->''"Well, killing a man isn't clean and quick and simple. It's bloody and awful. And maybe if enough people come to realize that shooting somebody isn't just fun and games, maybe we'll get somewhere.''"
-->-- Sam Peckinpah

David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (1925-1984) was a director of manly movies. An eccentric drug-abuser and lifelong alcoholic who was notorious for his gruff demeanor and rocky relationships with women, Peckinpah created a number of films that perfectly reflect his own personality: violent, nihilistic and cynical. Some of them stand as modern classics.

His filmography includes:

* ''Film/RideTheHighCountry'': A tale about two aging ex-lawman guarding a shipment of gold in early 20th century California, it had lackluster box office when it was released in 1962 but has since been VindicatedByHistory.
* ''Film/MajorDundee'': A vicious {{Deconstruction}} of the Cavalry Vs. Indians formula crossed with MobyDick. A victim of extensive ExecutiveMeddling, it (and ''Film/TheCincinnatiKid'' from which he was fired) set the stage for Peckinpah's contentious relationships with producers and studio heads during the production of his later films.
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'': His most famous film, an infamously violent anti-western about aging bank robbers in the changing west.
* ''Film/TheBalladOfCableHogue'': This is a lesser-known [[PlayingAgainstType mostly non-violent change of pace film]] about the proprietor of a water hole during [[TwilightOfTheOldWest the last days of the Old West]].
* ''Film/StrawDogs'': A nebbishy professor gets pushed to the brink and violently reasserts his masculinity. Remade in [[Film/StrawDogs2011 2011]].
* ''Film/JuniorBonner'': Another [[PlayingAgainstType uncharacteristically non-violent film]] starring SteveMcQueen as an aging rodeo bull-rider.
* ''Film/TheGetaway'': A crime caper also starring SteveMcQueen that was remade in 1994.
* ''Film/PatGarrettAndBillyTheKid'': Perhaps best known for being the origin of BobDylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door."
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfAlfredoGarcia'': A bloody [[NewOldWest modern western]].
* ''TheKillerElite'': A freelance spy seeks his traitorous ex-partner. Remade in 2011.
* ''Film/CrossOfIron'': His only war film, and an inspiration for Tarantino's ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* ''Film/{{Convoy}}'': A trucker film based on the novelty country song.
* ''Film/TheOstermanWeekend'': His final film, based on the Robert Ludlum novel.

!! Sam Peckinpah's life and signature style include:
* AntiHero
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* {{Gorn}}: They are pretty violent even today, so by older standards, they count as this trope.
* HonorBeforeReason
* KillEmAll
* NoKillLikeOverkill
* NewOldWest: Seen in ''Film/TheWildBunch,'' ''Film/JuniorBonner'', and ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfAlfredoGarcia''.
* {{Overcrank}}
* ProductionPosse: Creator/WarrenOates, Creator/BenJohnson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/KrisKristofferson, Creator/StrotherMartin, Creator/LQJones, Creator/RGArmstrong, Creator/JohnDavisChandler, Creator/DavidWarner, Creator/CassieYates, Creator/AuroraClavell to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Creator/LucienBallard and composer Creator/JerryFielding.
* RatedMForManly: Masculinity, violence and revenge are common themes. The dark and nihilistic tone of his films is sometimes read as a {{deconstruction}} of the trope.
* ARealManIsAKiller
* SociopathicHero
* TwilightOfTheOldWest: The end of the WildWest and the beginning of the Modern Age is a common theme in many of his best-known films like ''Film/RideTheHighCountry'', ''Film/TheWildBunch'', and ''Film/TheBalladOfCableHogue''.