My Top 50 Westerns

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1.
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
 
2.
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
3.
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. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
4.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
5.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
 
6.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
7.
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
 
8.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter , a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
 
9.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Marshal Will Kane, personally compelled to face his returning deadly enemy Frank Miller, finds that his fellow townspeople refuse to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. (187 mins.)
 
15.
The Revenant (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. (156 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
21.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
22.
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
23.
Duck, You Sucker (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. (157 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
24.
Hang 'Em High (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice. (114 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
25.
Pale Rider (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. (115 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
26.
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire. (116 mins.)
Director: Tonino Valerii
 
27.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
28.
Joe Kidd (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader. (88 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
31.
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
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves. (132 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
34.
Open Range (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
They Call Me Trinity (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major and his henchmen. (113 mins.)
Director: E.B. Clucher
 
37.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
38.
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
 
39.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
40.
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
 
41.
Maverick (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
42.
Django (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries. (92 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
43.
Death Rides a Horse (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end. (120 mins.)
Director: Giulio Petroni
 
44.
Mackenna's Gold (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed. (128 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
45.
Shanghai Noon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss. (110 mins.)
Director: Tom Dey
 
46.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death. (107 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
47.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. (116 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
 
48.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
49.
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Stuart Millar
 
50.
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time. (126 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn