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The Best Western Movies Ever Made

December 9, 2022
Even though it seems that the time of good westerns is gone, it must be said that they had a significant influence on modern cinema and storytelling. They are still loved and regularly rewatched by many movie fans. Westerns showed a romanticized image of the Wild West and the life of cowboys. At the same time, creators of those movies revolutionized how people look at cinema in general. Westerns introduced stuntmen to Hollywood, mixed drama with comedy, and proved that a good story could be worth millions of dollars. Here are the top westerns movies ever made that shaped an industry and changed the movie-watching experience.
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The Searchers

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The Searchers

This movie, based on the novel with the same title, was a great hit. With a $3.75 million production budget, it quickly earned $5 million, which was a significant sum in 1956. Since that date, Warner Bros made several more millions on this production.

The Searchers poster

Movie Plot: An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 26 May 1956 in USA
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.

The Searchers was Written by Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Alan Le May (from the novel by) and directed by John Ford and produced by Warner Brothers.

7.9/10 IMDB Rating 98% Rotten Tomatoes 94/100 Metacritic


The Wild Bunch €� Doubled Budget

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The Wild Bunch – Doubled Budget

The ’60s brought a revolution in the cinema, and westerns became one of the most profitable genres. Sam Peckinpah, director of this movie, proved that the $6 million budget could be doubled just within few months after the premiere.

The Wild Bunch poster

Movie Plot: An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 19 Jun 1969 in USA
  • Runtime: 135 min
  • Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien
  • BoxOffice: $638,641
  • Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.

The Wild Bunch was Written by Walon Green (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay), Walon Green (story), Roy N. Sickner (story) and directed by Sam Peckinpah and produced by Warner Brothers.

7.9/10 IMDB Rating 90% Rotten Tomatoes 97/100 Metacritic


Stagecoach

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Stagecoach

The great film Stagecoach that tells a story of strangers traveling along the dangerous Apache trail brought them both international fame and money. It is considered to be one of the most important works in the Western genre.

It was in 1939 when a not yet known young actor named John Wayne appeared. This $531,000 production was also a milestone in the career of John Ford. This film would become John Wayne’s first great Western.

Stagecoach poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 03 Mar 1939 in USA
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations.

Stagecoach was Written by Ernest Haycox (original story), Dudley Nichols (screen play) and directed by John Ford and produced by Walter Wanger Productions, Inc..

7.8/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes 93/100 Metacritic


High Noon

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High Noon

Beautiful women, ruthless killers, and a conflicted small town in the middle of nowhere – High Noon creators knew how to make a good western. Even though it brought bankruptcy for the United Artist studio that released it, it gave extra millions for MGM that got right for this production.

High Noon poster

Movie Plot: A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, Western
  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 30 Jul 1952 in USA
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Starring: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations.

High Noon was Written by Carl Foreman (screenplay by), John W. Cunningham (based on the magazine story "The Tin Star" by) and directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Stanley Kramer Company.

7.9/10 IMDB Rating 97% Rotten Tomatoes 89/100 Metacritic


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Created in 1962, this western brought fame to Paramount studio. So far, this is one of the most revered films of this genre. The estimated production cost reached $3.2 million, and ticket sales brought over $8 million for Paramount.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance poster

Movie Plot: A senator returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 22 Apr 1962 in USA
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was Written by James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay), Dorothy M. Johnson (based on the story by) and directed by John Ford and produced by Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.

8.1/10 IMDB Rating 94% Rotten Tomatoes 94/100 Metacritic


Rio Bravo

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Rio Bravo

The presence of two of the greatest western actors, John Wayne and Dean Martin, highlighted the movie with the biggest box office in the ’50s. Warner Brothers invested $1.25 million into this production, but the studio got much more in return from sales of the tickets to watch this epic tale.

Rio Bravo poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 04 Apr 1959 in USA
  • Runtime: 141 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson
  • BoxOffice: $12,535,000
  • Awards: Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.

Rio Bravo was Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (screenplay), B.H. McCampbell (short story) and directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Armada Pictures.

