Nope sirree I don't.
Nuts with guns, that's what I think.
All too true, in all too many instances... but if you look, there are a few good apples in there.
Curiously, a couple of the most popular Westerns are
Italian... Sergio Leone's Per un Pugno di Dollari
, Per Qualche Dollaro in Più
, and Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo
... better known to American audiences as A Fistful of Dollars
, For a Few Dollars More
, and The Good The Bad and The Ugly
. Not that I would necessarily recommend these films to someone who doesn't appreciate nuts with guns. Another Italian Western that might go over better with the Shadowbox crowd would be Il Mio West
, released in the US as Gunslinger's Revenge
. The mostly-Italian cast is led by Harvey Keitel and David Bowie. (It's still nuts with guns, but it's fun.)
More "substantial" Westerns... I've always liked The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
... Someone mentioned Shane
... The Magnificent Seven
is a creditable re-imagining of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai... Does Paint Your Wagon
count as a Western? For everyone who hasn't seen it, it's a musical featuring Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin as two aspiring gold miners, who both marry the same woman (Jean Seberg)... and they all know about each other. It's very progressive in that respect. There are also "French Whores", drinking and gambling.
Oh, and everyone who's never been to a drive-in theatre: do whatever it takes to get to a drive-in movie, at least once. You may have to travel a bit, but it's worth it.