Western Heritage Awards (Film)

Every year the Museum gives "The Wrangler" (also known as the Bronze Wrangler), an original bronze sculpture by artist John Free. It is awarded annually during the Western Heritage Awards to principal creators of the winning entries in specified categories of Western literature, music, film and television. Past winners have included Owen Wister, William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Harry Carey, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, Buck Taylor, Howard R. Lamar, Ben Johnson, Pernell Roberts, and Tom Selleck.
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1.
The Alamo (1960)
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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. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
 
2.
The Comancheros (1961)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
3.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
4.
How the West Was Won (1962)
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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. (164 mins.)
 
5.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
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When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve... (154 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
6.
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother. (122 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
7.
The Appaloosa (1966)
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Man tries to recover a horse stolen from him by a Mexican bandit. (98 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
 
8.
The War Wagon (1967)
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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
 
9.
Will Penny (1967)
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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
 
10.
True Grit (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
11.
A Man Called Horse (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and becomes their leader. (114 mins.)
 
12.
The Cowboys (1972)
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a... (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
13.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
14.
The New Land (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century (204 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
15.
Union Pacific (1939)
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California. (135 mins.)
 
16.
The Westerner (1940)
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Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders. (100 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
17.
Bite the Bullet (1975)
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A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert. (132 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
18.
Mustang Country (1976)
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A rancher and former rodeo star comes across a runaway boy while he is hunting a wild stallion. (79 mins.)
Director: John Champion
 
19.
Heartland (1979)
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A widow with a young daughter travels to a ranch in Wyoming to manage the household of a rancher. After a while the man and woman develop a relationship that leads to a marriage. But life in the harsh place takes its toll. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
 
20.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species. (105 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
21.
Stagecoach (1986 TV Movie)
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Story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory. On board are a cavalry man's pregnant wife... (100 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
22.
Young Guns (1988)
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A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
 
23.
Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The whole reason the IMAX was built in Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio was to play this movie. It plays every day and is a tear jerker... (37 mins.)
Director: Kieth Merrill
 
24.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
25.
Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)
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In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride... (105 mins.)
Director: Nancy Kelly
 
26.
Unforgiven (1992)
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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
 
27.
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government's subjugation of his people. (115 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
28.
Ishi: The Last Yahi (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the early 1900s, Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indian tribe, is discovered nearly 20 years after the Yahi tribe was thought to be wiped out... (57 mins.)
 
29.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
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Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
30.
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 Documentary)
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it. (240 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
31.
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West... (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
32.
Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota (2002 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Kristian Berg
 
33.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
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A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd. (83 mins.)
 
34.
Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American (2003 Documentary)
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Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans in Western films is traced through interviews and archive footage. (25 mins.)
 
35.
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004 Documentary)
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Spattered with blood and controversy, Sam Peckinpah's Westerns revolutionized their genre. SAM PECKINPAH'S... (89 mins.)
Director: Tom Thurman
 
36.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
37.
Ride Around the World (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Journey across Morocco, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Patagonia, Texas and British Columbia, to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys - all part of a single global horse culture, an unbroken trail stretching back 1,500 years. (40 mins.)
Director: Harry Lynch
 
38.
Truce (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Modern western detailing the drama of a man struggling to hold on to his ranch and struggling to raise a granddaughter he never knew. (106 mins.)
Director: Matthew Marconi
 
39.
100 Years of John Wayne (2007 Documentary)
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(15 mins.)
 
40.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
41.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)