Top 20 Classic Western Movies


[mashshare]Behold! Most-Wanted-Western-Movies.com presents the 100 Greatest Classic Western Movies of all time. These classic movies are the best western movies which can’t be missed by any western movie lover.

Why 20? Does this means only top 20 movie rentals are there in western cinema?

Well ..NO

henry-fonda-once-upon-a-time-in-westThe list is growing with time and more feedbacks/ reviews from the visitors. Everyone has different opinions if you ask them what are their top 20 movie rentals. But the best ones always come in short numbers. Right? before a movie sneaks in the Classic Movies list on Most-Wanted-Western-Movies. com, it got to be a CLASSIC !

That ensures that a western film freak always quenches that ‘classic’ thirst here.

For me watching western movies, writing movie reviews and rating them is sheer fun smily. But ‘A Man Got To Know His Limits..’ ( Uncle Clint said once ). So the Classic Movies list is prepared after rigorous searches on classic western movies, their popularity among masses and review ratings given by people/ film critics. As a die hard fan of western films, I can say that “I just love each of these western classics and these are my favorite top 20 movie rentals from western genre!” (Actually I own all of them!)

Western genre has given many remarkable films to Hollywood cinema. This is the 20 Best Classic Western Films of all time, so getting right to it from number 20 and watching all the way down to the number 1 is a reasonable plan. Let’s start from bottom to top of our Top 20 western films!

20. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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Director: Sergio Leone Imdb rating: 8.7Cast: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Gabriele Ferzetti and Claudia CardinalePlot: Railroad is encroaching the wild west. Some are profiting from this development while some are losing their land to big sharks. To protect the helpless, there comes a rebel who stands against big guns. And joining the force is a mysterious stranger..who has his own reasons to stay in the fight.

19. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

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Director: Sam Peckinpah Imdb rating: 7.3Cast: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard JaeckelPlot: When an ageing veteran named Pat Garrett is hired to capture a notorious western outlaw named Billy ‘The Kid’, interesting events follow. Pat Garrett and Billy were old friends and obviously now they are NOT. Drama, Dialogues, tension and action!!

18. My Darling Clementine (1946)

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Director: John Ford Imdb rating: 7.8Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Victor MaturePlot: Directed by John Ford, this classic western movie is based on the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between the Earp brothers and the Clanton gang..Come on! you know the legend!

17. The Big Country (1958)

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Director: William Wyler Imdb rating: 7.8Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives and Carroll BakerPlot: This classic western is weaved around the classic tale of city-boy-comes-to-village-and-village-boys-beat-him-good. Well no, our city boy is man enough to use his head, even amidst crazy blood thirsty cowboys. This western movie actually breaks western-manhood-myth.

16. Winchester ’73 (1950)

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Director: Anthony Mann Imdb rating: 7.8Cast: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Stephen McNallyPlot: This is the first of eight classic westerns collaboration between Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Stewart searched for a stolen Winchester rifle through several owners until he finds the man he’s looking for.

15. Little Big Man (1970)

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Director: Arthur Penn Imdb rating: 7.7Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard MulliganPlot: This is as classic as it can get. An old man tells his incredible life story. He is raised by Indians, accepted by society and ruined by General Custer’s army. He tells it all.

14. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Director: Clint Eastwood Imdb rating: 7.8Cast: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra LockePlot: A peaceful Missouri farmer named Josey Wales sets out to avenge the brutal murder of his wife and son by a band of pro-Union Jayhawkers — Senator James H. Lane’s Redlegs from Kansas.

13. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

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Director: William A. Wellman Imdb rating: 8.2Cast: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony QuinnPlot: In 1998, for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, this classic western was selected by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was adapted from the 1940 novel of the same name, written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

12. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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Director: John Ford Imdb rating: 8.1Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Vera MilesPlot: The movie opens at a funeral. Fold by fold movie reveals the secret behind the man once who shot a feared outlaw Liberty Valance. Seriously folks, you gotta watch this. No more words!

11. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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Director: Robert Altman Imdb rating: 7.7Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Rene AuberjonoisPlot: A drifting gambler and a prostitute join hands to set up a brothel in a remote Old West mining town. Business seems all good until some bigger players enter the game.

10. Dances with Wolves (1990)

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Director: Kevin Costner Imdb rating: 8.0Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell and Graham GreenePlot: This is the journey of Lieutenant John Dunbar who finds himself standing where road to future splits in two. The story unfolds when we see Dunbar being sent to a remote outpost in the wilderness of the Dakota territory during the American Civil War. There he encounters and is eventually accepted into, the local Sioux tribe. Soon Dunbar earns himself a name, “Dances with Wolves”. His life gets drifted more towards tribal values than his army duties. Not soon after, the frontier becomes the frontier no more, and as the army advances on the plains, Dunbar is torn apart to make a decision that will not only affect him, but also the lives of the natives he now calls HIS people.

9. The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Director: Sam Peckinpah Imdb rating: 8.1Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert RyanPlot: In the changing “modern” world of 1913, a gang of old outlaws is trying to score a last job. But their retirement plans are as rusty as their guns. A modern western depicting end of the wild west.

8. Stagecoach (1939)

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Director: John Ford Imdb rating: 8.0Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John CarradinePlot: The Stagecoach tells the story of some interesting characters traveling in a stagecoach. The story is spiced up by the fact that Geronimo and his Apaches are on the warpath in the area. This was John Wayne’s first super hit movie.

7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Director: George Roy Hill Imdb rating: 8.2Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine RossPlot:Among the classic western movies based on the exploits of the historical characters, this one is a hilarious action western indeed. Butch and Sundance are the leaders of the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ Gang. Butch is the brain; Sundance is the muscle of the gang. Together they perform many adventurous robberies. But now the west is becoming civilized and the fashion of keeping outlaws in town is getting outdated. So now Butch has another idea, “Let’s go to Bolivia”. Watch last days of the outlaws of the wild wild west in this classic western. In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

6. Red River (1948)

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Director: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson Imdb rating: 7.9Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne DruPlot: When his adopted son Matthew stands against Dunson, who is driving his cattle from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail, events turn unpredictable.

5. Unforgiven (1992)

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Director: Clint Eastwood Imdb rating: 8.3Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz WoolvettPlot: An old time outlaw William Munny (Clint Eastwood) takes a last job in hand for the future of his kids. The others in the gang are; ‘The Schofield Kid’ and his old friend Ned (Morgan Freeman). Their employers are the prostitutes of town ‘Big Whiskey’ who are enraged after a few drunken cowboys cut one of their fellow prostitutes. The ONLY third western to win the Oscar for Best Picture following Cimarron (1931) and Dances With Wolves (1990).

4. Shane (1953)

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Director: George Stevens Imdb rating: 7.7Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack PalancePlot: Shane tells the story of a boy’s adoration for a mysterious stranger who comes to the aid of his family. Shane was listed #45 in the 2007 edition of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and #3 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 in the category Western.

3. High Noon (1952)

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Director: Fred Zinnemann Imdb rating: 8.2Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Harvey Pell, Katy Jurado, Grace KellyPlot: Impeccable performances, tight knit script and witty dialogues are key components which make ‘High Noon’ stand apart from all classic western movies. Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is a town Sheriff. On his retirement and wedding day, he comes to know that a man named Miller, he sent to prison some years ago has just been released and on the way to this town to take revenge. Will the town Mr. Kane protected for years support him against Miller? Suck in some air and watch the scorching heat of High Noon. It’s gonna be tough!

2. The Searchers (1956)

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Director: John Ford Imdb rating: 8.1Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey HunterPlot: John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards an ex-army veteran, who returns from the Civil War to find out that the Texas ranch of his brother is destroyed and his family is massacred by Comanche raid under Chief Scar. He comes to know that Indians have taken away his niece Debbie. Ethan starts a years-long search for his niece along with his half Indian nephew Martin. On their journey they have to confront their own demons as well. The Searchers is a must watch for every die hard John Wayne movies lover and a nice catch in top 20 classic movie rentals.

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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Director: Sergio Leone Imdb rating: 9.0Cast: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van CleefPlot: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly stands out in every aspect of a movie and deserves to be in the top 20 movie rentals. Be it direction, acting, characters, background music, dialogues or camera-work, no other spaghetti western comes even close to this movie. It’s entertaining, it’s violent, it’s hilarious..it has everything a classic western movie should have. Don’t tell me you haven’t seen it yet!

And there you have it Western film Freaks, the 20 Best Western Films. As usual, it is anticipated that the aficionados amidst us already have most of these films, either in a Netflix queue or in the coveted collection. Happy watching western movies!

207 Comments on Top 20 Classic Western Movies

  1. I agree that Good Bad and Ugly is tops . I think Once Upon a Time in the West should be 2nd followed by The Magnificant 7. My Darling Clementine too slow– no action not to be in top 20.

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  6. bob

    “Shawn { 02.11.12 at 8:26 am }
    Love this list, but I would probably replace Little Big Man and Dances With Wolves with Rio Bravo and The Proposition”

    How can you even THINK about removing dances with wolves from this list?!?

  7. Melvin

    Breakheart Pass and Death Hunt by Charles Bronson should be included here. I agree with The Good, The Bad and the Ugly be on the first spot since it is still the all time most popular western movie worldwide aside from its story with complete package of drama, comedy and action.

  8. Kevin

    Just found your site and see you missed a series of movies that is by far the all-time funniest western series/spoof ever filmed. I love the Trinity series with Terrance Hill!!!

  9. MoDavis

    I am looking for an old western (pre 1970) that was shot mostly in first person. This is what I mean. There is a scene where a cowboy is sliding across a wire (or something) from a second story window from one building to another window in another building on the first floor. We the audience are right behind him as he slides across from one building to another. Meaning we exit the window with him and enter the second also with him.

  10. bud

    I beg of you. What Western movie did the Tough Guy unflap
    something below the saddle, and he had 3 rifles to choose from
    for a distance shot. Mid late 70s. Same time frame, a tough Bad guy chugs from a boiling hot coffee pot, hanging above campfire,as he rides into town (to tear it up) THANKS!

  11. Marcio

    Great list, but with a major flaw only. How can you list the 2010 remake of True Grit rather the original one, 1969, featuring John Wayne in the performance that gave him the Oscar. I say the original classic must be on the list, not the copy, even being a good copy, with great performances. Regards.

  12. Hello! …All you Classic Western Fans and Cowboy lovers…This is Film Buff Glenn with another amasing Story…I have been hearing this stuff on Actor Clint Eastwood for too many months, so I have decided to give my opinion on this Man of Legend…

    [HERE'S WERE I STAND WITH "CLINT"]

    Clint Eastwood is a Great Actor, Great writer, and he was a Mayor in some town in California…However, I do not follow the Hollywood Hip-Hoppers… Mr. Eastwood is not a Good Director…..How this got started I will never know…Come on Folks – Let’s be realistic…The only Movie that Clint shows some Great Directing is [" THE FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS - 2006 " ]…..His Producing is ok! – but, I’m not crazy about it…Here’s the Letter Grades!!!

