Western movies are set in a specific location and within a limited historical period: the western frontier of North America between roughly 1865 and 1890, from the end of the Civil War (1861–1865) to the closing of the frontier just before the twentieth century. Western films often portray how desolate and hard life was for American frontier families. These families are faced with change that would severely alter their way of life. This may be depicted by showing conflict between natives and settlers or U.S. Cavalry or between cattle ranchers and farmers ("sodbusters"), or by showing ranchers being threatened by the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Watch best western movies of all time!
#1 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1967
For three men the Civil War wasn’t hell. It was practice.
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, John Bartha, Livio Lorenzon, Antonio Casale, Angelo Novi, José Terrón.
Overview: A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.This is the third Italian-Western film of a trilogy from director Sergio Leone who gives Western films a new (bloody) color.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western. Countries: Italy, Spain, Germany. Runtime: 2h 41m. Rated: R.
#2 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968
There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa, Woody Strode, Jack Elam, Keenan Wynn, Frank Wolff, Lionel Stander, Al Mulock, Aldo Sambrell, Fabio Testi.
Overview: This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.
Genres: Action, Western. Countries: Spain, Italy, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 55m. Rated: PG-13.
#3 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law
Director: John Huston. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Dondé, José Torvay, Margarito Luna, Robert Blake, John Huston.
Overview: Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 6m. Rated: NR.
#4 Unforgiven 1992
It's a hell of a thing, killing a man.
Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Anna Levine, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, David Mucci, Rob Campbell, Anthony James, Morgan Freeman.
Overview: Unforgiven is Clint Eastwood’s grandiose salute to classic western films. The film stars Clint Eastwood, as William Munny, a retired gunslinger who returns for one last job. Unforgiven won four Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: R.
#5 The Wind 1928
Director: Victor Sjöström. Cast: Lillian Gish.
Overview: Letty moves to West Texas from the East and it seems that the wind always blows and the sand gets everywhere. While living with relatives, she finds that she is not welcomed by the wife. With no where to go, she marries a man who disgusts her. Her new home is a small shack with the wind and the sand constant companions. When it is necessary for most of the men to go out into the sand storm, one stays back to have his way with Letty and that costs both of them. Written by Tony Fontana <email@example.com>
Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#6 For a Few Dollars More 1965
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Klaus Kinski, Mara Krupp, Luigi Pistilli, Joseph Egger, Panos Papadopulos, Benito Stefanelli.
Overview: For a Few Dollars More is a Spaghetti Western from Italian director Sergio Leone from 1965 and the sequel to A Fistful of Dollars.
Genres: Action, Western. Countries: Italy, Spain, Germany. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: R.
#7 The Gold Rush 1925
Director: Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite.
Overview: A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 22m. Rated: NR.
#8 High Noon 1952
The story of a man who was too proud to run.
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley.
Overview: High Noon is about a recently freed leader of a gang of bandits in the desert who is looking to get revenge on the Sheriff who put him in jail. A legendary western film from the Austrian director Fred Zinnemann.
Genre: Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m. Rated: PG.
#9 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
Not that it matters, but most of it is true.
Director: George Roy Hill. Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars, Donnelly Rhodes, Jody Gilbert, Timothy Scott, Don Keefer, Charles Dierkop.
Overview: In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever and talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot 'Sundance Kid'. As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.
Genres: History, Drama, Western, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: PG.
#10 The Ox-Bow Incident 1943
Tough! True! Terrifying!
Director: William A. Wellman. Cast: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, Jane Darwell, Matt Briggs, Frank Conroy, Marc Lawrence, William Eythe, Paul Hurst, Victor Kilian, Harry Morgan, Rondo Hatton, Harry Davenport, Chris-Pin Martin.
Overview: Gil Carter and Art Croft ride into a small Nevada town plagued by cattle thieves. Initially suspected of being the rustlers themselves, Carter and Croft eventually join a posse out to get the criminals, who also may be involved in a recent shooting. When the posse closes in on a group that could be the fugitives, they must decide on a course of action, with numerous lives hanging in the balance.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 15m.