8.0/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes 93/100 Metacritic


How The West Was Won

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How the West Was Won

This movie closed the great era of MGM Studios. MGM’s investors needed to get a profitable movie to remain competitive. Fortunately for them, $15 million invested turned into a $50 million box office. For that time, it was an enormous amount! How the West Was Won became the last profitable MGM Western.

How the West Was Won poster

Movie Plot: A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: G
  • Released: 20 Feb 1963 in USA
  • Runtime: 164 min
  • Starring: Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones
  • BoxOffice: $76,729
  • Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations.

How the West Was Won was Written by James R. Webb and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe and produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..

7.1/10 IMDB Rating 86% Rotten Tomatoes 56/100 Metacritic


McCabe And Mrs. Miller

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McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Warren Beatty and Julie Christie played leading characters in this $1 million production. Created in 1979, it was not considered a Western back in the day and was mainly missed by critics. Investors got their money back mostly because of Leonard Cohen’s soundtrack.

A short time ago, this beautiful story was again introduced to the public and nowadays is considered a revisionist Western. It is now considered one of the top 10 best Western films of all time. It is even part of the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which says it is: "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

McCabe & Mrs. Miller poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 08 Jul 1971 in USA
  • Runtime: 120 min
  • Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller was Written by Edmund Naughton (novel), Robert Altman (screenplay), Brian McKay (screenplay) and directed by Robert Altman and produced by Warner Brothers.

7.7/10 IMDB Rating 85% Rotten Tomatoes 93/100 Metacritic


True Grit

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True Grit

This production is proof that Westerns can earn big money. With an estimated budget just under $1 million, True Grit went on gross well over $30 million. That means that this film brought 30 times more than investors spent on the production.

True Grit poster

Movie Plot: A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Released: 22 Dec 2010 in USA
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
  • BoxOffice: $171,243,005
  • Awards: Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 159 nominations.

True Grit was Written by Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay), Charles Portis (novel) and directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and produced by Scott Rudin Productions, Mike Zoss Productions.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating 95% Rotten Tomatoes 80/100 Metacritic


The Big Country

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The Big Country

Even though the United Artists Studio no longer held the right to this production, it took special pride in this movie. The plot is considered ahead of its time, but surprisingly, the film was not very profitable.

While filming The Big Country, William Wyler, the director, was re-taking scenes all over again, continually surpassing the budget. Despite this fact, the film became a critical success, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting actor, and also the Golden Globe Award.

The Big Country poster

Movie Plot: A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

  • Genre: Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 01 Oct 1958 in USA
  • Runtime: 166 min
  • Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.

The Big Country was Written by James R. Webb (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (screenplay), Robert Wilder (screenplay), Jessamyn West (adaptation), Robert Wyler (adaptation), Donald Hamilton (novel) and directed by William Wyler and produced by United Artists.

7.9/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Fort Apache

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Fort Apache

John Ford is an actor who does not have to be introduced to anyone. He also was a star of the Cavalry Trilogy. The first part, Fort Apache, wasn’t a financial success for the production, but it certainly secured John Ford’s title of the Western star.

Fort Apache poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 14 Jun 1948 in USA
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination.

Fort Apache was Written by Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), James Warner Bellah (suggested by the story "Massacre") and directed by John Ford and produced by Argosy Pictures.

7.5/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Blazing Saddles

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Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks, the main actor and co-writer of this movie, brought new, witty humor to the genre. $2.6 million of estimated production budget turned into a $119.6 million box office, making Blazing Saddles one of the most profitable westerns ever.

Rather than being classical western, Blazing Saddles is a satirical interpretation and production based on stereotypes around this genre. It showcases Mel Brooks’ deep understanding of the genre in his genius satirical take on these movies. Its main stars are Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

Blazing Saddles poster

Movie Plot: In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

  • Genre: Comedy, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 07 Feb 1974 in USA
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman
  • BoxOffice: $119,601,481
  • Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.

Blazing Saddles was Written by Mel Brooks (screenplay), Norman Steinberg (screenplay), Andrew Bergman (screenplay), Richard Pryor (screenplay), Alan Uger (screenplay), Andrew Bergman (story) and directed by Mel Brooks and produced by Warner Brothers, Crossbow Productions.

7.7/10 IMDB Rating 88% Rotten Tomatoes 73/100 Metacritic


The Magnificent Seven

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The Magnificent Seven

Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Yul Brynner, and Steve McQueen were the main actors of this revolutionary production. Even though it was a great success, it didn’t bring in a huge box office. However, its legendary status remains, and it was selected as a part of the United States Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The Magnificent Seven was recently remade in 2016. The reboot was very profitable and acclaimed by critics. It starred actors like Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt. Despite the success of the original, the remake received mixed reception from critics.

The Magnificent Seven poster

Movie Plot: Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
  • Rated: Approved
  • Released: 12 Oct 1960 in USA
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.

The Magnificent Seven was Written by William Roberts (screenplay) and directed by John Sturges and produced by United Artists.

7.7/10 IMDB Rating 89% Rotten Tomatoes 74/100 Metacritic


McClintock!

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McClintock!

In this witty western, John Wayne played the role of a rich mining baron, interested in local women, except his ex-wife, played by  Maureen O’Hara. This production made $4 million, and it gave John and his son Michael, who was a producer of McClintock!, a little fortune.

McLintock! poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 13 Nov 1963 in USA
  • Runtime: 127 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: 2 wins.

McLintock! was Written by James Edward Grant (original screenplay) and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and produced by United Artists.

7.2/10 IMDB Rating 67% Rotten Tomatoes 62/100 Metacritic


The Outlaw A Beauty On A Haystack

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The Outlaw a Beauty on a Haystack

It was 1943 when Jane Russell gave a new, more glam spark to westerns movies. An iconic picture of the actress on a haystack was very controversial for those times. The Outlaw actually brought $5 million box office, with a budget of $3.4 million.

The Outlaw‘s success proved that Westerns could be a big Hollywood production. This was only one of the movies that was able to do this. The movie also marked a shift in the reception of promiscuity in Hollywood films and Westerns alike, as Jane Russell became a sex symbol after the film’s release.

A Big Win For Westerns Westerns Could be Big Hollywood Productions

The Outlaw poster

Movie Plot: Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: G
  • Released: 07 Nov 1946 in USA
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Starring: Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: N/A

The Outlaw was Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay) and directed by Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes Productions.

5.5/10 IMDB Rating 73% Rotten Tomatoes


Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Robert Redford and Paul Newman were the main reason people rushed to theaters to see this western. Because of this, $6 million of the estimated cost of production gave a $102.3 million return. The story about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid became another blockbuster.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid poster

Movie Plot: Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

  • Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Western
  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 24 Sep 1969 in USA
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
  • BoxOffice: $102,308,889
  • Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 15 nominations.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was Written by William Goldman and directed by George Roy Hill and produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Campanile.

8.0/10 IMDB Rating 90% Rotten Tomatoes 66/100 Metacritic


The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The story of three men who are looking for gold became legendary. Close-ups and long shots that Sergio Leone used in that movie are considered unique, and modern filmmakers often take inspiration from this film. This masterpiece’s production budget was $1.2 million, but it brought much more in profits.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 29 Dec 1967 in Italy, Spain, West Germany, USA
  • Runtime: 178 min
  • Starring: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
  • BoxOffice: $25,100,000
  • Awards: 2 wins & 6 nominations.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was Written by Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Sergio Leone (story), Agenore Incrocci (screenplay), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay), Sergio Leone (screenplay) and directed by Sergio Leone and produced by Produzioni Europee Associati, Constantin Film.

8.8/10 IMDB Rating 97% Rotten Tomatoes 90/100 Metacritic


Once Upon A Time In The West

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West, or in Italian: C’era una volta il West, is an epic Spaghetti Western, which refers to the successful subgenre of films of Westerns that were directed by Italian directors. Once Upon a Time was directed by Sergio Leone and featured Henry Ford as the villain, which was a cast against type.

Once Upon a Time in the West was a tremendous financial and artistic success, after which the famous director decided to retire. A budget of $5 million allowed Sergio Leone to create a nearly three hours long movie. It was cut down to 166 minutes to make theaters play it more times per day and bring higher revenue.

Once Upon a Time in the West poster

Movie Plot: A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Released: 04 Jul 1969 in Italy, USA
  • Runtime: 165 min
  • Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson
  • BoxOffice: $5,321,508
  • Awards: 4 wins & 5 nominations.

