Odd Westerns

by karljhickey14 | created - 18 Jul 2014 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Films set in the old west , but not the usual gunslinging , cowboys and indians , plus films set in the wild east / north / south / and other places . Mostly from the classic era , forties to sixties .

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1. Curse of the Undead (1959)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

Director: Edward Dein | Stars: Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt

Votes: 680

Horror western

2. Valerie (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Western

After the American Civil War, former Union Major John Garth marries pretty settler Valerie but tragedy strikes and the two spouses end up in court where they give two different conflicting accounts of their marriage.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel, Peter Walker

Votes: 218

Psychological drama , often listed as Film Noir

3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 107,086 | Gross: $5.01M

4. Salome, Where She Danced (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Music

A Viennese ballerina is forced to flee to Arizona during the Franco-Prussian War, where she proceeds to vamp numerous men in order to get what she wants.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Cameron, David Bruce, Walter Slezak

Votes: 209

5. Barbary Coast (1935)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She... See full summary »

Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,406

San Francisco in the Gold Rush

6. Mutiny (1952)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, History

During the War of 1812, the U.S. tasks Captain James Marshall to sail through the British blockade and bring back a French loan in gold but the secret leaks out and many greedy hands, including the mutinous crew's, are after the gold.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Mark Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Patric Knowles, Gene Evans

Votes: 271

Pirates in early 19thc America

7. Kangaroo (1952)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

In turn-of-the-century Australia, two criminals ingratiate themselves with a rancher in order to swindle him. However, the two partners become rivals for the affection of the rancher's beautiful daughter.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Peter Lawford, Finlay Currie, Richard Boone

Votes: 241

Australian near western

8. High Hell (1958)

Not Rated | 87 min | Adventure

A greedy miner's determination to continue winter blasting in the Canadian Rockies threatens to bring avalanches down on a small village.

Director: Burt Balaban | Stars: John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Patrick Allen, Jerold Wells

Votes: 31

Noirish melodrama set in Alaska

9. Duel in the Sun (1946)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western

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.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 7,621 | Gross: $20.41M

Camp classic , supposed to be a western but so much more

10. North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster

Votes: 1,353

Canadian

11. The Canadians (1961)

TV-PG | 85 min | Western

When the Sioux come to Canada, the Canadians permit them to stay in Canada if they come peacefully. However, some cowboys kill all inhabitants of one of their villages. The cowboys seek to ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Robert Ryan, John Dehner, Torin Thatcher, Burt Metcalfe

Votes: 174

Canadian

12. Outlaw Women (1952)

Approved | 75 min | Western

This rather unusual 50s western is set in a town where men may not enter. The town is controlled by a woman gambler who eventually succumbs to the allure of a handsome and persistent cowboy.

Directors: Sam Newfield, Ron Ormond | Stars: Marie Windsor, Richard Rober, Carla Balenda, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 94

Western town run by women

13. Pirates of Monterey (1947)

Passed | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A woman journeys to Spanish California to marry a Spanish officer, but on the way she meets and falls in love with an American adventurer who is part of a movement to overthrow the Spanish in California.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Maria Montez, Rod Cameron, Mikhail Rasumny, Phillip Reed

Votes: 80

Mexican

14. Alien Thunder (1974)

PG | 93 min | Western

Based on an actual event, this is the tragic story of Saskatchewan fugitive Almighty Voice (Gordon Tootoosis), a Cree Indian who isarrested for stealing government livestock out of desperate hunger.

Director: Claude Fournier | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Gordon Tootoosis, Chief Dan George, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 257

Canadian

15. Yellowneck (1955)

Passed | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, War

5 Confederate soldiers desert, make their way through the Everglades and try to make it to Cuba.

Director: R. John Hugh | Stars: Lin McCarthy, Stephen Courtleigh, Berry Kroeger, Harold Gordon

Votes: 160

Southern , set in Florida everglades

16. The Americano (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Western

An American working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Glenn Ford, Frank Lovejoy, Cesar Romero, Ursula Thiess

Votes: 443

Brazilian

17. The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved | 97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Master swindler James Reavis painstakingly spends years forging documents and land grants that will make his wife and him undisputed owners of the entire state of Arizona.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,779

18. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Approved | 62 min | Western

An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Billy Platt

Votes: 1,446

Musical western with dwarves .

19. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Western

A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola

Votes: 1,628

Western , but the final showdown has a slight difference ...

