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 Good, The Bad and The Ugly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

  4. 4
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    The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

  5. 5
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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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    For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

  7. 7
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

  8. 8
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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

  9. 9
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    A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

  10. 10
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    High Noon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

  14. 14
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    Rio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

  15. 15
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    The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

  16. 16
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    Shane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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    Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

  19. 19
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    Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Red River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Open Range is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    The Sons of Katie Elder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    Winchester '73 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Silverado is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

  30. 30
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    Fort Apache is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    Streets of Laredo: Lonesome Do... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    McLintock! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

  39. 39
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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Young Guns is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    My Darling Clementine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    Maverick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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    The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made


    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Wyatt Earp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Téa Leoni

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