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1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 303,215 | Gross: $83.04M

2. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Votes: 407,429 | Gross: $27.30M

3. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.3
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77 Metascore

A divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 15,921

4. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

7.4
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92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 10,682 | Gross: $2.42M

5. Sweet Virginia (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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72 Metascore

A former rodeo champ befriends a young man with a propensity for violence.

Director: Jamie M. Dagg | Stars: Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt

Votes: 6,329 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Hud (1963)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Western

7.9
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62 Metascore

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 17,761 | Gross: $10.00M

7. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 23,079 | Gross: $101.30M

8. 8 Seconds (1994)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.6
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This film chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, James Rebhorn, Cameron Finley

Votes: 4,545 | Gross: $19.60M

9. The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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As they visit New York City, a pair of cowboys have to become unlikely heroes when their friend is kidnapped.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 7,307 | Gross: $20.28M

10. Tex (1982)

PG | 103 min | Drama

6.5
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78 Metascore

After their mother dies and their father leaves them, teenage brothers Tex and Mason McCormick struggle to make it on their own.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Matt Dillon, Jim Metzler, Meg Tilly, Bill McKinney

Votes: 1,805 | Gross: $7.00M

11. Junior Bonner (1972)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Western

6.7
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Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,647

12. The Lusty Men (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.4
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Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 2,225

13. The Rounders (1965)

TV-PG | 85 min | Comedy, Western

6.2
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In Sedona, two aging cowpokes bust broncos, charm local ladies and bet on outcomes at the rodeo.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon, Hope Holiday

Votes: 1,416

14. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks

Votes: 661 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Stoney Burke (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

8.1
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Stoney Burke is a rodeo rider who wants to win the Golden Buckle, the award to the world's champion saddle bronco rider. He didn't win it, but he encountered a considerable amount of ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Lord, Warren Oates, Robert Dowdell, Bill Hart

Votes: 127

16. The Honkers (1972)

PG | 102 min | Western, Action, Comedy

6.1
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An over-the-hill rodeo champion is so self-centered that he ignores his wife, son, and best friend.

Director: Steve Ihnat | Stars: James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Anne Archer

Votes: 256

17. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Western

6.4
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A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw, Ben Johnson, Tess Harper

Votes: 464 | Gross: $3.60M

18. Cowboy Up (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance, Western

5.6
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Two brothers, One is a bull rider, the other a rodeo bullfighter/stock contractor, clash over the love of barrel racer Celia Jones, while each comes into their own in their respective field in the rodeo world.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Daryl Hannah, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 742

19. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,107

20. When the Legends Die (1972)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Western

6.5
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A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world.

Director: Stuart Millar | Stars: Richard Widmark, Frederic Forrest, Luana Anders, Vito Scotti

Votes: 409

21. A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

6.5
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A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger, Phil Silvers

Votes: 938

22. Second Chances (1998)

G | 107 min | Drama

6.5
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A little girl's physical and emotional reawakening after an accident claims her father and her spirit.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Tom Amandes, Isabel Glasser, Kelsey Mulrooney, Terry Moore

Votes: 285

23. Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Western, Musical

6.8
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Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,304

24. Cotter (1973)

94 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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Cotter is a Sioux Indian whose life takes a tragic turn when his drinking causes him to fail in his job as a rodeo clown and save a rider from an enraged bull. Returning to his birthplace, ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Don Murray, Carol Lynley, Rip Torn, Sherry Jackson

Votes: 39

25. J W Coop (1971)

GP | 112 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost '... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Robertson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 388

26. Pardners (1956)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Music

6.3
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A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow

Votes: 1,297 | Gross: $7.92M

27. The Man from Utah (1934)

Passed | 55 min | Adventure, Crime, Romance

5.2
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In a horse-riding rodeo contest bad guys want John Weston to lose. When he doesn't go along they add some insurance: a poisoned needle just under his saddle.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, Anita Campillo, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 874

28. Wide Country (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

8.6
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Mitch Guthrie is a champion bronco rider in the rodeo who tries to keep his kid brother, Andy, from pursuing the same life.

Stars: Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine, Slim Pickens, Ray Teal

Votes: 49

29. Somewhere in Sonora (1933)

Passed | 59 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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John Bishop discovers a plot to rob a silver mine belonging to his girlfriend Mary's father and, to foil the evildoers, he joins them.

Director: Mack V. Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Henry B. Walthall, Shirley Palmer

Votes: 323

30. Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

Passed | 55 min | Romance, Western

5.5
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John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.

Director: Fred Allen | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 536

31. Everything That Rises (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Western, Adventure

6.8
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His son's critical injury forces a Montana man (Dennis Quaid) to reconsider priorities as he struggles to retain family land.

