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1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Not Rated | 161 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.

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mickey Knox | Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

2. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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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.

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

3. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

7.8
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To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Writers: Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger | Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

4. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Western

7.6
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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.

Writer: Ernest Tidyman | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan

5. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.1
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

6. Bonanza (1959–1973)

49 min | Western

7.4
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Creators: David Dortort, Fred Hamilton | Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

7. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Writer: Michael Blake | Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

8. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Western

7.3
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A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Writers: Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

9. Wild Wild West (1999)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Western, Comedy

4.8
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38 Metascore

The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a 19th century inventor-villain.

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman | Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek

10. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.1
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50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Steve Oedekerk, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg | Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

11. Quigley Down Under (1990)

PG-13 | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Montana by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.

Writer: John Hill | Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman, Chris Haywood

12. El Dorado (1966)

Approved | 126 min | Western

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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.

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Harry Brown | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

13. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Western

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

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

14. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

8.1
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A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Writers: Adriano Bolzoni, Víctor Andrés Catena, Sergio Leone, Jaime Comas Gil | Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

15. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Approved | 132 min | Western

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Two bounty hunters with the same intentions, team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Writers: Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella, Luciano Vincenzoni | Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Mario Brega

16. Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western

6.9
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Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone. When Rafe gets to his friend's ranch, he finds that Barkow, the local power in town, ... See full summary »

Writers: Louis L'Amour, Charles Robert Carner | Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, David O'Hara

17. True Grit (1969)

M | 128 min | Adventure, Western, Drama

7.4
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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Writers: Charles Portis, Marguerite Roberts | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

18. Wyatt Earp (1994)

PG-13 | 191 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.6
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47 Metascore

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.

Writers: Dan Gordon, Lawrence Kasdan | Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews

19. The Frisco Kid (1979)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Western

6.4
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A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.

Writers: Michael Elias, Frank Shaw | Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio

20. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

6.4
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Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Writers: Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman | Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

21. The Searchers (1956)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Alan Le May | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

22. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

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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.

Writers: Forrest Carter, Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

23. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

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47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Writers: Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock | Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

24. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Western

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89 Metascore

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

25. Maverick (1994)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Writers: Roy Huggins, William Goldman | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene

26. Red River (1948)

Approved | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

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Dunson is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him.

Writers: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee | Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

27. Kung Fu (1972–1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

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The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Creator: Ed Spielman | Stars: David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera, Philip Ahn

28. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Western

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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.

Writers: Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, B.H. McCampbell | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

29. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Western

7.0
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Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancée back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after ... See full summary »

Writers: John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin, Claude Binyon, Ladislas Fodor, John H. Kafka | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

30. Silverado (1985)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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64 Metascore

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Kasdan | Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover

31. Purgatory (1999 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Fantasy, Western

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An outlaw band rides into a town that is actually Purgatory, between Heaven and Hell.

Writer: Gordon T. Dawson | Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Sam Shepard, Eric Roberts, Randy Quaid, Peter Stormare

32. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–2011)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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An updated animated series centering on the Caped Crusader himself as he partners and deals with his fellow superheroes in the DC Comics universe.

Stars: Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker

33. McLintock! (1963)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

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George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away ... See full summary »

Writer: James Edward Grant | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers

34. Django (1966)

Unrated | 92 min | Western

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A coffin-dragging gunslinger enters a town caught between two feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits. That man is Django, and he is caught up in a struggle against both parties.

Writers: Sergio Corbucci, Bruno Corbucci, Franco Rossetti, José Gutiérrez Maesso, Piero Vivarelli | Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak

35. Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

95 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.4
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A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Writers: Les Crutchfield, James Poe | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman

36. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Western

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When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Writers: Leonard Freeman, Mel Goldberg | Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

37. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

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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.

Writers: Ernest Haycox, Dudley Nichols | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

38. Rio Grande (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Romance, Western

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Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches. Union officer Kirby Yorke is in charge of an outpost on the Rio Grande in which he is ... See full summary »

Writers: James Kevin McGuinness, James Warner Bellah | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

39. Vera Cruz (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western

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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.

Writers: Roland Kibbee, James R. Webb, Borden Chase | Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

40. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 131 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to ... See full summary »

Writers: William Dale Jennings, Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst

41. Nevada Smith (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Western

6.9
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A naive half-Indian, half-white man evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.

Writers: Harold Robbins, John Michael Hayes | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy

42. Big Jake (1971)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is ... See full summary »

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink | Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

43. The Shootist (1976)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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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.

Writers: Glendon Swarthout, Miles Hood Swarthout, Scott Hale | Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart

44. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Writers: James Edward Grant, Louis L'Amour | Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

45. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man.

Writers: A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, Cul Cullen, John Dixon | Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

46. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Approved | 122 min | Western

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Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Writers: William H. Wright, Allan Weiss, Harry Essex, Talbot Jennings | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr.

47. They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Highly fictionalized account (see the IMDB 'goofs' for examples) of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big ... See full summary »

Writers: Wally Kline, Æneas MacKenzie | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin

48. Monte Walsh (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 117 min | Western

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Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time cowhands, working whatever ranch work comes their way, but "nothing they can't do from a horse." Their lives are divided between months on the ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker, David Zelag Goodman, Lukas Heller, Jack Schaefer | Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Keith Carradine, George Eads

49. Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Romance, Western

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Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth a quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Writer: James Edward Grant | Director: James Edward Grant | Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

50. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Writers: Halsted Welles, Elmore Leonard | Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana