The thread about “best Western ever” made me wonder, can Zorro films be considered Westerns? All the ones about this hero I’ve ever seen were in California, colonized by Spain at the time the pictures take place. It’s about a lone swordsman, not a gunman, and the disputes aren’t between cowboys and Native Americans or ranchers and farmers.
What do you think? Note that this isn’t a question about whether the films are good or not, just can they be classified as Westerns.