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What Movies Most Accurately Reflect the Historic Old West?

By Staff
12/4/2008 • Wild West Extra

Tombstone. Copyright Buena Vista Pictures. Courtesy Everett Collection. Many filmmakers have tried to capture the events at the O. K. Corral.
Tombstone. Copyright Buena Vista Pictures. Courtesy Everett Collection. Many filmmakers have tried to capture the events at the O. K. Corral.
The Old West was fictionalized even as it was happening. Writers like Ned Buntline—who was born Edward Zane Carroll Judson—sensationalized people and events and created myths that endure to this day. When Westerns made the leap from printed page to film . . . well, let’s just say that moviemakers love myths. So do their audiences.

Regardless, many filmmakers have tried to present their subjects in historically accurate ways. History Net wants to know: What movies do you think most accurately reflect the historic Old West? Your choices may appear on our 100 Greatest Westerns list or may be other titles. Tell us in the comments section below. No sign-up required.

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