Excellent Westerns

Western films that still enthrall.
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1.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
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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.)
“ superior film based on walter van tilberg clark's novel.taut direction by william a.wellman. ” - mrmumps
 
2.
Ramrod (1947)
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Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land. (95 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
“ andre de toth's bleak film in which joel mccrea must survive veronica lake and preston foster. ” - mrmumps
 
3.
Ride the High Country (1962)
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An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Gunfighter (1950)
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Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner. (85 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
6.
Hour of the Gun (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday. (100 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
7.
Hombre (1967)
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John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws. (111 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
8.
The Tall T (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
9.
The Naked Spur (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
10.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
11.
The Shootist (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
12.
Will Penny (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
13.
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow. (92 mins.)
Director: Andre De Toth
 
14.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
15.
Man of the West (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
16.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
17.
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
18.
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
 
19.
Man from Del Rio (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fast Mexican-American gunman kills a few notorious gunfighters and is hired to replace Mesa's dead sheriff but a crooked saloon-keeper wants him on his payroll or out-of-the-way. (82 mins.)
Director: Harry Horner
 
20.
Winchester '73 (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
21.
Comanche Station (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive. (74 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
22.
Rio Bravo (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
23.
Red River (1948)
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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. (133 mins.)
 
24.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
25.
Jubal (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed. (100 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
26.
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
 
27.
Cowboy (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves... (92 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
28.
Decision at Sundown (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier. (77 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
31.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Scalphunters (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Forced to trade his valuable furs for a well-educated escaped slave, a rugged trapper vows to recover the pelts from the Indians and later the renegades that killed them. (102 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
34.
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
 
35.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. (103 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
36.
Wagon Master (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey. (86 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
37.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (122 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
38.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
39.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
40.
Seven Men from Now (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
41.
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
 
42.
A Thunder of Drums (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost. (97 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
43.
Ride Lonesome (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
44.
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
45.
The Man from Laramie (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals. (104 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
46.
Bend of the River (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them. (87 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
47.
Devil's Doorway (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After the Civil War, a highly decorated Shoshone Indian veteran plans to raise cattle in Wyoming but white farmers plan to grab fertile tribal lands by pitting the whites against the Indians. (84 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
48.
The Tall Target (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861. (78 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
49.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
50.
Shoot the Sun Down (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Couple of strangers arrive in a small town, each one after a different thing. (100 mins.)
Director: David Leeds
 
51.
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers, (102 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
52.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him. (89 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
53.
The Ride Back (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A troubled sheriff, a failure at everything in his life, tries to redeem himself by extraditing a popular gunfighter from Mexico to stand trial for murder. (79 mins.)
Director: Allen H. Miner
 
54.
Johnny Concho (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(84 mins.)
Director: Don McGuire
 
55.
The Stalking Moon (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her "half-breed" son recently rescued from Indians... (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
56.
The Glory Guys (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
What could be worse for two cavalry officers than to battle with native tribes? To battle each other for the same woman. (112 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
57.
Soldier Blue (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty... (112 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
58.
Duel at Diablo (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Apache territory, a supply army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to re-join her Apache lover's tribe. (103 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
59.
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
 
60.
Whispering Smith (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad. (88 mins.)
Director: Leslie Fenton
 
61.
Gunman's Walk (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify. (97 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
62.
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
63.
Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus... (384 mins.)
 
64.
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
 
65.
The Lonely Man (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
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
 
68.
The Indian Fighter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A scout leading a wagon train through hostile Indian country unwittingly gets involved with a Sioux chief's daughter. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
69.
Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In 19th century Oklahoma two teen girls, fans of stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former gang and although disappointed still try to help them escape from a vigorous marshal. (97 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
70.
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
 
71.
Rio Conchos (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A former Confederate officer and a Mexican try to prevent a former Confederate colonel from selling stolen rifles to renegade Apaches in Mexico. (107 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
72.
Gold of the Seven Saints (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Seven Saints, Utah, McCracken's outlaw gang is vying for fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett's gold nugget fortune that also catches the eye of Mexican bandit Gondora and his caballeros. (88 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
73.
Yellowstone Kelly (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1870s, in the Sioux territory south of the Missouri, trapper and Indian scout Luther Yellowstone Kelly is hired by the army at Fort Buford but runs into trouble with the Sioux. (91 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
74.
Lust for Gold (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Durchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered. (90 mins.)
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
 
75.
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California. (141 mins.)
Director: Marlon Brando
 
76.
The War Wagon (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon. (96 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
77.
Hondo (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. (83 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
78.
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery... (91 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
79.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. (105 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
80.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
81.
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Wilson