8 Great... Gritty Western Stars

Dec 21, 2010 Comments

Moviegoers love Westerns. With the genre’s use of wide-open spaces, iconic, grizzled faces, multiple gun blasts, humor and nostalgia, it’s the perfect milieu for the big screen. Think of that famous last shot in The Searchers, where John Wayne just stands alone in the doorway, and you understand just how our American West was made for the movies. They look beautiful and they’re often as entertaining as all hell. And the characters, what characters! The men and the women who guide us along these rugged landscapes are figures we often never forget. With Joel and Ethan Coen returning to Western terrain (No Country for Old Men was something of a Western), with a remake of a Western, True Grit (starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and the young Hailee Steinfeld), we’re taking a look at some of the most iconic Western heroes (or anti-heroes) who’ve graced the screen.

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