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30 Most Memorable Western Movies of All Time – My Blog

Western films have been a staple of American cinema for practically as long as movies have been made.Movies in the Western genre are set in the American West, typically between the 1850s to the end of the 19th century. While it has been a stable genre — no pun intended! — it has also been the starting ground for several hybrid genres like Western comedies, Western musicals and horror Westerns.No other genre’s history goes back quite as far as that of Westerns. According to documentarian David Gregory, “It has been estimated that up to 40 percent of all films made before 1960 were Westerns.”

Although the category reached its greatest popularity in the early and middle decades of the 20th century, with several becoming cult classics, films continued to be made even through droughts for Westerns in the late ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Actors have also made their name starring in Western films, including Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, James Stewart and Jeff Bridges, to name a few.In 2017, Bridges, the star of the Oscar-nominated genre titles True Grit and Hell or High Water, told The Hollywood Reporter, “Everything’s magnified: the struggle, the serious choices, what you do, the bravery, all those things. I like and appreciate the ambiguity of telling right from wrong,” in reference to Westerns.While the genre may not be what it was in the early 20th century, Westerns have continued to evolve to remain a notable category in the industry, as seen in the last decade with True Grit, Hell or High Water and Django Unchained.Find a list of the 30 most memorable Western movies of all time below.‘The Great Train Robbery’ (1903)
Robbers hold up the train in GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, 1903.

Robbers hold up the train in ‘The Great Train Robbery’ HOWARD MANDELBAUM/EVERETT COLLECTION
In one of the earliest Westerns in American cinema, the film depicts a group of outlaws who rob passengers on a train and threaten the operator. When trying to run away, they shoot a passenger. The sheriff and his men embark on a manhunt of the men.‘Stagecoach’ (1939)

