Did you know that Gene Hackman was in western movies? He was one of my favorite actors growing up, so I decided to check out some of his old western films.
The first one I watched was “The Quick and the Dead”. It was an interesting movie, and Hackman did a great job in it. I’m really looking forward to watching more of his westerns. If you’re a fan of Gene Hackman or westerns, then you should definitely check out these movies!
Bite the Bullet is a 1975 American Revisionist Western film directed by Richard Brooks, starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, and James Coburn. The film was the last of four movie pairings of Hackman and Bergen.
An American Legend is a 1993 Western film directed by Walter Hill, starring Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Matt Damon. The film was shot in the deserts of New Mexico and on location at Fort Sill and Apache culture was studied with members of the Mescalero tribe.
The Hunting Party is a 1971 American satirical Western film directed by Don Medford and starring Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, and Simon Oakland. The film was shot in New Mexico and Utah.
Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film directed by Lawrence Kasdan and co-written by Kasdan and Dan Gordon.
It stars Kevin Costner in the title role, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Michael Madsen, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Isabella Rossellini, Tom Sizemore and JoBeth Williams in supporting roles. The screenplay is based on books about Wyatt Earp including his own memoirs published after his death.
Zandy’s Bride is a 1974 American Western drama film set in the late 19th century and starring Gene Hackman, Liv Ullmann and Red Buttons. The screenplay was written by James Salter based on a novel by William Humphrey.
In Back to the Future Part III, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travel back in time to the Old West of 1885 to rescue Doc’s girlfriend, Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Along the way, they must contend with Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), a notorious outlaw who just happens to be Marty’s great-great-grandfather. Gene Hackman plays United States Marshal Zane Grey, who helps the duo in their fight against Tannen.
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses follows young cowboy John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) as he journeys to Mexico in search of adventure. There, he meets and falls in love with Alejandra (Penélope Cruz), the granddaughter of a wealthy landowner.
However, their relationship is threatened by the Mexican Revolution, which is raging throughout the country. Gene Hackman plays Boyd Bennett, an American who helps Cole and Alejandra during their time of need.
Bone Tomahawk is a horror Western that follows a group of cowboys as they attempt to rescue a group of hostages from a tribe of cannibals. Kurt Russell stars as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, who leads the rescue mission. Gene Hackman plays Arthur O’Dwyer, a cowboy who joins the sheriff on his quest.
While not as well-known as some of his other movies, Hackman’s performance in Bone Tomahawk is considered one of his best.
In The Homesman, Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) is a frontier woman who agrees to transport three insane women back east, in order to save them from being hanged. Along the way, she is joined by George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), a claim jumper who she saves from hanging.
Gene Hackman appears in a small but pivotal role as Reverend Alfred Dowd, a preacher who helps Cuddy and Briggs on their journey.
Dead Man is a surrealist Western that follows William Blake (Johnny Depp), a accountant from the East who travels to the town of Machine to take a job. There, he meets and kills a man named Charlie Dickinson (Robert Mitchum), which sets off a chain of events that leads to him being pursued by a bounty hunter named John Cobb (Gary Farmer).
Gene Hackman appears in Dead Man as Colonel Eden, the head of the Dickinson gang. While his role is small, Hackman’s performance is considered one of the highlights of the movie.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a crime drama set in the hills of Texas. The movie follows Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), two outlaws who are on the run from the law. While on the run, they must contend with Sheriff Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), who is determined to capture them.
Gene Hackman has a small but memorable role as Arthur, a man who helps Muldoon and Guthrie during their time of need.
Rango is an animated Western that follows the title character (voiced by Johnny Depp), a chameleon who finds himself stranded in the town of Dirt. There, he assumes the role of the town’s sheriff and must help the citizens defend themselves against a band of outlaws.
Hackman voicing the character of Mr. Merrimack, Rango’s former owner. While Hackman does not have a large role in the movie, his performance is considered one of its highlights.