    ACTING : A
    WRITTING: A
    PRODUCING: B-
    DIRECTING: D-
    PERSONALITY: A+
    His 10 Greatest Movies:
    1) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – 1966
    2) Kelley’s Hero’s – 1972
    3) Bronco Billy – 1975?
    4) Heartbreak Ridge – 1976?
    5) The Unforgiven – 1992
    6) Alcatraz – The True Story 1978
    7) A fistfull of Dollars – 1964
    8) The Outlaw – Josey Wales – 1981?
    9) Joe Kidd – 1979 [GREAT WRITTING]
    10) Dirty Harry – 1973

  13. Name some More Famous Cowboys and their Horses:
    Part II
    Bruce Dern******* ” CREEPER ” Outlaw
    Ben Cartwright**** ” MOLLY ” Bonanza
    James Gardner****” SLEEPER ” Maverick
    Richard Boone**** ” DIAMOND ” Paladine
    Randoff Scott***** ” MISTY ”
    Chuck Connors*** ” SNOOPER ” The Rifleman
    John Wayne***** ” APPLEHEAD ” (THE DUKE)
    James Arness**** ” WILLOW ” GunSmoke
    Michael Landon** ” SUNBURN ” Bonanza
    Alan Ladd******* ” MILKBONE ” Shane
    Any other names: Contact me at;
    smithglenn007@yahoo.com

  14. Name some Famous Cowboys and their Horses…

    Gene Audtry***** “CHAMPION ”
    Roy Rodgers***** ” TRIGGER ”
    Clinton Moore**** ” SILVER ”
    ZORRO********** ” SHADOW ”
    Clint Eastwood*** ” HORSEY “

  15. Fun discussion. Frankly I would not have ranked The Searchers in my Top 10 — just not a great movie. My top five would be:
    1. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
    2. Unforgiven
    3. Once Upon a Time in the West
    4. High Noon
    5. Hang em High

  16. Hello! Classic Western Fans…I forgot one more movie that was lost during the years and, is now available on DVD and in living color…The original Film was shot in Black & White…Here it is!!!

    WINDCHESTER 76 1955? James Stewart, Shelly Winters, Dan
    Duryea, Will Geer, and some other
    Great movie Stars…

    This movie touches on real life…The Conflict between two Brothers…This movie has great Acting and Great Directing…There are some real violent Scenes in this movie, which is very early in gender if you know what I mean…There’s some Fantastic Acting from Jimmy Stewart…Does anybody know if Jimmy ever got an Oscar???…Saddle-up and come see this Movie…….

    Thankyou;
    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Classic Westerns – Film Buff
    Rating: {****} Four Stars

  17. My Favorite Cowboys!

    #1 John Wayne – THE DUKE
    #2 Clint Eastwood – My Horse doesn’t like you!!!
    #3 Jimmy Stewart – I’m out for Justice!…Not Lawlessness!
    #4 Randoff Scott – Stick’en Up! Or I’ll blow your Brains out!!!
    #5 James Garner – Don’t get Mad…Play Poker…
    #6 James Arness – We have two ways to settle this…We can shoot
    this out or you can surrender but, you’ll hang
    from a noose anyway…
    #7 Don Blocker – From Bananza…Ge Pa! I’m Hungry!!!
    #8 Chuck Connors – You maybe a Fast Gun, But, I’m the Fastest
    Rifle Shot in Norfork…
    #9 Gary Cooper – Don’t worry…I’m the Possey…
    #10 Eli Wallach – ” NOBODY CROSSES TUCO; AN LIVES TO TALK
    ABOUT IT… ALSO, IF YOUR GOING TO SHOOT
    SHOOT!!!…….DON’T TALK!

    Thankyou;
    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Classic Westerns – Film Buff
    Tampa, Fl 33618

  18. Hello! all You Classic Western Fans… Three Movies that have been lost during the Years…
    What ever Happened to???

    THE BIG COUNTRY 1959 Gregory Peck, Byrl Ives, Chuck Connors…An excellent Performance by Ives; as a ticked-off Rancher who’s Cattle is being Shot…{*****}

    THE COWBOYS 1967 John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Wayne gets killed in this movie… {***}

    CHINO 1975 Starring Charles Bronson…..Bronson plays a Runagade Indian off the Resvervation… Great Film {****}

    Thankyou;
    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Classic Westerns Film Buff
    Tampa, Fl 33618

  19. Jack Dean

    I must say this is the Best list I have come across. Many people wouldn’t think of new True Grit as a classic yet, but it is. It swept so many Oscars that it will be remembered as one of the best movie Coen Brothers made. McCabe & Mrs. Miller is another great listing. No doubt Sergio Leone’s master piece ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ deserves to be at top ..forever.

    Great list dude!

  20. ALAN

    i didnt see robert redfords film on the list….Jeremiah Johnson. great film, great story but some people say its too slow. i like to think it just takes you on the journey with him as he tries to live his life in peace in the wilderness.

  21. john

    Lots of great movies on this list, but any list with ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ at #20 instead of in the top 3 is not credible.

