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A perfect blend of characterization, action and poetic images, John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) made "A" Westerns a viable product for Hollywood in the sound era. By 1990, the Western had again been on a downswing when Dances with Wolves became both a critical and commercial success.
This work examines these two films and twelve others—Red River, High Noon, Shane, The Searchers, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Alamo, The Magnificent Seven, Ride the High Country, How the West Was Won, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Unforgiven—that hold unique spots in the genre's history. Full filmographic data are provided for each, along with an essay that blends plot synopsis, historical perspectives and the movie's place in the Western genre.
|Red River 1948||15|
|High Noon 1952||27|
|The Searchers 1956||49|
|Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957||61|
|The Alamo 1960||73|
|The Magnificent Seven 1960||87|
|Ride the High Country 1962||99|
|How the West Was Won 1962||109|
|The Wild Bunch 1969||123|
|Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969||135|
|Dances with Wolves 1990||145|