Most Popular Western Titles Released 1920-01-01 to 1950-12-31 With Paramount (US) Among Companies


1. The Plainsman (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, History, Romance

6.9
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Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,562

2. Unconquered (1947)

Approved | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff

Votes: 1,443

3. The Virginian (1946)

Approved | 90 min | Romance, Western

6.5
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Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gilmore | Stars: Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts, Barbara Britton

Votes: 729

4. The Paleface (1948)

91 min | Comedy, Western

6.9
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Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian

Votes: 2,929

5. The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A mysterious stranger arrives in the Missouri hills and befriends a young backwoods girl. Much to the dislike of her moonshiner fiancé who has vowed to find and kill his own father.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Betty Field, Harry Carey, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,359

6. North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster

Votes: 1,137

7. Union Pacific (1939)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 1,781

8. The Furies (1950)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.4
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A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon; but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson

Votes: 2,043

9. Fancy Pants (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

6.7
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An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood

Votes: 912 | Gross: $2.60M

10. Streets of Laredo (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Western

6.8
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An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, William Bendix

Votes: 388

11. The Virginian (1929)

Passed | 91 min | Western

7.0
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A good-natured cowboy who is romancing the new schoolmarm has a crisis of conscience when he discovers his best friend is engaged in cattle rustling.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Mary Brian, Richard Arlen

Votes: 441

12. Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.7
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp

Votes: 765

13. California (1947)

Passed | 97 min | Romance, Western

6.2
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Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald, George Coulouris

Votes: 577

14. Albuquerque (1948)

Approved | 90 min | Western

6.7
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Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 402

15. Branded (1950)

104 min | Crime, Western

6.7
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A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, Robert Keith

Votes: 577

16. The Texans (1938)

Passed | 92 min | Western

6.3
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After the Civil War, an ex-Confederate soldier faces new battles, including the elements and a carpetbagger intent on destroying him.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Joan Bennett, Randolph Scott, May Robson, Walter Brennan

Votes: 215

17. The Texas Rangers (1936)

Passed | 98 min | Adventure, Western

6.6
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Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, Jean Parker, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 442

18. To the Last Man (1933)

74 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Jack La Rue, Buster Crabbe

Votes: 346

19. Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed | 97 min | History, Western

6.7
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The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Joel McCrea, Bob Burns, Frances Dee, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 306

20. The Great Man's Lady (1942)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Western, Romance

6.7
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A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, K.T. Stevens

Votes: 467

21. Copper Canyon (1950)

84 min | Western

6.2
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Johnny Carter, performing sharpshooter, is asked to help a beleaguered group of copper miners.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Hedy Lamarr, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman

Votes: 394

22. Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.2
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Wyatt Earp cleans up Tombstone and faces the Clanton gang at the O.K. Corral.

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Richard Dix, Kent Taylor, Edgar Buchanan, Frances Gifford

Votes: 49

23. The Covered Wagon (1923)

98 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.8
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Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale, Ernest Torrence

Votes: 348 | Gross: $3.80M

24. The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)

104 min | Western

6.1
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1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 125

25. North of the Rio Grande (1937)

70 min | Western

6.8
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Hoppy's brother has been murdered and he is on the trail of the murderers. To get them he makes himself seem to be a wanted man.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 79

26. Born to the West (1937)

Approved | 59 min | Romance, Western

5.8
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Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner?

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: John Wayne, Marsha Hunt, Johnny Mack Brown, John Patterson

Votes: 624

27. Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)

Approved | 60 min | Western

7.1
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An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle.... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Paula Stone, George 'Gabby' Hayes

Votes: 177

28. Fighting Caravans (1931)

Passed | 92 min | Romance, Western

5.9
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A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love.

Directors: Otto Brower, David Burton | Stars: Gary Cooper, Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall

Votes: 402

29. Rhythm on the Range (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Musical, Romance, Western

6.4
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Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns, Martha Raye

Votes: 213

30. The Texan (1930)

79 min | Western

6.8
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An outlaw, the Llano Kid is the scourge of south Texas and a Bible quoting lawman named Thacker. The kid joins a con man in a plot to deceive a wealthy old woman that he's her long-lost son... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Gary Cooper, Fay Wray, Emma Dunn, Oscar Apfel

Votes: 41

31. Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935)

Passed | 63 min | Western, Mystery

6.0
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The heirs of the dying owner of a valuable radium mine are being murdered as a mining engineer tries to unccover the killer and clear his cousin's name.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Randolph Scott, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Mrs. Leslie Carter, George F. Marion

Votes: 201

32. Borderland (1937)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Mystery, Western

7.2
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Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, ... See full summary »

