Like all these lists, the choices the made, even what they include as westerns, were a little quirky.True Grit is way, way under rated at #59 as is Dances with Wolves at #49. New True Grit comes in at #26.
My top 5 along with their rankings in the article:
True Grit(Original #59)
Dances with Wolves (#49) Jeremiah Johnson (#40)
High Noon (#14)
TGTB&TU is pretty much the only western I'll continue watching if I happen to stumble on it. It's #1 by a considerable margin for me.
When I saw the first slide was a Bob Hope film - who, IMO, was about the unfunniest comedian ever - I was wondering how many comedies would make the list. I saw a couple, but also saw a couple that were certainly better than Bob Hope - Cat Ballou should be in the lower middle somewhere and even the ridiculous A Million Ways to Die in the West is a laugh riot compared to Bob Hope and should bring up the rear.
Also agree on how silly Django Unchained at #2 is. I enjoy the crap out of that movie, but it's more for brainless fun than plot or acting. Given that standard, I was surprised Cowboys & Aliens wasn't in the top 20, let alone not on the list at all.