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1. How the West Was Won (1962)

TV-G | 164 min | Western

7.1
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Writer: James R. Webb | Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

2. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.6
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A reformed outlaw goes back west, at the demand of the federal government, to find the members of his former gang and bring them in dead or alive.

Writers: Dan Houser, Michael Unsworth, Christian Cantamessa, David McGrath, John Zurhellen | Directors: Rod Edge, John Zurhellen | Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

3. Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | 158 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.7
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Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, Paddy Chayefsky | Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell

4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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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.

Writers: Edmund Naughton, Robert Altman, Brian McKay | Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

5. The Claim (2000)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.5
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62 Metascore

A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named ... See full summary »

Writers: Thomas Hardy, Frank Cottrell Boyce | Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski

6. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »

Writers: John Milius, C.L. Sonnichsen | Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

7. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

74 min | Documentary

7.4
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72 Metascore

Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular... See full summary »

Writers: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer | Directors: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer | Stars: Sonny Bono, John Waters, Norm Niver, Petre Melvin

8. The Hanging Tree (1959)

107 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.

Writers: Wendell Mayes, Halsted Welles, Dorothy M. Johnson | Directors: Delmer Daves, Karl Malden | Stars: Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott

9. Lucy Gallant (1955)

Approved | 104 min | Drama

6.5
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The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.

Writers: Margaret Cousins, John Lee Mahin, Winston Miller | Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Jane Wyman, Charlton Heston, Claire Trevor, Thelma Ritter

10. Gran Casino (1947)

92 min | Drama, Musical

6.1
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After the mysterious disappearance of an oil well owner, one of his workers, Gerardo (Jorge Negrete) assumes the business management. Soon, the owner's sister (Libertad Lamarque) arrives ... See full summary »

Writers: Michel Veber, Mauricio Magdaleno | Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Libertad Lamarque, Jorge Negrete, Meche Barba, Agustín Isunza

11. Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.8
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The Arizona wilderness, 1880. Gen. Fletcher Blackwell sends a message telling Capt. Walsh, who is escorting a wagon-train through Apache territory, heading for the fort at Furnace Creek, ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles G. Booth, Winston Miller, David Garth | Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, Glenn Langan, Reginald Gardiner

12. Powder River (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Western

6.4
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Ex-marshal Chino Bull has hung up his guns until his prospecting partner is shot dead. Chino then takes over as the law in town, forming a friendship with gun-man Mitch Hardin and making ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Sam Hellman, Stuart N. Lake | Director: Louis King | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Corinne Calvet, Cameron Mitchell, Penny Edwards

13. '49-'17 (1917)

Unrated | 61 min | Western

5.6
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A retired judge comes West to restore a ghost town.

Writers: William Wallace Cook, Ruth Ann Baldwin | Director: Ruth Ann Baldwin | Stars: Joseph W. Girard, Leo Pierson, William Dyer, Mattie Witting

14. The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)

Approved | 67 min | History, Romance, Western

6.3
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A California mining camp is plagued by a series of murders. Four people come under suspicion for the killings and are run out of the camp. During a blizzard they take refuge in an isolated ... See full summary »

Writers: Bret Harte, John Twist, Harry Segall | Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Preston Foster, Jean Muir, Van Heflin, Virginia Weidler

15. Sunset in El Dorado (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Music, Western

6.4
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The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who ... See full summary »

Writers: Leon Abrams, John K. Butler | Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans

16. Sin Town (1942)

Approved | 73 min | Western

6.8
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Two con artists arrive in a western boom town that they think is ripe for the pickings, only to get swindled themselves.

Writers: Scott Darling, Gerald Geraghty, Richard Brooks | Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Constance Bennett, Broderick Crawford, Patric Knowles, Anne Gwynne

17. Bonanza Bunny (1959)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.0
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Bugs fights with Blacque Jacque Shellacque over Klondike gold.

Writer: Tedd Pierce | Director: Robert McKimson | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce

18. Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha (1965 TV Movie)

33 min | Western

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Adventurer Diamond Jim Brady is hired by Enwright, a railroad company president, to ramrod his track through to a silver boomtown in Colorado by the required date. If Brady succeeds the ... See full summary »

Writer: Harry Brown | Director: John Peyser | Stars: Dale Robertson, Walter Burke, Jeff York, Robert Emhardt

19. Alias the Deacon (1940)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.3
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A hillbilly deacon, who is actually a cardsharp in disguise, becomes involved in a small-town fight game.

Writers: Nat Perrin, Charles Grayson, John B. Hymer, LeRoy Clemens | Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Bob Burns, Mischa Auer, Peggy Moran, Dennis O'Keefe

20. Roaring Guns (1944)

Passed | 19 min | Short, Action, Adventure

5.1
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Farmers take up arms against miners whose high water pressure mining operations are destroying their farms with mud and water runoff.

