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True Grit directors Joel and Ethan Coen give a list of their favorite westerns

01.07.2011

Joel and Ethan Coen seem to have another great movie on their hands, TRUE GRIT. Bonus points since the film is a remake. Many of us are known to yawn when the word "remake" is attached to a project, but when the Coen brothers are attached it's time to take notice. They don't f*ck around.

But what westerns are the Coens really into? EW got the director/writers to make a list of their favorites from that particular genre.

Here's the list:

1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, PG-13) “Sergio Leone movie. Good hat brims.”

2. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976, PG) “Clint Eastwood movie from the 1970s, when the major studios were, on the evidence here, less uptight.”

3. Greaser’s Palace (1972, R) “Robert Downey Sr. movie. The Putney Swope of Westerns.”

4. Doc (1971, PG). “Frank Perry movie, written by Pete Hamill. We haven’t actually seen this one but saw a clip of the first scene, and the opening gag makes us suspect the movie belongs on the list. Stacy Keach fights consumption, dust, and bad men as Doc Holliday. This movie is for you if you like to watch people cough. Stacy was warming up to play one of cinema’s great lawmen in the Cheech and Chong movies.”

5. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972, PG) “Interestingly, it turns out that most of the best Westerns were made in the ’70s, hardly our expectation when we started the list. This one has another great opening scene — again with Stacy Keach, this time as Bad Bob. Admittedly this John Huston movie is, apart from the opening scene, less swinging than the others on the list, but it has Paul Newman with his limpid blue eyes. “

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Extra Tidbit: Favorite Coen Brothers movie?
Source: EW

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3:45PM on 01/10/2011

Agree

With 1, 2 and 5.

My Fave Coen Brothers Movie? Miller's Crossing by a country mile
With 1, 2 and 5.

My Fave Coen Brothers Movie? Miller's Crossing by a country mile
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3:37PM on 01/10/2011
Interesting list. Haven't even heard of the last 3.

Favorite Coen Brothers movie? Probably Miller's Crossing or Burn After Reading. Not saying these are their best films, just my personal preference. I have a bias cause John Malkovich is my favorite actor and he's at his best when he's screaming at people; which made "Burn After Reading" a dream come true for me.
Interesting list. Haven't even heard of the last 3.

Favorite Coen Brothers movie? Probably Miller's Crossing or Burn After Reading. Not saying these are their best films, just my personal preference. I have a bias cause John Malkovich is my favorite actor and he's at his best when he's screaming at people; which made "Burn After Reading" a dream come true for me.
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1:00PM on 01/10/2011
The first two are spot on, amazing westerns. Haven't seen the other three...

As for favorite Coen film, since it's getting no love, I'll go with the classic Miller's Crossing.
The first two are spot on, amazing westerns. Haven't seen the other three...

As for favorite Coen film, since it's getting no love, I'll go with the classic Miller's Crossing.
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8:43PM on 01/09/2011
Tombstone is a great western.

As for favorite Coen brothers movie, The Big Lebowski.
Tombstone is a great western.

As for favorite Coen brothers movie, The Big Lebowski.
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5:20PM on 01/09/2011
God do i think Burn After Reading is so overrated... I do love me some Coen's though... It's hard to pick THE best, probably FARGO, but I'd also go with Blood Simple(AWESOME MOVIE), O Brother and No Country


Also, Stacey Keach was a GREAT actor... I guess after being in the Cheech and Chong movies he kind of just... disappeared? I can't remember seeing him in anything else beyond Up in Smoke
God do i think Burn After Reading is so overrated... I do love me some Coen's though... It's hard to pick THE best, probably FARGO, but I'd also go with Blood Simple(AWESOME MOVIE), O Brother and No Country


Also, Stacey Keach was a GREAT actor... I guess after being in the Cheech and Chong movies he kind of just... disappeared? I can't remember seeing him in anything else beyond Up in Smoke
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3:34PM on 01/10/2011
I think if anything "Burn After Reading" is underrated. Some people absolutely love that movie, but most people are just lukewarm towards it.
I think if anything "Burn After Reading" is underrated. Some people absolutely love that movie, but most people are just lukewarm towards it.
2:22AM on 01/09/2011
The Coen's can do no wrong. Loved Burn After Reading, O Brother and Fargo. Looking forward to True Grit. Would love to see them do Red Dead Redemption. Long Live The Coen Brothers.
The Coen's can do no wrong. Loved Burn After Reading, O Brother and Fargo. Looking forward to True Grit. Would love to see them do Red Dead Redemption. Long Live The Coen Brothers.
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8:20PM on 01/08/2011

What gives?

