(Terence Young, France/Italy/Spain, 1971): Looks count for almost everything in Red Sun, Terence Young's international post-spaghetti western that corralled stars of The Magnificent Seven (Charles Bronson), The Seven Samurai (Toshiro Mifune), Le samourai (Alain Delon) and Young's own Dr. No (Ursula Andress) into one big open Spanish range only to hope everybody looked good enough --...

(Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu, USA, 21015): In this meticulous, sprawling and visually ravishing telling of the tale of the mid-19th century mountaineer Hugh Glass, who was last left for dead after being ripped up by a bear in the 1971 Richard Harris movie Man in the Wilderness, the ordeal of crawling...

(Carlo Lizzani, Italy/West Germany, 1967): Years after his entire Mexican village and family have been Gatling-gunned down by the imperiously racist (and tacitly homosexual) ex-Confederate aristocrat George Bello Ferguson (Mark Damon), the mild-mannered, god-fearing only survivor of the massacre grows up to be called Requiescant (Lou...

(Arnold Laven, USA, 1967): A good man (George Peppard) hitches a ride to a bad town (Jericho) in a wagon driven by an ex-lawman (good, played by John McIntire). The ex-lawman has been summoned there by the widow (good but feisty, played by Jean Simmons)...

(John Ford, USA, 1950): Made the same year that Harry Truman fired John Ford's beloved General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination -- the General had criticized the President's policy of containing as opposed to attacking the Chinese Communists -- the third movie in the director's so-called...

(William S. Hart, USA, 1916): One of eight or so movies Bill Hart directed and/or starred in in 1916, The Return of Draw Egan is an archetypal good badman vehicle, featuring the long-faced one as a bank robber who gets hired as a helltown sheriff...

(Budd Boetticher, USA, 1959): Yer dern tootin' there's some things a man can't ride around, for instance the awesome beauty and formidable precision of this elementary revenge western directed by Budd Boetticher. Featuring Randolph Scott in trim, thin-lipped retribution mode, Ride Lonesome is at once...

(Fritz Lang, USA, 1952): As determinedly weird a Hollywood western you'll find -- at least until Johnny Guitar rides in -- this patently artificial little payback drama was reportedly the result of some high-level ego clashes: producer Howard Hughes wanted it made cheaply, star Marlene...