From the early part of the 20th century through the 1960s, Westerns were one of the most popular genres of Hollywood movies. With bankable actors such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and Alan Ladd starring in films such as Stagecoach, Red River, High Noon, and Shane - documentarian David Gregory estimates that nearly 40% of all films made before 1960 were a Western.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 182 Westerns were made in the United States between 1960-69, helping establish the careers of Hollywood icons Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Clint Eastwood.
However, over the next few decades, Westerns slowly began to decline in popularity, despite films such as Dances with Wolves and Unforgiven winning the Oscar for Best Picture in the 1990s. But while the 2010s have seen a decrease in quantity, the quality of the tales of the Old West remained high. Here is a look at a few of the better Westerns to determine if they will remain a worthy watch for future decades.
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