Cast and Crew: John Williams (Score); Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Robert Carradine, Slim Pickens, Richard Farnsworth
What It’s About: Rancher Will Andersen (John Wayne) is forced to use a gang of adolescent boys as cowboys when his regular team abandons him for a gold rush.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is the National Day of the Cowboy. The Cowboys is one of John Wayne’s better, if largely unsung, late-period Westerns, which contains a few surprises that I won’t spoil here.