Western Heritage Awards (Televison)

by KasparM | created - 18 Feb 2012 | updated - 18 Feb 2012 | Public

Every year the Museum gives "The Wrangler" (also known as the Bronze Wrangler), an original bronze sculpture by artist John Free. It is awarded annually during the Western Heritage Awards to principal creators of the winning entries in specified categories of Western literature, music, film and television. Past winners have included Owen Wister, William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Harry Carey, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, Buck Taylor, Howard R. Lamar, Ben Johnson, Pernell Roberts, and Tom Selleck.

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1. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: Incident at Dragoon Crossing (1960)

Not Rated | 51 min | Western

Favor is taking a short but very tough route which the men question. Another trail boss John Cord tells Favor he is wrong. When Favor becomes sick, he asks Cord to take over but the men question Cord's motives.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 37

2. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: The Great Lounsberry Scoop (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

Colonel Lounsberry is selected by General Custer to be the only newspaperman to travel with the troops leaving on a campaign against the Sioux.

Director: Nat Perrin | Stars: Ron Hayes, Walter Sande, Michael Emmet, John Clarke

Votes: 7

3. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: The Sendoff (1961)

Not Rated | 50 min | Western

While gathering mavericks in deep brush, Favor discovers the remnants of a wagon train destroyed by Comanches along with 12 graves. Some are looking for a a survivor including a woman whose son was killed and the man helping her.

Director: George Templeton | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 33

4. Stoney Burke (1962–1963)
Episode: The Contender (1962)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

In his striving to be a rodeo champion, Stoney Burke must contend with a self-serving friend, an unscrupulous promoter, a young punk itching for a fight, a beautiful woman betrothed to a ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Jack Lord, Warren Oates, Robert Dowdell, Bruce Dern

Votes: 14

5. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: Incident of Iron Bull (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Rowdy hires a Comanche who "supposedly" returns their remuda. Favor returns with Colonel Macklin who wiped out the Comanches. Macklin and Clanton, a drover, have problems with any Comanche leading to bigger issues for Favor and the drovers

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, James Murdock

Votes: 28

6. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: Corporal Dasovik (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

When a officer dies, Cpl. Dasovik is forced to take over the mission but he has no control over the men. The men pick up Favor when they take some of his cattle. Dasovik soon learns he is alone but he is determined to carry out his orders.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, James Murdock

Votes: 28

7. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Horse Fighter (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

A renown bronc buster is hired to break a group of rough mustangs at Shiloh. He picks Randy who is green to help him and Randy comes to idolize him as they break a black stallion. However, unknown to Randy there is a dark side to man.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Randy Boone

Votes: 20

8. The Monroes (1966–1967)
Episode: The Intruders (1966)

60 min | Western

After their parents drown, the five surviving children continue on their journey West to Wyoming to farm the land their father had claimed ten years before; but there are some men that ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Michael Anderson Jr., Barbara Hershey, Keith Schultz, Kevin Schultz

Votes: 16

9. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Death Watch (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Two Bounty hunters bring in a wounded Mexican bandit worth $30,000 and find out the Mexican government might not pay for a man who dies a natural death, so they get the idea of shooting him dead.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 45

10. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Bitter Autumn (1967)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

Clay and Holly Grainger take over for John as a herd from Texas is brought in by Kyle Jackson and his brothers. However, things turn tragic when Trampas discovers the herd is sick and a brother accidentally kills the wife of an ex-lawman.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 15

11. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
Episode: The Buffalo Soldiers (1968)

PG | Western

The Tenth Cavalry comes to Tucson to stop crime. They are Buffalo Soldiers who must also contend with racism. With aid from the Cannons they show their pride and great ability as they take on the man controlling the town and his henchmen.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade, Henry Darrow

Votes: 40

12. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Wish (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hoss takes two months of leave. He sees a little black boy steal a candle. He learns the boy wants the candle to make a wish. As he gets to know the boy and his family, he decides to try to help the family.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Ossie Davis

Votes: 42

13. Centennial (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 1,256 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad

Votes: 2,479

14. Stubby Pringle's Christmas (1978 TV Movie)

55 min | Drama, Family

It's now Christmas Eve and Stubby Pringle is on his way to an annual dance that he went to the previous year and fell in love with a girl, who he forgot to ask the name of. He has bought ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Beau Bridges, Julie Harris, Edward Binns, Kim Hunter

Votes: 80

15. The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982 TV Movie)

111 min | Western, Drama

A woman kills her husband after he becomes violently abusive following concussion. The tribe then banishes her from the community.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Raquel Welch, Bradford Dillman, George Clutesi, Nick Mancuso

Votes: 166

16. September Gun (1983 TV Movie)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Western

Ben Sunday, a long-in-the-tooth gunfighter forms an uneasy alliance with a Catholic nun. The single-minded sister wants to erect a sanctuary for a group of Apache orphans. Ben Sunday picks ... See full summary »

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Robert Preston, Patty Duke, Geoffrey Lewis, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 48

