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Can you guess which iconic Western movies these scenes are from?


Quiz: Can you guess which iconic Western movies these scenes are from?

Scene #1

Mexican bandit Tuco Ramírez (Eli Wallach) forms an unlikely partnership with an American bounty hunter in this classic 1966 Spaghetti Western. The film is seen as the catalyst for the lead actor’s career in the film industry, as he became a Western film icon, and crossed over into directing as well as acting.

Scene #2

In this 1992 revisionist Western, Gene Hackman co-stars as the stubborn sheriff of a town in 1881 Wyoming—even winning himself a Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the 65th Academy Awards. The film is just one of many from the director and lead actor Clint Eastwood’s prolific filmography.

Scene #3

Plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his head house slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) don’t quite see eye to eye about the arrival of Dr. King Schultz and his partner, the freed Black man who travels with him—both posing as slavers themselves. Christoph Waltz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Schultz.

Scene #4

Old Hollywood icon Humphrey Bogart is accompanied by a young boy played by Robert Blake, who himself had a long career in Hollywood, in this scene from the Western film directed by John Huston. It was adapted from the 1927 novel of the same name by B. Traven, though it had to be altered to meet Hays Code regulations.

Scene #5

Actor Jason Priestley aims his gun in this 1993 Western film, featuring an ensemble cast including Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer, and Bill Paxton. Val Kilmer’s performance, in particular, was heavily praised by critics. The film premiered six months prior to another film depicting the same material based on true events, though many consider this to be the better of the two.

Scene #6

Alongside Western icon John Wayne is his character’s love interest in this film, played by Claire Trevor, though they are just two out of many colorful characters aboard a train to New Mexico. This film directed by John Ford was nominated for seven Oscars at the 12th Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Thomas Mitchell and Best Music.

Scene #7

William Holden’s character—sans the rest of his gang—stands at the ready with his shotgun in this 1969 Revisionist Western directed by Sam Peckinpah. Though the film garnered controversy at the time for its depiction of violence, it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 42nd Academy Awards.

Scene #8

The two men pictured (played by Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt, respectively) are this Revisionist Western film’s titular gunslingers, dramatizing the events leading up to the killing in which the two men are involved. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Affleck, at the 80th Academy Awards.

Scene #9

Hollywood icon Jimmy Stewart plays a senator pictured here alongside Andy Devine, playing the powerless Marshal Appleyard to a town plagued by the titular, terrorizing outlaw. This 1962 Western directed by John Ford also co-stars a Western film movie star and received an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Scene #10

Conniving Attorney General Hedley Lamarr and dim-witted Governor Petomane have hired a convicted Black man to be the sheriff of a nearby town, under the assumption that doing so will offend the townspeople enough to flee, leaving Lamarr the town and its newfound riches. This classic satire of the Western genre skewers both the genre stereotypes, as well as racial stereotypes perpetuated by American myth-making.


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