The best AMERICAN WESTERNSby TankGuy | created - 02 Jun 2011 | updated - 03 Sep 2011 | Public
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1. The Shootist (1976)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
Votes: 18,866 | Gross: $5.99M
ONE OF THE SADDEST MOVIES EVER MADE, BLENDS ACTION WITH STRONG HUMAN DRAMA. AN INSPIRATION AND A MASTERPIECE
2. El Dorado (1967)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Votes: 20,027 | Gross: $12.97M
FUNNY, SAD AND FULL OF ACTION. BRILLIANT CHARACTERS AND EXCELLENT THEME TUNE
3. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Not Rated | 122 min | Western
Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.
Votes: 11,892 | Gross: $6.00M
4. The Wild Bunch (1969)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
GREAT CHARACTERS AND ONE OF THE BEST MOVIE SHOOT OUTS OF ALL TIME
5. How the West Was Won (1962)
G | 164 min | Western
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
Votes: 15,863 | Gross: $46.50M
SPRAWLING EPIC MADE UP OF BRILLIANT ACTORS AND BREATHTAKING SCENERY
6. The Searchers (1956)
Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
JOHN WAYNE AT HIS VERY BEST. BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND BRILLIANT GUNFIGHTS
8. Rio Lobo (1970)
G | 114 min | Adventure, Romance, War
After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Votes: 8,496 | Gross: $9.27M
GREAT ADVENTURE FILM WHICH SHOWS GOOD GUYS STANDING UP TO BAD GUYS. CLIMAXES IN EPIC GUNFIGHT
9. The Alamo (1960)
Not Rated | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
Votes: 12,114 | Gross: $17.26M
EXCELLENT DRAMA WHICH RESULTS IN EPIC BATTLE
10. Big Jake (1971)
GP | 110 min | Western
In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.
Votes: 9,146 | Gross: $7.50M
ANOTHER OF JOHN WAYNES BEST. STRAIGHTFORWARD ACTION ADVENTURE FILM WHICH DELIVERS A LOT
11. The Undefeated (1969)
G | 119 min | Western
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
12. McLintock! (1963)
Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.
13. The War Wagon (1967)
Unrated | 101 min | Western
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.
Votes: 7,317 | Gross: $6.00M
14. True Grit (1969)
G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.
Votes: 36,586 | Gross: $31.13M
PERHAPS JOHN WAYNES MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE. FUNNY AND FULL OF ALL GUNS BLAZING ACTION
15. Shenandoah (1965)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western
During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.
18. Bend of the River (1952)
Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
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.
19. North to Alaska (1960)
Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.
20. The Comancheros (1961)
Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
21. The Cowboys (1972)
GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
Votes: 11,288 | Gross: $7.50M
22. The Train Robbers (1973)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.
SIMPLE ADVENTURE FLICK WITH BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND LOUD ALL GUNS BLAZING ACTION
23. The Big Trail (1930)
Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance
Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.
24. Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Approved | 87 min | Mystery, Romance, Western
Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.
GOOD WESTERN FULL OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE
25. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »
26. Rio Bravo (1959)
Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western
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.
Votes: 47,616 | Gross: $12.54M
COLOURFUL WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT CLIMATIC GUNFIGHT
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
Knife in the Darkness
73 min | Western
Marshal Crown, during the course of an hauntingly foggy night, hunts for a killer who is butchering his victims. Francis tells crown about how police in London were unable to solve a ... See full summary »
29. Kentucky Rifle (1955)
Approved | 84 min | Western
A man escorts a wagon load of Kentucky rifles through Indian territory and must find a way to get through without losing the rifles to the Indians. Unfortunately the Indians know about it, ... See full summary »
30. Billy Two Hats (1974)
PG | 99 min | Romance, Western
After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.
GOOD WESTERN WITH GOOD CHARACTERS AND GOOD AMOUNT OF ACTION
31. Bandolero! (1968)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Mace Bishop masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by the Sheriff's posse and fights against Mexican bandits.
32. Young Billy Young (1969)
G | 89 min | Action, Romance, Western
In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam.
33. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War
Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
COMEDIC WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT CLIMATIC BATTLE
34. Major Dundee (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
Votes: 5,952 | Gross: $0.01M
GREAT WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT SCENERY, COLOUR AND EPIC BATTLE
35. Little Big Man (1970)
PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.
Votes: 29,105 | Gross: $31.56M
38. The Spoilers (1942)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Western
In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.
39. Night Passage (1957)
Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.
40. The White Buffalo (1977)
PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Western
At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.
41. Stagecoach (1939)
Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
43. The Deputy (1959–1961)
30 min | Western
The Deputy is Clay McCord, a storekeeper in 1880's Silver City, Arizona Territories, who is an expert shot, but refuses to use his gun, because he believes they are the major cause of ... See full summary »
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
The Blue Moon Train
73 min | Western
An ex-convict kidnaps Francis and forces Marshal Crown to assist him rescue a number of prisoners being shipped to federal prison on a special train.
