Genres mean nothing to me. Western, spaghetti western, sports films; they're all movies to me. They are useful perhaps in categorizing say the best western, but I do not seek out genres. I look for great movies and they come in all varieties. My top ten has a science fiction movie, a samurai movie, a film in medieval Sweden, and black comedy and a film about a newspaper owner.
I do not think that The Searchers is a great western or great John Wayne movie. It's just a great film. And speaking of Wayne I also don't think about my favorite actors. I have none, I have favorite movies which if they've been cast right it doesn't matter who the actor is--they are simply the best choice for the part. As example take Adam Sandler's (please!) one awful movie after another. But when the right director puts him into the right movie you wind up with PT Anderson's wonderful Punch Drunk Love.