That’s a good question and everyone seems to have a different answer.
For me, it’s the classic 1953 movie Shane which starred Alan Ladd.
Shane is a gunfighter running from an undisclosed past who rides into an isolated Wyoming valley sometime after the Civil War.
Hanging up his gun and fancy frontier clothes, and putting his past behind him, he is hired as a farmhand by rancher Joe Starrett, who shares a homestead with his wife, Marian and their young son, Joey.
Starrett tells Shane that the valley’s settlers are being intimidated by a ruthless cattle baron named Rufus Ryker who wants them to leave.
Though they have a legal right to the land, he hires henchmen to harass them and run them off.
When one of Ryker’s men pours a drink over him, Shane initially turns the other cheek.
Joey wants to know why he didn’t fight back, but the quietly spoken Shane shrugs off the question.
Things come to a head however when Ryker hires a notorious gunfighter named Jack Wilson.
The two know of each other and Shane is forced to strap on his gun and ride into town for the final showdown.
The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans — Uncas, his father Chingachgook, and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye — live in peace alongside British colonists.
But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War.
The Last of the Mohicans is available to rent on Apple TV.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Jeremiah Johnson is about a mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.