Slow West is a Western that follows Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a Scottish teenager who travels to the American frontier in search of the girl he loves. Along the way, he is joined by Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), a bounty hunter who is hired to protect him.
Gene Hackman appears in Slow West as Payne, a ruthless outlaw who Cavendish and Selleck must contend with. Hackman’s performance is considered one of the best parts of the movie.
In The Quick and the Dead, Sharon Stone stars as Ellen “The Lady” Cantrell, a gunslinger who returns to her hometown of Redemption, Arizona to participate in a quick-draw contest. The contest is being put on by Herod (Hackman), the ruthless town boss who also happens to be Cantrell’s estranged father.
As she prepares for the contest, Cantrell must also deal with her feelings for John Hartigan (Russell Crowe), a former lawman who is now working for Herod.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action movie set in the desert wastelands of Australia. The movie follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a man who is captured by a group of marauders and forced to work for their leader, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
Gene Hackman has a small but memorable role as The Doof Warrior, a member of Immortan Joe’s army who uses his guitar to create a wall of sound that keeps the marauders’ captives in line.
Appaloosa is a Western that follows Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), a pair of hired guns who are hired to help the town of Appaloosa keep the peace. However, things become complicated when Cole falls for Allison French (Renee Zellweger), the wife of one of the town’s most powerful citizens.
Hackman appears in Appaloosa as Hank Fitch, a former lawman who is now working as a private investigator.
Open Range is a Western that follows Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) and Charley Waite (Kevin Costner), a pair of cowboys who are driving their herd across the open range. However, their peaceful existence is threatened by a ruthless rancher named Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), who wants to drive them off his land.
Hackman appears in Open Range as Sheriff Poole, the lawman who tries to keep the peace between Baxter and the two cowboys. While his role is small, Hackman’s performance is considered one of the highlights of the movie.
The Proposition is a Western that takes place in the Australian outback. The movie follows Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone), a British soldier who is tasked with capturing and bringing to justice the criminals Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his brother, Mikey (Richard Wilson).
Hackman appears in The Proposition as Judge Feargus Murphy, the man who presides over Charlie’s trial.
Tombstone is a Western that follows Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), a lawman who comes to the town of Tombstone, Arizona in search of a new life. However, he quickly finds himself at odds with the town’s criminal element, led by the notorious outlaw Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer).
Hackman appears in Tombstone as Virgil Earp, Wyatt’s older brother and fellow lawman.
Lone Star is a Western that follows Sheriff Bud White (Tommy Lee Jones), a man who is tasked with investigating the murder of a young woman in the small town of Frontera, Texas. However, as he begins to uncover the truth, he finds himself at odds with the town’s powerful and corrupt sheriff, Charlie Wade (Matthew McConaughey).
Hackman appears in Lone Star as Pilar, the mother of Charlie Wade. While her role is small, Hackman’s performance is considered one of the highlights of the movie.
Meek’s Cutoff is a Western that follows Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), a guide who leads a wagon train of settlers through the Oregon desert. However, the group becomes lost and begins to run out of supplies, leading them to question Meek’s leadership.
Hackman appears in Meek’s Cutoff as Thomas Gately, one of the settlers on the wagon train.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a Western that follows Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), a ranch foreman who sets out to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), in his homeland of Mexico. However, his journey is complicated by the fact that Estrada’s body has been mutilated by border patrol agents.
Hackman appears in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada as Sheriff Belmont, the sheriff of the county where Perkins lives.
3:10 to Yuma is a Western that follows Dan Evans (Christian Bale), a struggling rancher who agrees to transport the notorious outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the town of Contention, where he will catch the 3:10 train to Yuma. However, Evans soon finds himself in over his head as Wade’s gang begins to pursue them.
Hackman appears in 3:10 to Yuma as Bywater, the captain of the guard at the prison where Wade is being held.
