50 Best Western Movies

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1.
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
 
2.
The Shootist (1976)
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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
 
3.
Rio Bravo (1959)
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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
 
4.
The Big Country (1958)
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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
 
5.
Open Range (2003)
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A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman. (139 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
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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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation. (154 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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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. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
16.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
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An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
17.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
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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
 
18.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
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Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
19.
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
 
20.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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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
 
21.
Little Big Man (1970)
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Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer. (139 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
22.
Wyatt Earp (1994)
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Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. The movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's most famous individuals. (191 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
23.
Bandolero! (1968)
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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. (106 mins.)
 
24.
Warlock (1959)
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A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
25.
Virginia City (1940)
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Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy. (121 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
26.
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
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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
 
27.
The Return of Frank James (1940)
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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
28.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
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A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
29.
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
 
30.
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
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A Texas town's council fires the town's old-fashioned marshal who refuses to resign, thus leading to violence from both sides. (99 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
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.
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
 
34.
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
 
35.
Gods and Generals (2003)
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
 
36.
I Will Fight No More Forever (1975 TV Movie)
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In a period when many thought that "the only good Indian is a dead Indian," Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce won the admiration of the American Public. (105 mins.)
 
37.
5 Card Stud (1968)
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The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one. (103 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
38.
A Man Called Horse (1970)
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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.)
 
39.
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
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The English gentleman known as Horse, returns to the American west to save his adopted Indian tribe from extinction. (129 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
40.
Montana (1950)
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An Australian sheepman comes to Montana looking for grazing space, is opposed by local ranchers and a wealthy cattle-woman. (76 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
41.
Breakheart Pass (1975)
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John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
42.
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead. (92 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
43.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
44.
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 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
 
45.
The Long Riders (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
46.
Heaven's Gate (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a sheriff born into wealth attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests. (325 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
47.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
 
48.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
49.
Seminole (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A cavalry lieutenant on trial for murder recounts his efforts make peace with the Seminole Indian tribe, under an evil major. (87 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
50.
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