The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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The best Western movies ever made include some true classics from the early days of cinema, and more modern day films that captured our imagination and took us to the days of the wild, wild West. From Sergio Leone's classics like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly to the 2010 Joel and Ethan Coen remake of True Grit, the Western movies listed here are considered some of the greatest of all time. Be sure to vote for your favorite Westerns and vote down any you don't like.

What makes a great Western? Aside from casting Clint Eastwood (he's in so many of these) or John Wayne, an outstanding Western offers movie goers fantastic characters, lots of drama and tension and certainly a nasty, memorable villain or two. Setting is obviously important in top western movies as well. Throw in a High Noon style standoff and you simply can't miss. Those are the most important elements in the best western and cowboy movies

What are you favorite western films? Vote for the greatest western movie ever made and be sure to add any of your favorite Western movies that might be missing! Giddyup, and enjoy!
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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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    John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

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    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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