Top100 Westernsby themadsen | created - 22 Nov 2012 | updated - 14 Jan 2017 | Public
This is a ranked list of my 100 favourite westerns.
Directors: 1. John Ford (10) 2. Sergio Leone (5) 3. John Sturges (5) 4. Sam Peckinpah (5) 5. Clint Eastwood (4)
Leading actors: 1. John Wayne (16) 2. Clint Eastwood (9) 3. Henry Fonda (7) 4. James Stewart (6) 5. James Coburn (5)
Supporting actors: 1. Harry Carey Jr. (9) 2. Ward Bond (6) 3. Ben Johnson (5) 4. Jack Palance (5) 5. Lee Marvin (5) 6. Walter Brennan (5)
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1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 563,027 | Gross: $6.10M
2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Votes: 89,506 | Gross: $5.01M
3. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 244,509 | Gross: $5.32M
7. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 204,646 | Gross: $184.21M
8. 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: 28,879 | Gross: $31.56M
10. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 310,357 | Gross: $101.16M
11. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
Votes: 23,409 | Gross: $47.74M
13. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 105,377 | Gross: $56.51M
14. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 78,646 | Gross: $1.04M
17. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Votes: 255,510 | Gross: $53.61M
19. Rio Bravo (1959)
Not Rated | 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: 47,148 | Gross: $12.54M
20. Young Guns (1988)
R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.
Votes: 46,525 | Gross: $45.66M
21. Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Votes: 164,274 | Gross: $14.50M
22. Stagecoach (1939)
Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, 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.
23. Legends of the Fall (1994)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.
Votes: 123,644 | Gross: $66.64M
25. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western
When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.
26. The Professionals (1966)
Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.
Votes: 11,148 | Gross: $19.54M
27. The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.
28. High Plains Drifter (1973)
R | 105 min | Mystery, Western
A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.
Votes: 41,045 | Gross: $15.70M
29. Rio Grande (1950)
Approved | 105 min | Romance, Western
A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.
30. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.
Votes: 6,992 | Gross: $3.50M
31. Red Sun (1971)
PG | 112 min | Action, Western
In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.
32. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
33. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.
Votes: 5,698 | Gross: $8.21M
34. Trinity Is STILL My Name! (1971)
G | 117 min | Comedy, Western
Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead.
35. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
36. Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Approved | 95 min | Romance, Western
A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.
37. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Votes: 55,427 | Gross: $31.80M
39. Shane (1953)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
Votes: 31,002 | Gross: $20.00M
40. 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.
41. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance
Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.
Votes: 4,617 | Gross: $1.00M
42. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.
Votes: 323,933 | Gross: $87.73M
43. 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.
Votes: 7,224 | Gross: $6.00M
45. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western
The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.
Votes: 7,287 | Gross: $18.64M
46. Maverick (1994)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.
Votes: 89,510 | Gross: $101.63M
47. Chato's Land (1972)
PG | 100 min | Western
In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.
50. Goin' South (1978)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the Sheriff, the bank, and each other.
51. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.
52. El Dorado (1967)
Not Rated | 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: 19,814 | Gross: $12.97M
53. Red River (1948)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.
55. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.
56. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.
57. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
58. Man in the Wilderness (1971)
GP | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory.
59. Django (1966)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western
A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.
Votes: 20,459 | Gross: $0.03M
60. The Quick and the Dead (1995)
R | 107 min | Action, Romance, Thriller
A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.
Votes: 74,098 | Gross: $18.64M
61. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,093 | Gross: $119.50M
62. The Missouri Breaks (1976)
PG | 126 min | Drama, Western
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Votes: 7,759 | Gross: $14.00M
63. Fort Apache (1948)
Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.
65. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Votes: 540,699 | Gross: $183.64M
66. They Call Me Trinity (1970)
G | 113 min | Comedy, Western
A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major and his henchmen.
70. The Great Silence (1968)
Not Rated | 105 min | Western
A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.
71. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
R | 120 min | Drama, Western
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.
72. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Unrated | 103 min | Western
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.
73. 7 Men from Now (1956)
Approved | 78 min | Action, Western
A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.
74. Viva Zapata! (1952)
Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.
76. Shanghai Noon (2000)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.
Votes: 105,026 | Gross: $56.94M
79. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Votes: 11,406 | Gross: $11.75M
80. Ride the High Country (1962)
Approved | 94 min | Western
An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.
81. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A town marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 85,522 | Gross: $9.45M
83. Guns for San Sebastian (1968)
Unrated | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 1743, outlaw Leon Alastray is hunted by the Spanish army but is given sanctuary by a priest in a village terrorized by marauding Yaqui Indians.
84. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Votes: 148,612 | Gross: $3.90M
87. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War
Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, 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.
88. Unconquered (1947)
Approved | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.
89. Hidalgo (2004)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.
Votes: 71,202 | Gross: $67.29M
90. 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: 11,215 | Gross: $7.50M
93. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, History, Western
The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.
94. Hombre (1967)
Approved | 111 min | Western
John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.
95. 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.
96. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,095,606 | Gross: $162.81M
99. The Gunfighter (1950)
Not Rated | 85 min | Western
Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.
100. Quigley Down Under (1990)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.
Votes: 16,467 | Gross: $21.41M