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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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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, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Téa Leoni

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    James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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