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Poll: The Seven Western Stories

Author Frank Gruber once descibed seven plots for Westerns. (Source: Wikipedia)

What kind of Western movie do you like to see the most?

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    Kevin Costner and Graham Greene in Dances with Wolves (1990)

    Cavalry and Indian story

    The plot revolves around "taming" the wilderness for white settlers.

    Examples: Dances with Wolves (1990), Rio Grande (1950), Fort Apache (1948)

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    Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (2007)

    Empire Story

    The plot involves building a ranch empire or an oil empire from scratch, a classic rags-to-riches plot.

    Examples: There Will Be Blood (2007), Boom Town (1940), Giant (1956)

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    Strother Martin, Paul Harper, Bill Hart, L.Q. Jones, and Robert Ryan in The Wild Bunch (1969)

    Outlaw Story

    The outlaw gangs dominate the action.

    Examples: The Wild Bunch (1969), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

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    Open Range (2003)

    Ranch story

    The plot concerns threats to the ranch from rustlers or large landowners attempting to force out the proper owners.

    Examples: Open Range (2003), The Big Country (1958), Shane (1953)

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    Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

    Revenge Story

    The plot often involves an elaborate chase and pursuit by a wronged individual, but it may also include elements of the classic mystery story.

    Examples: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), The Revenant (2015), Unforgiven (1992)

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    Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952)

    Marshal Story

    The lawman and his challenges drive the plot.

    Examples: High Noon (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), Tombstone (1993)

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    Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea in Union Pacific (1939)

    Union Pacific Story

    The plot concerns construction of a railroad, a telegraph line, or some other type of modern technology or transportation. Wagon train stories fall into this category.

    Examples: Union Pacific (1939), How the West Was Won (1962), Night Passage (1957)

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