The best AMERICAN WESTERNSby TankGuy | created - 02 Jun 2011 | updated - 03 Sep 2011 | Public
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1. 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.
ONE OF THE SADDEST MOVIES EVER MADE, BLENDS ACTION WITH STRONG HUMAN DRAMA. AN INSPIRATION AND A MASTERPIECE
2. El Dorado (1967)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western
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.
Votes: 22,555 | Gross: $12.97M
FUNNY, SAD AND FULL OF ACTION. BRILLIANT CHARACTERS AND EXCELLENT THEME TUNE
3. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Passed | 122 min | Western
Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.
Votes: 13,498 | Gross: $13.33M
4. The Wild Bunch (1969)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
Votes: 74,008 | Gross: $12.06M
GREAT CHARACTERS AND ONE OF THE BEST MOVIE SHOOT OUTS OF ALL TIME
5. How the West Was Won (1962)
G | 164 min | Western
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.
Votes: 17,425 | Gross: $46.50M
SPRAWLING EPIC MADE UP OF BRILLIANT ACTORS AND BREATHTAKING SCENERY
6. The Searchers (1956)
Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
JOHN WAYNE AT HIS VERY BEST. BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND BRILLIANT GUNFIGHTS
8. Rio Lobo (1970)
G | 114 min | Adventure, Romance, War
After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Votes: 9,803 | Gross: $9.27M
GREAT ADVENTURE FILM WHICH SHOWS GOOD GUYS STANDING UP TO BAD GUYS. CLIMAXES IN EPIC GUNFIGHT
9. The Alamo (1960)
Passed | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
Votes: 13,588 | Gross: $17.26M
EXCELLENT DRAMA WHICH RESULTS IN EPIC BATTLE
10. Big Jake (1971)
GP | 110 min | Western
In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.
Votes: 10,436 | Gross: $7.50M
ANOTHER OF JOHN WAYNES BEST. STRAIGHTFORWARD ACTION ADVENTURE FILM WHICH DELIVERS A LOT
11. The Undefeated (1969)
G | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
12. McLintock! (1963)
Passed | 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.
13. The War Wagon (1967)
Unrated | 101 min | Western
The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon.
14. 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: 40,010 | Gross: $31.13M
PERHAPS JOHN WAYNES MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE. FUNNY AND FULL OF ALL GUNS BLAZING ACTION
15. 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.
18. 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.
19. North to Alaska (1960)
Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.
20. The Comancheros (1961)
Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
21. The Cowboys (1972)
GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
Votes: 12,408 | Gross: $16.35M
22. The Train Robbers (1973)
PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.
SIMPLE ADVENTURE FLICK WITH BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND LOUD ALL GUNS BLAZING ACTION
23. The Big Trail (1930)
Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance
Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.
24. Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Approved | 87 min | Mystery, Romance, Western
Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.
GOOD WESTERN FULL OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE
25. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
G | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.
26. Rio Bravo (1959)
Passed | 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: 52,602 | Gross: $12.54M
COLOURFUL WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT CLIMATIC GUNFIGHT
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
Knife in the Darkness
TV-PG | 73 min | Western
Marshal Crown, during the course of an hauntingly foggy night, hunts for a killer who is butchering his victims. Francis tells crown about how police in London were unable to solve a ... See full summary »
29. Kentucky Rifle (1955)
Approved | 84 min | Western
While the wagon train forges ahead, a few people stay behind to repair a disabled rifle-filled wagon but they have to contend with one another's ego and with aggressive Comanches who demand the rifles as payment for safe passage.
30. Billy Two Hats (1974)
PG | 99 min | Romance, Western
After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.
GOOD WESTERN WITH GOOD CHARACTERS AND GOOD AMOUNT OF ACTION
31. Bandolero! (1968)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Mace Bishop masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by the Sheriff's posse and fights against Mexican bandits.
32. Young Billy Young (1969)
G | 89 min | Action, Romance, Western
In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam.
Votes: 965 | Gross: $0.22M
33. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War
Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
Votes: 22,157 | Gross: $11.50M
COMEDIC WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT CLIMATIC BATTLE
34. Major Dundee (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
Votes: 6,671 | Gross: $0.01M
GREAT WESTERN WITH BRILLIANT SCENERY, COLOUR AND EPIC BATTLE
35. Little Big Man (1970)
PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.
Votes: 31,297 | Gross: $31.56M
38. The Spoilers (1942)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Western
In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.
39. Night Passage (1957)
Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.
40. The White Buffalo (1977)
PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Western
At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.
41. Stagecoach (1939)
Passed | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
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.
43. The Deputy (1959–1961)
30 min | Western
The Deputy is Clay McCord, a storekeeper in 1880's Silver City, Arizona Territories, who is an expert shot, but refuses to use his gun, because he believes they are the major cause of ... See full summary »
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
The Blue Moon Train
TV-PG | 73 min | Western
An ex-convict kidnaps Francis and forces Marshal Crown to assist him rescue a number of prisoners being shipped to federal prison on a special train.
45. Gunsmoke (1953)
Approved | 79 min | Romance, Western