46. 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)
Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, Western
The Apaches are on the warpath and the Army must defend them. Murphy's mission is to get a shipment of rifles, but it's stolen by greedy white traders with the help of mutinous soldiers.
47. The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
Approved | 85 min | Western
When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.
48. Sitting Bull (1954)
Approved | 105 min | Western
A cavalry officer sympathetic to the wronged Sioux fixes a meeting between Chief Sitting Bull and President Grant but a dishonest Indian Agent and a hateful General Custer test the Sioux's patience, threatening to derail the peace-talks.
Votes: 465 | Gross: $1.50M
49. Buffalo Bill (1944)
Approved | 90 min | Biography, Romance, Western
The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.
51. Ulzana's Raid (1972)
R | 103 min | Adventure, Western
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.
53. The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
Approved | 91 min | Western
A look at what happened to Custer and his troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Custer, an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into ... See full summary »
54. Jesse James (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
56. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Approved | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Biopic loosely based on the last 18 years of Jesse James' life and focused on the relationship between brothers Jesse and Frank James.
57. Western Union (1941)
Approved | 95 min | History, Western
When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.
59. The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Romance, War
In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
60. The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
PG | 129 min | Western, Drama
The English gentleman known as Horse, returns to the American west to save his adopted Indian tribe from extinction.
61. Vera Cruz (1954)
Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western
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.
62. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 86,204 | Gross: $9.45M
63. Shane (1953)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
Votes: 31,369 | Gross: $20.00M
64. Apache (1954)
Not Rated | 91 min | Western
Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.
Votes: 3,217 | Gross: $6.00M
65. Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)
Approved | 63 min | Adventure, Western
Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.
67. Duel at Diablo (1966)
Approved | 103 min | Western
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.
68. Firecreek (1968)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A peace-loving, part-time Sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.
69. The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
GP | 103 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.
70. Five Guns West (1955)
Passed | 78 min | Western
Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes ... See full summary »
72. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Not Rated | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
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.
Votes: 11,524 | Gross: $11.75M
73. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Votes: 56,050 | Gross: $31.80M
76. Hour of the Gun (1967)
Approved | 100 min | Western
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 starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.
77. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
Votes: 23,616 | Gross: $47.74M
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
Journey to a Hanging
75 min | Western
Crown leads a posse after Ace Coffin's gang. The posse is endangered by one of its members known as "Screamer" who is only interested in the bounty on Coffin's head.
79. Last of the Dogmen (1995)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Western
A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,297 | Gross: $7.40M
80. Last Stand at Saber River (1997 TV Movie)
96 min | Action, Drama, Western
After the Civil War, a returning Confederate veteran must reclaim his Arizona land and homestead from the Yankee carpetbaggers who illegally occupy it.
81. Mohawk (1956)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Romance
In 1700s New York, a Boston artist working in the remote Fort Alden is torn between his love for 2 women and thrown into the middle of a Mohawk-Iroquois-American war.
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
71 min | Western
Mobeetie, a cowpoke with a cowbell around his neck, becomes a pain in the neck for Marshall Jim Crown during a heat wave, when a trainload of dynamite is stuck in the middle of Cimarron and the railroad can't move it for a couple of days.
84. Northwest Passage (1940)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.
85. Posse (1993)
R | 111 min | Western
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.
Votes: 3,490 | Gross: $18.29M
88. Raiders of Old California (1957)
Approved | 72 min | Drama, History, Western
At the end of the Mexican-American War, a crooked U.S. Cavalry Captain and his men force a captive Mexican officer to sign the deeds to his vast lands and large hacienda over to the Captain.
89. Rawhide (1951)
Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveller find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.
91. Stranger on the Run (1967 TV Movie)
97 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
Former inmate and drunkard Ben Chamberlain arrives in a railroad town looking for a woman, causing the railroad police deputies to manhunt for Ben.
92. Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
M | 98 min | Drama, Western
In 1909, when young Paiute Indian Willie Boy returns to his California reservation to be with Lola, whose father disapproves of him, a killing in self defense takes place, triggering a massive man hunt for Willie.
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
75 min | Western
When Congress cancels government leases on range land used by the cattlemen, a range war breaks out between the ranchers and would-be settlers.
96. The Gatling Gun (1971)
PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Western
Two backstabbing deserters steal a Gatling Gun from their cavalry unit to attack an Apache tribe and steal their gold. They get help from a naive pacifist pastor. Meanwhile, both the cavalry and the Apache go after them - and the Gun.
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
71 min | Western
A would be homesteading family is so afraid after seeing two men lynched by a rancher's gang, they refuse to cooperate with Marshall Crown, until one of them blackmails the rancher.
99. The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
Approved | 82 min | Action, Romance, War
Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath.
100. The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War
In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.