Films portraying stories set in the American frontier, usually in the 19th century

The Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Recurring characters include the aforementioned cowboys, Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, soldiers (especially mounted cavalry, such as buffalo soldiers) and settlers (farmers, ranchers and townsfolk). The ambience is usually punctuated with a Western music score, including American and Mexican folk music such as country, Native American music, New Mexico music and rancheras.

  • Hombre - 1967 western movie starring Paul Newman in the title role: a white man raised by Apaches
  • Outlaw Josey Wales, The - 1976 western starring Clint Eastwood set at the end of the American War Between the States
  • Searchers, The - 1956 western movie about a Confederate veteran searching for his niece who had been captured by the Comanches

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