Worst Classic Western To Air Right Now – 24/7 Wall St.


The cinematic era of classic westerns probably began with John Wayne’s starring role in “Stagecoach” (1939). Wayne did this with director John Ford, who would team up with Wayne for several other films. Ford ultimately won four Academy Awards for Best Director. Wayne has become the greatest Western star of all time.

The classic Western era probably ended with “Unforgiven” (1992). The film was directed by Clint Eastwood. He also played the lead role of William Munny. The film won the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. Interestingly, if Wayne has a challenger for Western’s greatest actor, it’s Eastwood.

Streaming has changed the way movies are viewed. It only emerged as a medium about 15 years ago, when Amazon and Netflix each launched a service. Together, they have more than 300 million paying subscribers worldwide. Streaming has severely damaged the medium where classic westerns were first viewed – American cinema.

Sometimes we like to watch lower quality movies because they feature some of our favorite artists – for example, John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, or Jack Nicholson. Or they could be the interesting, flawed work of notable directors like John Ford or John Huston.

Another possible reason to watch them is that they might have taken risks and covered controversial topics, even if they didn’t do it very well. And older examples can function as time capsules from earlier eras, giving us insight into norms and attitudes of the past.

To determine the worst classic western available to stream at home, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using the average ratings on IMDb, an Amazon-owned online movie database, and a combination of Audience Scores and Tomatometer Scores on Rotten tomatoes, an aggregator of online movie and TV reviews, in November 2021. All ratings have been weighted equally. Only 20th century films classified by genre “Western” on IMDb and at least 2,500 audience votes on IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes were taken into account.

We only included movies available on paid streaming services HBO Max, Netflix, Disney +, Amazon Prime, Philo, Paramount +, Hulu Plus, Apple TV, Criterion Channel and Fubo TV, or free streaming services Tubi, Pluto TV, Peacock, Plex, Crackle, IMDbTV and Vudu Free. Data on streaming availability by website is taken from the streaming data site Reelgood, and updated in November 2021.

The worst classic western to air right now is Return of the Seven (1966). Here are the details:

> Available on: Tubi, Pluto TV
> IMDb rating: 5.5 / 10 (4,122 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 34% (4,238 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes tomato score: 13% (8 reviews)
> Director: Burt Kennedy

“The Magnificent Seven” is considered a Western classic and has been selected for the United States National Film Registry from the Library of Congress. With this sequel, which premiered six years after the first film with most of its original cast, the apple has fallen far from the tree. In it, Chico, one of the original seven, is captured in the desert by a large group of gunmen. His wife asks his former compatriots for help, leading them to reunite in their quest to save their former partner. One reviewer called it “another worthless and unnecessary sequel”.

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