Andy Devine, George Bancroft, John Carradine, Donald Meek, Louise Platt, Claire Trevor, John Wayne in STAGECOACH.Andy Devine, George Bancroft, John Carradine, Donald Meek, Louise Platt, Claire Trevor and John Wayne in ‘Stagecoach’ 20TH CENTURY FOX FILMS/ COURTESY: EVERETT COLLECTION
The two-time Oscar winning film, directed by John Ford, follows a collective group of passengers aboard a stagecoach, including a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who stole his client’s money and escaped outlaw Ringo Kid. As they make their trip across the wild west to New Mexico in the 1880s, they must face the threat of Geronimo in the area. ‘Red River’ (1948)
John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in RED RIVER, 1948.John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in ‘Red River’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
After working 14 years to build his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston (John Wayne) is ready to drive them to the market, which is in Missouri. With the help of his trailhand, Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan), and protégé, Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift), an orphan who Dunston took under his wing, they head out on their journey. But along the way, in the film directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson, stubborn Dunston and Garth begin to feud, leading to a tense voyage.‘Winchester ’73’ (1950)
James Stewart, Millard Mitchell, and Tony Curtis in WINCHESTER '73 , 1950.James Stewart, Millard Mitchell, and Tony Curtis in ‘Winchester ’73’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Lin McAdam (James Stewart) finds himself chasing after a rifle that he won in a contest, but was stolen by the runner-up, Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally). In the film, directed by Anthony Mann, McAdam pursues all efforts to retrieve the rifle, even ending up in a shoot-out.‘High Noon’ (1952)
Gary Cooper in HIGH NOON, 1952.Gary Cooper in ‘High Noon,’ 1952 CBS FILMS/EVERETT COLLECTION / EVERETT COLLECTION
The movie, directed by Fred Zinnemann, features Gary Cooper as former marshal Will Kane, who is preparing to leave a small town in New Mexico with his new wife, Amy, played by Grace Kelly. Before heading out, Kane learned the local criminal, Frank Miller, whom he turned in, has been set free and is seeking revenge. The marshal tries to recruit deputies in the town to help, but they turn on him, leaving Kane to fight Miller and his crew alone.‘The Searchers’ (1956)
Harry Carey Jr., John Wayne, and Hank Worden in THE SEARCHERS, 1956.Harry Carey Jr., John Wayne and Hank Worden in ‘The Searchers’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
The film, directed by John Ford, shows how one man will go through great lengths for his family. When Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returned home to Texas after the Civil War, he learns members of his brother’s family have been killed or abducted by Comanches. He then embarks on dangerous mission to save the surviving members, including his neice and her adopted brother.‘Rio Bravo’ (1959)
John Wayne and Dean Martin in RIO BRAVO, 1959.John Wayne and Dean Martin in ‘Rio Bravo’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
When small-town sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) arrests gunslinger Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) for murder, he must face Burdette’s brother Nathan (John Russell) who wants him out of jail. But with the help of an elderly deputy, the town drunk and a young gunfighter, Chance makes a stand against Nathan, in the film directed by Howard Hawks.‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960)
McQueen, Coburn, Buchholtz, Brynner, Dexter, Vaughn, Bronson in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, 1960.McQueen, Coburn, Buchholtz, Brynner, Dexter, Vaughn, Bronson in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
When a small Mexican farming village is terrorized by a band of outlaws every year, several of the townspeople hire seven American gunmen to defend them. The film, directed by John Sturges, follows the gunslingers as they train and prepare the village for the outlaws who will be arriving soon.‘One-Eyed Jacks’ (1961)
Karl Malden in Marlon Brando in ONE-EYED JACKS , 1961.Karl Malden and Marlon Brando in ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Following a bank robbery, outlaw Rio (Marlon Brando) and his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) are on the run from the law, but Dad has different plans. In the film, directed by Brando, Dad betrays Rio and takes off with the gold as Rio is captured. Years later, when Rio escapes from prison, he hunts down his ex-partner, who is now a sheriff, in California for revenge.‘Ride the High Country’ (1962)
Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott in RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, 1962.Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott in ‘Ride the High Country’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
In the film directed by Sam Peckinpah, retired lawman Steve Judd (Joel McCrea) hires his friend Gil Westrum (Randolph Scott) and his young protégé Heck to help transport a gold shipment from a bank through a dangerous area. But Gil and Heck devise a plan to steal the gold. Along the way, the three also get involved with a woman trying to escape her father and fiancé.‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964)
Clint Eastwood in A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, 1964Clint Eastwood in ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
As drifter gunman Joe (Clint Eastwood) enters the Mexican village of San Miguel, he learns of a power struggle between two gangs — John Baxter (Wolfgang Lukschy) and Ramón Rojo (Gian Maria Volontè). In the film, directed by Sergio Leone, Joe finds himself between the two sides, playing both for his own benefit.‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (1966)
Clint Eastwood in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, 1966.Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
