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1. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

2. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

30 min | Western

8.0
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Creator: George W. Trendle | Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

3. The Thing from Another World (1951)

TV-PG | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Writers: Charles Lederer, John W. Campbell Jr. | Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

4. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Writers: James Edward Grant, Louis L'Amour | Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

5. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.6
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jack Carter

6. Them! (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Writers: Ted Sherdeman, Russell S. Hughes, George Worthing Yates | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

7. Battleground (1949)

TV-PG | 118 min | Action, War, Drama

7.6
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Writer: Robert Pirosh | Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

8. How the West Was Won (1978 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Western

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The Macahans, a family from Virginia headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West.

Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

9. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2013)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.0
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

10. Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Adventure, Drama

7.0
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while... See full summary »

Writer: Ernest K. Gann | Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, Walter Abel, James Arness

11. Pioneers of Television (2008 TV Mini-Series)

55 min | Documentary

7.4
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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

Stars: Ryan Seacrest, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Dick Van Dyke

12. Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Western

6.9
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Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins," is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there some 12 years ago -- Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan

13. The Sea Chase (1955)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gantlet of Allied warships.

Writers: James Warner Bellah, John Twist, Andrew Geer | Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger

14. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy

7.5
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Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics.

Writers: Allen Rivkin, Laura Kerr, Hella Wuolijoki | Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford

15. Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter attempt to break up a ring of Communist Party troublemakers in Hawaii (ignoring somewhat, as do their ... See full summary »

Writers: Stephen Vincent Benet, James Edward Grant, Richard English, Eric Taylor | Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier

16. The Macahans (1976 TV Movie)

119 min | Western

7.9
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Zeb Macahan, a pioneering westerner, help's move his brother's family to the wild west. They run into several obstacles including the breakout of the Civil War. This sends the father back ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

17. Carbine Williams (1952)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. It all started when Marsh, who was one to do ... See full summary »

Writer: Art Cohn | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey, Carl Benton Reid

18. How the West Was Won (1977 TV Mini-Series)

Western

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In 1865, the Macahans are heading west from Virginia to Oregon. Mrs. Kate Macahan is waiting with her children Laura, Jessie and Josh on a farm they have built for her husband and her ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

19. Hellgate (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Western

6.6
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Man is framed & sent to toughest prison in the territory.

Writers: Charles Marquis Warren, John C. Champion | Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Joan Leslie, Ward Bond, James Arness

20. Many Rivers to Cross (1955)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

6.3
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Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker star as a Kentucky backwoodsman and the woman who will NOT let anything interfere with her plans to marry him in this humorous romantic adventure through the American Frontier of 1798.

Writers: Harry Brown, Guy Trosper, Steve Frazee | Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Jeff Richards

21. Alias Jesse James (1959)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Western

6.5
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The outlaw T.J. 'Jesse' James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Writers: Robert St. Aubrey, Bert Lawrence, William Bowers, Daniel B. Beauchamps | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Gloria Talbott

22. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987 TV Movie)

140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.

Writers: Lon Tinkle, Clyde Ware, Norman Morrill | Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, David Ogden Stiers

23. Horizons West (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Western

6.2
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Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas.

Writer: Louis Stevens | Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, Judith Braun

24. Stars in My Crown (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

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Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister. In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction with a few of his parishioners. A young ... See full summary »

Writers: Joe David Brown, Margaret Fitts | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale

25. Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Western

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James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the US Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 TV series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken his ... See full summary »

Writer: Earl W. Wallace | Director: Charles Correll | Stars: James Arness, Richard Kiley, Amy Stock-Poynton, Geoffrey Lewis

26. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

92 min | Comedy, Western

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At the turn of the century Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling ... See full summary »

Writers: Devery Freeman, Stephen Longstreet | Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing, David Brian

27. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

28. Wagon Master (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Western

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Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Patrick Ford | Director: John Ford | Stars: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

29. The People Against O'Hara (1951)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son a homicide charge.

Writers: Eleazar Lipsky, John Monks Jr. | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak

30. Sierra (1950)

83 min | Western

6.8
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Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young ... See full summary »

Writers: Stuart Hardy, Edna Anhalt, Milton Gunzburg | Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Wanda Hendrix, Audie Murphy, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger

31. Gun the Man Down (1956)

76 min | Western

6.2
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Three outlaw buddies rob a bank, but one of them is wounded. His two partners and his girlfriend take his share of the loot and run off, leaving him to be captured by the sheriff. Years ... See full summary »

Writers: Sam Freedle, Burt Kennedy | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Angie Dickinson, Emile Meyer, Robert J. Wilke

32. Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Western

7.0
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Retired marshal Dillon goes after a 15 year old boy who is determined to kill the men responsible for the murder of his mother during a stagecoach robbery.

Writers: Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet | Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Amy Stock-Poynton, Alan Scarfe

33. Iron Man (1951)

81 min | Drama, Sport

6.3
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An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Writers: W.R. Burnett, George Zuckerman, Borden Chase | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Evelyn Keyes, Stephen McNally, Rock Hudson

34. Red River (1988 TV Movie)

96 min | Western

6.1
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A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrays a rancher at odds with his son.

