Western (movie genre)

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The "Western" movie genre generally glorified the pioneers who settled the North American west, particularly during the period of the 19th century when territories were rapidly becoming states.

In 1960 ... the standard script was Indians bad and simple minded and Whites were good and complex and were just gently wrestling the wild west from savagery, making a civilization out of it. [1]

In contrast to the lopsided portrayal of "cowboys and Indians", several films begin showing a more balanced portrayal: