Love them or hate them, Western movies fuel our need to see good triumph over evil. The genre is chock full of bad guys in black hats who ultimately are shot or hanged by the good guys in white hats. The genre has at the surface tales of the American west, but some films delve into issues of our times – Marxism, capitalism, Communism, sexism, and racism. Some of the grittier films show us that even white hats hide the evil intentions of man, and that every man who was labeled a bad guy didn’t necessarily deserve that title. In fact, sometimes a black hat is just a fashion statement.
1 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) – Known as a spaghetti western, the movie is the last in a trilogy directed by Sergio Leone. Clint Eastwood (Good) tries to find stolen gold before Lee Van Cleef (Bad) and Eli Wallach (Ugly). Leone makes sure to show us that Eastwood’s character isn’t any better than the others. The film shows us that “The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts,” claimed Leone. “In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest.” Arguably, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is one of the best western movies of all times.