1953 – The Naked Spur

★★★★☆ USA. 1h31m. Western / Thriller. Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom. Cinematography by William C. Mellor. Edited by George White. Music by Bronislaw Kaper. Starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell.

About a bounty hunter who tries to bring a murderer to justice, and is forced to accept the help of two strangers who are less than trustworthy. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay — a rare honor for a Western.

1976 – The Outlaw Josey Wales

★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Western. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus (screenplay) and Forrest Carter (“Gone To Texas”). Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Edited by Ferris Webster. Music by Jerry Fielding. Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon.

Tells the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer whose family is murdered by Union militants during the Civil War. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and makes a name for himself as a feared gunfighter. After the war, all the fighters in Wales’ group except for him surrender to Union officers, but they end up being massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and Union soldiers as he tries to make a new life for himself.

1985 – Pale Rider

★★★★☆ USA. 1h56m. Western / Drama. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Edited by Joel Cox. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Starring Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart, Chris Penn, Sydney Penny, John Russell, Richard Kiel.

Outside the snowy mountain town of Lahood, California, thugs working for big-time miner Coy LaHood destroy the camp of a group of prospectors and their families. They shoot a dog belonging to 14-year-old Megan Wheeler, who prays for a miracle as she buries its body in the woods. Thunder rolls and a stranger rides down the slopes.

1980 – The Return Of Josey Wales

★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h30m. Western. Directed by Michael Parks. Written by Forrest Carter, R.O. Taylot (screenplay) and Forrest Carter (“The Vengeance Trail Of Josey Wales”). Cinematography by Brant A. Hughes. Edited by Ivan L. Bigley. Music by Rusty Thornhill. Starring Michael Parks, Rafael Campos, Everett Sifuentes, Suzie Humphreys, John William Galt, Charles McCoy, Mary Ann Averett.

A sequel to Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales, which was in turn based on author Forrest Carter’s 1973 novel The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales. The Return of Josey Wales adapted Carter’s second novel featuring Wales, The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales. Eastwood had planned to adapt it himself as a sequel to his original film, but the project was eventually cancelled.

1957 – Valerie

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h22m. Western / Drama. Directed by Gerd Oswald. Written by Leonard Heideman, Emmett Murphy. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by David Bretherton. Music by Albert Glasser. Starring Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel, Peter Walker, Jerry Barclay, Iphigenie Castiglioni, John Wengraf, Gage Clarke, Tom McKee.

Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Valerie involves witnesses to a murder providing sometimes-contradictory evidence in long flashback sequences.

1968 – The Valley Of Death

★★★☆☆ W. Germany / Italy / Yugoslavia. 1h29m. Western. Directed by Harald Reinl. Written by Herbert Reinecker, Harald Reinl (screenplay) and Karl May (story). Cinematography by Ernst W. Kalinke. Edited by Hermann Haller. Music by Martin Böttcher. Starring Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Rik Battaglia, Karin Dor, Ralf Wolter, Clarke Reynolds, Kurt Waitzmann, Heinz Welzel, Branko Ŝpoljar.

The last in a series of films based on Karl May novels. These had previously enjoyed major commercial success, although this film’s box office returns were disappointing. It was effectively a remake of an earlier film in the series Treasure of the Silver Lake.

1950 – Winchester ’73

★★★★☆ USA. 1h32m. Western. Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by Borden Chase, Robert L. Richards (screenplay) and Stuart N. Lake (story). Cinematography by William H. Daniels. Edited by Edward Curtiss. Starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Millard Mitchell, Charles Drake, John McIntire, Will Geer.

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another and a cowboy’s search for a murderous fugitive.