You forgot a couple.
There was the 1971 movie "Doc" starring
Stacy Keach .... Doc Holliday
Faye Dunaway .... Katie Elder
Harris Yulin .... Wyatt Earp
Then there was the classic John Ford version starring Henry Fonda, "My Darling Clementine".
"Doc" was a little stinker, one of those Vietnam era "deconstruction" movies that went to great efforts to make traditional hero's into evil bums.
Somewhat in the same "tradition" as "Little Big Man", and others that re-made any American hero into a crazed power-mad freak.
In "Little Big Man" General Custer was re-made into a psychotic, babbling nut case.
In "Doc", Wyatt Earp is supposed to be an early version of.....Richard Nixon.
The entire Gunfight at the OK Corral is actually a sleazy political maneuver by the Earp's.
As for the others:
The Burt Lancaster version was a typical Hollywood Super-hero movie, saved and made a legend by Kirk Douglas's smoldering Doc Holiday.
Henry Fonda's "My darling Clementine" was another Hollywood fable, especially considering that John Ford knew Wyatt Earp in his Hollywood days, and had talked to him about the gunfight to insure "accuracy".
Still, it's a movie classic.
The Jimmy Stewart version, "Cheyenne Autumn"
was thrown in by John Ford, because he thought the movie was getting too serious.
A hilarious spoof, again a classic.
The James Garner versions were, again "deconstruction" movies, fitting nicely with Garner's political views, in which Earp is nothing more than an amoral killer.
The TV version with Hugh O'Brian is typical TV Super hero, no historical accuracy in any way.
The Russel version suffered from low production values. Had they spent a little more money on better actors and scripting it COULD have been the best of them all.
Val Kilmer's Doc, rivals the legendary job done by Kirk Douglas.
The Costner version was, as usual for him, an enormous, flatulent, gasbag of a movie.
WAAAAYYYY to long, with poor scripting.
Dennis Quaid's Doc could have made a bigger splash, except Val Kilmer's version was too fresh.
Unremembered, is Quaid's horrific diet to enable him to look the part of a cadaverous consumptive alcoholic.
There were also several Earp's from the early days of Hollywood, both silent, and 1930's versions.
In one version, a VERY young, SKINNY??? Andy Devine has a roll as a young cowboy.
Now, I'll go you one better:
BEST MOVIE GUNFIGHTER.
My pick: Jack Palance as "Wilson" in the movie "Shane", probably the best Western of all time.
In the book, known by the even more sinister name "Stark Wilson", Palance turned in the grand all time version of what a real gunfighter probably look like.
Somewhere in my library there's a Charlie Russell pen and ink drawing of a real Montana gunman shooting a man in a corral.
The figure in the drawing is dressed just like Palance in the movie.
Palance's cadaverous "Wilson" is no over the top, foaming Evil incarnate. He's just a very quiet professional doing his job.
Probably the most shocking movie shooting ever, (including todays blood spattered, choreographed, extravaganzas) the killing of Torrie the sodbuster, tops them all.
There's no glamor, no "OHHH, I'm hit", no flying through windows, and no smirking.
There's just a muddy street, lost in the vast backdrop wilderness of the mountains.
There's nothing "cool" or music-video about it. It's a killing, pure and simple.
Particularly chilling is Palance's easy, strutting walk up on the sidewalk, while the sodbuster slogs through the muddy street.
Then the coldblooded, and VERY quiet passage of words between Wilson and Torrie.
"Yep, Ol' Stonewall, Lee and the rest of them Rebs was trash, all trash........you too".
Nobody ever did it better the Palance, and nobody likely ever will.
[This message has been edited by dfariswheel (edited 01-12-2004).]