The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Violent movies about violent men in violent times defined Sam Peckinpah’s career. No stranger to Westerns, his best work was The Wild Bunch, a film that examines a group of outlaws in the latter years of the Old West, as their way of life slowly crumbles around them and they’re forced to reconcile if they can exist in a world that seems to be moving on from them.

A stunning character study, stirring ensemble effort, and thrilling genre movie, The Wild Bunch has it all and is easily one of the ten best Westerns ever committed to film. It also features some of the best shootouts you’ll find in any movie from the 1960s. (Peckinpah also directed Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, a Western focusing on two of the most famous men of the era, but it’s marred by behind-the-scenes issues and a generally lackadaisical pace.)

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