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Westerns 1980-2013 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 109


A Chronology of Western Movie Posters 1980-2013.

With Facts and Ratings.

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The Long Riders (1980)

The Long Riders (1980)

The Long Riders (1980) Directed by Walter Hill. 100mins

David Carradine - Cole Younger
Keith Carradine - Jim Younger
Robert Carradine - Bob Younger
James Keach - Jesse James
Stacy Keach - Frank James
Dennis Quaid - Ed Miller
Randy Quaid - Clell Miller
Christopher Guest - Charlie Ford
Nicholas Guest - Bob Ford

Above average western based on real events.

Noteworthy for having real life actor brothers play the wild west outlaws.

Box Office $15.8m

Tagline - "All the world likes an outlaw. For some damn reason they remember 'em." - Jesse James

IMDB rating 7.0

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Heaven's Gate (1980) Directed by Michael Cimino. 148mins (216mins)

Kris Kristofferson - James Averill
Christopher Walken - Nathan Champion
Isabelle Huppert - Ella Watson
Jeff Bridges - John L. Bridges

Also starring John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif and Joseph Cotten.

Epic western which became infamous for spiralling costs, endless production problems and being one of the biggest flops of all time.

Heaven's Gate cost twice as much as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, released the same year. Where did all the money go?

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The disaster signalled the end for United Artists, the studo producing the film. The director Michael Cimino became a pariah as Hollywood turned it's back on him.

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning for Worst Director.

Cost $44m - Box Office $3.4m

Tagline - The only thing greater than their passion for America...was their passion for each other.

IMDB rating 6.6

Tom Horn (1980) Japanese poster

Tom Horn (1980) Japanese poster

Tom Horn (1980) Directed by William Wiard. 98mins.

Steve McQueen - Tom Horn

Also starring Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens and Geoffrey Lewis.

Based on the life of wild west lawman Tom Horn (1860-1903).

Steve McQueen would make one more film, The Hunter (1980), before dying of cancer at the age of 50.

Tagline - See him before he sees you

IMDB rating 6.7

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) Directed by William A. Fraker. 98mins.

Klinton Spilsbury - John Reid / The Lone Ranger
Michael Horse - Tonto

Also starring Christopher Lloyd, Matt Clark, Juanin Clay and Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant.

Based on characters created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.

An expensive western which is noteworthy for being the lead actor's (Klinton Spilsbury) only film credit, apparently he was getting into fights on set, drunk during promotional interviews and even Andy Warhol found his behaviour odd.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning 3 including Worst Actor (Spilsbury).

Cost $18m - Box Office $12.6m

Tagline - The Man. The Hero. The Legend Behind the Mask,

IMDB rating 4.5

Pale Rider (1985)

Pale Rider (1985)

Pale Rider (1985) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 115mins.

Clint Eastwood - Preacher
Michael Moriarty - Hull Barret
Carrie Snodgress - Sarah Wheeler

Also starring Sydney Penny, Richard Dysart, Christopher Penn, Richard Kiel and John Russell.

Interesting western with similarities to Shane and High Plains Drifter.

Cost $6.9m - Box Office $41.4m

IMDB rating 7.2

Megan Wheeler: [reading the Bible] "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth beast say: "Come and see." And I looked, and behold a pale horse. And his name that sat on him was Death. And Hell followed with him."

Silverado (1985)

Silverado (1985)

Silverado (1985) German poster

Silverado (1985) German poster

Silverado (1985) Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 133mins.

Kevin Kline - Paden
Scott Glenn - Emmett
Kevin Costner - Jake
Danny Glover - Mal Johnson

Also starring Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Jeff Goldblum and Linda Hunt.

An enjoyable western with an interesting cast.

Kevin Costner and director Lawrence Kasdan would work together again on Wyatt Earp (1994).

Oscar nominations for Best Music (Bruce Broughton) and Best Sound.

Cost $23m - Box Office $32.1m

Tagline - Four strangers became friends. Four friends became heroes. On the road to... Silverado.

IMDB rating 7.1

Young Guns (1988)

Young Guns (1988)

Young Guns (1988) Directed by Christopher Cain. 107mins.

Emilio Estevez - William H. Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland - Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips - Chavez y Chavez
Charlie Sheen - Dick Brewer

Also starring Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp and Jack Palance.

1877. The story of William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.

Tom Cruise reportedly appears somewhere in the film uncredited. I haven't spotted him.

Cost $11m - Box Office $45.6m (US)

Tagline - Six reasons why the west was wild.

IMDB rating 6.6

Quigley Down Under (1990)

Quigley Down Under (1990)

Quigley Down Under (1990) Directed by Simon Wincer. 119mins.

Tom Selleck - Matthew Quigley
Laura San Giacomo - Crazy Cora
Alan Rickman - Elliott Marston

Also starring Chris Haywood, Ron Haddrick and Tony Bonner.

Australian Western set in Western Australia.

Clint Eastwood was considered for the lead role.

Cost $18m - Box Office $21.4m

Tagline - The West was never this far west...

IMDB rating 6.6

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990) Directed by Kevin Costner. 181mins (236mins)

Kevin Costner - Lt. John Dunbar
Mary McDonnell - Stands With A Fist
Graham Greene - Kicking Bird
Rodney A. Grant - Wind In His Hair

Also starring Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket and Maury Chaykin.

Based on the novel by Michael Blake, published in 1988.

Celebrated award winning film which became the highest grossing western of all time.

Nominated for 12 Oscars winning 7 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music (John Barry), Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Editing.

DGA Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

WGA Winner for Best Screenplay.

Chosen for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2007.

Cost $22m - Box Office $424.2m

Tagline - In 1864 one man went in search of the frontier... and found himself.

IMDB rating 8.0

Major Fambrough: You wish to see the frontier?
John Dunbar: Yes sir, before it's gone.

Young Guns II (1990)

Young Guns II (1990)

Young Guns II (1990) Directed by Geoff Murphy. 104mins.

Emilio Estevez - William H. Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland - Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips - Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater - Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh

Also starring William Petersen, Alan Ruck, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Viggo Mortensen and James Coburn as John Chisum.

Very loosely based on real events.

Oscar nomination for Best Song "Blaze of Glory" (Jon Bon Jovi)

Golden Globe winner for Best Song "Blaze of Glory" (Jon Bon Jovi)

Box Office $44.1m

Tagline - The West just got wilder.

IMDB rating 6.1

Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven (1992) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 131mins

Clint Eastwood - Will Munny
Gene Hackman - Little Bill Daggett
Morgan Freeman - Ned Logan
Richard Harris - English Bob

Also starring Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek and Frances Fisher.

Clint Eastwood's final western, critically acclaimed and successful, a fitting farewell to the genre which made him famous.

The end credits feature the words "Dedicated to Sergio and Don", referring to the two most important directors in Clints life - Sergio Leone & Don Siegel.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Actor (Clint Eastwood), winning 4 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Film Editing.

DGA winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Chosen for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2004.

Cost $14.4m - Box Office $159.1m

IMDB rating 8.3

Posse (1993)

Posse (1993)

Posse (1993) Directed by Mario Van Peebles. 111mins

Mario Van Peebles - Jesse Lee
Stephen Baldwin - Little J
Billy Zane - Colonel Graham

Also starring Melvin Van Peebles, Tone Loc, Pam Grier, Tiny Lister and Blair Underwood.

A western in which all the villains are white and all the heroes black.

Box Office $18.2m

Tagline - The Untold Story of the Wild West

IMDB rating 5.2

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Directed by Walter Hill. 115mins.

Jason Patric - Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman - Brig. Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall - Al Sieber
Wes Studi - Geronimo

Also starring Matt Damon, Rodney A. Grant and Kevin Tighe.

Screenplay by John Milius.

Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

Cost $35m - Box Office $18.6m

Tagline - A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend.

IMDB rating 6.3

Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone (1993) Directed by George P. Cosmatos. 130mins (134mins)

Kurt Russell - Wyatt Earp
Val Kilmer - Doc Holliday
Sam Elliott - Virgil Earp
Bill Paxton - Morgan Earp
Dana Delany - Josephine Marcus
Powers Boothe - Curly Bill Brocius
Michael Biehn - Johnny Ringo
Stephen Lang - Ike Clanton

Also starring Jason Priestley, Billy Zane, Jon Tenney, Thomas Haden Church, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joanna Pacula, Michael Rooker, Billy Bob Thornton and Charlton Heston as Henry Hooker.

Narrated by Robert Mitchum.

One of the most popular and quotable westerns of recent years. Kevin Costner was attached to this movie at one point but he wanted to make a film about Wyatt Earp's life story instead and left the project.

Mickey Rourke turned down the role of Johnny Ringo.

John Carpenter, a friend of Kurt Russells, was one of the directors considered for Tombstone.

Cost $25m - Box Office $56.5m (US)

Tagline - Every town has a story. Tombstone has a legend.

IMDB rating 7.7

Wyatt Earp: All right, Clanton... you called down the thunder, well now you've got it! You see that? It says United States Marshal! The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. So run, you cur... RUN! Tell all the other curs the law's coming. You tell 'em I'M coming... and hell's coming with me, you hear?... HELL'S COMING WITH ME!

Bad Girls (1994)

Bad Girls (1994)

Bad Girls (1994) Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. 99mins.

Madeleine Stowe - Cody Zamora
Mary Stuart Masterson - Anita Crown
Andie MacDowell - Eileen Spenser
Drew Barrymore - Lilly Laronette

Also starring James Russo, James Le Gros, Dermot Mulroney and Robert Loggia.

Not a sequel to Bad Boys.

Box Office $15.2m (US)

Tagline - It was a dangerous time to be a woman. And a good time to have friends.

IMDB rating 4.8

Maverick (1994)

Maverick (1994)

Maverick (1994) Directed by Richard Donner. 127mins.

Mel Gibson - Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster - Annabelle Bransford
James Garner - Marshal Zane Cooper

Also starring Graham Greene, Alfred Molina and James Coburn.

Based on the TV series 'Maverick' (1957-1962) created by Roy Huggins and starring James Garner as Bret Maverick.

Meg Ryan was first choice to play Annabelle.

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

Cost $75m - Box Office $183m

Tagline - The greatest gambler in the West has finally met his match.

IMDB rating 6.9

Wyatt Earp (1994)

Wyatt Earp (1994)

Wyatt Earp (1994) Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 191mins (212mins)

Kevin Costner - Wyatt Earp
Dennis Quaid - Doc Holliday
Gene Hackman - Nicholas Earp

Also starring JoBeth Williams, Linden Ashby, Jeff Fahey, Mark Harmon, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, Isabella Rossellini and Tom Sizemore.

Originally planned as a six-hour mini-series for TV.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning 2 - Worst Actor (Kevin Costner) and Worst Sequel or Remake.

Cost $63m - Box Office $25m

Tagline - The epic story of love and adventure in a lawless land.

IMDB rating 6.5

Wild Bill (1995)

Wild Bill (1995)

Wild Bill (1995) Directed by Walter Hill. 98mins.

Jeff Bridges - James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Ellen Barkin - Calamity Jane

Also starring John Hurt, Diane Lane, Keith Carradine, David Arquette, Christina Applegate and Bruce Dern.

Based on the novel "Deadwood" by Pete Dexter, published in 1986.

Keith Carradine would play Wild Bill Hickock in the TV series 'Deadwood', the first episode was directed by Walter Hill.

Cost $30m - Box Office $2.1m (US)

Tagline - A legend never dies.

IMDB rating 5.8

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

The Quick and the Dead (1995) Japanese poster

The Quick and the Dead (1995) Japanese poster

The Quick and the Dead (1995) Directed by Sam Raimi. 107mins.

Sharon Stone - Ellen
Gene Hackman - John Herod
Russell Crowe - Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio - Fee 'The Kid' Herod

Also starring Tobin Bell, Roberts Blossom, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle and Gary Sinise.

When Gene Hackman lightly slaps Sharon Stone's face it wasn't in the script, her surprised look was real.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress (Sharon Stone).

Cost $35m - Box Office $18.6m

Tagline - In this town, you're either one or the other.

IMDB rating 6.3