Bertrand Tavernier's List of Overlooked or Underrated Westerns

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1.
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
2.
The Naked Dawn (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife. (82 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
3.
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
 
4.
Law and Order (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona. (75 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
5.
Apache Drums (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches. (75 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
6.
Four Faces West (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large... (89 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
7.
The Wonderful Country (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels... (98 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
8.
Pursued (1947)
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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
 
9.
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
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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
 
10.
From Hell to Texas (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
11.
Silver Lode (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him. (81 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
12.
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In a California mining town, a gold miner, a saloon gambler and a cat-house madam strike an odd alliance revolving around a gold mine claim. (87 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
13.
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
 
14.
Hangman's Knot (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada. (81 mins.)
Director: Roy Huggins
 
15.
Chuka (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts. (105 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
16.
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help... (79 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
17.
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
 
18.
Drum Beat (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1872, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay is appointed peace commissioner for the California and Oregon territory but he faces tough opposition from the renegade Modocs led by their brutal chief Captain Jack. (111 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
19.
Little Big Horn (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small band of cavalry attempt to warn Custer of an impending massacre. Friction develops when commander of the patrol suspects his subordinate of having an affair with his wife. (86 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Blood on the Moon (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise