Few figures in history have had as powerful an impact on American masculinity as the cowboy. While the mythologization of the cowboy began all the way back in the late 1800s with dime novels and Wild West shows, it wasn’t until the advent of twentieth century cinema that the cowboy cemented his place as an icon of manliness.
The Art of Manliness is a great resource for many things, but this Western movie roundup is really great. I must say that I got nervous with Liberty Valance being so low on the list. Also, the original True Grit was better.