  22. Tuco

    This is one of the best western list I have ever seen. Its nice to see that someone likes and rates the same kind of western films that I do. Obviously no two are going to agree on a complete list of 20. I would agree with most all, with the exception of moving one or two up or down a couple of spots. The only one I completely disagree with is Little Big Man. How can Little Big Man be at 15 when Lonesome Dove, One Eyed Jacks, or Val Kilmer’s “Tombstone” is not on the list. I understand that all three can’t make it, but when comparing any of the three to Little Big Man, they are the better Western. Also, in your opening statement you said that the western film had to be a “classic” in order to make the list. Bridges’ True Grit is hardly a classic in terms of age, but I agree that it should be on the list. Just don’t let that term classic keep Tombstone or Lonesdove off the list.

    Great rating for #1 GBU and #2 Seachers. Its also nice to see Chuck Heston and the Big Country on the list. Winchester 73 the best of the Director Mann and Stewart combos, nice call.

  23. charles

    I saw a movie in the early 70s that ended with the white haired, white bearded old sheriff or marshal walking out into the street and all the men in town were on the rooftops and all started firing. He knew it was going to happen. Nobody I’ve ever asked remembers that movie. I don’t remember the title and can’t find any references to it online. Anyone know it?

  24. greg

    A Top 20 Westerns category MUST include—”The Unforgiven” with Burt Lancaster, “Hombre” with Paul Newman, “Valdez Is Coming’, and the recent “Open Range”.

  25. Eric

    One Eyed Jacks!
    I have a question for all of you who love westerns.
    There was a movie , might have been a TV movie. About a gang, after the civil war that robbed throughout the movie. All I remember, is the ending. The whole gang gets held up in a barn by the American Army. During there escape, they are all shot.
    Most people say it is the movie “The Wild Bunch”. I don’t remember that one ending with them all in a barn at the end. Can anyone confirm or tell me the movie.
    Thank You

  26. paultess

    Stalking Moon with Gregory Peck is a superb movie. ( Good call Don). The Dakotas TV series (with Jack Elam naturally) dealt with some remarkable social issues before it was pulled for excessive violence.

  27. My all time favs are Palance in “the Lonely Man”, R. Wagner in “White Feather”, Gable in “The Tall Men”, R. Reagan in “Law and Order”; Peck in “the Bravados”; R. Scott in “Wagon Wheel”, Stewart in the “Far Country”….to name just a few of really interesting wetern classics. I didn’t see not even one mentioned in your top 2o.

  28. Ned

    Hi, I just drop by these ‘best’ list pages, not to argue my preferences, but to find titles I’ve missed and can look out for – and there were a few! I’d like to add a name myself, even though it’s a modern overlap of the Western, which I hope some of you’ll will enjoy, and that’s Thunderheart. Can I also let RF know that ‘The Beast from Hollow Mountain’ also has a dinosaur, but it’s nowhere near as good as ‘Gwangi’ :-)

  29. A Western has a big hole in it if there is no one who is the BEST at SOMETHING. Kevin Cosner the pistolero in “Silverado”, recall the double kill in front of the saloon? Mathew Quigley with the long gun in “……Down Under”; “the sight is calibrated up to 1200 yards, this one shoots a might further”. and John Wayne “any flick”, at plain ole ass-kicking.
    There had to be somebody why could be unfailingly depended on.
    Ed Heath

  30. Tom Hickman

    Being born in 1935 and watching a few movies in my day, makes me an expert on westerns. Everybody rode a horse and everybody carried a gun. The Treasure of Sierra Madre was a great movie but hardly a western. Here are a few that qualify because they included the boring, monotnous, dirty job being a cowboy entailed. “When ya’ can’t do nothin’ else, that’s when you git to be a cowboy!” Here’s my three inclusions and if you haven’t seen these films, you have missed a great showcase of Americana.
    “Red River” John Wayne and Montgomery Clift
    “Hombre” with Paul Newman and a hand full of great character actors
    The Culpepper Cattle Company” with a whole cast of actors we never even heard of…. and that’s the beauty of it.
    “Viva Zapata” Marlon Brando…. and about a million more.

  31. I think Shane is one of the all time greats. It is also interesting that Treasure of the Sierra Madre is up there because I love that movie but never considered it a western, even though it has all the touchstones.

  32. Steve Hayes

    God bless all of you for takin the time to comment. I love westerns and every one of you hit the nail on the head! This put a huge smile on my face.. It is interesting to see the age diff. of everybody by which you pick. Widmark, Stewart, Bogart, Newman, Audey, Bronsen, Duke, Clint. We are lucky to see ‘em.

  33. Ganga

    I have some mild beefs with the list, both inclusion and order. My Top 5 are The Shootist, The Searchers, TGTB&TU, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and The Magnificent Seven. For fans of the last, I recommend yo see the original, The Seven Samurai.

    A few westerns I’ve enjoyed that I didn’t see mentioned are The Cheyenne Social Club, Cheyenne Autumn, and Drums Along the Mohawk.

  34. cheavens

    ” see there Lagge … you pull his teeth he’s harmless as a heel-hound . I always wanted to face down one of those big pistol fighters everyone’s making a fuss about ” . The Outlaw Josey Wales has almost as many memorable quotes as The Godfather movie .

  35. Very nice list but most, if not all, of the folks posting reviews are confusing Eastwood’s movie “Unforgiven” with Burt Lancaster’s movie “THE Unforgiven.” I won’t give the plot away, except to say it ranks with Josie Whales as my favorite western move. If you have never seen it (it came out in 1960) wrap you mind around this cast: Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy who proved that he could act, John Saxon, Charles Bickford, Albert Salmi, Doug McClure, and two show stoppers, Lilian Gish (in her 80’s) and Joseph Wiseman — one of the best character actors ever.

    The movie was the first Western to confront racism head-on in a sophisticated way. A stunning movie that I think everyone would enjoy. Sadly it has been obscured by Eastwood’s magnificent movie.

