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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762769963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762769964
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This unique compendium of short essays about, and evocative photos from, the one hundred greatest Western movies of all time is the authoritative new resource on the subject and the ideal illustrated gift book for all cowboy enthusiasts and cinema fans. Beyond being eminently browseable and lavishly illustrated, the book compiled by the editors of the popular Western magazine American Cowboy is sure to generate hot debate over its "top 100" list, and it covers plenty of movies that appeal to a wide variety of ages and tastes from Once Upon a Time in the West (#1), High Noon (#4) Shane (#5), Unforgiven (#6), The Wild Bunch (#8), The OxBow Incident (#18), and The Magnificent Seven (#34) to Ride the High Country (#44), Little Big Horn (#67), The Outlaw Josey Wales (#84), Jeremiah Johnson (#85), Brokeback Mountain (#97), and The Kentuckian (#100). Each essay makes the case for why the selected movie belongs in the top one hundred and included are five movies you've never heard of but should immediately put high on your list to view. The introduction sets forth the criteria for the selections while also presenting a short history of the genre."

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A fun, opinionated, illustrated look at Westerns with great photographs from great movies From the IntroductionAs we look toward the future of the Western, it is appropriate to look back on the genre and to feature what we believe are the greatest one hundred (or so) Westerns to come out of Hollywood and elsewhere in the last hundred (or so) years. The opinions about what should be included, indeed about what constitutes a Western at all, are endless and deeply rooted in tradition and a heartfelt love for the heroes of the silver screen. The list starts with our very favorite in the #1 slot, and the rankings follow from there through our least favorite favorite at #100. Because we couldn't help ourselves, there's also an appendix with a few more. And included in our list there are also five (or more) movies that you've probably never heard of, much less seen. We've tried to make a point of calling extra attention to these unsung gems of the genre. Put together by editors who are movie lovers, but more specifically Western movie lovers and connoisseurs, our list tries to look at the genre as the art form it is, not comparing it with other movies out there. We've tried to make our reasons for including them clear but we didn't want to give away the endings. Watch these, celebrate these, and by all means make your own catalog of favorites."

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This book is as lighthearted as the cover implies.

The small, square, thin tome outlines, in very broad strokes, the films the author's deem to be the 100 greatest Westerns.

Being a big Western fan I was hoping for an in depth 'experts' review of the films and the genre as a whole, instead this book delivers little more than the notes you'd get on the back of a DVD, or Imdb synopsis.

Ok if you want a little stocking filler but will leave you disappointed if you want more.

I recommend 'A rough guide to Westerns' as a little book which delivers far more.
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Very poor value for money. Thought it was written by Douglas Brode, but he only wrote the forward. The information on the films is sketchy - there are large chunks of almost blank pages - and I am not sure it is that accurate either - I lost patience after the third entry - Red River - directed by Howard Hawks who appears to have directed Mutiny on the Bounty - that must be news to Lewis Milestone who directed the picture!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the cover price but maybe worth a bargain rate 10 Sept. 2012
By M. Wadle - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a long-time western fan (age 69) and have a large collection of western films so, perhaps, I am not the average customer the publisher of this book targeted. So, I found no surprises in this book and perhaps, for people who are more recent fans of the western film, it could be useful as a check-list.
I will list my disappointments first. For one thing the author lists movies that have a solid 2nd-half-of-the-20th-century setting. These are not westerns in my opinion...HUD that was made and took place in the early 1960s and HEARTS OF THE WEST about a western film star and writer took place in the movie making 20th century and for goodness' sake, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN? There are films that take place in the contemporary American West that are not westerns. Westerns are oaters, people rode horses, or maybe the earliest horseless carriages. They lived mostly in the 19th century. So, please leave out the 4-5 titles that are not really westerns (in my opinion). Secondly, I am so amazed that authors seem to delight in writing spoilers into the sketches of many films, in other books and in this one. Please, please, please, leave the spoilers out. There is a whole generation of people, and others, who have never viewed some of these titles. So, for heaven's sake,and to repeat, please leave the spoilers out.
The book has a 16.95 cover price in hardback and the least expensive one listed on Amazon is about $7.50 in new condition. Do not spend 16.95 but use that amount toward a much more comprehensive book that is much better and can be found on Amazon or other book venues. (Title of that one not given here in order to be gracious and not seem to promote a competitor too heavily.)However, it is likely worth the $7.50. It is essentially, a small-size coffee-table book with profuse b/w illustrations listing the 100 films and also has an honorable mention section of 12 more. Each title has a short synopsis of the story. There are some little bonuses such as a section on Jesse James films, a section on the TV mini-series (not a theater film) LONESOME DOVE, and one about gunfights.
One could argue that some movies that should have been included were left out but I understand this is subjective and open to individual opinions. (However, how they could include non-westerns and leave out LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL amazes this reviewer.)
In summary, if you are an old-timer at the genre pass this up. If you are a newcomer you might feel you'll get your money's worth if you get the book for around half cover price.
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time 23 Mar. 2015
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was well done. I pretty much agree with the 100 Greatest Western Movies of all time. There were a few more of John Wayne's movies, however, that could have been included, but on the whole I really like this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars The editting of the book was appalling. 11 May 2013
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The editing on the book was the worst I have ever experience eg. sometimes the names were in Capital letters but most times it was either in lower case or in combination eg. john Wayne, kirk douglas, Antony quin. The same applied to place names or other descriptive terms.

In some cases the events in the movies being described were incorrect eg. in discussing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the scene where they evade the posse by leaping from a canyon wall into the river is said to be in Bolivia when it was in the USA
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit smaller than expected 17 Aug. 2016
By Kim Feuerborn,Kim Feuerborn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, but it is very small. Photos and text too small for most people to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fan of cowboy and western movies, you will love this book. 8 Sept. 2011
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like western movies, you will love this book. This does not mean you will agree with all the choices these editors made in the 100 westerns. In fact, it amazes me that the editors could choose the absolutely worst movie ever made on this list. The movie "No Country for Old Men" does take place in the west, but it is NOT a western. It is the most anti-police and anti-cowboy values movies ever made. The police in this movie are made to look like idiots and the psychopathic bad guy is made to look like a hero. It is amazing one cannot see the far left influence in this by such B.S. lines like, "The old timers never even carried guns." You have got to be kidding? in TEXAS? Tomme Lee Jones plays the most bored anti-gun sheriff I have ever seen in a movie.

This list also failed to include three of the best westerns ever made. They include Last Train from Gun Hill, which starred Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. Apache, which starred Burt Lancaster and Lawman, with Burt Lancaster and Lee J. Cobb. They also included many movies that I would have NEVER placed in the western category, such as Bad Day at Black Rock and Hud. They were excellent movies but NOT a cowboy movie. How they were NOT included but such movies as Paleface and Brokeback Mountain made the list is a mystery to me.

To be fair, I have seen and agree with most of the selections, even though I would have replaced many of their best western picks. The first six choices on their list include: Once Upon a Time in the West, The Searchers, Red River, High Noon, Shane and the Unforgiven. The above six are excellent choices; however, to pass over the above three I mentioned previously shows those American Cowboy editors are not as smart as they appear when it comes to their knowledge of TRUE AND REAL COWBOY AND WESTERN MOVIES. The superb story lines and acting in the above three mentioned movies certainly beat out at least twenty choices in this volume.

In conclusion, this is still a must read book because it covers numerous other western movie facts and information which will be of interest to all western movie fans.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A Warrior's Memoir)
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