20. The Naked Dawn (1955)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Betta St. John, Eugene Iglesias, Roy Engel

Votes: 541

Mexican

21. The Capture (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Western

A badly injured fugitive explains to a priest how he came to be in his present predicament.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Lew Ayres, Teresa Wright, Victor Jory, Jacqueline White

Votes: 402

Modern , often listed as Film Noir

22. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Western

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.

Director: Marlon Brando | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Votes: 9,108

One of the few westerns with the sea in .

23. The Raid (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Drama, War

Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin

Votes: 732

Eastern , confederates raid a Northern town .

24. Raw Edge (1956)

Passed | 77 min | Romance, Western

In 1842 lawless Oregon, a gunfighter seeks vengeance when his innocent brother is lynched and his beautiful Indian wife is claimed by the local tyrant.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Yvonne De Carlo, Mara Corday, Neville Brand

Votes: 300

Oregon in 1842 has an unusual way of men getting women...

25. They Came to Cordura (1959)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, History

An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommend soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,779

Mexican , early 20th century , one of those films about something more than the specifics .

26. Track of the Cat (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Western

Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,703

Snowbound allegorical story

27. The Big Cat (1949)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lon McCallister, Peggy Ann Garner, Preston Foster, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 167

Modern drama , set in the west

28. Inferno (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating

Votes: 1,132

Modern , man left to die in the desert . In 3D too !

29. Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander

Votes: 758

Big rancher tyrannizes town , sheriff stands up to him , but in the 20th century.

30. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 17,915

If it was 1865 it would be a western

31. The Torch (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A revolutionary and his band take over a small Mexican town. The townspeople begin to take sides over whether to fight him, join forces with him or just try to get along with him.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland, Walter Reed

Votes: 139

Mexican , odd film .

32. The River's Edge (1957)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget, Harry Carey Jr.

Votes: 851

Modern , criminal forces man to take him over the border

33. The Outrage (1964)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Western

Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 1,884 | Gross: $3.92M

Film set in the west , but not really western , a remake of Rashomon

34. The Reward (1965)

92 min | Drama, Western

Bounty hunters capture a wanted fugitive, but on the return trip begin to fight among themselves as to who should get the bigger share of the reward.

Director: Serge Bourguignon | Stars: Max von Sydow, Yvette Mimieux, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Gilbert Roland

Votes: 183

Strange film , modern Mexico . Well worth finding

35. Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Dracula travels to the American West, intent on making a beautiful ranch owner his next victim. Her fiance, outlaw Billy the Kid, finds out about it and rushes to save her.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Melinda Casey, Virginia Christine

Votes: 1,461

Z grade horror film

36. Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Western

Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein's granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse's ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder, Estelita Rodriguez

Votes: 1,478

Ditto

37. The Walking Hills (1949)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 527

Noirish modern day film , group of people searching for lost gold .

38. 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.

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 3,764

Cowboys and dinosaurs

39. The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, History

During the Oklahoma Land Rush, the lawlessness is exacerbated by the McCord gang's feud with the Kincaids, who are trying to bring law and justice to the region.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,871

Warner Bros Gangster film set in the west , Humphrey Bogart in the black hat . See Goodfellas .

40. Violent Journey (1965)

99 min | Adventure, Drama

After the Civil War, a Southern boy aged 12 runs away from his foster home, wanders the countryside and meets various odd characters along the way.

Director: Servando González | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Dana Elcar, Henry Hull, Salome Jens

Votes: 245

Another unusual film , a child makes his way across the west with Anthony Perkins .

41. Count Three and Pray (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Western

A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward, Philip Carey, Raymond Burr

Votes: 333

Great title for a spaghetti western , but this is a western with no shooting (well , once ) . A returning Union soldier (in the south) tries to preach and start a church

42. The Shooting (1966)

G | 82 min | Western

A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins, Warren Oates

Votes: 4,075

Obscure in the good sense , a ride to hell in the desert , Warren Oates and somebody called Jack Nicholson

43. Heaven Only Knows (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

An angel is sent to earth to help a saloon owner and gambler save his soul.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Robert Cummings, Brian Donlevy, Marjorie Reynolds, Jorja Curtright

Votes: 357

Here Comes Mr Jordan as a western

44. Lust for Gold (1949)

Passed | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Western

Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Dutchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered.

Directors: S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall | Stars: Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young, William Prince

Votes: 943

Half modern day , half flashback to the old west , noirish .

45. Way of a Gaucho (1952)

Passed | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

In 1875 Argentina, after killing a man, a gaucho is sentenced to harsh army duty but he deserts the army and becomes a bandit leader.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney, Richard Boone, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 523

Set and filmed in Argentina

46. Heaven Only Knows (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6