Top Ten Westerns - from Director Anthony Mann

by milam_ogden | created - 22 Sep 2013 | updated - 22 Sep 2013 | Public

One of my favorite directors of all-time, Mann developed into an excellent director starting with westerns, moving into film noir and finishing with huge, cinemascope epic movies. Here are my favorite western offerings listed in decinding IMBD order. Four of the ten starred Jimmy Stewart while all but two had an IMDB rating over 7.0+.

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1. Winchester '73 (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Western

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 14,162

2. The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 8,624

3. Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,431

4. The Tin Star (1957)

Approved | 93 min | Western

A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray

Votes: 4,163

5. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams

Votes: 6,538

6. The Furies (1950)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance, Western

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: 2,267

7. The Far Country (1954)

Approved | 97 min | Romance, Western

A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan

Votes: 5,577

8. Devil's Doorway (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Romance, Western

After the Civil War, a highly decorated Shoshone Indian veteran plans to raise cattle in Wyoming but white farmers plan to grab fertile tribal lands by pitting the whites against the Indians.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson

Votes: 1,102

9. The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | 98 min | History, Romance, Western

A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,158

10. Cimarron (1960)

Approved | 147 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier family and its friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,195