Writers: Ed Earl Repp, Clements Ripley | Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Robert Shayne, Virginia Patton, Mark Stevens, Charles Arnt

21. The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera (2013)

90 min | Documentary

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The story of a strange ballad poem written in 1887 which became a unusual portrait on the barroom floor in a quaint former boomtown in Colorado and became the inspiration for one of the most performed modern American operas in history

Writer: David Patrick Stearns | Director: Lawrence Kraman | Stars: Henry Mollicone, Catherine O'Rourke, Patrick O'Halloran, Nathan Milholin

22. Powder Town (1942)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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An absent minded research scientist takes a job at a munitions factory

Writers: Vicki Baum, Max Brand, David Boehm | Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmond O'Brien, June Havoc, Dorothy Lovett

23. Black Gold (1936)

Approved | 57 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.3
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An oil-field action thriller directed by 'B' movie bad guy Russell Hopton.

Writers: Sascha Baraniey, Peter B. Kyne | Director: Russell Hopton | Stars: Frankie Darro, LeRoy Mason, Gloria Shea, Berton Churchill

24. Lure of the Yukon (1924)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Romance, Western

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A story of the Alaskan gold-rush days, filmed in Alaska, finds Bob Force (Buddy Roosevelt, as Kent Sanderson) saving the heroine, Sue McCraig (Eva Novak), and her holdings from the clutches... See full summary »

Writer: Norman Dawn | Director: Norman Dawn | Stars: Eva Novak, Spottiswoode Aitken, Buddy Roosevelt, Arthur Jasmine

25. Twilight on the Prairie (1944)

Approved | 62 min | Musical, Western

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The Buckaroos, cowboy musicians, are forced down at Little Lip, Texas, while flying to Hollywood to make their first movie. Band members Bucky, Phil, Jack, Chuck and Ginger find a "no ... See full summary »

Writers: Warren Wilson, Clyde Bruckman | Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Johnny Downs, Vivian Austin, Leon Errol, Connie Haines

26. The Golden Trail (1940)

Approved | 52 min | Music, Western

6.8
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The dangerous Ceegareet gang has control of Boom Town. No miner with rich diggings is safe from this murderous gang. Tex Roberts (Tex Ritter) and his pal Slim Hunkafeller (Slim Andrews) ... See full summary »

Writers: Roland Lynch, Robert Emmett Tansey, Roger Merton | Director: Albert Herman | Stars: Tex Ritter, White Flash, Slim Andrews, Inna Gest

27. The Valley That Changed the World (2009 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, History

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The birth of the oil industry, 150 years ago in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Writer: Iris Samson | Star: Michael Bartley

28. Overland Trail (1960– )
Episode: All the O'Mara's Horses (1960)

60 min | Western, Adventure, Action

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Kelly's efforts to open a stagecoach line from Carson City to Payload hit a snag when he learns that his old rival The O'Mara has established himself as the mayor, sheriff and town boss of ... See full summary »

Writer: Borden Chase | Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: William Bendix, Doug McClure, Sean McClory, Kelly Thordsen

29. The Tall Man (1960–1962)
Episode: Garrett and the Kid (1960)

30 min | Western

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Pat Garrett, Lincoln County's newest deputy sheriff, rides into a gold mining boomtown and discovers the town, including its marshal, are owned by a crooked saloon owner who can literally ... See full summary »

Writer: Samuel A. Peeples | Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Clu Gulager, Robert Middleton, King Donovan

30. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Silicon Valley (2013)

TV-PG | 82 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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SILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley.

Stars: Leslie Berlin, Roger Borovoy, Kathleen Cohen, Andrew Grove

31. Destry (1964– )
Episode: The Nicest Girl in Gomorrah (1964)

60 min | Western

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Destry blunders into a saloon shout-out which leaves the participants dead or mortally wounded. The dying miner creates a last will and testament bequeathing his jar of gold dust to the ... See full summary »

Writers: David E. Lewis, Andy Lewis, Max Brand | Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: John Gavin, Patricia Barry, Albert Salmi, Marie Windsor

32. Overland Trail (1960– )
Episode: West of Boston (1960)

60 min | Western, Adventure, Action

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Fred Kelly agrees to get Flip's pretty fiancée a job as a schoolteacher if the young man will forge a new stagecoach route to called Mesa Flats. The arduous journey to the boomtown, during ... See full summary »

Writer: Fred Freiberger | Director: David Butler | Stars: William Bendix, Doug McClure, Guy Mitchell, Carolyn Craig

33. Wild West Tech (2003–2005)
Episode: Western Towns (2004)

TV-G | Documentary, History, Western

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Although their remoteness limited the resources available in western towns, the resources they did have tended to be as modern as cities in the east. This program reviews the most critical technologies to western towns economic survival.

Writer: Laura Verklan | Director: Laura Verklan | Stars: Keith Carradine, James A.E. Fuentez, Drew Gomber, Dave Hubert