Eight great Western comedies you should watch
The Western genre isn't entirely comprised of spaghetti or John Wayne talking out the side of his mouth: From its earliest days, filmmakers were putting a comic spin on stories set on the dusty trail, with the genre hitting its apex between the mid '70s and mid '80s. We've gathered this collection of comedy Westerns -- some you've seen and some you haven't -- to watch maybe after you see Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Lorey Sebastian/Universal Studios Seth with sheep in A Million Ways to Die in the West, the latest in a long line of comedy Westerns.
Released in 1974, this classic comedy takes place exactly a century earlier, in Mel Brooks's wacky, wily version of the Wild West. Throughout a hilarious plot full of fart jokes and racial tension, a conniving politician (Harvey Korman) and his band of mismatched henchman take on an accidental sheriff (Cleavon Little) and his drunken sidekick "The Waco Kid" (Gene Wilder) over the shenanigans-filled fate of a small town named Rock Ridge. But it isn't until the people of Rock Ridge build a fake town that things start to get real -- a little too real -- with an ending that uses humor to blend the borders between Hollywood and historical fiction.
-- Kelsey Whipple
Few comedic westerns earn the status of cult classic, but 1986's ¡Three Amigos! rightfully wears that crown. Why? In part because it was borne out of Saturday Night Live royalty. Written by frequent guest Steve Martin and executive producer Lorne Michaels and starring SNL OGs Chevy Chase, Martin Short and Martin himself, this buddy comedy seemed destined for greatness. In reality, it opened to mixed reviews, but nonetheless, it's remained a popular Sunday afternoon cable TV staple.
-- Ali Trachta