Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Clint Eastwood's Ten Best Westerns

In Chronological Order

A Fistful Of Dollars (1964): Two Feuding families battle for control of a small town and gun for hire Clint Eastwood gets caught in the middle. This film is the beginning of Clint establishing himself as king of the revisionist westerns.

For A Few Dollars More (1965): Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef play competing bounty hunters. The second film in director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti" western trilogy.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966): Final film in the "spaghetti" western trilogy. Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef co-star along with Clint as three men racing to find a lost gold shipment. Made by Italians these films were actually filmed in Spain.

Hang 'Em High (1968): A lawman tracks down the men who tried to hang him. Clint's first film back in the States.Also the first film produced by Clint's own film company Malpaso.

Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970): A gunfighter and a nun help the Mexicans battle the French. Shirley Maclaine plays Sara. Based on a story by Budd Boetticher.

Joe Kidd (1972): Bounty hunters chase a Mexican outlaw. Robert Duvall and John Saxon co-star. This film was written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven).

High Plains Drifter (1973): A gunfighter takes over a small town. The first western directed by Clint.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976): After the Civil War ends,  a Confederate soldier refuses to surrender to Union forces and becomes an outlaw. Co-star Chief Dan George won an Oscar nomination for an earlier western Little Big Man.

Pale Rider (1985): A preacher becomes a small town's gun toting protector. This is a remake of  the movie Shane.

Unforgiven (1992): Another gunfighter for hire film, this one co-starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. Clint won Oscars for best director and best picture.

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