I have to go with Shane (1953) because it was the first “grown up” Western I ever saw when it was just out. I later saw many of the earlier ones that would probably outrank it on the list above. And it spawned many others that were technically and artistically “better” including several of Eastwood’s creations. But for my just-out-of-grade-school appreciation set, it was The Boss for many years. And it still holds up under scrutiny. Jack Palance will never be topped as a baddie.
The Wind (Sjostrom, 1928) The Man from Laramie (Mann, 1955) Rio Bravo (Hawk, 1959) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966) The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Altman, 1971) Dead Man (Jarmusch, 1995)
I have to agree. IMDB lists often have some wacky elements. I think it’s because they are formed by people voting and I don’t know just how easy or difficult it is for people to “control” parts of the voting process.
I’ve seen My Darling Clementine. But it was so long ago that I don’t remember anything about it.
It sure does have a stellar cast though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an all-star cast in a Western:
Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell, Tim Holt, Ward Bond and John Ireland are all major actors in Hollywood Westerns.
I will def have to watch it again and I thank you for the recommendation.