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Perfect 83 Points 2011

Makes you proud to be an American, a movie like Buck. A documentary about legendary horse trainer Buck Brannaman, the deep wisdom, transcendent techniques and honest humanity of its subject make Buck a profoundly rewarding cinematic experience, horses or no.

Brannaman deserves more fame t…

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Perfect 66 Points 1939

What a trip – iconic images before they were cliches, John Wayne’s star-making performance, a crisply compelling story. Legendary director John Ford’s first talkie Western warrants its status as one of the most influential movies of all time. Clocking in at a mere 96 minutes, it’s also tautly e…

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Lonesome Dove
Really Great 17 Points 1989

This epic TV miniseries follows ex Texas Rangers (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones) as they steal horses in Mexico then get involved in a cattle drive to Montana in the 1880’s. A little Kitschy at times, but endearing to watch the pair banter back and forth and perform their manly cowboy roles. …

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White Mane
Great 66 Points 1953

Elemental kid’s movie, just 40 minutes long, thy name is White Mane. It’s from France of all places, with French cowboys. Really. And wild French horses – white horses and white stallions.

White Mane, the leader of a herd of wild Camargues, "was a proud and fearsome horse. All the other h…

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Brokeback Mountain
Great 18 Points 2005

A well made story of two men hiding their love for each other over the span of many years. But once you step back and look at it objectively, is the movie good because of the controversy that surrounds it or does it work on the merits of a good love story by itself? Without the gay aspect, this…

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The Searchers
Very Good 66 Points 1956

The greatest Western ever? Not in my judgment. Though a darn good movie, The Searchers is too phony to make a claim for all-time honors. While dated, it remains essential viewing for Western fans, full of jaw dropping scenery, intriguing interplay, and classic cowboys and Indians horse chases.

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Winchester '73
Very Good 66 Points 1950

Classic Westerns come no more accomplished than Winchester ’73. It ably weaves a tale around “The Gun that Won the West,” the Winchester 1873. This Precious changes hands almost as often as My Precious in Lord of the Rings

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The Magnificent...
Very Good 70 Points 1960

Samurai cowboys save a poor village in ye old Mexico, riding in to one of the greatest themes of all time. Fifty years on, the all-star cast impresses less than the bravura music — the Marlboro jingle still arouses.

The Magnificent Seven famously remakes Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai

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The Good, the B...
Good 66 Points 1966

Good, legendary, and disappointing. Yes Sergio Leone’s classic is a good movie, legendary even. Disappointing too, a bit mannered and dangerously close to self-parody given its protracted length.

Whining out of the way, let’s now sing the praises of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

  • The i…
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City Slickers
OK 17 Points 1991

There isn’t a middle-aged man out there who couldn’t help but identify with Billy Crystal’s middle-aged crisis. Add in hilarious sarcasm and a crew of city-dwellers trying to be cowboys, and you’ve got a funny movie. I loved Jack Palance as the leathery old cowboy-boss. Unfortunately for me, the…

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