Ten greatest Texas films

Blood Simple (1984)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Joel and Ethan CoenPlot: Man hires hit man to kill his wife. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: RAPP: But, you know, I put it next to Blood Simple or No Country for Old Men, and there’s no comparison. Blood Simple—that film is almost flawless. BLOOM:…

No Country for Old Men (2007)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Joel and Ethan CoenPlot: Man finds briefcase full of drug money. Is pursued by maniac killer. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: BLOOM: I’ve seen so many scary movies that there are very few movies that can scare me. No Country scared the crap out of me.

Tender Mercies (1983)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Bruce BeresfordPlot: Out-of-luck country singer seeks redemption through love. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: LEAGUE: I thought it was beautiful and spartan. You understand so much of the characters with so few syllables, which is also a very Texan trait. You know, you compare that to…

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Tobe HooperPlot: Friends fall prey to a family of cannibals while on a road trip. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: LEAGUE: A lot of people have argued this is the most influential horror film of all time, and at the same time, there are Texas themes…

The Last Picture Show (1971)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Peter BogdanovichPlot: Teenagers come of age in a fading small town. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: RAPP: Last Picture Show is a documentary of the first twenty years of my life. I watched it again last night, and I’d forgotten just how authentic it is. I…

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Arthur PennPlot: Boy meets girl. Murderous bank-robbing rampage ensues. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: KELLY: All right. We have four votes for Bonnie and Clyde. RAMÍREZ BERG: I was the one who didn’t vote for it. It doesn’t scream out, “This is a Texas movie.”…

Hud (1963)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Martin RittPlot: Aging rancher struggles with his brash and callous son. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: BLOOM: If we were to make this harder and say we have to pick the best movie based on a Larry McMurtry story, even though I think I should vote…

The Searchers (1956)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: John FordPlot: Civil War vet hunts for his niece, who was kidnapped by Comanche. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: LEAGUE: I want to throw one more monkey wrench into the criteria. The Searchers is a bit of a mess as a movie, but it’s been so influential.

Giant (1956)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: George StevensPlot: Rancher with East Coast bride sees Texas transformed by discovery of oil. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: LEAGUE: It’s a deeply flawed movie, but if we’re here to talk about Texas movies, then Giant has to be on the list. I mean, subject material,…

Red River (1948)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Howard HawksPlot: Tensions flare on a cattle drive. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: RAPP: What about Red River? LEAGUE: It’s a little too ham-handed. The complexity of issues in The Searchers is more interesting. BLOOM: But John Wayne is a meaner son of a bitch…

Blood Simple (1984)

Dec 31, 1969 By Texas Monthly

Director: Joel and Ethan CoenPlot: Bar owner hires hit man to kill his wife and her lover. Double-crossing ensues. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: BLOOM: I like Blood Simple too. But it’s very cinematic. It is based on images and ideas of Texas from film history and…