Director: Dennis Quaid | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Mare Winningham, Harve Presnell, Meat Loaf

Votes: 323

32. N.Y.P.D. Mounted (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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New York City cop becomes partners with a rodeo cowboy from Montana on the City's Mounted Police Department.

Director: Mark Tinker | Stars: Dennis Franz, Dan Gauthier, Cliff De Young, Roxann Dawson

Votes: 86

33. The Desert Trail (1935)

Approved | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.4
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Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City.

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: John Wayne, Mary Kornman, Paul Fix, Eddy Chandler

Votes: 758

34. The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular (2003 TV Movie)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.5
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Jim Ryan and Kate Conroy love each other, but John Conroy stands in the way of their happiness until Jim Ryan recaptures a prized colt.

Directors: David Atkins, Ignatius Jones | Stars: Georgie Parker, Steve Bisley, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Lee Kernaghan

Votes: 51

35. Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

5.8
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An actor can only get a radio job if he can prove that he's an authentic cowboy.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Priscilla Lane, Dick Foran

Votes: 228

36. Mustang Country (1976)

G | 79 min | Drama, Family, Western

6.3
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A rancher and former rodeo star comes across a runaway boy while he is hunting a wild stallion.

Director: John C. Champion | Stars: Joel McCrea, Robert Fuller, Patrick Wayne, Nika Mina

Votes: 215

37. Convict Cowboy (1995 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Drama, Western

5.5
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Rodeo-cum-prison movie about an ageing rodeo star bonding with a young rookie while they both serve time

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Jon Voight, Kyle Chandler, Marcia Gay Harden, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 209

38. Arena (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Sport, Western

5.1
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Rodeo rider's marriage is endangered because of his commitment to the sport.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Gig Young, Jean Hagen, Polly Bergen, Harry Morgan

Votes: 178

39. King of the Cowboys (1943)

Passed | 67 min | Music, Western

6.2
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Saboteurs are blowing up government warehouses (during World War II). Roy and his pals work undercover to put an end to their operations.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Bob Nolan, Sons of the Pioneers

Votes: 214

40. Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Comedy, Music

6.2
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Rival rodeos are operated by good guy Gabby and bad guy Richard Powers. Dale is trying to choose between them, aided ultimately by Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers (who are radio singers).

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans

Votes: 153

41. Wild West Showdown (1994– )

Game-Show, Sport

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Stars: Kathleen Kinmont, Randall Oliver, Alex Cord, Lisa Guerrero

Votes: 12

42. Rodeo Girl (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sport

6.1
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Sammy Garrett, the wife of a champion rodeo performer, is tired of her subsidiary role at home as a housewife. So she becomes an aspiring rodeo rider herself, encouraged by her one-time ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper | Stars: Katharine Ross, Bo Hopkins, Candy Clark, Jacqueline Brookes

Votes: 45

43. Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

6.5
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QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across north America for the past 30 years, the... See full summary »

Director: Matt Livadary

Votes: 158

44. Carolina Moon (1940)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Music, Romance

6.5
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After the evil Wheeler robs plantation owners of their land, Gene sets out to right the wrong.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Mary Lee

Votes: 58

45. The Great American Cowboy (1974)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Sport

7.3
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A documentary about the rivalry between veteran Larry Mahan and newcomer Phil Lyne, as the two vie for the National Finals Rodeo Championship title.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Larry Mahan, Phil Lyne, Joel McCrea

Votes: 62

46. Wild Horse Rodeo (1937)

Approved | 55 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A champion rodeo rider returns home to track down a legendary wild horse called "Cyclone."

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, June Martel

Votes: 21

47. Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Drama, Music

6.0
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The old west range war story transported to Georgia, with Autry as the hero.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Betty Bronson, LeRoy Mason

Votes: 86

48. The Calgary Stampede (1925)

Passed | 60 min | Romance, Sport, Western

7.2
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Champion Roman racer Dan Malloy falls in love with French Canadian Marie LeFarge, but is accused of killing her father. He evades the law until he wins the Calgary Stampede. He is freed when the real killer is identified.

Director: Herbert Blaché | Stars: Hoot Gibson, Virginia Brown Faire, Pierre Faunce, Clark Comstock

Votes: 11

49. The Riding Tornado (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Newcomer Torrent wins $500 from Olcott and $500 and a wild horse, by riding the horse, from Engle. Then loses the $1000 to Engle in a poker game. Torrent goes to work for Olcott. Torrent ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Tim McCoy, Shirley Grey, Montagu Love, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 8

50. Born to Buck (1966)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.7
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Bronco riders travel through South Dakota and round up 400 wild horses in danger of extinction, then bring them to Fort Pierre where they are ridden by broncobusters in rodeo competition.

Director: Casey Tibbs | Stars: Casey Tibbs, Rex Allen, Bill Barnes, Ken Cooper

Votes: 7



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