How The West Was Won (1962)

The triple Oscar-winning How The West Was Won is the very definition of an ‘Epic Western’. Setting off on a journey to the west in the 1830s, the Prescott family run into a man named Linus (James Stewart), who helps them fight a pack of thieves.

Linus marries the familys’ daughter, Eve Prescott (Carroll Baker), and 30 years later goes off to fight in the Civil War with their son, with bloody results.

Eve’s sister, Lily (Debbie Reynolds), heads further west and has adventures with a professional gambler (Gregory Peck), stretching all the way to San Francisco and into the 1880s.

“Epic re-creation of the settling of the American west” – Radio Times ★★★★