Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite 21st Century Western?

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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite 21st Century Western?
Last week, Jane Got a Gun premiered, and both Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight are still on their world tours. The so-called "westerns" are no longer as rare as they used to be.

Clearly, that genre is currently decades removed from its heydays, be it the American fairy-tale heroics from the fifties or the Italian exploitation baddies of the sixties. Today's social and political climate have made this particular part of US history a moral minefield.
Still, it is that very uneasiness which makes the western such a unique background to tell many an interesting story. Indeed, several filmmakers managed to use the genre to make fun, great, or otherwise interesting films after the year 2000.

So our question of the week is: what is your favorite western which was made in the last fifteen years?
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Brian LillieFebruary 2, 2016 10:04 AM

The Proposition!

KurtFebruary 2, 2016 10:59 AM

Conventional Choice: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Offbeat Choice: Meek's Cutoff
Implode the genre choice: There Will Be Blood

Ard VijnFebruary 2, 2016 11:18 AM

Recently I loved FAR FROM MEN, which counts as a western to me despite taking place in Northern Africa.

Niels MatthijsFebruary 2, 2016 11:25 AM

Sayuki Django Western, despite Tarantino's small appearance. Westerns need more fun.

KurtFebruary 2, 2016 11:28 AM

Put Theeb into that category. Excellent film, and a western outside of the usual 'American West' but still retaining the ideas and themes of the genre.

KurtFebruary 2, 2016 11:30 AM

If 'fun' is the goal, and still have a few things to say politically, I'd go with Kim Ji-Woon's THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD.

luther_blissett5February 2, 2016 11:45 AM

Though both are uneven at times I really enjoyed Blueberry (aka Renegade) and Dust.

Sylvestre MatuschkaFebruary 2, 2016 12:05 PM

Awesome movie.

Sylvestre MatuschkaFebruary 2, 2016 12:05 PM

My first thought as well.

KurtFebruary 2, 2016 1:15 PM

Was the first review I wrote for this site! Nice.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 2, 2016 1:45 PM

Bone Tomahawk.

AliciaFebruary 2, 2016 2:57 PM

Out of the handful that I've seen, probably True Grit.

Douglas RoyFebruary 2, 2016 3:25 PM

Bone Tomahawk and the True Grit remake by the Cohen Bros.

kidlazarusFebruary 2, 2016 3:41 PM

modern take: No Country for Old Men. Traditional: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Ed ErdelacFebruary 2, 2016 4:51 PM

Open Range is my favorite, but I have to mention The Missing, The Homesman, The Proposition, Django Unchained, Slow West, and The Dark Valley.

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2016 5:21 PM

*YES. !*

-- when i'm recommending films BlueBerry is one of the F.irst i'll go too; ~ EXCELLENT Trippy film.
*wish more people knew about this one..

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2016 5:24 PM

..Proposition, - along with The Good The Bad The Weird would (most likely) be my two "honorable mentions"...

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2016 5:26 PM

Darn Straight.
....LOVE the opening intro. for this film; as well as the "floor-board scene" towards the end of the feature.

*and the WHOLE film, too ~ but that's a give..
~ ~

...and while it HAD flashes of genius and potential;
The Last Stand .......was a MESS.................

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2016 5:34 PM

my top vote-getters would consist of The Homesman, Slow West, Young Ones, Automata, BlueBerry, along with Ain't Them Bodies Saints..
.....annnd in terms of more "check-your-brain-at-the-door" attire; 2 Guns and Get the Gringo offer up a BAMF'ing Good-Time, imho.
~ ~
.....TGTBTW and The Proposition would be honorable mention for me..

Dennis SFebruary 2, 2016 6:03 PM

I am totally going to cheat by naming more than one, but a few of my favorites since 2000: Open Range, True Grit, Slow West, The Proposition, The Hateful Eight, Bone Tomahawk, The Revenant, The Salvation.

I also have to mention Deadwood, although that was tv (also how cool is it that we finally get a TV movie!).

But the absolute masterpiece in the western genre since 2000 is, without a doubt, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

The western genre continues to be one of my absolute favorite genres.

Andreas GFebruary 3, 2016 2:47 AM

Django Unchained, Sukiyaki Western Django and Open Range are the best I've seen. Haven't seen Bone Tomahawk yet.

PSYFebruary 3, 2016 4:21 AM

The good the bad and the weird :)

marshy00February 3, 2016 5:00 AM


fergus1948February 3, 2016 5:31 AM

Slow West is a really rewarding and unusual take on the western genre.
And I agree with anyone who nominated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, terrific work by the director and from Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

Julio C. SánchezFebruary 3, 2016 6:58 AM

I will add to the list "Tears of the Black tiger". A thai western that it's like a son of Sam Packimpah and Pedro Almodóvar, bloody, colourful and very beautiful. It's funny that 2 of the best westerns of this century are made by aussies.

MountaineerFebruary 4, 2016 2:17 AM

Open Range is best trad western Good, It's also not self consciously retro like some mentioned here. the bad and the weird is a classic

TimFebruary 5, 2016 12:01 AM

I really enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma, particularly Ben Foster's performance. Bone Tomahawk was outstanding.

JigvellFebruary 5, 2016 5:18 AM

Assassination of Jesse James and The Good, The Bad, The Weird. I'm really hyped for the next Kim Jee-woon's film...

Ard VijnFebruary 5, 2016 6:16 PM

Good catch!