Seth MacFarlane’s send up of the Western film genre — A Million Ways to Die in the West — has pulled in nearly $72 million in total worldwide gross after being in theaters for nearly a month. According to Box Office Mojo, this includes a total domestic gross of about $41 million, as well as nearly $31 million in international gross. Although it is not a runaway hit, the box office receipts for A Million Ways to Die in the West are well above the film’s $40 million production budget and will likely guarantee that MacFarlane will have a third shot at directing a feature comedy film.
While Ted, MacFarlane’s directorial debut, garnered generally positive reviews, the critical reception for A Million Ways to Die in the West has been more mixed. Some critics loathed the film, like RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico, who called it “A failure on nearly every level.” Others, like The New York Times’ Stephen Holden, appeared to question MacFarlane’s decision to cast himself in the leading role and wondered if someone else could have given the character a “stronger personality.” Variety’s Scott Foundas also criticized MacFarlane’s performance, calling it “surprisingly bland.” Like many other reviewers, Foundas also criticized the nearly two-hour long running time of the film that he felt was “padded.” On the other hand, a fairly sympathetic review from Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir noted that A Million Ways to Die in the West “delivers a few laughs and keeps the guest stars coming. I don’t think it’s a ‘Ted’-scale hit, but it’s probably not a bomb.”
Fortunately for fans of Western-themed comedies, there are plenty of other films in this genre that have withstood the test of time and can be rented for less than the price of a movie ticket. Here are five classic comedy Westerns that you can watch instead of A Million Ways to Die in the West.