    And thanks to Sprock for remembering “Viva Zapata,” and Dom remembering “The Stalking Moon,” and Teah “The Big Country” — a movie that should not be left off any list whatsoever. And all of you who remembered “One Eyed Jacks,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “The Misfits” and “Ride With the Devil.”

    John D Morvant, Albuquerque

  36. Jack

    I think that most would agree that Shane, The Searchers, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon are the top three, in no particular order. Shane and The Searchers are often in the conversation of the “BEST MOVIES” (all genres) of all time.

  37. Classic Fan

    Great fun with many good suggestions. Too many to rate fairly. Put “Garden of Evil” on the list and then watch and enjoy’em all.

  38. raul

    1) G B &U
    2)Magnificent 7
    3) Vera Cruz —– Gary Cooper & Burt Lancaster
    4) The Mark of Zorro —-1940 Tyrone Powers
    5) Bravados —- Gregory Peck & Henry Silva
    6) Will Penny——Charlton Heston
    7)Fist full of Dollars—-Eastwood
    8) For a few dollars More
    9) Once Upon a Time in the West
    10) Gun Fight at the OK Corral ——- both versions
    11)MacKenna’s Gold —–G. Peck & allstar cast
    12) Shane
    13)Jesse James —- Ty Powers & Henry Fonda
    14) The Professionals
    15)The fastest Gun Alive
    16) Major Dundee
    17) Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    18) Lonesome Dove——tv
    19) Have Gun Will Travel —–tv
    20) The Virginian ——- tv — James Dury& Lee J Cobb

  39. Macario Canillas Jr.

    Oh yeah…..Don’t forget “Winchester 73,” with James Stewart, Dan Durea, and Stephen McNally. Or “Duel In The Sun,” with Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, and Joseph Cotton.

  40. Macario Canillas Jr.

    What about “The Plainsman,” with Gary Cooper as Wild Bill Hickcock? And Jesse James with Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda? Aand the Lonesome Dove series……That was a great series.

  41. QUICO

    Don’t forget movies, which I consider classics, with James Stewart and Richard Widmark: Cheyenne Autumn, Two Rode Together. Also other movies with James Stewart: How the West was Won, The Far Country, The Man From Laramie and others.

  42. mojave Fred

    Two mules for Sister Sara, Pale Rider and Quigley Down Under are three movies I didn’t see on the list. I admit to being a Clint Eastwood fanatic, but Tom Selleck does a great job in Quigley. Josie Wales is my all time favorite but I can’t argue with The G B and Ugly choice. In this we see Clint gain his famous Poncho in a rare moment of compassion. Eli Wallach is amazing in this movie (whoever messes with Tuco and leaves him alive, knows nothing of Tuco). See you at the big round up in the afterlife.

  43. Tim

    the three top western stars for me are, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck and Robert Duval. Has anyone seen the movie Windwalker?

  44. What about Warlock with Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn? What about Last Train to Gun Hill with Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas? What about Man without a Star with Kirk Douglas? Shane was mentioned but I liked Warlock best!

  45. “The Oxbo Incident” 1951? Henry Fonda
    I had the fortune of seeing this film 5 – times.
    I’m not sure what year it was made – but I read the book while I was in Highschool… This is a powerful movie about HUMAN INJUSTICE Towards Humanity and Civilization… This movie concentrates on Lynch Mobs and Red neck Beliefs. When the wrong people are in control and 3 Innocent men are Accused of Murder the wrong type of Blind Justice is Inflected… A Great acting Performance by Fonda and this movie should have been made in color… Great Directing, and Acting sends us to the edge of our seats…Taking Justice into your own hands is not an Easy Street to be on… Anyway come see this movie. A movie that has a Suprise and many wrong turns
    of improper Justice…

    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Classic Westerns — Film Buff
    ( **** ) Four Big Stars

  46. Norma

    I love all the ones you mentioned and most of the ones others have mentioned. Perhaps the list should be broken down to the best John Waynes, the best Clint Eastwoods, the best Roy Rogers , the best in a certain time period, etc. There are just too many really good ones to say which one is number one in and of it’s self.

  47. T0m

    A ton of great movies. Tough choices. There’s a more modern day flick I don’t think any body mentioned. Last of the Dogmen with Tom Berenger & Barbara Hershey is an interesting story worthy of taking a look at.

  48. John D

    Tombstone was not only the best western ever made it is incredibly historically accurate. It is number 1 and everthing else is a distant second.

  49. dan

    Shane is my top pick. Winchester 73 with Jimmy Stewart is worth consideration. The unique story follows a gun in the old west.

  50. The Outlaw Josey Wales is by far my favorite. One of the most classic movies lines ever, is when the bounty hunter comes back in the saloon and says “a mans got to make a living” and Clint replys “diein aint much of a living boy”. It doesnt get much better than that. Just my opinion.

  51. all the westerns are top 20′s.the genre is pure american period! those mentioned plus james stewart,randolph scott,joel mccrea james garner and many,many more-all of them,good plots or bad–good period.john waynes the searchers,eastwoods josie wales and costners open range,gary coopers the westerner.john waynes decision to not enlist had several reasons.one he was past the age cutoff,even though some other actors were also.clark gable side gunner b17 flying fortress,james stwart pilot b24 liberator both heavy bombers and others.but wayne did his part by bringing home the war to a grateful nation. this is an opinion by the person on his favorite westerns.it is not a and i repeat not a POLITICAL forum.keep your very biased views to yourself.if you need further comments by me, my email is willysgasser47@hotmail.com

  52. Michael Crooks

    My Darlin’ Clementine, The Westerner, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache, Tender Mercies, Man in the Wilderness, Nevada Smith, The Hangin Tree, Paint Your Wagon, The Oxbow Incident, The Big Sky, The Plainsman.

