The Western Fronteir

by halreed | created - 20 Oct 2011 | updated - 10 Apr 2012 | Public

Classic Movies and TV shows before 1990

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1. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 32,429 | Gross: $20.00M

2. The War Wagon (1967)

Unrated | 101 min | Western

The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel, Robert Walker Jr.

Votes: 7,606 | Gross: $6.00M

3. Laredo (1965–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey

Votes: 457

4. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

This is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his Deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season, Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 483

5. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western

A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend, who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Michael Kane

Votes: 6,934

6. Texas Across the River (1966)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Western

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Joey Bishop

Votes: 1,146

7. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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

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

Votes: 4,143

8. Shotgun Slade (1959–1961)

30 min | Western

A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Frank Ferguson, Monica Lewis, Andy Clyde

Votes: 70

9. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

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

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 6,655

10. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

30 min | Western

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe, Ken Drake

Votes: 709

11. Law and Order (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Western

Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster, Alex Nicol

Votes: 508

12. The Man from Laramie (1955)

Approved | 103 min | Western

A stranger, Will Lockhart, defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 8,056

13. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (five-card draw) is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,093

14. Lawman (1971)

R | 99 min | Western

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall

Votes: 3,387

15. J W Coop (1971)

GP | 112 min | Drama, Western

After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost '... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Robertson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 366

16. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

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

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 37,619 | Gross: $31.13M

17. McLintock! (1963)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

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.

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

Votes: 10,899

18. Gunsight Ridge (1957)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Stage line agent investigates a series of robberies by taking the job of a deputy sheriff in a border Arizona town.

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Joel McCrea, Mark Stevens, Joan Weldon, Addison Richards

Votes: 370

19. The Range Rider (1951–1953)

30 min | Western

The Range Rider, had a reputation for fairness, fighting ability, and accuracy with his guns and was known far and wide, even by the Indians.

Stars: Jock Mahoney, Dickie Jones, Bob Woodward, Al Wyatt Sr.

Votes: 102

20. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 49,218 | Gross: $12.54M

21. Rough Night in Jericho (1967)

Approved | 104 min | Romance, Western

A former deputy and a strong-willed widow determine to stop a ruthless town boss.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Dean Martin, Jean Simmons, George Peppard, John McIntire

Votes: 874

22. Buck and the Preacher (1972)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Directors: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 1,244

23. Return of the Gunfighter (1967)

Not Rated | 98 min | Romance, Western

An aging gunman and a wounded drifter come upon a young Mexican girl, and agree to help her avenge the death of her father, who was murdered for their land.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Robert Taylor, Chad Everett, Ana Martín, Mort Mills

Votes: 430

24. The Quick Gun (1964)

Approved | 87 min | Western

Gunslinger Clint Cooper returns to his hometown to help fight off a raid by his former gang.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Audie Murphy, Merry Anders, James Best, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 547

25. Breakheart Pass (1975)

PG | 95 min | Mystery, Western

John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland

Votes: 5,508

26. Hour of the Gun (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Western

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi

Votes: 2,936

27. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Western

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

Votes: 2,648



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