This Western classic, starring Clint Eastwood, follows three men on a tense journey, all vying for a stash of gold. In the film, directed by Sergio Leone, Blondie, The Good, who is a professional gunslinger, ruins his partnership with Tuco, The Ugly (Eli Wallach), who is a Mexican outlaw. As Tuco sets out to murder Blondie, along the way, they both learn of $200,000 worth of gold buried in a cemetery. But each man has different information on its location, so they must keep each other alive as they set out on a journey to find the gold. Along the way, Angel Eyes, The Bad (Lee Van Cleef), who is a hitman, learns about the gold, which leads to Blondie and Tuco teaming up once again, to get their hands on the gold before anyone else.‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968)
Henry Fonda in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, 1968.Henry Fonda in ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
A woman moves from New Orleans to Utah, just to find her new husband and family killed. When she learns the man responsible pinned it on a known bandit, Cheyenne (Jason Robards), she teams up with him to search for the real killer, henchman Frank (Henry Fonda). They also have help from a mysterious gunslinger on a mission to get even. The film is directed by Sergio Leone.‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969)
Robert Redford and Paul Newman in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, 1969.Robert Redford and Paul Newman in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP./ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
The film based on real-life outlaws is set at a time when the west starts to become more civilized. The leaders of a small gang, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, are on the run from a special posse who begins trailing them after their regular train robbery. No matter how far they go, the group seems to be right behind them. But when they finally escape them, their journey takes them to Bolivia, thanks to a suggestion from Butch. The film was directed by George Roy Hill.‘True Grit’ (1969)
John Wayne and Kim Darby in TRUE GRIT, 1969.John Wayne and Kim Darby in ‘True Grit’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Nothing matters more than bringing her father’s killer to justice, so Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) sets out on a journey to seek vengeance. She hires U.S. Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn (John Wayne) to help her track the murderer Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) down, and along the way, a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) joins the manhunt, hoping to capture Chaney for the murder of a Texas senator. In the movie, directed by Henry Hathaway, they all embark on the dangerous trek together.‘The Wild Bunch’ (1969)
Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in THE WILD BUNCH, 1969Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in ‘The Wild Bunch’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
This Sam Peckinpah-directed film, set in 1913, follows a gang known as The Wild Bunch as they attempt one last robbery before retiring. Once outlaw Pike Bishop, played by William Holden, and his gang make it to Mexico for the job, they end up in a violent last stand against their enemies. The film also stars Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson and Robert Ryan. ‘Buck and the Preacher’ (1972)
Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier in BUCK AND THE PREACHER, 1972.Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier in ‘Buck and the Preacher,’ 1972. COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Post-Civil War, Buck (Sidney Poitier), a soldier turned trail guide, is helping former slaves settle in the West. At one point, a con artist, Preacher (Harry Belafonte), joins the group and clashes with Buck. But the two must learn to put their differences aside when a group of bounty hunters, led by Deshay (Cameron Mitchell), tries to bring the freed slaves back to Louisiana. The film is directed by Sidney Poitier and Joseph Sargent.‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ (1976)
Chief Dan George and Clint Eastwood in THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, 1976.Chief Dan George and Clint Eastwood in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
After Josey Wales’ (Clint Eastwood) family is killed by Union men led by Capt. Terrill (Bill McKinney), Wales seeks revenge by joining the Confederate Army. But when the war ends, he refuses to surrender and hand over his weapons. Josey then flees to Texas where he meets a group of settlers to start a new life, but with a bounty on his head. Eastwood also directed the film.‘Dance With Wolves’ (1990)
Kevin Costner and Graham Greene in DANCES WITH WOLVES, 1990.Kevin Costner and Graham Greene in ‘Dance with Wolves’ ORION PICTURES CORP/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Directed by and starring Kevin Costner, the film follows a Civil War soldier, Lt. John Dunbar, (Costner) as he develops a relationship with a Native American tribe. As he gets closer to them, he decides to leave his former life behind and join them. After getting the name Dances With Wolves, he is welcomed in as a member and stands with them in any fight. John also finds a surprising romance in the tribe. ‘Unforgiven’ (1992)
Clint Eastwood in UNFORGIVEN, 1992.Clint Eastwood in ‘Unforgiven,’ WARNER BROS/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
One of the many Westerns starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven sees a prostitute disfigured, narrowly escaping death, prompting co-workers to post a reward for the murder of those responsible. To the displeasure of the sheriff, two groups of outlaws head to Big Whiskey, Wyoming, one led by William Munny (Eastwood) and the other by English Bob (Richard Harris), in search of the men behind the crime.‘Tombstone’ (1993)
Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott (n driver's seat), Bill Paxton in TOMBSTONE, 1993.Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott (in driver’s seat) and Bill Paxton in ‘Tombstone’ BUENA VISTA PICTURES/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
In the movie directed by George P. Cosmatos and Kevin Jarre, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers, Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott), think they have left their gunslinger ways behind them as they settle down in Tombstone, Arizona. But things take a turn when trouble finds the trio once again, this time with a group of outlaws. The men team up with Wyatt’s best friend, Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), to take on the gang of cowboys.‘The Quick and the Dead’ (1995)
Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman in THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, 1995.Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman in ‘The Quick and the Dead’ TRISTAR PICTURES / COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
A female gunslinger, Ellen (Sharon Stone), rides into a small frontier town looking for revenge for her father who was killed by the town’s mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman). While there, she enters a violent competition with other outlaws all there with their own motive. In the film directed by Sam Raimi, Ellen fights to the death to get justice. The movies also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. ‘Lone Star’ (1996)
When local sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert in Rio County, Texas, he starts to uncover the town’s dark secrets. In the movie, directed by John Sayles, Deeds begins to learn more about his father, former legendary sheriff Buddy Deeds, all while trying to solve the mystery murder and expose the town’s secrets. Along the way, he also rekindles an old high-school romance.‘Open Range’ (2003)
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, and Diego Luna in OPEN RANGE, 2003.Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall and Diego Luna in ‘Open Range’ TOUCHSTONE/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
In this Western, directed by Kevin Costner, Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall), Charley Waite (Costner), Mose Harrison (Abraham Benrubi) and Button (Diego Luna) have a close friendship as they drive their cattle across the West. But when Mose finds his way to a small town, he encounters a corrupt sheriff (James Russo) and rancher Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon) who run the village with fear and violence. When Mose doesn’t come back, Boss and his men head out to find. Along their journey to rescue Mose, they face everything from heated exchanges, violence and an unexpected romance.‘3:10 To Yuma’ (2007)
Alan Tudyk, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Lennie Loftin in 3:10 TO YUMA, 2007.Alan Tudyk, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Lennie Loftin in ‘3:10 To Yuma’ LIONS GATE/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale), who heads into Bisbee, Arizona, captures famed outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) who has been terrorizing the area. The film, set in the 1800s, follows Evan as he escorts Wade to the train so he can be brought to trial. Throughout their tense journey in the movie, which was directed by James Mangold, they face danger at every turn on their way to the 3:10 to Yuma train. ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ (2007)
Brad Pitt as Jesse James, Casey Affleck as Robert Ford in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, 2007.Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ WARNER BROS./COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Jesse James (Brad Pitt) is a famed outlaw with many after him to collect the reward placed on his head. But as Jesse continues his ways and plans his next big heist, two of his own recruits have other plans. As Robert (Casey Affleck) and Charley Ford (Sam Rockwell) grow jealous of Jesse, they decide to try and kill him, but things don’t go as planned, in the film directed by Andrew Dominik.‘Appaloosa’ (2008)
Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris in APPALOOSA, 2008.Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris in ‘Appaloosa’ NEW LINE CINEMA/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
It’s the 1880s Southwest, and Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are traveling into lawless towns desperate for them to bring justice. Along the way, they learn the mining town of Appaloosa is being terrorized by Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons), a newly arrived rancher and a gang. In the film, directed by Ed Harris, Virgil and Evertt must work together to bring them down, but when a mysterious widow (Renee Zellweger) arrives to town, their bond is tested.‘Rango’ (2011)
Rango (voice: Johnny Depp), Beans (voice: Isla Fisher) in RANGO, 2011.Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) and Beans (voiced by Isla Fisher) in ‘Rango’ PARAMOUNT/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
This animated Western follows the story of a pet chameleon named Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) who embarks on a lifestyle change following an identity crisis. Rango accidentally finds himself in a frontier town as the new sheriff, where he ends up taking on the hero role and faces thrilling encounters. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski. ‘Django Unchained’ (2012)
With quite the ensemble, including Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington, the pre-Civil War film follows Django (Foxx), a slave who joins a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), on a mission to find two men. Once they are found, Schultz offers to help Django find his long-lost wife, Broomhilda von Shaft (Washington), if he agrees to be his partner. The two embark on a journey to find her when they learn she was sold to a plantation in Mississippi. They work together to come up with a plan so that the owner, Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), welcomes them into his home so they can save his wife.‘Hell or High Water’ (2016)
Ben Foster and Chris Pine in HELL OR HIGH WATER, 2016.Ben Foster and Chris Pine in ‘Hell or High Water’ LOREY SEBASTIAN/CBS FILMS/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
In the film directed by David Mackenzie, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) is a divorced father who is about to have his family ranch foreclosed on. In an attempt at making a better life for his sons, Toby and his brother Tanner (Ben Foster), who is an ex-convict, plan several heists at the bank that’s foreclosing the ranch. At the same time, Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), who’s close to retirement, is out to stop them

