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1. The Professionals (1966)
Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.
Votes: 11,143 | Gross: $19.54M
A wealthy Texas land owner looks for hired muscle to retrieve his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary and bandit named Jesus Raza. He says, "What a name: Jesus - for the bloodiest cutthroat in Mexico." This movie is innovative, interesting, and amusing. They don't make them like this anymore.
2. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 105,347 | Gross: $56.51M
Interesting characters and story surrounding the gunfight at the OK corral. Some over-educated rednecks, the Earps, the "Cowboys" & company. No one will back down, and the inevitable inevitably happens. "That's a helluva thing to say to your friend."
3. True Grit (2010)
PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.
Votes: 263,659 | Gross: $171.24M
A stubborn young woman will not take "no" for an answer; goes looking for her father's killer with Rooster Cogburn, who has "grit".
4. Seraphim Falls (2006)
R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge.
Votes: 26,275 | Gross: $0.42M
Whatever happened at Seraphim Falls causes a colonel to seek revenge against his quarry Gideon in a wilderness struggle for survival.
5. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
Votes: 75,425 | Gross: $4.91M
An oppressed peasant village acquires some hired muscle to defend themselves from cruel gangs.
6. 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: 55,404 | Gross: $31.80M
Missouri boat ride...
7. 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.
Old outlaws organize for one last job.
8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
Votes: 169,792 | Gross: $102.31M
The hole in the wall gang has the law closing in on them. The two leaders set out to outrun the law and seek their new home.
9. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 310,261 | Gross: $101.16M
A retired gunslinger determines to see if he's still got the juice. This film has villains on both sides of the law, and the middle too. Gene Hackman as the sheriff Little Bill Daggett is incredible, as is Easwood as the gunslinger. How much is a life worth?
10. How the West Was Won (1976– )
The Macahans, a family from Virginia headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West.
Story features a family's move west with all the uncertainty and danger that entailed at that time. Caution: Politically Incorrect. James Arness excels as chief scout Zebulon Macahan.
11. Lonesome Dove (1989)
TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.
Some cattlemen decide to drive their herd from Texas to Montana; in the process many lives are affected. The characters in this are three dimensional, true to life. This is based on a great story. Also, there are many exceptional actors who are always very very good. This director succeeds in actually get more. It would be difficult to come up with enough superlatives here.
12. The Long Riders (1980)
R | 100 min | Western
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.
Votes: 8,129 | Gross: $23.00M
A very good (and sympathetic) portrayal of the James gang.
13. Hombre (1967)
Approved | 111 min | Western
John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.
Outcast with honor.
14. The Tall T (1957)
Approved | 78 min | Romance, Thriller, Western
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.
A band of thieves take hostages.
15. Man in the Wilderness (1971)
GP | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory.
After being attacked by a grizzly bear, a man is abandoned by his friends after they take his weapons. He crawls two hundred miles, defending himself from animals and Indians, to find his "friends".
16. Nevada Smith (1966)
Not Rated | 128 min | Western
A naive half-Indian, half-white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.
Votes: 6,152 | Gross: $14.17M
A half breed looks for his parents killers.
17. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
Approved | 93 min | Family, Western, Adventure
Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »
Give 'em what for, Davy.
18. Bad Company (1972)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.
Draft dodgers & hard scrabble runaways meet up in Jefferson City.
19. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.
Votes: 5,695 | Gross: $8.21M
Life with the Huron, Algonquins, and Iroquois.
20. 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.
Some Americans come to the assistance of Emperor Maximilian.
21. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance
Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.
Votes: 4,612 | Gross: $1.00M
Struggles in early America.
22. Ride Lonesome (1959)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western
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.
A bounty hunter delays delivery to allow a showdown.
23. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.
Votes: 6,989 | Gross: $3.50M
Conflict over water rights.
24. 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.
Will his peaceful family be broken up by the government?
25. Legends of the Fall (1994)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.
Votes: 123,620 | Gross: $66.64M
An epic masterpiece surrounding the life & loves of three brothers on the frontier.
26. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
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.
A professional is hired to bring down Billy the Kid.
27. The Proposition (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
Votes: 45,344 | Gross: $1.90M
An outlaw is given an offer he can't refuse: kill his older brother, or they will kill his younger brother.
28. Open Range (2003)
R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Votes: 58,188 | Gross: $58.33M
Some ranchers have to battle a corrupt lawman.
29. 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: 28,873 | Gross: $31.56M
Extremely old man remembers fighting with Custer.
30. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 255,463 | Gross: $53.61M
A rancher agrees to hold an outlaw in Yuma until the train arrives.
31. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
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.
Votes: 89,463 | Gross: $5.01M
Mining for gold in the Sierra Madre's.
32. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 562,863 | Gross: $6.10M
Looking for hidden gold, squirled away in a cemetery.
33. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
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.
Votes: 244,418 | Gross: $5.32M
Attempting to protect a widow from the railroad's hired muscle.