Original: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Dallas Roberts, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, Vinessa Shaw, Kevin Durand
You aren’t going to find many dudes in Hollywood more convincingly able to play tough guys than Russell Crowe and Christian Bale; put them together and you’ve got a combustible, grisly match of wits.
You’ve also got James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma, a taut, cynical western that’s arguably the best gunslinger movie made in the last 10 years, with Crowe playing the outlaw role and Bale as the do-good lawman hunting him down. Also of note is co-star Ben Foster, whose turn as Crowe’s most reckless subordinate is a real scene-stealer.