Stories from the new American frontier have long captivated a cinematic audience. For the better part of the last century, the film landscape has often turned to the Wild West for its stories. The many classic spaghetti westerns from Sergio Leone set the blueprint for the genre at first. It was a golden age that persisted through the sixties and seventies.
From the 1990s onwards, a new focus emerged; the neo-western. Productions like Unforgiven and High Plains Drifter moved away from romanticism in favour of more harsh and unflinching portrayals. It was a natural evolution that progressed beyond the older classics.
The western may not be as common as it was decades ago, but it still offers a varied pursuit to both filmmakers and audiences alike. Unfortunately in amongst the hidden gems, there are many failed outings that are unable to properly leverage characters and setting to their own benefit.
Confusing direction, inconsistencies or simply tacking the genre on for good measure, the following ten films are best avoided. If nothing else, they're a reminder of what a western needs to get right to succeed.
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