As I compiled this list of movies, I discovered many western movies didn’t have taglines or the taglines were terrible. I’ll get these out of the way first.
WHAT is a tagline?
A tagline is a short, clever line or couple of lines found
on a movie’s poster or on a book cover,.
I’ll share 20-ish movies each month February through November. January and December will look like this:
JANUARY: 1) Great taglines from well-known non-western movies to show how a tagline can enhance our interest in the movie. 2) Many western movies that have awful taglines or no taglines at all.
DECEMBER: 1) I’ll list the movie taglines I think are outstanding, as in I'm saving the best for last. 2) I’ll offer my tagline suggestions for western movies I think deserved better taglines. 3) I will also have a spreadsheet with all the movies and taglines from this series available for downloading.
Good taglines of non-western movies to get us in the mindset:
He didn't want to be a hero...until the day they pushed him too far.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
We are not alone.
The Sound of Music
The Happiest Sound in All the World.
On every street in every city in this country, there is a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The nearer they get to the treasure the farther they get from the law.
Who ya gonna call?
You don't assign him to murder cases. You just turn him loose.
He's a man of peace in a savage land...Suburbia
This is the weekend they didn't play golf
Saturday Night Fever
We scare, because we care
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
…from the other side to our side
The list is life.
There can be only one
O’ Brother Where Art Thou?
They have a plan, but not a clue…
Yule crack up
12 Angry Men
Life is in their hands – Death is on their minds.
The first casualty of war is innocence
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joness
Escape or die frying
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
You’ll never go in the water again
JANUARY WESTERN MOVIE TAGLINES that are missing or are terrible:
How the West was Won (1962)
24 Great Stars In The Mightiest Adventure Ever Filmed!
Rio Lobo (1970)
Give ‘em Hell, John (1970)
Westward the Women (1951) No tagline
Arrowhead (1953) No tagline
There are “Westerns” and “Westerns”. Every now and then comes a NEW kind of Western. This is “BANDOLERO!
The Big Sky (1952)
Theirs the great adventure… (sic)
Giants who carved America from wilderness! SURGING from the pages of the best-seller that thrilled millions…the towering story of the men who conquered the untamed Norwest!
Bite the Bullet (1975)
In the tradition of Shane and High Noon. A new Western Classis is born!
Viva Zapata! (1952) No tagline
Broken Lance (1954 No tagline
Burning Hills (1956)
The shy guy from “Battle Cry’
The girl from ‘Rebel without a Cause’
Wild Times (1980) No tagline
The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Together for the first time—James Stewart – John Wayne—in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford.
Fort Apache (1948) No tagline
Sean Connery is SHALAKO!
SHALAKO MEANS Action! Action Means Bardot!
I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) No tagline
Lonesome Dove (1989)
The epic film as big as the West.
My Darling Clementine (1946) No tagline
Rio Grande (1950) John Ford’s greatest romantic triumph!
Quick and the Dead (1987) No tagline
River of No Return (1954)
Engulfs you in a flood of excitement! And she can sing, too!
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
John Ford’s New and Finest Picture of the Fighting Cavalry!
The Sacketts (1979) No tagline
Stands Tall and Proud Among the Screen Giants!
Gone to Texas (1986) No tagline
The Lonely Man (1957) No tagline
The Virginian (1946) No tagline
The two on this list I’m most disappointed in are How the West was Won and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I will remedy this most egregious Hollywood oversight in December.
See you in February with more western movies taglines,