8 of the Greatest Westerns of All Time

My Darling Clementine, John Ford's retelling of the Wyatt Earp legend (portrayed here by Henry Fonda), may be the celebrated director's most underappreciated work.

'My Darling Clementine' (1946)

Red River, an underappreciated John Wayne movie in comparison to other of the Western star's other critically lauded films in the genre, shines as a character-driven drama with a tidy, well-defined plot.

'Red River' (1948)

Tombstone, a sleek and fashionable Western that was remarkably current when it was first released and has held up remarkably well thanks to its flawless cast, has to be the crown jewel for any fan of the nineties Western genre.

'Tombstone' (1993)

Sergio Corbucci, renowned for his gritty violence in spaghetti Westerns, showcased a masterful blend of comedy and the Wild West in his 1970 film "Compañeros."

'Compañeros' (1970)

The well-known Western romance Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, is well-known for having been overlooked for Best Picture at the Oscars.

'Brokeback Mountain' (2004)

"The Hateful Eight," a spaghetti Western thriller doubling as a twisted whodunit, stands as a somewhat underappreciated gem in Quentin Tarantino's career and within the Western genre.

'The Hateful Eight' (2015)

"Shane," a Western classic, regained mainstream attention through its influence on the 2017 superhero film "Logan," showcasing its brilliance and contemplative nature within the genre.

'Shane' (1953)

"True Grit" marked the Coen brothers' first venture into pure-genre filmmaking, excelling in capturing the Old West's atmosphere and eliciting terrific performances from the talented cast.

'True Grit' (2010)