Once Upon a Time in the West was Written by Sergio Donati (screenplay by), Sergio Leone (screenplay by), Dario Argento (from a story by), Bernardo Bertolucci (from a story by), Sergio Leone (from a story by) and directed by Sergio Leone and produced by Paramount Pictures.

8.5/10 IMDB Rating 95% Rotten Tomatoes 80/100 Metacritic


Red River

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Red River

Red River is considered the best in John Wayne’s career. The 1948 film told a fictional account of the first cattle drive that spanned from Texas to Kansas running along the Chisholm Trail. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Red River – John Wayne’s Best Western

Red River cost producers $2.4 million, but it turned into a big success, bringing a lot more to their pockets. It was chosen as the 5th best Western film of all time by the American Film Institute, solidifying its place in Western film history.

Red River poster

Movie Plot: Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 17 Sep 1948 in USA
  • Runtime: 133 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.

Red River was Written by Borden Chase (screenplay), Charles Schnee (screenplay), Borden Chase (from "The Saturday Evening Post" story) and directed by Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson(co-director) and produced by Monterey Productions.

7.8/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Shane

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Shane

The director of this western was basing a cinematic story on the book from 1949, with the same title. It was a notable Western for many reasons, and most notably it was one of the first westerns in technicolor.

Paramount studio decided to invest $3 million into this western. When all tickets were sold out, the studio announced Shane a great success as it brought over $8 million of profit.

Shane – Yet Another Commercial Success

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

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 01 Oct 1953 in USA
  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations.

Shane was Written by A.B. Guthrie Jr. (screenplay), Jack Sher (additional dialogue), Jack Schaefer (based on the novel by) and directed by George Stevens and produced by Paramount Pictures.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating 97% Rotten Tomatoes 80/100 Metacritic


Dances With Wolves

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Dances with Wolves

Anyone who said that the era of good westerns is long gone was wrong.  Dances with Wolves not only was a financial success but also brought fame for its creators. This profitable production won a few Oscars, too.

It Earned Huge Profits

Around $19 million was invested in the production this modern western, which turned back as $400 million at the box office, proving that this good old genre is not dead yet. Dances with Wolves proved that people were still interested in the genre, opening up the door to even more Western films in the future.

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Movie Plot: Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Released: 21 Nov 1990 in USA, UK
  • Runtime: 181 min
  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant
  • BoxOffice: $184,208,848
  • Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 38 nominations.

Dances with Wolves was Written by Michael Blake (screenplay), Michael Blake (novel) and directed by Kevin Costner and produced by Majestic Film, Tig Productions.

8.0/10 IMDB Rating 83% Rotten Tomatoes 72/100 Metacritic


Johnny Guitar

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Johnny Guitar

Most of the western productions were male-centric. This is why it was so shocking for the public to see a female lead in the 1950s. Joan Crawford played Vienna, a brave bar owner who faced Johnny Guitar without fear. Investors put $500,000 into production and were very happy to receive around $21 million in the box office.

Johnny Guitar poster

Movie Plot: After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 23 Aug 1954 in USA
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination.

Johnny Guitar was Written by Philip Yordan (screenplay), Roy Chanslor (based on novel by) and directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by Republic Pictures Corporation.

7.7/10 IMDB Rating 93% Rotten Tomatoes 83/100 Metacritic


The Shootist

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The Shootist

In the ’70s, people started to be bored with westerns that were trending for years. hanks to the excellent cast, including John Wayne, he Shootist, was a great success anyway. Don Siegel’s work was nominated for few prizes, including Golden Globes.

With an estimated production budget of $1 million, The Shootist gained not only a lot of money, but also a title of the Last Truly Great Western. It has received the National Board of Review award of one of the Top Ten Films of 1976. It holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Shootist poster

Movie Plot: A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 21 Jul 1976 in USA
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart
  • BoxOffice: $8,091,910
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.

