Easily among the most famous “cowboys” of all time, real life Wyatt Earp It was a bit far from its film counterparts. He was truly a ruthless and ruthless lawman who lived up to the reputation of his name. And while he was undoubtedly there in the thirty-second gun battle at OK Corral, his brother Virgil was actually more in the head in that regard. Of course, there is also a third brother named Morgan, but Wyatt is the most famous.
And in the world of movies, he is also among the most popular characters to fall within the Western genre. He’s arguably the single most iconic person, in fact, in terms of general fan appeal and name recognition. And there is a reason for that, as will be seen here with everything western About Wyatt Earp, Mattress.
10 Wyatt Earp (1994)
Although this features some of the most famous actors out of any movie featured on this list, not even the likes of Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, and Gene Hackman can save Wyatt Earp (1994) A critical and commercial disaster. You know: it took in $60 million from a $63 million budget along with a “rotten” score of 31% on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
And while that’s pretty bad in the grand scheme of things, well that might not be the worst review score you’ll read about today. In other words: if you’re a fan of the western genre in general and are looking for a more contemporary take on the Gunfight at the OK Corral story, then Wyatt Earp It could be worth your time. Regardless, it’s best to move on to the next.
9 Document (1971)
It holds an average approval rating of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a similar audience score of 49%. But it’s worth highlighting as the only movie on the list to focus on as the main character Doc Holliday, a prominent member of Wyatt Earp’s story of the OK Corral and beyond. But it’s also relevant because of the name value that its two stars hold.
Although Stacy Keach’s popularity would come after the release of document (1971), remains a fun visit for fans of the famous actor. And then, there’s Faye Dunaway. She has already made a huge name for herself in the industry thanks to movies like Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Thomas Crown case (1968). And while the film as a whole was nothing to write home about, here it sits at #10.
8 Frontier Marshall (1934)
There will undoubtedly be entries on this list that will be familiar only to hardcore (or longtime, frankly) fans of the Western genre, or even the movie medium itself. Frontier Marshal (1934) is a great example of this as the oldest film on the list. Adapted from the biography of Stuart N. Lake for Outlaw on Hand, Entitled Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall.
There isn’t much to write about here from a genre perspective, but it was a solid project nonetheless. It is mostly recognized by name, thanks to the next entry on the list. But it’s also worth noting that the aforementioned bio along with each adaptation – yes, this is only the first – is largely fictional. That shouldn’t be too surprising.
7 Frontier Marshall (1939)
Going straight to the second adaptation of Lake’s biography – not much is known about the critical reception or box office success of either of those films, not even this slightly newer version of Frontier Marshal (1939). Both films are perhaps the most prominent in the contemporary scene due to their inspiration being remakes of a certain famous director in the Western genre. But more on that later.
This movie might be the most famous of these first three entries on the list, but even then, it’s pretty unheard of from a modern perspective. It finally lands here in second place.
6 Tombstone, Town Too Hard to Die (1942)
Well – that’s the last example of a relatively unfamiliar title that appears on the list. But the cast and crew behind OK Corral’s Gunfight retelling project holds a bit more name value than the actual movie itself. Most notable was Richard Dix, who played Wyatt Earp.
But as was the case with the last two films on the list, Tombstone, the city is very tough to die for (1942) does not have much information regarding its overall success. It’s also hard to find a copy of it online, but it’s worth noting nonetheless.
5 The Gun Hour (1967)
Directed by John Sturgess – an absolute powerhouse of Western cinema – gun clock (1967) is certainly revered from a modern perspective to more hardcore fans of the genre. But its general popularity in relation to “classic westerns” shouldn’t be the biggest story here. The cast did a great job across the board.
But the highlight was of course James Garner, who portrayed the outlaw on hand. And fun fact: It also features a minor performance from Jon Voight, in the second acting effort of his career. But it’s the retelling of Earp’s story by this particular director that audiences should really take in when binge-watching all of these movies.
4 Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) Correction
with Shootout at OK Corral (1957), not only was director John Sturges back again with another Western, but also another project revolving entirely around Wyatt Earp. These two entries can really go either way when deciding which one is the highest quality, appropriately backwards on this list. But this carries a fair amount of name value from a contemporary perspective. This is largely because the titular shooting was the title given by historians in connection with the actual incident with the real-life outlaws.
But the film even earned two nominations at the Academy Awards – including for Best Editing. This really shone through in the overall product, resulting in one of the smoothest projects on the entire list in terms of overall speed. And as one of the more technical elements, this is probably enough about the editing continuity. But there is too much to write about here, it’s best to check it out for yourself.
3 Wichita (1955)
This is still less popular than many of the other titles on the list, however Wichita (1955) is also much more important. Filmed with CinemaScope, first, it was also filmed by the famous French director Jacques Tourneur. Perhaps most notable is the fact that, besides Joel McCrea as Wyatt Earp, the movie also stars Vera Miles.
For those unfamiliar, Miles played Lila Crane in The mental patient (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. And although the project in question was released before the set horror joint, Wichita It helped launch her career in many ways. All in all, the project was well respected by fans and critics alike. Ultimately it lands here in third place.
2 Tombstone (1993)
This is probably the most iconic movie on the list, which makes sense, like special marque (1993) definitely had a star-studded cast which is highlighted in the movie. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton as his brothers Virgil and Morgan, respectively, along with Val Kilmer in a fan-favorite role as Doc Holliday – all of these stars propelling the producer to heights no other team would have reached. Kilmer shone particularly brightly, as many of you may remember, even though Doc was almost shot by Willem Dafoe. That would have been interesting.
And while many fans expected this to be a top pick, this second-choice spot should instead highlight the first-choice caliber. Of course, all that said, there’s still a lot to write home about special marque. It has a contemporary and elegant style as far as the western genre is concerned, and there is no doubt that it will be enjoyed from start to finish.
1 My Darling Clementine (1946)
From a modern perspective, this is undoubtedly a standout Western despite its age. It is another adaptation of the aforementioned bio Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall It was directed by a juggernaut of this kind. and regarding Dear Clementine (1946), the director on hand was, of course, John Ford.
The film was widely revered upon release, and currently still holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Naturally, the well-written script for this famous story will undoubtedly propel any project of this caliber to new heights. But the cast is also worth writing about: Ford and Henry Fonda were indeed a match made in heaven, as this was the fifth of their eight collaborations. But the movie also featured the likes of Linda Darnell and Walter Brennan, among many other notable characters. If you haven’t checked it out, just know that it’s the definitive movie out of it all focusing on Wyatt Earp.