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

Pale Rider (1985)

Pale Rider (1985)

Yet another appearance for Clint Eastwood in our list, who produces and directs as well as starring as a taciturn preacher who, for a man of the cloth, seems strangely well versed in the use of firearms. The plot is pretty standard Western fare, with Clint protecting a group of downtrodden townspeople from a gang of thugs (in fact it’s almost a remake of Shane) but the religious overtones and air of mystery surrounding the lead character make Pale Rider the pick of the genre as far as the 1980s are concerned.