  53. Edward

    Sorry if someone else has offered this suggestion but what about Missouri Breaks – Marlon Brando is spectacular as the eccentric regulator and Jack’s the ‘kin man! cheers y’all

  54. satinder

    Nice suggestions everybody. I love to see that there so many of us who are passionate about this genre of cinema. Keep pouring in your suggestions , the final list will be bigger and better. :)

  55. wobbly

    Wait a minute! You’re making a spaghetti western number one??
    And why have you left out, TOM HORN, LONESOME DOVE, and HOMBRE……Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and Paul Newman? These are three of the best ones ever.

  56. Erick

    Siverado should be mentioned. The opening scene in the theatre from dark to light is excellent.
    And forget all these old movies; just watched Outlaw Josie Wales for the umpteenth time. The perfect cowboy movie.

  57. TomC

    “The Big Country” was the best western ever made. My second favorite was Cat Ballou. I somewhat enjoyed the spaghetti westerns, but in essence they were all the same.

  58. 10 of the Greatest Westerns according to me — Glenn E. Smith Jr. #1 THE SEARCHERS 1956 – COLOR
    #2 HIGH NOON 1953 – B&W
    #3 DANCES WITH WOLF’S 1990 – COLOR
    #4 GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY 1966 – COLOR
    #5 THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
    1962 – B&W
    #6 RIO BRAVO 1959 – COLOR
    #7 JOE KID 1975 – COLOR
    #8 DODGE CITY 1939 – COLOR
    #9 OPEN RANGE 2004 – COLOR
    #10 TRUE GRIT – 1969 – COLOR – JOHN WAYNE

  59. “HIGH NOON” 1952 B&W This is one of the Classic Westerns in
    which you have a Classic SHOOT-OUT , The Sheriff against
    the out-laws… Nobody could play this Sheriff like Gary
    Cooper… The Movie touches on real life situations… The
    Miller Gang is coming to town to Gun down Sheriff Kane
    for putting him in Jail for 14 Yrs. Sheriff Kane cannot get
    anybody in the town to stand with him against these
    Outlaws… But, what really shakes up the Screen is Kane’s
    Deptuty played by Lloyd Bridges… His best friend
    Chicken’s out at the last moment…In real life a Town’s
    people should Back and Endorse their Sheriff…Miller
    and his Gang are not just coming to town to Gun Down
    the Sheriff; There going to take over the Town as well.
    This is one movie I stand with Law and Justice in the
    Big Shoot-Out toward the end of the movie… A great
    performance by Grace Kelly, this was her last movie
    but that’s another Story…Great Suspense with fear of
    the Outlaws … Also, Great Directing,with Writting makes
    this movie worth seeing. The background Western Music
    is classic and fits the Scenes Perfectly… So, Saddle up
    your Horse and come see this Movie…

    Thankyou;
    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Classic Westerns
    Film Buff
    (****) Four Sheriff Badges

  60. mel

    If you like stories that evolve over a period of time check out Into the West (6 part), Centennial (12 part),North and South (15 part), Lonesome dove series,chronological order Dead Mans Walk, Comanche Moon,Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove,Streets of Laredo, all great viewing, worth the watch

  61. ” The Searcher (1956)
    This movie was ahead of it’s time… one of the Best John Ford films ever made. John Ford takes to the Edge and almost
    drops us off… A powerful movie about Hatred and Racism… They
    were all Searching for the meaning…Also, one of the best of acting of John Wayne… His Character of Ethan Edwards and how
    he deals with stress and hatred of the indian…Your sister has been kidnapped by indians and half your family has been wiped
    out…When you see this movie you Search deep within yourself.
    My # 1 Movie
    Thankyou;
    Glenn E. Smith Jr.
    Western Film Classics
    Film — Buff
    (*****) Five Stars and Beyond…

  62. Jim

    Your opinion of course on the selections. Some I’d put on, but others I’d leave off. I did notice that the silents were left out all together. What about The Great Train Robbery, Hell’s Hinges, Straight Shooting, The Iron Horse, and Tumbleweeds?

  63. Guys, thanks for such great suggestions and info about the movies you want to see on this list. This list is a under re-work and we are also trying to expand it to accommodate most of your suggestions. Keep watching westerns ! :)

  64. Bruce Johnson

    I don’t like John Wayne. I don’t watch his movies. He was a draft dogger in WWII and spent a lot of his life after the war making war movies to try and have people forget that he was a draft dogger.

  65. Glenn rich

    some say they didn’t like it,… I did. Some say they loved it,.. I didn’t. but thanks for the list I’ll check them all out!

  66. Mike

    Even though it was made for TV number one on my list has got to be “Lonesome Dove”, it just doesn’t get any better. Just my humble opinion.

  67. RK

    They Died with their Boots On(1941). Historical error/fabrication from the opening scene. Classic example of Hollywood schmaltz; ignoring the truth and producing undifgestible pap. An insult to American History, Errol Flynn, and George Custer!
    Dances with Wolves(1990) A plot rip-off of A Man Called Horse(1970). Too many anachronisms: Mullets and Shag hairstyles in the 1860′s!. Historical crap ala Costner, who lost control of his movie to the incompetent re-ensactors. One of Hollywood’s most over-rated movies ever. ! Garbage is still Garbage, despite the pretensions!