True Grit is a Western that follows Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a 14-year-old girl who hires U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help her track down the man who killed her father. However, their search is complicated by the fact that the murderer, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), is a member of a notorious gang.
Hackman appears in True Grit as Colonel Stonehill, the commander of the fort where Cogburn is stationed. While his role is small, Hackman’s performance is considered one of the highlights of the movie.
Dances With Wolves is a Western that follows Lieutenant Dunbar (Kevin Costner), a Union officer who is assigned to a remote outpost in the Dakota Territory. However, he soon finds himself at odds with his superior officer, Major Fambrough (Graham Greene), and the other members of the outpost.
Hackman appears in Dances With Wolves as Colonel Dodge, the commander of the fort where Dunbar is stationed.
Brokeback Mountain is a Western that follows Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), two cowboys who are hired to herd sheep in the Wyoming mountains. However, their friendship soon turns into something more as they begin to develop feelings for each other.
Hackman appears in Brokeback Mountain as Joe Aguirre, the foreman of the ranch where Del Mar and Twist work.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a Western that follows Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and his gang as they plan a series of robberies. However, their plans are complicated by the fact that one of the gang members, Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), is secretly planning to kill Jesse.
Hackman appears in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Colonel Nathanial Reed, a Union officer who is tracking down Jesse and his gang.
No Country for Old Men is a Western that follows Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a hunter who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and takes the money for himself. However, his decision to take the money sets off a chain of events that leads to violence and death.
Hackman appears in No Country for Old Men as Carson Wells, a private investigator who is hired by the father of one of the victims to find Moss.
Django Unchained is a Western that follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and becomes his partner in bounty hunting. However, their partnership is put to the test when they venture into Mississippi to rescue Django’s wife from a plantation owner.
Hackman appears in Django Unchained as Ace Woody, the head of the plantation where Django’s wife is being held.
In Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood stars as William Munny, a former killer-for-hire who is trying to live a peaceful life as a hog farmer. However, when two cowboys kill a prostitute in the town of Big Whiskey, Munny is drawn back into the life he thought he had left behind.
He teams up with fellow gunman Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and young hotshot The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to track down the killers and collect the bounty that has been placed on their heads. Hackman plays Little Bill Daggett, the ruthless sheriff of Big Whiskey who will stop at nothing to keep the peace in his town.
The French Connection is a crime thriller that follows detectives Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) as they attempt to stop a heroin smuggling operation.
Hackman won an Academy Award for his performance in The French Connection, and the movie is considered one of the best films of all time.
The Conversation is a thriller that follows Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a surveillance expert who is hired to tail a young couple. However, the more he listens in on their conversations, the more he begins to suspect that they are in danger.
The Conversation is considered one of Hackman’s best performances, and the movie is considered a classic.
Mississippi Burning is a drama that follows two FBI agents, Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman), as they investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.
Hackman received an Academy Award for his performance in Mississippi Burning, and the movie is considered one of the best films of all time.
In his career, Randolph Scott appeared in a staggering 60 Western films, and he portrayed the hero in almost all of them, which explains why he was so beloved by Western fans.
In 2004, Hackman co-starred with Ray Romano in the comedy Welcome to Mooseport, which was his last film. He also directed the 2003 picture Runaway Jury, as well as numerous films from 2001, including The Royal Tenenbaums, Behind Enemy Lines, and The Mexican.
Hackman did not retire because he was weary of acting, but rather because it was in his best interests to do so for the sake of his health. In a 2009 interview with Empire, Hackman said that “the straw that broke the camel’s back was really a stress test that I performed in New York,” which led to his firing.
Gene Hackman is one of the most iconic actors in Western movies. His work in these films has inspired many other actors and continues to be enjoyed by audiences today.
Whether you’re a fan of Westerns or not, it’s hard to deny the talent and skill that Hackman brings to the screen. If you want to see some truly great acting, take a look at some of his older films.
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