The Shootist was Written by Glendon Swarthout (novel), Miles Hood Swarthout (screenplay), Scott Hale (screenplay) and directed by Don Siegel and produced by Dino De Laurentiis Productions.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating 86% Rotten Tomatoes 77/100 Metacritic


She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

It was the second movie of John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy.” The visionary film cost a lot of money, so the director had to put in a lot of effort to convince the studio to invest $1.6 million. Such a vast amount was never before put into a movie. $2.7 million in a box office was proof that John Ford knew what he was doing.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon poster

Movie Plot: 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.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 22 Oct 1949 in USA
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was Written by James Warner Bellah (story), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Laurence Stallings (screenplay) and directed by John Ford and produced by RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Argosy Pictures.

7.3/10 IMDB Rating 95% Rotten Tomatoes


Unforgiven

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Unforgiven

This production stands out in the long career of Clint Eastwood. It not only gave this actor and director another Oscar but also was a tremendous financial success. Unforgiven began with an impressive production budget of $14,400,000 and ended up with a breathtaking box office estimated at $159,157,447.

Unforgiven poster

Movie Plot: Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan and a young man, The "Schofield Kid."

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 07 Aug 1992 in USA
  • Runtime: 130 min
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
  • BoxOffice: $101,157,447
  • Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 46 wins & 47 nominations.

Unforgiven was Written by David Webb Peoples and directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Warner Brothers, Malpaso Company.

8.2/10 IMDB Rating 96% Rotten Tomatoes 85/100 Metacritic


Bonanza

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Bonanza

While talking about the most successful western productions, it is necessary to mention Bonanza. Millions of people followed the adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons. This unique series was on air from 1959 till 1973.

Each episode cost around $100,000-150,000, but the whole Bonanza brought a lot of money for actors and producers. The show was so massively successful that it is still in syndication today, with reruns playing on several TV stations to this day. It remains the most successful TV show in the Western genre.

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Series Plot: The Wild West adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their Nevada ranch while helping the surrounding community.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: TV-PG
  • Released: 12 Sep 1959 in USA
  • Runtime: 49 min
  • Starring: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts
  • Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations.

Bonanza was Written by David Dortort and directed by N/A and produced by Unknown.

7.3/10 IMDB Rating


Giant

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Giant

This western from 1956 was the last James Dean’s leading-role movie. Unfortunately, he couldn’t see it as he was killed by a car before the film was released. Giant was also significant production for Elizabeth Taylor, who played the lead female role.

Giant poster

Movie Plot: Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: G
  • Released: 24 Nov 1956 in USA
  • Runtime: 201 min
  • Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker
  • BoxOffice: $32,855,818
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations.

Giant was Written by Edna Ferber (from the novel by), Fred Guiol (screen play), Ivan Moffat (screen play) and directed by George Stevens and produced by Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating 95% Rotten Tomatoes 84/100 Metacritic


Geronimo: An American Legend

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Geronimo: An American Legend

This western was a financial disaster, as for a $35 million budget, it earned only $18 million. Even though, it is worth to mention it on the list of the greatest westerns of all time. This modern western is unique because it says a Wild West story from the Native Americans’ perspective rather than cowboys’ and gangsters’.

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Movie Plot: The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

  • Genre: Drama, History, Western
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Released: 10 Dec 1993 in USA
  • Runtime: 115 min
  • Starring: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi
  • BoxOffice: $18,635,620
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.

Geronimo: An American Legend was Written by John Milius (story), John Milius (screenplay), Larry Gross (screenplay) and directed by Walter Hill and produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation.

6.5/10 IMDB Rating 48% Rotten Tomatoes


Destry Rides Again

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Destry Rides Again

The combination of Jimmy Stewart playing lawman Tom Destry and Marlene Dietrich as Frenchy the bawdy singer is enough to bring so many memorable scenes in Destry Rides Again. The movie is quite short, but that’s because many lines were cut due to censorship at the time.

Destry Rides Again poster

Movie Plot: Deputy sheriff Destry tames the town of Bottle Neck, including saloon singer Frenchy.

  • Genre: Comedy, Western
  • Rated: Approved
  • Released: 29 Dec 1939 in USA
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Starring: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger
  • BoxOffice: $345,000
  • Awards: 1 win.

Destry Rides Again was Written by Felix Jackson (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play), Henry Myers (screen play), Felix Jackson (original story), Max Brand (suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again") and directed by George Marshall and produced by Universal Pictures.

