The Best Western Movies Ever Made Films

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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  2. 2
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    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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    + 670
    - 195


    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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  4. 4
    + 753
    - 173


    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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  5. 5
    + 864
    - 225


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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  6. 6
    + 650
    - 212


    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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  7. 7
    + 618
    - 243


    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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  8. 8
    + 781
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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    + 612
    - 189


    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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  10. 10
    + 547
    - 144


    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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  11. 11
    + 609
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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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  12. 12
    + 589
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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    + 650
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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    + 627
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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    + 464
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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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  16. 16
    + 503
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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    + 452
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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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    + 454
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    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    + 401
    - 105


    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    + 423
    - 121


    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    + 382
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    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    + 371
    - 151


    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    + 312
    - 95


    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    + 360
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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    + 284
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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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    + 382
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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    + 298
    - 126


    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    + 300
    - 100


    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    + 346
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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    + 332
    - 85


    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    + 427
    - 177


    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    - 126


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    + 335
    - 131


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    + 289
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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    + 311
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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    + 354
    - 198


    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    + 247
    - 104


    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    + 283
    - 92


    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    + 311
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    + 240
    - 163

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

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    + 236
    - 119


    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    + 219
    - 126


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    + 199
    - 74


    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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    + 220
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    + 197
    - 138

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

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    + 210
    - 80


    James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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