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It Ain't All Gamblers and Gunslingers

By Mike Smoody

Westerns are peopled by many character types—from rebellious and headstrong men and women, to the desperate, confused, and outright maniacal—all of them bound together by the forbidding, but beautiful landscape that serves as a character in its own right.

  • Hud

    2003

    Hud is a man who cares more for himself than he does for his young nephew, his dad, or even their understanding housekeeper. When disease threatens the cattle on the Bannon Ranch, the conflict between Hud and his old-line father reaches an all-time high.

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  • Lone Star

    1999

    An unsolved murder in a Texas border town uncovers a tale of corruption, intrigue, and forbidden love.

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  • Giant

    2003

    Bick Benedict, his society-gilded wife, and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive, and clash in a monumental drama of family strife, racial bigotry, and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons.

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  • Nebraska

    An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

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  • Badlands

    2013

    Set in South Dakota in 1959, this is the story of Kit and his girlfriend Holly, two people alienated from everyday life, who go on a killing spree.

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  • No Country for Old Men

    2008

    Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

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  • Lonely Are the Brave

    A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend, who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

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  • The Furies

    2008

    In 1870s New Mexico Territory, megalomaniacal widowed ranch owner T.C. Jeffords butts heads with his daughter, Vance, a firebrand with serious daddy issues, over her dowry, choice of husband, and finally, ownership of the land itself.

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