Every comment I see claiming Fargo as their favorite Coen movie gets a thumbs down? It was a damn good flick.
Every comment I see claiming Fargo as their favorite Coen movie gets a thumbs down? It was a damn good flick.
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4:08PM on 01/08/2011

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I know, that seems like blasphemy, but I do give the Coens credit for not listing obvious choices like "Rio Bravo" or "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"... ya know, ones that everybody has on their list.
I know, that seems like blasphemy, but I do give the Coens credit for not listing obvious choices like "Rio Bravo" or "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"... ya know, ones that everybody has on their list.
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3:58PM on 01/08/2011
Why the Coen Bros. snubbed Django and The Wild Bunch?
Why the Coen Bros. snubbed Django and The Wild Bunch?
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3:44PM on 01/08/2011

Seeing True Grit, later. My list:

Unforgiven!! Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/Good Bad Ugly
Unforgiven!! Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/Good Bad Ugly
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1:44PM on 01/08/2011
i couldnt agree more with their number one. fer their best flick? lebowski, man.
i couldnt agree more with their number one. fer their best flick? lebowski, man.
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8:31AM on 01/08/2011

Technically

It's not a remake. Both versions are film adaptations of a book.
It's not a remake. Both versions are film adaptations of a book.
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5:23AM on 01/08/2011
Fargo is their masterpiece. True Grit was awesome. Long live the Coens!
Fargo is their masterpiece. True Grit was awesome. Long live the Coens!
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3:11AM on 01/08/2011
fargo
fargo
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12:56AM on 01/08/2011
Why don't they remake The Outlaw Josey Wales next??? Maybe Casablanca???
Why don't they remake The Outlaw Josey Wales next??? Maybe Casablanca???
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11:28PM on 01/07/2011

re tidbit

tough one...especially after seeing Trye Grit. its a toss up between 'no country for old men', 'o brother, where art thou' and now True Grit.
tough one...especially after seeing Trye Grit. its a toss up between 'no country for old men', 'o brother, where art thou' and now True Grit.
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10:38PM on 01/07/2011
Extra Tidbit: It's a tie between The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona. Miller's Crossing is not far behind. As for Coen's favorite westerns, I'm going to have to check out those last three. I've never even heard of Greaser's Palace. I should have expected the Coen brothers to pick some films other than the usual suspects (Unforgiven, Tombstone, High Noon, Rio Bravo, etc.). I also think it's pretty hilarious that they put a movie on their list that they've only partially watched.
Extra Tidbit: It's a tie between The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona. Miller's Crossing is not far behind. As for Coen's favorite westerns, I'm going to have to check out those last three. I've never even heard of Greaser's Palace. I should have expected the Coen brothers to pick some films other than the usual suspects (Unforgiven, Tombstone, High Noon, Rio Bravo, etc.). I also think it's pretty hilarious that they put a movie on their list that they've only partially watched.
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10:02PM on 01/07/2011

Tombstone?

Not impressed with the list other than #2.
Not impressed with the list other than #2.
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8:43PM on 01/07/2011

FARGO

...followed by The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading.
...followed by The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading.
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8:43PM on 01/07/2011
Wheres the Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/Good Bad Ugly films at on their list? They're the pinnacle of Westerns for me. Tidbit: The Big Lebowski, followed by No Country and O Brother.
Wheres the Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/Good Bad Ugly films at on their list? They're the pinnacle of Westerns for me. Tidbit: The Big Lebowski, followed by No Country and O Brother.
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8:32PM on 01/07/2011

Oh, and Extra Tidbit:

I think the best was No Country for Old Men or Big Lebowski but my personal favourite is Burn After Reading.
I think the best was No Country for Old Men or Big Lebowski but my personal favourite is Burn After Reading.
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8:27PM on 01/07/2011

Sergio Leone!

I'm deeply sorry that I haven't seen True Grit yet. I've got a feeling that I'll like it, but still... Once Upon a Time in the West? The Dollars trilogy?
These are not just the best Westerns but some of the best FILMS ever made! Sergio Leone Ruled!
I'm deeply sorry that I haven't seen True Grit yet. I've got a feeling that I'll like it, but still... Once Upon a Time in the West? The Dollars trilogy?
These are not just the best Westerns but some of the best FILMS ever made! Sergio Leone Ruled!
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6:29PM on 01/07/2011

O' Brother Where Art Thou?

I saw it in theaters, and was introduced to the Coen Brothers with it. But True Grit is probably my second favorite, no joke just got back from seeing it a second time.
I saw it in theaters, and was introduced to the Coen Brothers with it. But True Grit is probably my second favorite, no joke just got back from seeing it a second time.
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6:27PM on 01/07/2011

PS...

Tombstone is so bad ass...Good, Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven, and Shane,
Tombstone is so bad ass...Good, Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven, and Shane,
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6:25PM on 01/07/2011

My favorite Coen Brothers movie is:

Fargo, followed closely by The Big Lebowski!
Fargo, followed closely by The Big Lebowski!
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6:14PM on 01/07/2011
No High Noon? Me am sad.
No High Noon? Me am sad.
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5:15PM on 01/07/2011
Suprised that Unforgiven isn't on there.
Suprised that Unforgiven isn't on there.
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5:02PM on 01/07/2011
I thought Mcabe and Mrs. Miller might make this list and I hoped that The Assassination of Jesse James... would.
I thought Mcabe and Mrs. Miller might make this list and I hoped that The Assassination of Jesse James... would.
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4:59PM on 01/07/2011
What, no Magnificent Seven, or Rio Bravo? No McClintock?
What, no Magnificent Seven, or Rio Bravo? No McClintock?
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