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1. The Professionals (1966)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.4
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An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode

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

7.8
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

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

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

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

6.7
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62 Metascore

At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge.

Director: David Von Ancken | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Anjelica Huston, Michael Wincott

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

7.8
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

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

7.9
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69 Metascore

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 55,404 | Gross: $31.80M

Missouri boat ride...

7. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

8.0
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An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 67,757

Old outlaws organize for one last job.

8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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58 Metascore

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

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

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

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– )

Western

8.3
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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.

Stars: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb, William Kirby Cullen

Votes: 1,369

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

8.8
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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.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 16,790

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

7.1
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine

Votes: 8,129 | Gross: $23.00M

A very good (and sympathetic) portrayal of the James gang.

13. Hombre (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Western

7.4
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento

Votes: 9,361

Outcast with honor.

14. The Tall T (1957)

Approved | 78 min | Romance, Thriller, Western

7.4
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An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 3,356

A band of thieves take hostages.

15. Man in the Wilderness (1971)

GP | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.9
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Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert

Votes: 2,099

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

7.0
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A naive half-Indian, half-white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy

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

7.1
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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 »

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, Hans Conried

Votes: 2,671

Give 'em what for, Davy.

18. Bad Company (1972)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.1
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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.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, Jim Davis, David Huddleston

Votes: 2,918

Draft dodgers & hard scrabble runaways meet up in Jefferson City.

19. Black Robe (1991)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

Votes: 5,695 | Gross: $8.21M

Life with the Huron, Algonquins, and Iroquois.

20. Vera Cruz (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western

7.1
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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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

Votes: 7,261

Some Americans come to the assistance of Emperor Maximilian.

21. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 4,612 | Gross: $1.00M

Struggles in early America.

22. Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western

7.3
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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.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best

Votes: 3,359

A bounty hunter delays delivery to allow a showdown.

23. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 6,989 | Gross: $3.50M

Conflict over water rights.

24. Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western

7.4
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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.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 6,585

Will his peaceful family be broken up by the government?

25. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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45 Metascore

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.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

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

7.4
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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.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 14,921

A professional is hired to bring down Billy the Kid.

27. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

7.4
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73 Metascore

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson

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

7.5
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67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

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

7.6
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63 Metascore

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam

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

7.7
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

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

8.3
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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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

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

8.9
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

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

8.5
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 244,418 | Gross: $5.32M

Attempting to protect a widow from the railroad's hired muscle.