Just as westerns were a staple of television, they were among the earliest movies. In fact one of the very first movies was The Great Train Robbery, an 11-minute film that wowed audiences in 1903.
Over the decades certain names have become synonymous with western movies: John Wayne, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, director John Ford, writers Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry. Today Sam Elliott and Kevin Costner are probably the actors most associated with the genre. No matter when the films were made, the overall theme of one person or one group of people fighting others -- or even the elements – makes for exciting entertainment.