Writers: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee, Richard Fielder | Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness, Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw

35. Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Western

7.0
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Retired marshal Matt Dillon tracks Arizona rustlers and lands in the middle of the 1880s Pleasant Valley War.

Writer: Earl W. Wallace | Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: James Arness, Pat Hingle, Amy Stock-Poynton, Matt Mulhern

36. The Lone Hand (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Western

6.4
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A farmer, Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) & his son Joshua (Jimmy Hunt) try to establish new roots on their farm near a small western town victimized by outlaws. The merchants & ranchers form... See full summary »

Writers: Joseph Hoffman, Irving Ravetch | Director: George Sherman | Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake

37. Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993 TV Movie)

94 min | Western

6.9
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Retired marshal Matt Dillon must clear his name after a lying witness makes him wanted: dead or alive.

Writer: Bill Stratton | Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: James Arness, James Brolin, Amy Stock-Poynton, Christopher Bradley

38. Her Twelve Men (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

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Jan Stewart, a new teacher at The Oaks, a boys' boarding school, becomes instructor and mother-figure to a class of twelve. She must overcome the disapproval of Joe Hargrave, head of the ... See full summary »

Writers: Louise Baker, William Roberts, Laura Z. Hobson | Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan, Richard Haydn

39. McClain's Law (1981–1982)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Jim McClain was a cop and after being injured and deemed unfit for duty he was retired and for the past fifteen years was working on a fishing boat. One day he and his partner sell their ... See full summary »

Creator: Eric Bercovici | Stars: James Arness, Marshall Colt, George DiCenzo, Carl Franklin

40. Two Lost Worlds (1951)

Approved | 61 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

4.4
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When the American clipper ship "The Queen" is attacked by pirates off the Hebrides in 1830, Mate Kirk Hamilton is injured and must be put ashore at Queensland Colony, Australia, for ... See full summary »

Writers: Tom Hubbard, Phyllis Parker, Bill Shaw | Director: Norman Dawn | Stars: Kasey Rogers, James Arness, Bill Kennedy, Gloria Petroff

41. The Veils of Bagdad (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, from purchasing the services of local leader Mustapha to unite the hill tribes and ... See full summary »

Writer: William R. Cox | Director: George Sherman | Stars: Victor Mature, Mari Blanchard, Virginia Field, Guy Rolfe

42. Wyoming Mail (1950)

87 min | Western

6.2
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In 1869, the United States begins a railroad mail service to the West Coast which proves highly tempting to train robbers, in particular an organized gang with one of the mail's supposed ... See full summary »

Writers: Harry Essex, Leonard Lee, Robert Hardy Andrews | Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Howard Da Silva, Ed Begley

43. Double Crossbones (1951)

75 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

5.9
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After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

Writers: Oscar Brodney, John Grant | Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Helena Carter, Will Geer, John Emery

44. The Girl in White (1952)

92 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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The first female doctor in New York City comes up against prejudice from male counterparts who feel threatened by her skills. Eventually, though, they come to respect her and romance ... See full summary »

Writers: Emily Dunning Barringer, Philip Stevenson, Allen Vincent, Irma von Cube | Director: John Sturges | Stars: June Allyson, Arthur Kennedy, Gary Merrill, Mildred Dunnock

45. Cavalry Scout (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.0
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Kirby Frye, a former Confederate officer but now a Union Cavalry scout, is sent into Montana territory to locate and retrieve three Gatling Guns stolen from the U.S. Arsenal by outlaws ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel B. Ullman, Thomas W. Blackburn | Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Rod Cameron, Audrey Long, Jim Davis, James Millican

46. Belle Le Grand (1951)

90 min | Western

6.4
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Upon her release from prison for a murder she didn't commit, a woman finds that her younger sister has been placed in an orphanage. Determined to do whatever it takes to get her out, she ... See full summary »

Writers: D.D. Beauchamp, Peter B. Kyne | Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Vera Ralston, John Carroll, William Ching, Hope Emerson

47. Roses Are Red (1947)

67 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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This script rode in right off of the range that had been ridden at least twice by Tim McCoy at Columbia. Writer Elmam did little other than moving it from a Western to a big-town Eastern. ... See full summary »

Writer: Irving Elman | Director: James Tinling | Stars: Don Castle, Peggy Knudsen, Patricia Knight, Joe Sawyer

48. The Johnny Carson Show (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.7
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Comedy routines, featuring Johnny Carson and guests, and singing were the theme of this program.

Stars: Johnny Carson, James Arness, Dimitri Tiomkin, Jack Albertson

49. This Is Your Life (1971–1973)

30 min | Biography, Reality-TV

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Stars: Ralph Edwards, Carol Channing, Bette Davis, Rose Marie

50. Flame of the Islands (1956)

90 min | Drama

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The story of a café singer who buys a gambling casino and the men who fall in love with her.

Writers: Bruce Manning, Adele Comandini | Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff, Zachary Scott, Kurt Kasznar