(Anthony Mann, USA, 1955): Apart from Man of the West, almost none of Anthony Mann's extra-James Stewart westerns are nearly as known as they ought to be, and you've got to wonder if the fact so many of them -- like The Furies, Devil's Doorway...

(William A. Wellman, USA, 1948): After a too-easy bank job, Stretch (Gregory Peck) and his band of six yellowleg no-accounts are chased to the salt flats of Death Valley. Looking at the vast white hell ahead, the Cavalry gives up and turns back, reasoning their...

(Michael Crichton, USA, 1973): As campy and dated as any movie about killer computer technology is destined to play, you've got to give Michael Crichton's Westworld the credit it deserves as a high-concept B-movie that kicked some fairly serious ass back in '73. A kind of...

(Sydney Pollack, USA, 1972): It began, some say, as a Sam Peckinpah/Clint Eastwood collaboration, and therein lies one of the more tantalizing might-have-beens. But it wound up as one of six Robert Redford/Sydney Pollack team-ups, and therefore a much different vision of a cannibalistic Indian-killing mountain...

(Burt Kennedy, USA, 1972):  John Wayne might have lost the war for American hearts and minds on the battlefront with the Green Berets fiasco, but in the remaining decade of his life he retreated into the western with a traditionalist vengeance, almost single-handedly defending the Alamo...

(Robert Altman, USA, 1971): The west ended almost as many times as the '60s did, but rarely with such sheer poetic eloquence as in Robert Altman's wintry elegy to the doomed individualist McCabe & Mrs. Miller. It begins with its gambler-entrepreneur-fool hero McCabe (a charismatically befuddled...

(Sam Peckinpah, USA, 1969): Just what does happen when killers to go to Mexico, anyway? Well, since Vera Cruz at least, they've become involved in the Mexican revolution and burnished their blackened souls in an explosion of guts and glory. It's what happened in The Magnificent...

(John Sturges, USA, 1967): Ten years after Burt Lancaster's Wyatt Earp rode out of Tombstone with a quietly satisfied smile on his face, John Sturges returned to the O.K. Corral to find a very different guy: as played by James Garner, Earp is now a...

(John Sturges, USA, 1957): The late '50s big-budget version of the Wyatt Earp story is as square and clenched as the jaws of its two leads -- Burt Lancaster as Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday -- and talky as all get-out, but that's...

(Anthony M. Dawson/Antonio Margheriti, Italy, 1968): Once you have surrendered any disinclination you might have toward leading acting, indifferent dubbing and general logic-flouting preposterousness, you're probably not only ready for the big plunge into spaghetti westerns, you're likely to really dig a movie like Vengeance,...

(André De Toth, USA, 1959): Jesus, it looks cold in Bitters, Wyoming, maybe the best-named place for a guy as darkly freighted as Robert Ryan since Spencer Tracy blew him right out of Black Rock. It's a place where anger can calcify and harden like...