Sam Peckinpah made film violence a work of art.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public
From the beginning of his career, Sam Peckinpah was deemed something of a maverick director by Hollywood. He was destined to make movies his way, not the studio way. Peckinpah was frequently at odds with producers and studio moguls as they tried to undermine his authority on a film set. In spite of all this, he remains one of the most creative artists of his time and his movies are still being enjoyed by contemporary audiences.
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1. The Wild Bunch (1969)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
The greatest American Western of the 1960s.
2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
The only film where Peckinpah had complete control.
4. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.
Patchy and with virtually no plot but there are many highlights.
5. Junior Bonner (1972)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Western
Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.
6. Straw Dogs (1971)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.
7. The Killer Elite (1975)
PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.
8. Ride the High Country (1962)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Western
An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.
9. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.
Votes: 7,896 | Gross: $3.50M
10. Major Dundee (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
Votes: 6,554 | Gross: $0.01M
A troubled production and still incomplete after all these years.
11. Cross of Iron (1977)
R | 119 min | Drama, War
German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.
A highly entertaining, gritty War film.
12. Convoy (1978)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama
Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.
Votes: 13,948 | Gross: $45.00M
13. The Osterman Weekend (1983)
R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
During the Cold War, a controversial television journalist is asked by the C.I.A. to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet Agents of the Omega network, to defect.
Votes: 7,524 | Gross: $6.49M
14. The Deadly Companions (1961)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Western
An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.
15. Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary
Spattered with blood and controversy, Sam Peckinpah's Westerns revolutionized their genre. SAM PECKINPAH'S WEST: LEGACY OF A HOLLYWOOD RENEGADE goes in search of the man behind these ... See full summary »
16. Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron (1993 TV Movie)
92 min | Documentary, Biography
This straight-talking program seeks to understand the enigmatic and controversial Sam Peckinpah, whose violent films such as The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs had a telling effect on the cinema... See full summary »
20. Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)
60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network television. Dramatic and comedy shows were presented, featuring many of... See full summary »