Best Western Movies
of All Time
Made in 1953, "Shane" is a classic reformed outlaw story with an archetypal cowboy hero.
Mysterious gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a remote town on the Wyoming frontier, where he quickly becomes involved in a conflict between a group of hardworking farmers and a greedy cattle baron (Emile Meyer). Haunted by his violent past, Shane does his best to avoid any confrontation, and he settles in peacefully with homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his family. But when the baron hires outlaw Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) to gun down the farmers one by one, Shane has no choice but to pick up his trusty six-shooter and protect his newfound friends. Made in 1953, "Shane" is a classic reformed outlaw story with an archetypal cowboy hero: a soft-spoken, honest man who only resorts to violence when he absolutely must. He's a complex character, a genuine pistolero burdened by his past misdeeds.