High Noon was one of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s favorite movies. In fact, it’s one of the movies most frequently screened in the White House, according to Wikipedia at least. It is a distinctly American story.
Released in 1952, it tells the story of a town marshall (played by Gary Cooper) who is about to be married to a nice quaker girl (played by Grace Kelly). Because of her devout Quaker pacifism, he is going to step down from his postion to lead a quieter, non-violent life. However, an outlaw the marshall was instrumental in convicting has been pardoned and is returning to the town and kill him. Cooper’s successor as marshall had not yet arrived in town, and rather than flee his potential killer Cooper stays in town to fight alone— the citizens refuse to help him.