Initially intended as a filmic b side (the second, shorter film in a double feature), Budd Boetticher’s Seven Men from Now is one of the coolest, most badass westerns ever to be made, and it was made in 1956. That’s years before Sergio Leone redefined what a western could be and sparked the shift in thinking about how the American West was perceived (Leone says you’re welcome to Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Andrew Dominick, to name a few). Randolph Scott plays ex-Gman Ben Stride to a hard-boiled, ass-kicking tee, a man on the hunt for seven outlaws who robbed a bank and killed a clerk in the process. It turns out that the clerk was Stride’s wife. Big mistake! On the trail, Stride meets a couple heading west, and even an old enemy, Masters (Lee Marvin is so cool it’s maddening). Deception, greed, and a quick draw so quick you can’t separate the sound of the bullets make for a fantastic thrill directed by one of the greatest American directors (so great, in fact, that Quentin Tarantino named Michael Madsen’s character Budd in Kill Bill after the legendary director). If you’re a western fan, see this movie. You won’t be disappointed.