7.7/10 IMDB Rating 96% Rotten Tomatoes 81/100 Metacritic


One Eyed Jacks

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One-Eyed Jacks

This 1961 classic features Marlon Brando in the starring role as well as its director. Though the film had a complicated backstory that led it to have a lackluster reception when it was first released, it is finally fully appreciated now. The film exhibits just how effortlessly cool Brando was at the time.

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Movie Plot: After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 30 Mar 1961 in USA
  • Runtime: 141 min
  • Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.

One-Eyed Jacks was Written by Guy Trosper (screenplay), Calder Willingham (screenplay), Charles Neider (novel) and directed by Marlon Brando and produced by Pennebaker Productions.

7.1/10 IMDB Rating 59% Rotten Tomatoes


The Great Train Robbery

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The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery is notable for the fact that it marked the beginning of the age of the Western film. Released in 1903, it retold the popular story of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, which took place just a few years before the film was released.

The Great Train Robbery poster

Movie Plot: England, 1850s. A master criminal aims to rob a train of a large sum of gold. Security is incredibly tight and the task seems an impossible one. However, he has a plan and just the right people to carry it out.

  • Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 02 Feb 1979 in UK
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb
  • BoxOffice: $13,027,857
  • Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination.

The Great Train Robbery was Written by Michael Crichton (screenplay by), Michael Crichton (based on his novel) and directed by Michael Crichton and produced by Starling Films.

6.9/10 IMDB Rating 74% Rotten Tomatoes 68/100 Metacritic


Tombstone

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Tombstone

Tombstone, which was released in 1993, featured Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer portraying Doc Holliday. This is a great example of one of the great Western films of the later half of the century. Though it was overshadowed by Kevin Costner’s own take on a Wyatt Earp biopic, Tombstone still holds its own.

Tombstone poster

Movie Plot: A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

  • Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 25 Dec 1993 in USA
  • Runtime: 130 min
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton
  • BoxOffice: $56,505,065
  • Awards: 2 nominations.

Tombstone was Written by Kevin Jarre and directed by George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre and produced by Hollywood Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment.

7.8/10 IMDB Rating 74% Rotten Tomatoes 50/100 Metacritic


The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger was one of the most beloved characters for generations. Played by Clayton Moore, along with his sidekick Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels, the two became the go-to Cowboy and Indian duo that inspired racial harmony. Of course, whenever “William Tell Overture” plays we can’t but think of the masked ranger.

The Lone Ranger poster

Series Plot: The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: TV-G
  • Released: 01 Sep 1949 in USA
  • Runtime: 30 min
  • Starring: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore
  • Awards: Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination.

The Lone Ranger was Written by George W. Trendle, George W. George and directed by N/A and produced by Unknown.

7.8/10 IMDB Rating


The Virginian

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The Virginian

Based on the western novel, The Virginian has been remade countless times. It was made into two films but its most notable iteration came when it was made into the first “talking” western film, featuring Gary Cooper as the titular character.

The Virginian poster

Series Plot: Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: TV-PG
  • Released: 19 Sep 1962 in USA
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • Starring: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane
  • Awards: 3 wins & 2 nominations.

The Virginian was Written by Charles Marquis Warren and directed by N/A and produced by Unknown.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating


Winchester '73

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Winchester '73

Winchester ’73 is yet another western film featuring Jimmy Stewart. The film tells the story of “the gun that won the West,” and showcases Stewart’s character tracing down his stolen rifle, meeting many unsavory characters along the way.

Winchester '73 poster

Movie Plot: A cowboy's obsession with a stolen rifle leads to a bullet-ridden odyssey through the American West.

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 12 Jul 1950 in USA
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Starring: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination.

Winchester '73 was Written by Robert L. Richards (screenplay), Borden Chase (screenplay), Stuart N. Lake (story) and directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Universal International Pictures.

7.6/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Angel And The Badman

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Angel and the Badman

Angel and the Badman is a classic starring the king of westerns, John Wayne, playing Quirt Evans who is seeking out vengeance after his father has been murdered. He must choose between avenging his father’s death or settling down with his sweetheart, played by Gail Russell.

Angel and the Badman poster

Movie Plot: Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

  • Genre: Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 15 Feb 1947 in USA
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot
  • BoxOffice: $4,070,000
  • Awards: N/A

Angel and the Badman was Written by James Edward Grant and directed by James Edward Grant and produced by John Wayne Productions.

