Funny you should mention Ride the High Country. Here's something to ponder about that film.Another excellent shootout that we've missed is the end of Ride the High Country.
"Where's the rifle"
"It's on the horse"
Released seven years before The Wild Bunch, it was also directed by Sam Peckinpah. It's often considered Peckinpah's first truly great film. So think about this. Both films are about over-the-hill men in the early part of the 20th Century. Except in this case Joel McCrea plays an ex-lawman.
And note how McCrea looks and dresses in the film. He's pretty much an early version of William Holden in the later film. Only thing missing is the mustache. And McCrea's character even employs some of the same looks and gestures that Holden did later in The Wild Bunch. They look enough alike to be brothers.
And Peckinpah changed the whole shooting script around. You know how, in The Wild Bunch, even though the audience sees Holden's bunch as the good guys (even though they're outlaws), all the good guys die in the end. In Ride the High Country, the original script called for just the bad guys to die in the shootout. Peckinpah changed it around so that McCrea's character dies in the end, adding a whole 'nother level to the film and making it even more successful. The film was McCrea's and Scott's last major role. Matter of fact, Randolph Scott retired after completing the film. I guess he wanted to quit while he was ahead.
In spite of a few critically acclaimed westerns in the fifties, the genre was about as dead as a strung up cattle rustler. Most westerns by then were mostly "B" movies (my opinion). With Ride the High Country, Peckinpah sort of resurrected the genre and gave it back the depth and meaning of the real Old West. And after Ride the High Country, The Wild Bunch, and the early Clint Eastwood westerns, every movie studio on the planet was looking to make "cowboy movies".
Randolph Scott, by the way, is buried just about three miles from my house.