The Five Best Westerns You’ve Never Head Of

Like any film genre, the western has its share of solid films that never receive the full appreciation they should. Here are five examples.

“Dark Command’ (1940): Directed by Raoul Walsh, this was John Wayne-s follow-up to “Stagecoach’, the film that made him a star. Based on the story of William Quantrill, the film co-stars William Pidgeon, Claire Trevor and Roy Rogers.

“Ride the High Country’ (1962): Sam Peckinpah-s film stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott as aging cowboys guarding a shipment of gold through hazardous territory. The film has a strong supporting cast and gained notoriety for Peckinpah.

“The Way West’ (1967): The story of a wagon train en route to Oregon stars Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Richard Widmark. The cast includes a young Sally Field and a group of veteran character actors.

“Will Penny’ (1968): Charlton Heston stars an aging cowboy in a subtle western that is stronger on character study than outright action. The film features beautiful cinematography and one of Heston-s best performances.

“Ulzana-s Raid’ (1972): Director Robert Aldrich created a raw, tough western with graphic violence not seen in the genre at the time. Burt Lancaster stars as an army scout hunting down a renegade Apache warrior.