  68. mike

    Tonbstone, The Outlaw J.W., Lonesome Dove, Eastwoods-The Unforgiven, Silverado, Streets of Laredo, Open Range, The Good The Bad The Ugly, Pale Rider, another sorta one-Quigly Down Under…..Val Kilmer should have won an Academy Award for his role in Tonbstone, and I’ll fight any man who says differentlly! “I’m your Huckelberry”

  69. Duel in the Sun–killer western–so is Giant with James Dean-both are great stories.–Hombre with Paul newman and Richard Boone.–Try Cat ballou-Lee marvin won his academy award for that one-Blazing Saddles is genius comedy-heddly lamar-and Mongo and Slim Pickens-yahoo cowboy!!–But my fav has always been the Searchers-John Wayne was downright mean and a racist in the movie. Really down to earth western with Wayne riveting on the screen everytime he appears-His line That’ll be the day is from thast movie

  70. Teah

    I think the movie “J” is trying to name is Purgatory–Eric Roberts was the head of the “bad guys”. My personal favorite that was not on the list, but that a few people mentioned is The Big Country–great photography, wonderful music, outstanding cast, and a classic plot.

  71. alan mcclung

    Gunfight at the OK Corrall was always #1. It is not even on your list. Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, come on now boys….

  72. Harry

    You have to be kidding, “Red River” and the Lancaster/Marvin/
    Ryan/Palance film “The Professionals” should be on this list.

  73. kevin

    does anyone know the name of a Western from the early 1950′s or so-the hero is an outlaw being taken in, his lawman captor dies in accident, the hero outlaw impersonates the lawman, at the end of the movie the hero outlaw is revealed and about to be hung on a dark night in town when a stranger rides into town and he is saved by the fast guns of “the names Jesse…Jessie James.” Bullet filled finale! (Jessie was his friend partner at movie beginning, I think.)
    If u could email me the answer at twilightsmith@hotmail.com

  74. I’m going 2 throw my 2cents in this CONTROVERSY first by asking…Did ANYONE see the movie Hour of the Gun with Garner & Robards? This was done POST MAVERICK and showed a different side of Garner as a Western Star when he potrayed the Dark side of Earp. As for this list several of these films should not be on this list. If “Treasure” made the list then why not Grapes of Wrath? Neither is what is considered a classic Western, unless being west of the Mississippi make them…WESTERNS. Today with the special effects the Movies put you in the action while “Yesterday” you were more involved in the story, when the 10 gallan hats didn’t come off in the Bar fights.(Smile) Here are my selections, not in order of being the best 1-25,… just GOOD WESTERNS.1) How the West was Won-2)The Wild Bunch -3) The Searchers-4)The Professionals-5)Rio Bravo-6)Once Upon a Time in The West-7)Gunfight @ the OK Corral-8)The Unforgiven-9)Tombstone-10)Hour of The Gun-11)The Magnificent Seven-12)Open Range-13)Silverado-14)The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly-15)Last of The Mohicans-16)Dances wth Wolves- 17)The Alamo-18)Quigley Down Under-19)One Eyed Jacks -20)High Plains Drifter-21)True Grit-22)Fistful of Dollars-23) Red Sun-24)McClintock & 25) The Ox Bow Incident. Yeah, I know it’s the TOP 20 but…!(smile)

  75. clintonsteel

    Tombstone definitely needs to be on this list ! It delivers classic western struggles on so many different levels and Val’s performance was epic, as was Kurt Russels !

    • satinder

      Thanks all for so many suggestions. We are in process of building a TOP 50 list to accommodate all the classics. Keep watching westerns.

  76. Spock

    “Viva Zapata” – more mexican than The Magnificant Seven, but so enhanced by the presence of the magnificant Marlon Brando.

  77. Duke

    Haven’t seen a western like Red River ever.

    Eastwood was wonderful. Mix was certainly a pioneer. Cooper was top notch, of course High Noon and the forgotten Plainsmen.

    The Duke was in a league of his own.

  78. wingo

    I am a real fan of both tombstones, just got back from there as matter of fact. I also read another comment on the remaking of True Grit, and this is not a remake of John Waynes classic, it is a better depiction of the book itself.

  79. RF

    DANCES WITH WOLVES should NOT have made the cut, but THE PROFESSIONALS and JOHNNY GUITAR (and maybe even RANCHO NOTORIOUS) should have. And no RIO BRAVO? Are ya kidding me, pilgrim? (And, just for the fun of it, I’d throw in VALLEY OF GWANGI–come on, cowboys and dinosaurs–what a combination!)

  80. romo

    I THINK EVERYONES CHOICE WAS GREAT BUT FEEL IT ORDER TO GIVE GREATER SUBSTANCE TO THE SUBJECT YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED WITH THE 100 TOP CLASSIC WESTERN MOVIES

  81. Newby

    I for one would have like to seen LONESOME DOVE, TOMBSTONE, AND YOUNG GUNS all on this list. Imo good, bad, and ugly is not number one/

  82. Ron

    I’ve seen every western since Tom Mix and Hopalong Cassidy rode the range. Whilst I do believe many in your collection are deserving of a place there is no way I would have put The Good The Bad and The Ugly at number One. It didn’t even rate as high as A Fist Full of Dollars or A Few Dollars More.
    For total credibility and all round sincerity my top five would have been The Big Country, Open Range, Unforgiven, Shane, The Alamo.
    Eastwoods spaghetti westerns were entertaining but hardly credible.

