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The greatest Westerns: a list to get ornery about

A few months ago the film reviewers of Britain’s Time Out magazine compiled their list of the 50 Greatest Westerns. It was timed to coincide with the UK release of Kelly Reichardt’s feminist-revisionist Western Meek’s Cutoff, which placed 45 (and might have done better given the originality of its vision and the subtlety of its execution). It’s an excellent list—bold, eclectic, informed, and ambitious. It’s also unapologetically modern or, if you like, cinematically ageist. There’s not one silent entry, so John Ford’s epics The Iron Horse and 3 Bad Men are omitted along with the William S. Hart classic Tumbleweeds, which might, perhaps, have seemed creaky to Time Out’s post-boomer demographic.

No room on the list: John Ford's silent '3 Bad Men.'

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