Snow Westerns

Snow Westerns

12 Episodes

Snow, snow on the range . . . While the western traditionally evokes images of dusty, sunbaked deserts and parched plains, head north and you’ll find a wintry mix of snowbound frontier sagas that turn icy mountains and freezing tundra landscapes into dramatic, visually stunning backdrops for mythic tales of heroes, villains, and outlaws on treacherous treks through frigid temps. Spanning half a century, this collection of white-blanketed westerns brings together defining works by classical masters like Anthony Mann (THE FAR COUNTRY), William Wellman (TRACK OF THE CAT), and André de Toth (DAY OF THE OUTLAW) alongside revisionist genre reimaginings by iconoclasts such as Sam Peckinpah (RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY), Robert Altman (MCCABE & MRS. MILLER), and Antonia Bird (RAVENOUS).

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Snow Westerns
  • Snow Westerns Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Secret of Convict Lake

    Episode 2

    Directed by Michael Gordon • 1951 • United States
    Starring Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore

    In this wintry, noir-tinged western, falsely convicted prisoner Jim Canfield (Glenn Ford) escapes from a nineteenth-century Nevada jail along with a handful of far less innocent fellow inmates. S...

  • The Wild North

    Episode 3

    Directed by Andrew Marton • 1952 • United States
    Starring Stewart Granger, Wendell Corey, Cyd Charisse

    A Mountie tracks an accused killer through the snowbound Canadian wilderness in this entertaining adventure based on true Mounted Police records and featuring striking location shooting. Renega...

  • The Far Country

    Episode 4

    Directed by Anthony Mann • 1954 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet

    In the fourth of the legendary, darkly psychologically westerns they made together, James Stewart and director Anthony Mann head northwest for a tale of moral struggle amid spectacular Yukon settin...

  • Track of the Cat

    Episode 5

    Directed by William A. Wellman • 1954 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter

    Trapped inside by a heavy snowstorm, a dysfunctional family of Northern California ranchers not only negotiates their own internal rifts but also confronts the dangers of a panther that is stalk...

  • Day of the Outlaw

    Episode 6

    Directed by André de Toth • 1959 • United States
    Starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise

    In the forsaken town of Bitters, Wyoming, tensions between homesteaders and cattlemen are high. When a conflict erupts between a farmer and ruthless rancher Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan), it appears tha...

  • Ride the High Country

    Episode 7

    Directed by Sam Peckinpah • 1962 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley

    Western legends Randolph Scott (in his final screen performance) and Joel McCrea saddle up for Sam Peckinpah’s bullet-riddled elegy for the passing of the Old West’s mythic values of individua...

  • The Great Silence

    Episode 8

    Directed by Sergio Corbucci • 1968 • Italy, France
    Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff

    On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As...

  • Little Big Man

    Episode 9

    Directed by Arthur Penn • 1970 • United States
    Starring Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George

    Arthur Penn explodes the myth of the American West in this epic, stingingly satiric tale. At the ripe old age of 121, Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) looks back on his extraordinary life, from bein...

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Episode 10

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1971 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, René Auberjonois

    This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to ...

  • Dead Man

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1995 • United States

    With DEAD MAN, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country's legacy of violence and prejudice, a...

  • Ravenous

    Episode 12

    Directed by Antonia Bird • 1999 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette

    On the eve of the California gold rush, a disgraced soldier (Guy Pearce) is dispatched to a remote outpost in the Sierra Nevada, where he finds himself surrounded by cast-off men w...