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John Wayne’s unexpected reaction to his lung cancer diagnosis. – My Blog

Years before people would take getting checked for cancer seriously, John Wayne actually did and it ended up saving his life.His son Ethan Wayne, in the latest Gritcast, talks with Stacy Mulder, who is vice president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.In this clip provided by the John Wayne Estate on Instagram, Ethan offers some insight into his father’s reasoning for taking action.

John Wayne also knew that it was possible he might not get insured for future pictures.Take a look and listen as The Duke’s son opens up about this important subject.Fans did not hold back their love and respect for Wayne.One of them writes, “Your Dad was one of a kind!”Another one writes, “I loved and still love and respect the person he was! Not just a wonderful actor and entertainer but a great human being! They don’t make them like him anymore!”

A Wayne fan offers up a simple comment. “Awesome son and father”.Outsiders, we will agree that Ethan has done a stellar job in helping to keep the name of John Wayne in the public eye.While The Duke had that cancerous tumor removed and went on to more movie success, he still had issues with cancer.

Sadly, Wayne died in 1979 from stomach cancer.John Wayne Movie ‘Big Jake’ Might Be Super Flick For This Hollywood ActorSo, who would be a solid fit to play the role that John Wayne made famous in Big Jake?Again, we turn to the Wayne sons for some feedback.Ethan and Patrick Wayne offer up their thoughts on this question.“For a while, I’ve watched […] Gene Hackman, at a certain period of his career he easily could have done it,” one son says.

When someone else asks, “What about Russell Crowe?” Patrick says, “Russell Crowe would be great.” Others say “he’s good in everything he does.”The John Wayne Estate has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Jake, which premiered in 1971. Big Jake happened to be director George Sherman’s final film.The cast included Wayne, Maureen O’Hara , and Richard Boone. Big Jake follows the McCandles family while they are being attacked by the Fain Gang.

Martha McCandles ends up sending for estranged husband Jacob “Big Jake” McCandles to find their kidnapped grandson, Little Jake.Film critics took note of the film’s violence, especially for a Wayne movie.Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune writes, “With a little bit of restraint, the latest John Wayne Western, ‘Big Jake,’ might have been one of the veteran star’s recent best. The most obvious excess and this is unusual for a John Wayne film is violence.”

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Bruce Dern paid homage to Western past as ” Man Who Killed John Wayne ” – My Blog

Over the years, Bruce Dern has made quite a career in film. From acting to producing and just about every facet of the industry. One of his most notable roles, earlier in his career was when he killed John Wayne. That film, 1972’s The Cowboy, came up in his Goliath series.Dern’s series, Goliath features Billy Bob Thornton and others in a legal drama, unlike many others.

Throughout the series, the production crew has tried their best to incorporate some of the film legend’s old material into the show. A man who has worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to John Wayne, Quentin Tarantino and more, has a lot to reflect on.

However, it was how they paid homage to that old John Wayne film that really surprised Dern. During the fourth and final season, Billy McBride has a dream in which Dern appears. Riding a horse and wearing a very familiar outfit.“But what they did that I didn’t know, they went back to Western Custom and got the 1972 exact costume I wore in The Cowboys when I killed John Wayne,” Bruce Dern said.

