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Westerns zijn de belangrijkste definiŽren genre van de Amerikaanse filmindustrie, een nostalgische lofrede naar de vroege dagen van het uitgestrekte, ongetemde Amerikaanse grens (de grens tussen beschaving en de woestijn). Zij zijn een van de oudste, meest duurzame en flexibele genres en ťťn van de meest karakteristieke Amerikaanse genres in hun mythische afkomst.

Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film industry, a nostalgic eulogy to the early days of the expansive, untamed American frontier (the borderline between civilization and the wilderness). They are one of the oldest, most enduring and flexible genres and one of the most characteristically American genres in their mythic origins.

De populariteit van western films groter en  weer kleiner werd door de jaren heen. Hun meest productieve periode was in de jaren 1930 tot 1960, en het meest recent in de jaren '90, was er een opleving van het genre. Deze lijken te maken van een verkwikkende comeback (zowel op het tv-scherm en in de bioscoop). Modern film remakes, zoals 3:10 To Yuma (2007) en True Grit van de Coen Brothers '(2010) zijn ook hulde aan hun midden van de 20e eeuwse voorgangers

The popularity of westerns has waxed and waned over the years. Their most prolific era was in the 1930s to the 1960s, and most recently in the 90s, there was a resurgence of the genre. They appear to be making an invigorating comeback (both on the TV screen and in theatres). Modern movie remakes, such as 3:10 To Yuma (2007) and the Coen Brothers' True Grit (2010) have also paid homage to their mid-20th century predecessors

Highest Ranking Western Movies 
(in reverse chronological order)

Unforgiven (1992):
The # 4 western film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked the # 4 western film in¬ 
AFI's 10 Top 10¬ polling in 2008; with thesecond¬ most Oscar wins (4) and nominations (9) of any western in film history; also one of three westerns that won the Academy Award for Best Picture; the # 4 ranked western in¬ IMDb's  top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012; ranked # 25 in the  Men's Journal's¬ listing of "The 50 Best Guy Movies of All Time" taken in 2003.

Dances With Wolves (1990):
The # 2 western film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the highest-grossing western of all time, and also with the most Oscar wins (7) and nominations (12) of any western in film history; one of only three westerns to win the Best Picture Academy Award; the # 15 ranked western in¬ IMDb's  top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012; ranked # 75 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969):
The # 1 western film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the # 8 ranked western in
IMDb's top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012.

The Wild Bunch (1969):
The # 10 ranked western in  IMDb's top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012; ranked the # 6 western film in  AFI's 10 Top 10¬ polling in 2008; ranked # 23 in the Men's Journal'slisting of "The 50 Best Guy Movies of All Time" taken in 2003; ranked # 57 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 79 in AFI's  100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 80 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies  polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, It.):
The # 2 ranked western in  
IMDb'  top rankings of western genre films, voted upon Aby site visitors in 2012.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966, It.):
The # 3 western film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the highest-ranked western in  
IMDb's  top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012.

The Magnificent Seven (1960):
The # 5 western film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the # 21 ranked western in
IMDb's top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012.

The Searchers (1956):
Ranked # 12 in AFI's  100 Years...100 Movies¬ (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 1 western film in¬ AFI's 10 Top 10¬ polling in 2008; the highest ranked western film (# 4) in theVillage Voice's¬ listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; ranked # 13 in  Entertainment Weekly's¬"100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; the # 14 ranked western in¬ IMDb's¬ top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012; ranked # 31 in the¬ Men's Journal's¬ listing of "The 50 Best Guy Movies of All Time" taken in 2003; ranked # 96 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies¬ polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; most often mentioned in a poll of the favorite films of directors by German language¬ Steadycam Magazine.

Shane (1953):
Ranked the # 3 western film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; also ranked # 45 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; the # 30 ranked western inIMDb's top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012.

High Noon (1952):
Ranked # 27 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies¬ (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 2 western film in¬ AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the highest ranked western film (#33) in AFI's100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; the # 7 ranked western in  IMDb's top rankings of western genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2012; ranked # 33 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies  polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies

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