6.9/10 IMDB Rating 71% Rotten Tomatoes


City Slickers

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City Slickers

City Slickers tells the story of three New York City buddies played by Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, and Bruno Kirby, as they discover the secret of life after joining Jack Palance’s cattle drive. That performance earned Palance the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

City Slickers poster

Movie Plot: On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

  • Genre: Comedy, Western
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Released: 07 Jun 1991 in USA
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Starring: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig
  • BoxOffice: $124,033,791
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations.

City Slickers was Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and directed by Ron Underwood and produced by Nelson Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Face Productions, Sultan Entertainment.

6.8/10 IMDB Rating 90% Rotten Tomatoes 70/100 Metacritic


Dallas

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Dallas

TV Series Dallas ran from 1978 until 1991, and showed a slightly Hollywood sanitized version of the western. The “Corporate cowboys” of the show drove Mercedes Benz couples and were seen in glass and steel skyscrapers. Still, the show was wildly popular, making J.R. Ewing the most popular cowboy in America for over a decade.

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Series Plot: J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Rated: TV-PG
  • Released: 02 Apr 1978 in USA
  • Runtime: 60 min
  • Starring: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray
  • Awards: Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 46 wins & 82 nominations.

Dallas was Written by David Jacobs and directed by N/A and produced by Unknown.

7.0/10 IMDB Rating 82% Rotten Tomatoes


The Naked Spur

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The Naked Spur

Jimmy Stewart stars in The Naked Spur as a bounty hunter who is known for the line “it’s him they’re payin’ the reward on.” Robert Ryan also stars as the film’s villain. The film is yet another collaboration from Stewart and Anthony Mann that would become another psychological drama.

The Naked Spur poster

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

  • Genre: Thriller, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 26 Jun 1953 in USA
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Starring: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.

The Naked Spur was Written by Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom and directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Loew's Inc..

7.3/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


The Big Trail

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The Big Trail

The Big Tail is quite notable for the fact that it took John Wayne from being an extra to a headlining star. Director Raoul Walsh was told by John Ford that he “liked the looks of the new kid with a funny walk,”and Walsh cast Wayne, who would eventually be known as one of the greatest names in western films.

The Big Trail poster

Movie Plot: Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

  • Genre: Adventure, Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 01 Nov 1930 in USA
  • Runtime: 125 min
  • Starring: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: 1 win.

The Big Trail was Written by Hal G. Evarts (story) and directed by Raoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler and produced by N/A.

7.2/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma!

This western musical is based on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show, which features classic songs like “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and “People Will Say We’re In Love.” Who else will get tired of seeing Cult, Laurie, and Ado Annie?

Oklahoma! poster

Movie Plot: In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, Western
  • Rated: G
  • Released: 23 Nov 1956 in USA
  • Runtime: 145 min
  • Starring: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.

Oklahoma! was Written by Sonya Levien (screen play), William Ludwig (screen play), Richard Rodgers (adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play), Oscar Hammerstein II (adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play), Lynn Riggs (based upon a dramatic play by) and directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by N/A.

7.0/10 IMDB Rating 88% Rotten Tomatoes


A Fistful Of Dollars

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A Fistful of Dollars

The main role of A Fistful of Dollars was offered to Henry Fonda, James Coburn, and Charles Broson who all passed. That led to Director Segio Leone to take a chance and settle for TV actor Clint Eastwood, who was paid $15,000 for the role. The rest, as they say, is history.

A Fistful of Dollars poster

Movie Plot: A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Western
  • Rated: R
  • Released: 18 Jan 1967 in Italy, Spain, West Germany
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, Wolfgang Lukschy
  • BoxOffice: $14,500,000
  • Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations.

A Fistful of Dollars was Written by Adriano Bolzoni (story), Mark Lowell (dialogue), Víctor Andrés Catena (story), Sergio Leone (story), Víctor Andrés Catena (screenplay), Jaime Comas Gil (screenplay), Sergio Leone (screenplay) and directed by Sergio Leone and produced by Constantin Film, Ocean Films [es], Jolly Film.

