Originally Posted by Pressure's Spring
Try The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it's not your typical Western, but very, very good.
Originally Posted by Blarraun
Try something from Akira Kurosawa. He made a number of 'westerns' in a Japanese feudal setting. The 7 samurai or Yojinbo would be a good starter.
Thanks for the recs.
Sierra Madre was difficult to watch; it has a plot that could have been avoided if people acted rationally. Still it was amusing to watch Bogart descend into madness, and the guy with the golden hat. I think you could draw parallels between the three main characters and Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.
Seven Samurai is the longest film I've ever watched but the pacing was excellent. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't seen Magnificent Seven first.
Immediately I picked up on their influences in other works: