Clint Eastwood - Pale Rider
A group of men employed by powerful strip-miner Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) rides into a small mining encampment and begins shooting up the place. One of the terrorists kills the dog of young Megan Wheeler's (Sydney Penny). As Megan buries her pet, she says a prayer, begging the Lord to send someone to defend them. Later Megan sits with her widowed mother (Carrie Snodgress) and reads from the Bible: "And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider's name was death, and hell followed him." 

Then a lone horseman (Clint Eastwood), dressed as preacher, rides into camp to help the struggling miners fight off LaHood. The supernatural elements of the story are incidenta and handled in a restrained, subtle manner that does not distract from the story but enhances it, bringing another dimension to the oft-told tale. Eastwood, as director delivered a thought-provoking, well-crafted western.