8.0/10 IMDB Rating 98% Rotten Tomatoes 65/100 Metacritic


The Wild, Wild West

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The Wild, Wild West

The Wild, Wild West featured Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as the dynamic duo leading in this action-packed, spoof western TV series. Secret Service agents James West and Artemus were up to shenanigans over the show’s run that spanned from 1965 until 1970.

The Wild Wild West poster

Series Plot: Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western
  • Rated: N/A
  • Released: 17 Sep 1965 in USA
  • Runtime: 50 min
  • Starring: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin
  • Awards: Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations.

The Wild Wild West was Written by Michael Garrison and directed by N/A and produced by Unknown.

8.1/10 IMDB Rating


The Man From Snowy River

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The Man From Snowy River

The Man From Snowy River is one of Australia’s contribution to the western film genre. Based on the revered Australian legend, the film showcased horses galloping through vast landscapes which made audiences around the world fall in love with this flick.

The Man from Snowy River poster

Movie Plot: In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 05 Nov 1982 in Australia
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Starring: Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Kirk Douglas, Tommy Dysart
  • BoxOffice: $20,659,423
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.

The Man from Snowy River was Written by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (poem), John Dixon (screenplay), Cul Cullen (from a script by) and directed by George Miller and produced by Cambridge Productions.

7.3/10 IMDB Rating 85% Rotten Tomatoes 63/100 Metacritic


The Ox Bow Duel In The Sun Incident

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The Ox-Bow Duel in the Sun Incident

1943’s The Ox-Bow Duel in the Sun Incident was almost completely filmed using painted backdrops and artificial lighting. The only exception were the film’s opening scenes. This was actually perfectly suited to the dark film’s story of a lynching of innocent and the toll it took on the local town people.

The Ox-Bow Incident poster

Movie Plot: When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 21 May 1943 in USA
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination.

The Ox-Bow Incident was Written by Lamar Trotti (written for the screen by), Walter Van Tilburg Clark (from the novel by) and directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Twentieth Century Fox.

8.0/10 IMDB Rating 91% Rotten Tomatoes


The Man From Laramie

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The Man From Laramie

Once again, we see a collaboration from James Stewart and Anthony Mann that leads to a western drama. In this final film from this director-actor duo, Stewart’s character hunts down men who are selling guns in the Apaches. This is the closest thing to a Shakespearean western that we’ll ever get.

The Man from Laramie poster

Movie Plot: Newcomer Will Lockhart defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

  • Genre: Western
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Released: 31 Aug 1955 in USA
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell
  • BoxOffice: $3,300,000
  • Awards: N/A

The Man from Laramie was Written by Philip Yordan (screenplay), Frank Burt (screenplay), Thomas T. Flynn (Saturday Evening Post story) and directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation.

7.4/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Blood On The Moon

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Blood On The Moon

1948’s Blood on the Moon is a neo-noir take on the western film. Robert Mitchum plays the long-haired drifter that finds himself in between the struggle between homesteaders and ranchers.

Blood on the Moon poster

Movie Plot: Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 21 Nov 1948 in USA
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Starring: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan
  • BoxOffice: N/A
  • Awards: N/A

Blood on the Moon was Written by Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Harold Shumate (adaptation), Luke Short (adaptation), Luke Short (from the Saturday Evening Post serial storyl by) and directed by Robert Wise and produced by RKO Radio Pictures Inc..

6.9/10 IMDB Rating 100% Rotten Tomatoes


Duel In The Sun

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Duel In The Sun

Duel In The Sun‘s producer David Selznik said it was “a picture of a thousand memorable moments.” Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones star in the Gone with the Wind style western film. The film was nicknamed “Lust in the Dust,” and was loved by many despite its melodramatic tendencies.

Duel in the Sun poster

Movie Plot: Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
  • Rated: Passed
  • Released: 21 Nov 1947 in USA
  • Runtime: 129 min
  • Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore
  • BoxOffice: $20,408,163
  • Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.

Duel in the Sun was Written by David O. Selznick (screenplay), Niven Busch (suggested by a novel by), Oliver H.P. Garrett (adaptation) and directed by King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg and produced by Vanguard Films Production.

6.8/10 IMDB Rating 76% Rotten Tomatoes


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