You won't see the Jack Nicholson-directed Western Goin' South
on many top ten lists -- maybe because Nicholson, who looks like a drifter you'd avoid eye contact with if you passed him on the dusty trail, tries to win us over the way Lemmy did with Motörhead -- which is to say, by being a total slimeball. Opposite a young Mary Steenburgen -- who only appears
to be an ingénue -- as Julie Tate, his well-mannered, normal, last-minute wife, the horse thief Nicholson has barely escaped the gallows and plays a total creep
who plans on stealing Steenburgen's gold. They dislike each other until they don't, and of course, there's a cache of gold involved and
a trip to Old Mexico. Trivia: Steenburgen would pair up with Christopher Lloyd (who played the town sheriff), some twelve years later for 1990's Back to the Future Part III
, a Western that would have made this list had it not aged so, so poorly.
-- Nick Lucchesi