 4, 2007, 08:12 PM
But they wore cowboy hats . . . :D

Shanghai McCoy
August 4, 2007, 09:46 PM
There was a fella in The Village People who wore a cowboy hat too....didn't make him a cowboy though.

Outlaw Josie Wales gets my vote as the best over all gunfights.

Waterhole Number 3 gets my vote as one of the funniest ...

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