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The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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!

The Best Western Movies Ever Made Films
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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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    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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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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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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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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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

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    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

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    James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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