“They did stuff like that. I was totally surprised. I said, ‘S***, I’ve seen this stuff before.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, you wore it in The Cowboys when you killed John Wayne.’ Oh, my God.’” He continued, “Each day they’d come up with little things like that particularly for me. I really appreciated that. And that is Larry Trilling and big-time Billy Bob Thronton. He’s all about what was there before. I mean, we’re not inventing the wheel, so to speak. We’re trying to find new ways to communicate things. And I enjoyed the opportunity to do that.”Bruce Dern Made a Lot of Enemies Killing John WayneWhile the action was just part of a movie, The Cowboy had quite an influence on how many Western fans viewed Bruce Dern. Taking out The Duke is no small task. It comes with a lot of repercussions. Especially the way his character did it, shooting Wayne in the back after losing a fistfight…in front of a bunch of kids.

While the dramatics of the scene was a perfect example of those old classic Westerns, Dern never really shook the reputation with a certain generation of fans. However, while working with John Wayne, Dern received direct orders to disrespect Wayne on set.“But right at the start, he says to me, ‘I want you to do us a favor.’ He was including himself, [director] Mark Rydell, and the scriptwriters.” Dern explained that during the pep talk, “He [Wayne] gave me carte blanche to just treat him like a turd.” All so the kids acting on set as the cowboys would be scared of the bad guys.

Bruce Dern got into the role and listened to the orders that Wayne gave him. Now, the movie is a Western classic, and infamous in the minds and hearts of John Wayne fans everywhere.

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John Wayne or Jeff Bridges, who plays the role of Rooster Cogburn well? – My Blog

Two movies made 50 years apart, both based on a novel by the same name. Two different iconic actors took turns playing the rough-and-tumble marshal Rooster Cogburn in their respective versions of “True Grit.” John Wayne played him in the 1969 version, Jeff Bridges in 2010. Both were celebrated critically. Now, Duke’s official Instagram account is comparing the performances to see which one did it better.Of course, the question was posed by the John Wayne account. So it’s safe to say the people who responded in the comments were at least slightly biased toward the 1969 version.

Then again, both Rooster Cogburn actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. So it’s really anybody’s game.“John Wayne & Jeff Bridges were both nominated for Oscars for their performance as Rooster Cogburn. Which version of the movie is your favorite, 1969 or 2010?” the Instagram caption read.

In the world of remakes, few movies do as much justice to their original counterparts as the 2010 version of “True Grit” from the Coen Brothers. There was no consensus among fans whatsoever. But some of the most popular sentiments seemed to be that the 1969 “True Grit” with John Wayne as Cogburn featured the more iconic performance. Though, many fans thought the 2010 movie was closer to the source text than the original.

“I have to fall on the side of the Duke. BUT, that’s the BEST remake of a film, I’ve ever seen! Loved them both,” a fan replied to the Instagram post.“2010 Much richer film and truer to the book’s feel. Wayne was robbed of an Oscar for the Searchers and this was a lifetime achievement award,” another added.Two Versions of ‘True Grit,’ Two Very Different Approaches to Character . One of the biggest complaints John Wayne fans had of Jeff Bridges’ approach to Rooster Cogburn was how disheveled he appeared.

“Jeff Bridges was horrible had marbles in house mouth and portrait Roster as a slob,” another fan replied to the post from John Wayne’s estate.But a different fan pointed out that, indeed, the portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the novel by Charles Portis was one of a slobbish man.This isn’t to say that the Bridges performance is better for accuracy. It’s just that Henry Hathaway, the director of the 1969 “True Grit,” and the Coen brothers took different approaches to their movies. As a result, the actors contrasted greatly in their portrayals of Rooster Cogburn.

At the end of the day, however, the win may have to go to John Wayne on this one. After all, we’re still waiting on Jeff Bridges to reprise the role in a sequel. Duke did it in the 1975 film “Rooster Cogburn.”

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