For several decades of cinema, the Western was the king of Hollywood. Ruler of the big and small screen alike, the genre's popularity stems all the way back to 1903 with the release of The Great Train Robbery. By 1959, there were 26 Old West-set primetime TV shows (eight of which were among the top ten most watched series that year).
While stars like John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Clint Eastwood were most synonymous with the genre, everyone from Marlon Brando to Elvis Presley took a crack at saddling up. Often brimming with adventure and hope, the genre enjoyed a dark revitalisation in the sixties with the debut of the spaghetti western. Falling out of favour as a mainstream Hollywood phenomenon, it limped on as an ultraviolet cult favourite before disappearing into more sporadic appearances ever since.
Much like the old frontier itself, the genre's got more death scenes than A Song of Ice and Fire. Shootouts, diseases, muggings, high stakes robberies - it was a cruel place where few found peace.
Of the thousands of fatalities depicted, some packed a grander punch, providing a dramatic impact that lasts with the viewer long past the end credits.