25 best Western movies ever

With Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained hitting cinemas, we saddle up and look back over the best tales from the Wild West on the silver screen

Shane (1953)

Along with High Noon, Shane is probably the most famous Western of the 1950s. Following the genre’s conventions to the letter (it may, in fact, have established several of these conventions itself), it follows a gunslinging drifter whose attempts to settle into a peaceful life are disrupted by a dispute between cattle ranchers and settlers. The cinematography, full of epically sweeping, blue-skied vistas, won the movie an Oscar.

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