a film/movie or book about life in the western US in the 19th century, usually involving cowboys Culture Westerns involve guns, horses and often Indians (Native Americans). They are popular because they represent the traditional struggle between good and bad, often in a simple but exciting way. Famous western films include High Noon and Shane. Western television series have included Gunsmoke and Bonanza. see also spaghetti western See related entries: Types of film Word Origin Old English westerne (from west and -ern).