Two of the finest westerns John Wayne starred and also both represent his darkest genre characterizations, where John Wayne actually takes the role of anti-hero in both.
Red River was directed by the legendary American director Howard Hawks.
The Searchers was directed by the legendary American director John Ford. Watching this film in HD is a jaw-dropper, the Monument Valley is so gorgeous it startles me.
I have to mention Sam Peckinpah as Ride The High Country and The Wild Bunch are excellent films depicting the wild west violently giving way to encroaching civilization.
Robert Altman's McCabe And Mrs Miller is a haunting film as bleak and harsh as its stunning Vancouver locations. He deconstructs the myth of the western. The Leonard Cohen score really captures the tone of the film pitch perfectly.
One cant forget other western legendary film-makers such as Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher, John Sturges, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, etc.
Edited by Ambush Bug, 20 December 2012 - 11:17 AM.