We were looking for both legit and criminal versions of the last-heist/last-mission scenario, but, as might be expected, the crooks were more popular. Here are five of the best, all reflecting the basic tragedy of life, and, oddly enough, some with happy endings.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
This second in John Ford’s monumental cavalry trilogy features a crusty John Wayne as a beloved commander whose retirement is interrupted by the crisis following Custer’s Last Stand. He’s assigned a dangerous last patrol and he’s not helped much by the womenfolk he must escort to safety, or his lovesick subordinates. Meanwhile, take in the beauty of Monument Valley, the real star of the show. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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