  83. Joseph Price

    “True Grit” should have NEVER been remade. This is a prime example of Holly wood running out of ideas, so they remake crap to keep untalented actors and actresses making gobs of money for nothing. Seems like Hollywood is following the music industry into oblivion and death.

  84. J.K. MOTLEY

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS NOT ONE MENTION
    OF A LITTLE (BIG) 1958 MOVIE STARRING ICONIC ACTORS…..
    GREGORY PECK,CHARLTON HESTON,BURL IVES,JEAN SIMMONS
    ETC. EVER HEAR OF…..”THE BIG COUNTRY”…. FOLKS?”

  85. My husband and I continue to enjoy the superb pairing of Mel Gibson and James Garner in “Maverick” especially because we’re old enough to remember Garner in the original “Maverick” TV series! Jodie Foster adds more drama, and the the Indian slapstick is rib-tickling

  86. Brian

    The only thing that makes the Italian westerns any good was Eastwood….to me they are more notable for contrived plots and gimmicks and corny acting. Red River is a glaring ommission as are Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

  87. I love them, was my first influence I begin with my first drawings painting on the floor those tv series like; Bonanza, Randal, The Rush Riders, The Broken Arrow, The Great Chaparral, The Man of Rifle, Rin Tin Tin, etc., I love those wonderful years

  88. six gun sally

    What about ” my name is nobody” henry fonda and terrence hill…..if no one has seen it, it’s an awesome movie…..

  89. Vaughn

    The best western I have ever seen is one that makes none of the lists. It is Valdez Is Coming with Burt Lancaster. A real sleeper. Worth a look.

  90. J

    Guys,
    Im looking for this movie cant rem the name no r the actors.. story i rem vaguely .. cowboy sorta after robbery the gang moves thru some cloudy spooky dawn on horses.. end up in a small town peacful, but this gang spoils the peach.. later one gang member realises these town people are once dead and to be some known gunmen cowboys etc..

  91. Susie Q

    And how about “True Grit” with John Wayne, OR Jeff Bridges? I like them both! However, Bridges did try to do his own t hing with the character and I think he did a marvelous job!

  92. Susie Q

    This list is really good, but has anyone thought about “Tombstone” being on it? With Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton? I guess maybe in 20-30 years this one will be on the list of new “Old” classics!

  93. Andy Armes

    Let’s not forget Pale Rider, Tin Star, Warlock, Last Train From Gun Hill, Lawman, Monte Walsh, Will Penny, Tom Horn, Tell Them Valdez Is Coming and My darling Clementine

  94. Carlos Bravo

    I agree, you forgot many pictures; high noon is one of the best, red river, the professionals.
    I find this: in the long history of the movies, only three have been honored with the Oscar as Best Picture: Cimarron (1930), Dances With Wolves (1990) and Unforgiven (1992)

  95. rizzo

    I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I got to the top of the list and found the best western movie so far: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. No other western movie comes close to this superclassic effort on the part of the writers , director, and actors.

  96. Luke

    The title of the movie Jan Brown is looking for is ‘The Hallelujah Trail’, starring Burt Lancaster an Lee Remick.

  97. Herb

    Red River has always been my favorite western. The interplay
    between John Wayne and Montgomery Clift with John Ireland
    in between trying to make peace between father and son is dramatic. Surprisingly, it is JoAnne Dru who steals the picture with a dress down of the proud combatants. The picture has everything a movie should have: sound dialogue, a riveting story, a build up to a famous action scene at the end, and John Wayne as a renowned rancher. It grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. BRAVO!!!

  98. jan brown

    We’re searching for the old movie about the guys going to Denver? to get whiskey before the bad winter that the old Indian is forcasting sets in. The Women’s Temperance Union get s involved as well as the Indians. It’s hilarious but we don’t know the title. Could you help us, please? Thanks! Jan

  99. Looks like a good list. I would have put “The Searchers” with John Wayne in the Top Five and I would have put “High Plains Drifter” with Clint Eastwood in the Top Ten.

  100. Scott

    Western movies are among my favorites, I have seen them all…something I used to do with my Grandpa growing up. You’ve got a pretty good list there, but I think the #1 spot should have been Red River…Eastwood is a great actor, but he’s no John Wayne.

  101. ROY CHINNU

    i am a lover of western movies. I would like to also see among your top 2o list, which is quite good, the movie ‘ ONE SILVER DOLLAR’ starring Montgmomerry Wood. there were some movies starring Anthony Stephen , the names of which i have forgotten. Well it’s good to know there are some old timers still around. All the best.

  102. M Wilding

    its more of a eastern because its based in australia, but ‘the proposition should be on this list’ we need some new western flicks, like the remake of true grit, boom baby

  103. TomTom

    If you watch Stagecoach, it is full of Western cliques, but they weren’t cliques in 1939. It’s nice to see it recognized, but I would have loved to see it higher, since every Western since has been influenced, either directly or indirectly, by Stagecoach. Snobbery attack!

  104. WesternGuy

    not a bad list at all, I certainly feel as if Rio Bravo has been left out though, it is certainly one of the 5 best westerns I have ever had the pleasure of viewing.

  105. Marcus

    Great list, but it’s missing ‘Fistful of dollars’ and ‘For a few dollars more’.

    Seriously, how come ‘fistful’ isn’t in this list? It’s the definitive Eastwood ‘Man with no name’ film. And the score is incredible.

  106. Stoner

    I can’t wait to see some of these classics. Thanks! Please Please Please add to your list YOUNG GUNS! One of my all time Favorites!!

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