Summary: A very badass harmonica player (yes, you read that right) and a slimy bad guy team up to protect a woman of questionable virtue against a gang operating in the interests of a greedy railroad tycoon. Why I like it: First, it's a Sergio Leone movie, so it is a very WESTERN western. It includes all the things we've come to associate with Westerns, but has the additional plot points of history, greed, and a woman who does what she has to do. Second, it reminds me that my life isn't all that difficult. I'm not getting shot in the stomach or raped by murderers. I might get an occasional lye burn and starting a business is a horrible emotional roller coaster, but it's nothing like showing up to what I thought was going to be my dream life with a man I loved and finding out that he has been murdered and a bunch of bad dudes are trying to ruin me. Why I don't like it: A harmonica player? This is your hero? Really? Summary: Three movie actors get summoned to a small Mexican village who needs heroes. Why I like it: This is probably the first Western I ever saw, so it does hold a very special place in my heart. But even aside from the special place in my heart, it's a truly amazing movie. It manages to exercise all the absurd conventions of Westerns, while also maintaining a really engaging plot. Why I don't like it: There is nothing about this movie that I don't like. Summary: Two women leave their regular lives for a weekend and end up becoming outlaws for the rest of their lives. Why I like it: YOU SHUT UP, YOU WITH THE JUDGY "THAT'S NOT A WESTERN" LOOK ON YOUR FACE. It's totally a Western, it just not a "guys throwing guns around" Western. My best friend Teresa and I probably watched this movie a hundred times when we were in High School. It's the quintessential "freedom of the west" movie. Why I don't like it: I can't tell you what I don't like about this movie without spoiling the ending, so ... there you go. Summary: Some sneaky politicians send a black criminal to be the Sheriff of a small town in order to ruin the town, but the new Sheriff turns out to be the savior of the town. Why I like it: It's hysterical. I'd dare to say it's probably the only Mel Brooks film that I like. Overall, I find Mel Brooks to be really unwatchably stupid, justifying more groans-per-minute than Ed Wood. BUT somehow it all works out in Blazing Saddles. Why I don't like it: It's a lot of race jokes. My mom and I rented this movie when I was a kid and she turned it off because she thought it was too racist... but really, she just thought it was dumb. It isn't her sense of humor. And it is dumb, but it's also charming. Summary: The only answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, x 7. Why I like it: The last days of the "Wild West" are dawning, and the desperado lone gun types are starving to death. The law men maintain the law in all but the furthest corners of civilization, and the rogue good guys don't have work. When some guys come north from a small farming village to find heroes, they find a harried band of drifters. It's a beautiful movie. And it has Yul Brynner. If I had a boy, I would have named him Yul. Why I don't like it: There's nothing I don't like about this movie. Summary: Three guys are on the search for a treasure and they don't like each other very much. Why I like it: This is an iconic Western. Everyone knows the theme (ayayayaaaa bung, bung, bung.... ayayayaaaaa bung, bung, bing), everyone knows the characters, and it's beautiful. Really beautiful. I like the character development of all three, and I really like how they're kind of corks on the water of history... they're climbing over the turmoil of the nation (it's set during the civil war) -- sometimes literally -- to achieve their goals. And their goals offer a shallow victory. Why I don't like it: It drags at times.Russ and I are addicted to streaming Westerns. When we're having dinner, working, or just sitting around imagining what it'll be like when we become pioneers in the vast span of forests and prairies somewhere... somewhere... These are in order of most favorite to least favorite-of-my-most-favorite. There are tons of terrible westerns out there, and then some that are so terrible that I love them. Note: I am not a "movie person" or a "film buff." By no means is this an exhaustive list of the best Western Movies available. I'm sure I've missed many amazing films and I'd appreciate it if you would leave them in the comments so I can post an addendum at a later time.