->''"Shane! Come back!"''

Classic 1953 {{Western}}, based on the novel by Jack Schaefer.

A DeterminedHomesteader named Starrett, his wife, and their young son are running a small farm. Some cattle ranchers want to force them out (along with the other [[DeterminedHomesteader Nesters]]), either with money or with guns. They are using an army of {{Mooks}} for this. While this is going on, a wanderer in buckskin clothing named Shane meets Starrett, and after a quickly resolved misunderstanding, Shane is accepted by the family and begins working for Starrett. Shane is soon idolized by the young boy, who wants to learn how to shoot. There is extensive discussion between Shane, Starrett, and his wife about the appropriateness of guns and violence.

Ultimately Shane protects the DeterminedHomesteader using violence, knowing that this means he will never be able to settle down to a peaceful life, Shane is cursed by his previous choices in life to always be TheGunslinger, [[TheDrifter always drifting]]. His final words before leaving is to tell the young boy to run home and tell his mother that she has her wish that there be "no more guns in the valley"; [[ButNowIMustGo Shane leaving]] is of course required for this to be true.

Subject to a famous debate about the ending: Is Shane dead, or did he survive?

Last film for Jean Arthur, whose Hollywood career dated back to TheThirties. Was essentially remade and combined with ''HighPlainsDrifter'' as the Creator/ClintEastwood film ''PaleRider'', with Creator/ClintEastwood basically playing Alan Ladd's role.

!!Tropes in this Film:

* TheAlcoholic: "Stonewall" Torrey is implied to be on occasion, since he orders a jug every time he goes into Grafton's.
* AxCrazy: Wilson, who seems to be looking for an excuse to kill people. "Prove it."
* BadAss: Shane and Starett. Wilson is a villainous example.
* BadassAdorable: Joey.
* BangBangBANG: Holy crap. Some loud, loud guns in this movie.
* BarBrawl
* BerserkButton: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with,]] in the case of calling Wilson "a low-down Yankee liar". He smiles in amusement at the insult...[[OhCrap and then demands that you "prove it".]]
* BigBad: Rufus Ryker
* BittersweetEnding: The ranch is saved, but Shane is left to WalkTheEarth--that is, if he isn't bleeding to death.
* BloodKnight: Jack Wilson
* ButNowIMustGo: Maybe... depending on whether you agree with Shane or not.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl
* ConstantlyCurious: Joey
* DeterminedHomesteader: Joe Starrett
* TheDragon: Jack Wilson
* TheDrifter: Shane is a perfect example of this.
* EmpathicEnvironment: During the confrontation between Starrett and Shane- one of the best examples of this trope actually
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* TheGunslinger: Shane. He even does some GunTwirling at one point.
* GunsAkimbo: Subverted for the title character, who is a firm believer that one gun is all he needs.
* HeelFaceTurn: Chris Calloway
* HeroicSacrifice
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Inverted in terms of casting. Elisha Cook, Jr. normally plays this type of character, but in this film, he plays a good guy, "Stonewall" Torrey, a Southern DeterminedHomesteader and friend of the Starrets. In every other respect, he lives "up" to this trope to a T. He's a consistent failure, resents the fact that neither friends nor enemies take him seriously, but is determined to stand up for himself and the Lost Cause ... all of which [[spoiler:sets him up as an all-too-easy victim to one of the most effective and unsympathetic villains in Western film history.]]
* KnightErrant: Shane, of course.
* PercussivePrevention: Subverted into a horrifying fight between friends, complete with EmpathicEnvironment.
* TheQuietOne: Jack Wilson. Shane himself also counts.
* ReCut: A small but vital one: Depending on what version you watch, you may actually hear Joey's voice calling out "Bye, Shane!" in the last shot of Shane riding off. Narratively, the difference has a contrast of Joey accepting that Shane has to go vs. a refusal to do so (where his last words are "Come back!").
* RecycledTheSeries - In 1966, there was a single season of the ''Shane'' television series. Starring David Carradine as Shane!
* RetiredGunfighter
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:"Stonewall" Torrey.]]
* SceneryPorn: Shot in glorious Technicolor in Wyoming's Jackson Hole valley.
* ShellShockedSenior: Shane is ''pretty'' jumpy in the beginning, upon hearing Joey cocking a rifle, and later when a cow clangs into something.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Wilson has 8 minutes of screen time and less than 50 words of dialogue. Made the most of it, didn't he? On a more meta level, Wilson is considered one of the definitive Western bad guys and one of the most remembered roles from the career of Jack Palance, who acted for more than ''50 years'' in over 70 movies.
* TheSociopath: Ryker and Wilson.
* TemptingFate: "Stonewall" Torrey, when he tries to stand up to Wilson and [[spoiler:gets a bullet planted in his chest as a result.]]
* TwilightOfTheOldWest: Implied by this exchange:
--> '''Shane''': Yeah, you've lived too long. Your kind of days are over.
--> '''Ryker''': ''My'' days? What about yours, gunfighter?
--> '''Shane''': The difference is, I know it.
* WorthyOpponent: Shane gains Chris Calloway's respect after beating him in a brawl. This is implied to be one of the factors behind Calloway's HeelFaceTurn, as he makes it a point to go to Shane in secret to let him know.