Westerns were once the action films of their era. The history of the Wild West was still fresh in the popular zeitgeist because by the time of the film era, America was still less than a century out from the Civil War. Now it feels like ancient history.
While Westerns — especially the Spaghetti Westerns of the '50s and '60s — were a dime a dozen, they are no longer the cinematic centerpieces they once were.
Looking back, some depict insensitive descriptions and stereotypes of indigenous tribes and nations engaging in bloody battles across the frontier. Some may have gotten history wrong with their gaudy fringed costumes. Regardless, it was the genre moviegoers wanted to see.