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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

1. Fort Apache (1948) (John Ford)

2. They Died with Their Boots On (1941) (Raoul Walsh)

3. My Darling Clementine (1946) (John Ford)

4. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (John Ford)

5. Silver River (1948) (Raoul Walsh)

6. Red River (1948) (Howard Hawks)

7. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) (William Wellman)

8. Three Godfathers (1948) (John Ford)

9. Pursued (1947) (Raoul Walsh)

10. The Return of Frank James (1940) (Fritz Lang)


source
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genres=western&release_date=1940,1949&sort=alpha,asc

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'll agree with all of your choices and raise you:

Blood on the Moon (1948) (Robert Wise)
Angel and the Badman (1947) (James Edward Grant)



A fine westerns reference book I heartily recommend:

http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Western-Movies-Phil-Hardy/dp/083000405X

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i raise you...

return of the Bad men
the Doolins of oaklahoma
and
Trail street.

all starring.... you know who!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Oh, my word! I forgot my single favorite one:
"Yellow Sky" (1948) (William Wellman)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Northwest Passage (1940) King Vidor
The Westerner (1940) William Wyler
They Died With Their Boots On (1941) Raoul Walsh
Unconquered (1947) Cecil B BeMille
Colorado Territory (1949) Raoul Walsh
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949) John Ford

Six favourites from the forties (I've never really liked Red River). BBC2 showed The Westerner in HD last year, I'd forgotten what a good western it is. The Universal DVD of Unconquered looks stunning, & it's a fun western...& come on Warner, where's that Blu-ray of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon?

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Buffalo Bill
The Ox-Bow Incident - best
Red River
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Tall in the Saddle
The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Obviously, I'm not much of a Westerns aficionado. If we have threads on 1940s noir and musicals, I'll be more enthusiastic! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I like many that are already listed.

I'll add the uber melodramatic DUEL IN THE SUN. It may be a soap opera but it is a grand soap opera. (With a great score.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Buffalo Bill
The Ox-Bow Incident - best
Red River
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Tall in the Saddle
The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Obviously, I'm not much of a Westerns aficionado. If we have threads on 1940s noir and musicals, I'll be more enthusiastic! big grin


Actually "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" isn't a western, technically speaking. It's actually a 'morality play' and an appropriation of "The Pardoner's Tale" by Chaucer. (I taught it for matriculation English - the Chaucer that is.)

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Actually "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" isn't a western, technically speaking. It's actually a 'morality play' and an appropriation of "The Pardoner's Tale" by Chaucer. (I taught it for matriculation English - the Chaucer that is.)

True, it's considered more of an adventure tale than a western, but I was desperate to fill out my paltry list. lol

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

The 1940s were a decade of western musicals, hour-long formula programmers, and serious A-list western epics made by the best directors and writers in Hollywood who pushed the boundaries of the genre to new heights.

I count a decade from 1 to 10 with the first year, in this case, being 1941 and the last year of the decade being the transition year, in this case 1950. A remarkable year, 1950 ended the decade with several superior, adult westerns:

1950 Winchester '73 -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1950 Wagon Master -- written by Frank S. Nugent, directed by John Ford.
1950 The Gunfighter -- directed by Henry King.
1950 The Furies -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1950 Devil's Doorway -- written by Guy Trosper, directed by Anthony Mann.
1950 Broken Arrow -- directed by Delmer Daves.
1950 Branded -- directed by Rudolph Maté .
1950 Ambush -- written by Luke Short, directed by Sam Wood.

1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon -- written by Frank S. Nugent, directed by John Ford.
1949 Lust For Gold -- directed by S. Sylvan Simon.
1949 Colorado Territory -- directed by Raoul Walsh.
1948 Three Godfathers -- directed by John Ford.
1948 Red River -- Borden Chase story directed by Howard Hawks.
1948 Four Faces West -- directed by Alfred E. Green.
1948 Fort Apache -- written by Frank S. Nugent, directed by John Ford.
1948 Coroner Creek -- directed by Ray Enright.
1948 Blood On the Moon -- written by Luke Short, directed by Robert Wise.
1947 Sea of Grass -- directed by Elia Kazan.
1947 Ramrod -- written by Luke Short, directed by Andre deToth.
1947 Pursued -- directed by Raoul Walsh.
1947 Gunfighters -- directed by George Waggner.
1947 Angel and the Badman -- written and directed by James Edward Grant.
1946 My Darling Clementine -- directed by John Ford.
1946 Duel In the Sun -- directed by Victor Fleming.
1944 Tall In the Saddle -- directed by Edwin L. Marin.
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident -- directed by William A. Wellmann
1942 The Spoilers -- Rex Beach remake with John Wayne directed by Ray Enright.
1941 Western Union -- the Zane Grey story directed by Fritz Lang.
1941 They Died With Their Boots On -- directed by Raoul Walsh.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:23 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)



So many great Westerns from this decade have already been listed. I especially liked Ramrod, Pursued, Colorado Territory, Blood on the Moon, The Ox Bow Incident and Red River, the last of which made my Top Ten List here:

http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2014/1/10/top-ten-westerns#commentsWrapper=

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The American West of John Ford (1971) (51 minutes documentary)
hosted by John 'The Duke' Wayne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfBdQtQm_GQ#t=221

 
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