The Best Western Films Ever Made

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1.
Heaven's Gate (1980)
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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
 
2.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
3.
Django Unchained (2012)
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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.)
 
4.
Dead Man (1995)
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On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
5.
Walker (1987)
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An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua. (94 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
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.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
8.
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
 
9.
Pale Rider (1985)
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A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. (115 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
10.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
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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.
The Missing (2003)
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In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo. (137 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
12.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
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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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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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
 
17.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
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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
 
18.
Into the West (2005 Mini-Series)
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans. (552 mins.)
 
19.
Hell on Wheels (2011 TV Series)
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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife... (42 mins.)
 
20.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
 
21.
The Big Valley (1965 TV Series)
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The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley. (60 mins.)
 
22.
The Shooting (1966)
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A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme. (82 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
23.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
 
24.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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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
 
25.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)
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A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west. (133 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
 
26.
Broken Trail (2006 Mini-Series)
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A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming. (184 mins.)
 
27.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ If you're wondering why this is on my list, I like to consider this film as one of those Revisionist/anti-Western films. ” - josedeleon3000
 
28.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
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Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
29.
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966)
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Three cowboys, mistaken for members of an outlaw gang, are relentlessly pursued by a posse. (82 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
30.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
31.
Little Big Horn (1951)
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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.)
 
32.
The White Buffalo (1977)
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At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo. (97 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
33.
Young Guns (1988)
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A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
 
34.
Young Guns II (1990)
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In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid. (104 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
 
35.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
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A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd. (83 mins.)
 
36.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
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Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights... (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
37.
The Scalphunters (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Forced to trade his valuable furs for a well-educated escaped slave, a rugged trapper vows to recover the pelts from the Indians and later the renegades that killed them. (102 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
38.
Hombre (1967)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
39.
Taras Bulba (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable... (122 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
40.
Shane (1953)
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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
 
41.
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
 
42.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
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Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
43.
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
 
44.
The Homesman (2014)
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Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her. (122 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
45.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
46.
Blood Meridian (????)
Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, Blood Meridian traces the journey of the Kid...
 
47.
Dead Man's Burden (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A western set on the New Mexico frontier a few years after the Civil War and centered on a struggling young family and the mining company who wants to buy their land. (93 mins.)
Director: Jared Moshé
 
48.
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
 
49.
Appaloosa (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow. (115 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
50.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
51.
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.)
 
52.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier. (108 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
53.
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
54.
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West. (102 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
 
55.
The Proposition (2005)
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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
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
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
 
59.
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
 
60.
Rio Grande (1950)
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A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years. (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
61.
The Cowboys (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a... (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
62.
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
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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
 
63.
Sam Whiskey (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars... (96 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
64.
More Dead Than Alive (1969)
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Released from prison after 18 years, notorious gunslinger 'Killer' Cain is a peaceful reformed man but the Old West has died and he cannot adapt to the modern West where some unpaid moral debts and old troubles resurface. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Sparr
 
65.
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
 
66.
The Outsider (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A western love story revolving around the forbidden love between a young widow from a Mennonite-like religious group and a cold-blooded gunslinger whom she takes into her home after he is wounded. (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
 
67.
The Unforgiven (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
68.
Breakheart Pass (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
69.
Duel at Diablo (1966)
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In Apache territory, a supply army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to re-join her Apache lover's tribe. (103 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
70.
Shoot the Sun Down (1978)
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Couple of strangers arrive in a small town, each one after a different thing. (100 mins.)
Director: David Leeds
 
71.
Una lunga fila di croci (1969)
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Django and Santana are bounty hunters taking out bandits in a small Western town. An evil landowner... (97 mins.)
Director: Willy S. Regan
 
72.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
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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.)
 
73.
The Revenant (2015)
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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.)