20 Best Westernsby KSwear | created - 23 Jul 2011 | updated - 23 Jul 2011 | Public
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1. 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.
Votes: 36,752 | Gross: $31.13M
One of the Dukes best films
2. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
Votes: 76,481 | Gross: $4.91M
Seven gunfighters banding together for their own reasons to save a village of farmers from bandits that are litterally stealing the food from their mouths.
3. The Professionals (1966)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.
Votes: 11,344 | Gross: $19.54M
Likely one of the westerns that have been missed by many but a must see. 4 rough men that are the best at what they do hired to rescue a millionaires wife
4. 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.
Duval and Jones doing some of their best work with an outstanding cast that can't be forgotten
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Votes: 56,400 | Gross: $31.80M
in my opinion Eastwood's best western.
6. Open Range (2003)
R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Votes: 58,957 | Gross: $58.33M
Costner and Duval are at thier best
7. Hondo (1953)
PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.
This was the Duke's only 3D movie based on a western classic
8. 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.
" But I won't, But I won't. the hell I won't!" which started the mudslide fight scene that is one of the most memorable fights in movie history
9. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Not Rated | 104 min | Western
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.
One of John Ford's Cavalry Triolgy along with Rio Grande and Fort Apache
10. Silverado (1985)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.
Votes: 31,066 | Gross: $33.20M
memorable characters and classic storyline help to bring the western back to the big screen.
11. Quigley Down Under (1990)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.
Votes: 16,799 | Gross: $21.41M
12. Rio Grande (1950)
Not Rated | 105 min | Romance, Western
A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.
13. Shenandoah (1965)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western
During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.
Jimmy Stewart as a Viginia farmer doing his best to raise his family in the middle of the Civil War
14. 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.
Votes: 47,889 | Gross: $12.54M
15. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
16. The Shootist (1976)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
Votes: 18,964 | Gross: $5.99M
The Duke in his last film plays the aging Gunfighter who is dying of cancer and wanting go out on his own terms. Ironically, Wayne died of cancer a couple yrs after this film was done.
17. The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
GP | 103 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.
Jimmy Stewart plays a cowboy that is left his late brothers up scale brothel and all that comes with it
18. Fort Apache (1948)
Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.
19. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 106,960 | Gross: $56.51M
has to be my favorite telling of the gunfight at the O.K. Coral
20. Last of the Dogmen (1995)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Western
A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,314 | Gross: $7.40M
this is more of modern western tale of a bounty hunter tracking escaped convicts into the wilds only to find a lost tribe of Cheyenne still living the only way they know.