17. Calamity Jane (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Western

Biography of the famous cowgirl Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) is the Wild West character.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Jane Alexander, Frederic Forrest, Ken Kercheval, Walter Olkewicz

Votes: 121

18. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)

144 min | Biography, Drama, History

"From personal heartbreak to the epic fight for liberation, the glory of the Old West is captured in this grand life story of Sam Houston, the man whose bravery and vision led to the creation of Texas." -- from back of box

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne

Votes: 318

19. Independence (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Western

A dedicated sheriff in the 1880s who, after his first family is ravaged by a gang of renegades, gets a chance for revenge years later when the same outlaws threaten his new family and the frontier town he single handedly tamed.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: John Bennett Perry, Isabella Hofmann, Sandy McPeak, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 17

20. Guns of Paradise (1988–1990)

60 min | Drama, Western

Gunfighter Ethan Cord, left to raise his dead sister's children, tries to settle down in the town of Paradise, but finds that his past continues to haunt him.

Stars: Lee Horsley, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark, Brian Lando

Votes: 294

21. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 17,499

24. Conagher (1991 TV Movie)

M | 94 min | Western

Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead. Conn Conagher is a honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they ... See full summary »

Director: Reynaldo Villalobos | Stars: Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Barry Corbin, Billy Green Bush

Votes: 1,238

25. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Donner Party (1992)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival. The Donner Party's nightmarish journey penetrated to the very heart of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones

Votes: 276

26. O Pioneers! (1992 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama

Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but never forgets the... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Jessica Lange, David Strathairn, Tom Aldredge, Reed Diamond

Votes: 392

27. Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

322 min | Drama, Western

Captain Call has just buried Gus at Lonesome Dove and plans to head back to his ranch in Montana. Looking at a herd of wild Mustangs, he decides to drive them north with the help of Isom ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Voight, Barbara Hershey, Ricky Schroder, William Petersen

Votes: 1,928

28. Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Charles Abourezk, Dave Bald Eagle, Lawrence Bayne, Edgar Bear Runner

Votes: 253

29. Streets of Laredo (1995)

300 min | Drama, Western

Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a ... See full summary »

Stars: James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,497

30. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)
Episode: Legend (1996)

47 min | Drama, Family, Western

Dr. Mike, Sully and Matthew join forces with a legendary marshal to track down the outlaws who wounded Matthew during a bank robbery. Legend says that Marshal Elias Burch has killed more ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 51

31. Last Stand at Saber River (1997 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Action, Drama, Western

After the Civil War, a returning Confederate veteran must reclaim his Arizona land and homestead from the Yankee carpetbaggers who illegally occupy it.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Tom Selleck, Suzy Amis, Rachel Duncan, Haley Joel Osment

Votes: 1,387

32. Two for Texas (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Western

In 1836, two prisoners escape from a Louisiana chain gang run by a vicious strong boss. In the process of the escape, the strong boss is killed which sets his brother, the ex-warden on a ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Scott Bairstow, Irene Bedard, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 233

33. Dead Man's Gun (1997–1999)
Episode: The Regulator (1999)

Western

With 30 kills to his name, John Slattery adds 3 more stage robbers to the score. When a widow writer from back East wants to be his biographer he considers it. But his plans for being in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Etherington | Stars: Bart Anderson, Billy Campbell, Alex Diakun, L. Harvey Gold

Votes: 7

34. You Know My Name (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Western

Fact-based biography of early film Producer and Director Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott). Tilghman was a real-life cowboy, who rode with the Earps and faced down countless bad guys. When he ... See full summary »

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Sam Elliott, Arliss Howard, Carolyn McCormick, James Gammon

Votes: 568

35. The Virginian (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Western

A cowboy finds himself betrayed by his best friend and must choose between bringing him to justice and alienating the pretty schoolteacher he is in love with.

Director: Bill Pullman | Stars: Bill Pullman, Diane Lane, John Savage, Harris Yulin

Votes: 562

36. Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western

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 »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,396

37. King of Texas (2002 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Western

In this adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, self-made ranch tycoon John Lear divides his holdings among his daughters but finds that once they have his property, they reject him.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden, Lauren Holly, Roy Scheider

Votes: 565

38. ABC News Nightline (1980– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day.

Stars: JuJu Chang, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Byron Pitts

Votes: 240

Episode "The Cowboy Way" (2003)

Episode "Cowgirl Museum" (2004)

42. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Willa Cather: The Road Is All (2005)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary tells the story of a woman who invented herself from scratch. As a child, Willa Cather was taken from her comfortable home in Virginia into the wild Nebraska frontier--a ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Geyer | Stars: Joan Acocella, Willa Cather, Richard Giannone, Vivian Gornick

Votes: 53

43. Into the West (2005– )

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 5,913

44. Broken Trail (2006– )

Not Rated | 184 min | Western

A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 5,189

46. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 133 min | Drama, History, Western

A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin

Votes: 5,249

47. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Wyatt Earp (2010)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows but these popular fictions belie the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a lens on politics, justice and ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Rapley | Stars: Michael Murphy, Bob Boze Bell, Katherine Benton-Cohen, Anne M. Butler

Votes: 53



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