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 90

33. The Thundering Herd (1933)

Passed | 62 min | Western

5.8
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Both Sprague and Jett and their crews are hunting buffalo. Doan is with Sprague and is looking for the Jett outfit where his girlfriend Milly is being held against her will. In addition to ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe, Noah Beery

Votes: 122

34. El Paso (1949)

Approved | 103 min | Western

5.8
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In El Paso, lawyer and ex-Confederate captain Clay Fletcher forms a vigilante group to bring law and order to a town where the judge is a drunk, the sheriff is corrupt and the town is run by a crooked landowner.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: John Payne, Gail Russell, Sterling Hayden, George 'Gabby' Hayes

Votes: 172

35. High, Wide, and Handsome (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Musical, Western

6.9
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Pennsylvania, 1859. Railroad tycoon Brennan (Alan Hale) is muscling in on oil-drilling farmers, led by Peter Cortland (Randolph Scott). Cortland must try to save their oil business, while also saving his marriage to Sally (Irene Dunne).

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Dorothy Lamour, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 168

36. Hills of Old Wyoming (1937)

Passed | 78 min | Western

7.0
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An evil deputy is using Indian half-breeds to rustle cattle. This causes trouble between the cattlemen and Indians. Hoppy, Windy and Lucky see that justice is served. Songs abound.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Morris Ankrum, Russell Hayden

Votes: 70

37. Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Western

5.9
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With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ellen Drew, John Howard, Akim Tamiroff, May Robson

Votes: 84

38. Hopalong Rides Again (1937)

Passed | 65 min | Western

6.9
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On a cattle drive Hoppy, camp cook Windy, companion Lucky, and young Artie Peters encounter an eccentric professor. The professor professes to be searching for the evolutionary missing link... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Nora Lane

Votes: 66

39. Heritage of the Desert (1932)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Romance, Western

5.8
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Nabb controls the pass and lets all the ranchers through except Holderness and his stolen cattle. When Nabb refuses to sell, Holderness works an his son Snap who has run up gambling debts. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Randolph Scott, Sally Blane, J. Farrell MacDonald, David Landau

Votes: 53

40. Secret of the Wastelands (1941)

Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.2
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The usual gang of bad guys is out to grab up all the available ranch land. This time their object is land belonging to Chinese. As an aside, Hoppy leads some archaeologists through parts of California.

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Brad King, Soo Yong

Votes: 66

41. Geronimo (1939)

Approved | 89 min | Adventure, Western

6.1
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The army's effort to capture Apache chief Geronimo, who is leading a band of warriors on a rampage of raiding and murder, is hampered by a feud between two officers--who are father and son.

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: Preston Foster, Ellen Drew, Andy Devine, William Henry

Votes: 73

42. Trail Dust (1936)

Open | 77 min | Adventure, Western

7.2
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Hoppy, Johnny and Windy are fighting a malicious gang trying to stop a cattle drive from reaching a drought-stricken North.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 77

43. Rustlers' Valley (1937)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.0
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Hoppy clears Lucky on a charge of bank robbery and foils the plot of a crooked lawyer to rustle a herd of pedigree cattle and take over the valley.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 82

44. The Wolf Song (1929)

80 min | Romance, Western, Drama

7.1
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In 1840, Sam Lash heads west for adventure. He meets up with some Mountain Men, and they head for the Rockies to trap beavers and cats. In Taos he meets Lola, a beautiful Mexican girl from ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Gary Cooper, Lupe Velez, Louis Wolheim, Constantine Romanoff

Votes: 32

45. Texas Trail (1937)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.2
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During the Spanish-American War, Colonel Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders are short of horses, and Hopalong Cassidy and his Bar-20 friends are detailed to round up a bunch of wild horses, but... See full summary »

Director: David Selman | Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Judith Allen

Votes: 70

46. Wagon Wheels (1934)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.9
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SIn 1844 scout Cint Belmet and his two sidekicks guide a wagon train to the newly opened Oregon territory despite hardships and Indian attack.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick, Billy Lee, Monte Blue

Votes: 137

47. The Mysterious Rider (1938)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Douglass Dumbrille, Sidney Toler, Russell Hayden, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 39

48. Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936)

Passed | 74 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A crusading newspaper editor recruits his old friend Hoppy to take the job of marshal in a town rife with vice and murder directed at helpless miners.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Gail Sheridan, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 117

49. Man of the Forest (1933)

Not Rated | 62 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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Beasley, who is after Gayner's land, plans to kidnap his daughter. But Dale overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff arrest Dale for the murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Randolph Scott, Verna Hillie, Harry Carey, Noah Beery

Votes: 108

50. The Vanishing American (1925)

110 min | Western

6.9
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History, as portrayed in this film, has been a succession of conquests of stronger races over weaker ones. As played out on the stage of Monument Valley, long ago, tribes of Indians ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Noah Beery, Malcolm McGregor

Votes: 251