#11 The Wild Bunch 1969
Director: Sam Peckinpah. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, William Holden, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez, Ben Johnson, Emilio Fernández, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones.
Overview: The Wild Bunch is one of the best representations of the Western genre; A group of outlaws is in battle with the law and with modern society.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 23m. Rated: R.
#12 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962
Together For The First Time - James Stewart - John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford
Director: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan, John Qualen.
Overview: A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.
Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 3m. Rated: R.
#13 Rio Bravo 1959
Director: Howard Hawks. Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson, Ward Bond, John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, Claude Akins, Harry Carey Jr..
Overview: A classic old western film starring John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson as a defunct threesome; one wounded, another drunk, and the last one a young gunslinger. They are ask by a local sheriff to help keep a bad guy’s brother in jail. This is a western film for people who don’t even like westerns.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 24m. Rated: NR.
#14 The Searchers 1956
...He had to find her...he had to find her
Director: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond, John Qualen, Olive Carey, Henry Brandon, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey Jr., Antonio Moreno, Hank Worden, Beulah Archuletta, Walter Coy, Dorothy Jordan.
Overview: As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 59m. Rated: NR.
#15 A Fistful of Dollars 1964
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, José Calvo, Gian Maria Volonté, Sieghardt Rupp, Antonio Prieto, Margarita Lozano, Daniel Martín, Bruno Carotenuto, Benito Stefanelli, Mario Brega, Joseph Egger.
Overview: A Fistful of Dollars is the 1964 Sergio Leone film starring Clint Eastwood and the first Spaghetti Western to take place in the United States. The film was the first in a trilogy that referenced Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’ and became an international success and founded the Spaghetti Western genre.
Genres: Action, Western. Countries: Italy, Spain, Germany. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: R.
#16 Dances with Wolves 1990
Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered.
Director: Kevin Costner. Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket, Maury Chaykin, Jimmy Herman, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Michael Spears, Jason R. Lone Hill, Tony Pierce, Doris Leader Charge.
Overview: Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Western. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 3h 1m. Rated: PG-13.
#17 Stagecoach 1939
Director: John Ford. Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt, Tom Tyler.
Overview: A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: NR.
#18 True Grit 2010
Punishment Comes One Way or Another
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews, Jarlath Conroy, Paul Rae, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel, Roy Lee Jones, Ed Lee Corbin, Leon Russom, Bruce Green, Candyce Hinkle.
Overview: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: PG-13.
#19 Red River 1948
Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson. Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey Jr., Chief Yowlachie, Paul Fix, Hank Worden, Mickey Kuhn, Ray Hyke, Hal Taliaferro.
Overview: Dunson is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 13m.
#20 My Darling Clementine 1946
Director: John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Roy Roberts, Jane Darwell, Grant Withers, J. Farrell MacDonald, Russell Simpson.
Overview: "My Darling Clementine" is John Ford's retelling of the famous shoot out at the OK Corral that arose from the the Earp Clanton feud.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 37m.
#21 3:10 to Yuma 2007
Time waits for one man.
Director: James Mangold. Cast: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, Vinessa Shaw, Lennie Loftin, Rio Alexander, Pat Ricotti, Shawn Howell, Johnny Whitworth.
Overview: In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Suspense, Thriller, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 57m. Rated: R.
#22 The New Land 1972
Director: Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Allan Edwall, Eddie Axberg, Pierre Lindstedt, Monica Zetterlund, Hans Alfredson, Per Oscarsson.
Overview: Continuation from Utvandrarna (1971): The Swedes arrive in the USA. They still have a long journey to Minnesota where they expect to find other Swedes. When they arrive there, each family searches a place to build a home. Kristina and Karl-Oskar live a better life than in Sweden, even though Kristina is very homesick in the begin. Karl-Oskar's brother and his friend Arvid go to California to follow the gold rush. However, Robert returns sick without Arvid who died on the way to California. Robert gets no better and dies. Later, Kristina dies while being pregnant. Karl-Oska r gets much older than her but feels very lonely during his last years.
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 3h 12m.
#23 Bad Day at Black Rock 1955
M-G-M's SUSPENSE STORY OF THE YEAR!
Director: John Sturges. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Russell Collins, Walter Sande.
Overview: A one handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 21m.
#24 The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976
...an army of one.
Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon.
Overview: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: PG.
#25 The Gunfighter 1950
Director: Henry King. Cast: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, Karl Malden, Skip Homeier, Anthony Ross, Verna Felton, Ellen Corby, Richard Jaeckel.
Overview: Gregory Peck stars as an aging notorious gunslinger, Johnny Ringo. Sick of killing he tries to avoid trouble, but when a cocksure young man named Eddie draws on him, Ringo has no choice but to kill him. Now Eddie's three brothers are after him. Ringo decides to return East to see his estranged wife and young son before the brothers catch up with him.
Genre: Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#26 The Magnificent Seven 1960
Director: John Sturges. Cast: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Natividad Vacío, Rico Alaniz, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Vladimir Sokoloff, Rosenda Monteros.
Overview: The Magnificent Seven is a western film from John Sturges and a remake of the Akira Kurosawa's film The Seven Samurai from 1954.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 8m. Rated: NR.
#27 Destry Rides Again 1939
Director: George Marshall. Cast: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Warren Hymer, Irene Hervey, Una Merkel, Billy Gilbert, Samuel S. Hinds, Jack Carson, Tom Fadden, Virginia Brissac, Edmund MacDonald.
Overview: Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, as the new sheriff assuming that he'll be easy to control. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy under famous lawman, Tom Destry, and is able to call upon the equally formidable Tom Destry Jr to be his deputy. Featuring a career reviving performance from Marlene Dietrich as bar singer Frenchie, which could well have been the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's "Blazing Saddles" character, Lili Von Schtupp
Genres: Action, Comedy, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 34m.
#28 The Big Country 1958
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.
Overview: Gregory Peck stars as a sea captain who moves way out West to marry Carroll Baker and become part of the ranch owned by her father (Charles Bickford). But he discovers that daddy's top hand (Charlton Heston) carries a torch for Baker and doesn't particularly like Peck stepping into his place. Peck also finds himself caught in the midst of a power struggle between Bickford and his surly neighbor, Burl Ives (and his reprehensibly bullying son, Chuck Connors). This long, sprawling tale works because its characters are played by movie stars who know how to command the big screen in a big story. --Marshall Fine
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 45m.
#29 The Great Silence 1968
Director: Sergio Corbucci. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli, Vonetta McGee, Mario Brega, Carlo D'Angelo, Marisa Merlini.
Overview: A mute gunslinger faces off against a gang of bounty hunters in the great blizzard of 1899, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, Western. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#30 Winchester '73 1950
Director: Anthony Mann. Cast: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally.
Overview: Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old quarrel, while the rifle keeps changing hands and touching a number of lives.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 32m.
#31 Shane 1953
Director: George Stevens. Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Spencer, John Dierkes, Ellen Corby, Paul McVey, John Miller, Edith Evanson.
Overview: A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 58m.
#32 McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971
Name your poison
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck, Corey Fischer, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy.
Overview: A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h. Rated: R.
#33 Way Out West 1937
Director: James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, James Finlayson, Rosina Lawrence, Stanley Fields, Vivien Oakland, Dinah.
Overview: Stan and Ollie try to deliver the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. Unfortunately, the daughter's evil guardian is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon-singer wife.
Genres: Comedy, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 5m.
#34 Dead Man 1995
Director: Jim Jarmusch. Cast: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, Michael Wincott, Eugene Byrd, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Jared Harris, Mili Avital, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Mark Bringleson.
Overview: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange Indian named "Nobody" who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Indie, Western. Countries: Germany, Japan, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: R.
#35 The Mark of Zorro 1940
Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette.
Overview: Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 34m.
#36 Blazing Saddles 1974
Never give a saga an even break!
Director: Mel Brooks. Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Burton Gilliam, Alex Karras, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, George Furth, Carol Arthur, Richard Collier, Charles McGregor.
Overview: The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west.
Genres: Comedy, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 33m. Rated: R.
#37 Lonely Are the Brave 1962
Life can never cage a man like this!
Director: David Miller. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Connor, Michael Kane, William Schallert, George Kennedy, Karl Swenson, William Mims, Martin Garralaga, Lalo Rios.
Overview: 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.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 47m. Rated: PG.
#38 3:10 to Yuma 1957
Director: Delmer Daves. Cast: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana, Henry Jones, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Emhardt, Sheridan Comerate, George Mitchell, Robert Ellenstein, Ford Rainey.
Overview: The Lonesome Whistle of a Train... bringing the gallows closer to a desperado--the showdown nearer to his captor!
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 32m.
#39 Giant 1956
Director: George Stevens. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Judith Evelyn, Earl Holliman, Robert Nichols, Paul Fix, Alexander Scourby.
Overview: Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 21m.
#40 Johnny Guitar 1954
Director: Nicholas Ray. Cast: Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Sterling Hayden, Ernest Borgnine.
Overview: Psychosexual melodrama as western - w/aging Joan Crawford as owner of gambling saloon, whose only customer is accused robber Dancing Kid and his gang, including bad Bart (Ernest Borgnine). The Kid loves Crawford, as does surly Sterling Hayden, despite Crawford's middle age. Crawford's enemy is rancher Mercedes McCambridge, who wants to put her (and the kid) 6' under. Anti-McCarthy overtones.
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#41 Little Big Man 1970
Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion!
Director: Arthur Penn. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Jeff Corey, Aimée Eccles, William Hickey, Jesse Vint, Alan Oppenheimer, Lou Cutell, M. Emmet Walsh.
Overview: Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 19m. Rated: PG-13.
#42 The Shootist 1976
He's got to face a gunfight once more to live up to his legend once more. To win just one more time.
Director: Don Siegel. Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone.
Overview: Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a boarding house run by a widow and her son.However, it is not Brooks' fate to die in peace, as he becomes embroiled in one last valiant battle.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#43 A Fistful of Dynamite 1971
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: James Coburn, Rod Steiger, Maria Monti, Rik Battaglia, Franco Graziosi, Romolo Valli, Antoine Saint-John, Vivienne Chandler, David Warbeck, Giulio Battiferri.
Overview: The last Italian-Western film from director Sergio Leone. The film takes place during the Mexican Revolution and story of how an I.R.A. explosive’s expert gets involved in the revolution. The second part of a Leone’s ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy.
Genre: Western. Country: Italy. Runtime: 2h 1m.
#44 Tombstone 1993
Justice is coming.
Director: George P. Cosmatos. Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Stephen Lang.
Overview: Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: R.
#45 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007
Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal
Director: Andrew Dominik. Cast: Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Casey Affleck, Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard, Ted Levine, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider, Joel McNichol, James Defelice.
Overview: Everyone in 1880's America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not Yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He'll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he'll find a deadlier way.
Genres: Action, Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 36m. Rated: R.
#46 Fort Apache 1948
Director: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Anna Lee, Irene Rich.
Overview: Lieutenant Colonel Thursday takes the command of Fort Apache. Arrogant and ambitious, he elaborates a risky scheme to lure and vanquish the Apache chief Cochise and his warriors.
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m.
#47 The Westerner 1940
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Forrest Tucker.
Overview: Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by claiming to be a friend of stage star Lillie Langtry, with whom the judge is obsessed, even though he has never met her. Tensions rise when Harden comes to the defense of a group of struggling homesteaders who Judge Bean is trying to drive away.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#48 Ride the High Country 1962
Director: Sam Peckinpah. Cast: Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson.
Overview: An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 34m. Rated: NR.
#49 Lone Star 1996
John Sayles invites you to return to the scene of the crime.
Director: John Sayles. Cast: Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Peña, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton, Frances McDormand, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang, Oni Faida Lampley, LaTanya Richardson, Leo Burmester.
Overview: When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: R.
#50 El Dorado 1966
Director: Howard Hawks. Cast: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner, Christopher George, Marina Ghane, Robert Donner, John Gabriel, Johnny Crawford, Adam Roarke.
Overview: Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Genres: Action, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h.
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