Yesterday was “Cowboy Day” at our church’s preschool.
What’s Cowboy Day?
Only the must fun (embarrassing), and joyful (humiliating) day of the year.
It’s really a right of passage for our staff members.
We are not required, but “strongly encouraged” to be a part of the festivities by putting on a Cowboy show for all the little boys and girls.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Lousy accents
- Skinny jeans (which I don’t mind)
- Fart jokes (hilarious)
- Rope tricks (tying knots)
- & much, much, more (that’s really it)
As much as I cringe when it comes time to do Cowboy Day every year it is actually pretty fun.
Acting like a total fool in front of five-year-olds helps you not take yourself too seriously.
In honor of Cowboy Day here are five of my favorite Western movies:
5. True Grit (2010)
Amazingly funny and exciting. Jeff Bridges is fantastic.
4. City Slickers (1991)
This was one of the first “grown up” movies I remember watching. Billy Crystal tries to make sense of his life while herding cattle with Jack Palance and his buddies.
3. Open Range (2003)
Beautifully shot and acted. Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, and Annette Bening all featured in this Western. Shot primarily in Montana, it is shockingly gorgeous and gritty.
2. Django Unchained (2012)
I surprised myself by putting this one on the list, but it is an amazingly good movie. It’s comedy, drama, tragedy, social commentary and very entertaining. Yes lots of blood and violence too. Remember, the ‘D’ is silent.
1. Unforgiven (1992)
Hard to have a top Western movies list without Clint Eastwood. I know, I know, I left out John Wayne, but come on, he was before my time. Unforgiven features three of my all-time favorites: Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman. It’s the story of a bad man turned good, who then is forced to choose whether to be bad once again.
I know I left off some great movies.
So let me have it…
Where did I go wrong?
What are your favorites?