On more than one occasion, it has been said that the western film type, which has been the mainstream and main box office attraction for decades, has died. But if this is true, no one will tell the real western movies, because although we may not have as many western movies as in the past, they are still produced every year.
What is a western? Not just deserts, horses and cowboy hats. Western movie type stories take place on the remote edge of society, along the border, where law and order are often fragile, and the stories are often told in a broad and archetypal style. Violence - though not necessarily necessary - can erupt at any time. Destiny, moral compromise, revenge, racism and gender discrimination often appear in Western schools.
But in addition, western movie is a highly mobile subtype. In the past 20 years alone, we have had classic westerns, as well as action films, horror films, romance films, comedies and horror films. This list continues.
Therefore, when we choose the best western movies in the 21st century, we consider diversity. Filmmakers and actors may appear many times, but the film itself represents a series of subtypes, ideologies and styles of the West. Now in the old West, everyone can find something suitable for themselves.
So what are we waiting for? Let's ride!
Tears of the black tiger (2000)
It took years for the first great western movie of the 21st century to finally reach the west, but after wisit sasanatieng's "tears of the black tiger" was picked up, re edited, presented and unedited, it finally premiered in the United States with nostalgic glory in 2007. In the film, the poor man dum played by Wu Ganshan falls in love with the rich woman rumpoey played by Stella malucchi. Fate had another plan. Dum became a notorious fugitive and was arrested by the man Longbo was going to marry.
Sasanatieng skillfully balanced the Western adventure of the 1930s style with the colorful melodrama of the 1950s, bringing a strange and charming visual beauty and emotional tone to the tears of the black tiger, which is different from any other western film you will find in this century. Maybe there are others!
The first Australian western film to make the list was directed by director John hilcott (Road) and screenwriter Nick keff (lead singer of Nick keff and bad seed). "Proposition" is as poetic and painful as you expect, written by these two narrators. Guy pierce plays Charlie burns, one of the notorious burns brothers. He and his brother Mickey (Richard Wilson) are arrested and ordered to track down and kill his brother Arthur (Danny Houston), otherwise his brother will be hanged.
Proposition is a film about extreme violence and moral paradox. Violence can only be quelled by more violence, and the peace sought by law enforcers can only be achieved by murdering anyone evil enough to kill. The whole movie feels trapped in a remote corner of hell, where the evil people survive for a period of time, making the lives of others more difficult.
The devil's refusal (2005)
Rob Zombie shocked audiences with the sequel to his bizarre horror film "thousand corpse house". The sequel is not only better than the first in all aspects, but also completely changed the theme. The first hallucinating episode of the Texas chain saw murderer turned into a morally corrupt western in which a group of psychopaths became our heroes.
After the corpse, the devil's refusal found the fleeing firefly family, killed their way across the desert, and fled a sheriff whose desire for revenge gradually eroded him. Sid Hagrid, Bill Mosley, Shirley, the moon zombie takes the center stage, strangely charming rejection, but as an increasingly angry Sheriff William Forsyth wydell who stole the film, as a "hero" (all kinds) may be crazy enough to win the craziest killer in the history of the world. It is twisted, it is extremely violent, it is grotesque and charming.