#4: PALE RIDER
Clint Eastwood, Carrie Snodgress, Michael Moriarty, Sydney Penny
Highest grossing western of the 1980s
Based on the Biblical prediction of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Pale Rider represents Death. In this movie Death is personified as a mysterious stranger – The Preacher – who arrives in answer to a prayer to help protect a group of gold-mining families from the local bullies who are trying to run them off their claims.
I have always been a big Clint Eastwood fan and in my opinion, this is one of his best performances. Eastwood shines as the quintessential Western hero – strong, silent, loyal, and brave, but with a little edgy darkness surrounding him.
Have you seen this movie? Would it be YOUR top choice?