My Western List

This is a list of my favorites that I believe are some of the greatest. I'm a sucker for classic Western's. I love the drawn out gunfights and the beautiful woman. I only put the first five in order, after that it's too hard to grade for me.
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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
“ It's just awesome. One of the best showdowns ever. Only #2 may be better. ” - gfroehlich316
 
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
“ Only lunatics look at over a hundred soldiers and laugh at them before a shootout. ” - gfroehlich316
 
3.
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
“ I hope anyone who loves Westerns has seen this. If you haven't, you need to stop what you're doing and punch yourself in the face. ” - gfroehlich316
 
4.
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
“ I think Robert Duvall may be one of the best cowboys ever. "It's Bluebonnet and don't you tell no one." ” - gfroehlich316
 
5.
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. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ It has to have the longest opening scene ever. Great gunfights and Claudia Cardinale. ” - gfroehlich316
 
6.
The Professionals (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Claudia Cardinale again, but seriously Burt Lancaster is the definition of cool. ” - gfroehlich316
 
7.
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
“ It's just awesome. The buffalo hunt, the music and the scenery. ” - gfroehlich316
 
8.
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.)
“ Val Kilmer did not win an award for what is an awesome portrayal of Doc. Someone explain it to me. ” - gfroehlich316
 
9.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
“ Well then, he shouldn'ta decorated his saloon with my friend. Clint's the best. ” - gfroehlich316
 
10.
The Big Country (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land. (165 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ For those who haven't seen it, I think it has the best fist fight ever on film. Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck fight like real men and as God intended. ” - gfroehlich316
 
11.
El Dorado (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water. (126 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Just a great movie. ” - gfroehlich316
 
12.
Big Jake (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy. (110 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
“ This is just classic Duke kicken a**. ” - gfroehlich316
 
13.
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
“ Russell Crowe should make more Westerns. ” - gfroehlich316
 
14.
Bandolero! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mace Bishop masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by the sheriff's posse and fights against Mexican bandits. (106 mins.)
“ It's starts off with a funny twist and ends sad. Plus it has Raquel Welch so....... ” - gfroehlich316
 
15.
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
“ I know I said Burt Lancaster was cool, but Paul Newman definitely pushes that statement. ” - gfroehlich316
 
16.
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
“ I think this is my personal favorite to watch, I have a hard time watching anything else when it's on. ” - gfroehlich316
 
17.
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead. (92 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
“ Jack Elam's wandering eye just makes me laugh. It is one of my favorite Western comedies. ” - gfroehlich316
 
18.
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
“ All cool guys. ” - gfroehlich316
 
19.
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
“ Why would anyone remake this movie? ” - gfroehlich316
 
20.
Young Guns II (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid. (104 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
“ One of my favorite current Westerns. ” - gfroehlich316
 
21.
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
“ Not your typical Western, but good insight into a true time in history. The music is terrific. ” - gfroehlich316
 
22.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow. (95 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
“ Takes place at a card game in the back room of a saloon. Jason Robards is great. ” - gfroehlich316
 
23.
McLintock! (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials. (127 mins.)
“ Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in a Western comedy is just great. ” - gfroehlich316
 
24.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ It's just your typical Peckinpah style cool movie. Stella Stevens is a beauty in this also. ” - gfroehlich316
 
25.
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
“ Sorry for so much John Wayne but he just makes it look easy and he made it enjoyable to watch Westerns. I'm grateful I get to watch them. ” - gfroehlich316