mostly focuses on the frontier that existed and still exists in North America. Most western movies settings included lonely isolated forts, ranch houses, isolated homestead, saloon, jail, the small-town main street, or small frontier towns that are forming at the edges of civilization. They may even include Native American sites or villages. saddles, Colt .45's, bandannas and buckskins, canteens, stagecoaches, gamblers, long-horned cattle and cattle drives, prostitutes (or madams), and always part of the movie.
Very often, the cowboy has a favored horse.
Western films have also been called the horse opera, cowboy picture.
The western film genre has portrayed much about America's past, glorifying the past. Usually, the central plot of the western film is the classic, simple goal of maintaining law and order on the frontier in a fast-paced action story. It is normally rooted in archetypal conflict - good vs. bad, virtue vs. evil, white hat vs. black hat, man vs. man, new arrivals vs. Native Americans settlers vs. Indians, humanity vs. nature, civilization vs. wilderness or lawlessness, schoolteachers vs. saloon dance-hall girls, villains vs. heroes, lawman or sheriff vs. gunslinger, , and farmer vs. industrialist to name a few.
Typical elements in westerns include hostile elements (often Native Americans), guns and gun fights (sometimes on horseback), violence and human massacres, horses, trains (and train robberies), bank robberies and holdups, runaway stagecoaches, shoot-outs and showdowns, outlaws and sheriffs, cattle drives and cattle rustling, stampedes, posses in pursuit, breathtaking settings and open landscapes and distinctive western clothing (denim, jeans, boots, etc.).
lots of physical stunts and activity, possibly extended chase scenes, races, rescues, battles, martial arts, destructive disasters (floods, explosions, natural disasters, fires, etc.), fights, escapes, non-stop motion, fast pacing, and adventurous...