My Favorite Westerns

Here is a list of my favorite westerns. It is quite different from "official" "best" lists (made by AFI and others). No, I do not like John Wayne at all, hence -- no John Wayne movies here.

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1.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (145 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
2.
The Professionals (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
3.
Lawman (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man. (99 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
4.
The Bravados (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged... (98 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
5.
Yellow Sky (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town. (98 mins.)
 
6.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
7.
Vera Cruz (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
8.
Garden of Evil (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
9.
Westward the Women (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there. (118 mins.)
 
10.
Rawhide (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveler find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment. (89 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
11.
Jesse James (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
12.
The Westerner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinergaroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders. (100 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
13.
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him. (92 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
14.
Arizona (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie... (125 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
15.
Destry Rides Again (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job. (94 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
16.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
17.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
 
18.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. (81 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
19.
The Big Country (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land. (165 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
20.
Shane (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
21.
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the pioneer days in Ohio, a widowed farmer marries an indentured servant in order to have a woman around the house and a mother for his young son but these conveniences eventually turn into real love. (80 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
22.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A strong willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob, when she helps a wounded gang member. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
24.
River of No Return (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
25.
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops. (99 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
26.
They Came to Cordura (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ Critisize it as much as you can, John Wayne (no, you can't any more), but I liked it. ” - lora-31
 
27.
The Plainsman (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners. (113 mins.)
“ I don't care about the movie, but Gary Cooper is incredibly handsome! ” - lora-31
 
28.
Texas (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure. (93 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
29.
Pursued (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed. (101 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
30.
California (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
31.
The Man from Colorado (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them... (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
32.
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers. (116 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
33.
Streets of Laredo (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies. (93 mins.)
Director: Leslie Fenton
 
34.
Only the Valiant (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A despised cavalry commander is unfairly blamed by his troop for the death of a popular officer and must redeem himself in front of his men during an Indian attack on the fort. (105 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
35.
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him... (86 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
36.
The Far Country (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
37.
Broken Lance (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona. (96 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
38.
The Tin Star (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
39.
The Last Wagon (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd... (98 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves