The Western, or American Cinema Par Excellence

The Western is always the same, which gives the director tremendous freedom. - Jean Renoir

The western of the 1950s was probably the most fertile playground cinema was ever offered.

My personal favorites only. There are lots of great westerns not on this list.

In chronological order. How the West was Won for Ford's segment only.

  • The Wind
  • Stagecoach
  • Canyon Passage
  • My Darling Clementine
  • I Shot Jesse James
  • Sierra
  • Wagon Master
  • Winchester '73
  • Apache Drums
  • The Duel at Silver Creek
  • Way of a Gaucho
  • Vera Cruz
  • Apache
  • Cattle Queen of Montana
  • Wichita
  • Ride Clear of Diablo
  • Stranger on Horseback
  • The Naked Dawn
  • Tennessee's Partner
  • The Indian Fighter
  • Man from Del Rio
  • The Searchers
  • Great Day in the Morning
  • 7 Men from Now
  • The Restless Breed
  • The Tall T
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Terror in a Texas Town
  • Comanche Station
  • No Name on the Bullet
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • How the West Was Won
  • The Texican
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Ulzana's Raid
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • China 9, Liberty 37
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Jauja