The Best Western Movies Ever Made Films
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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 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 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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    most listed Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    Clint Eastwood, John Vernon, Sondra Locke

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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson

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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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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    the people's #1 Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    often listed Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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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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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Mitchell Ryan

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    Ernest Borgnine, William Holden, Robert Ryan

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Chris Penn

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard

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    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Wayne, Dennis Hopper, Dean Martin

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    John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Henry Fonda

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    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    ranked low on reranks Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda

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    Kevin Costner, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Bobby Vinton

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Chill Wills

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

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    ranked low on reranks James Garner, Joan Blondell, Chuck Connors

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    ranked low on reranks Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Martin Landau

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Ben Mendelsohn

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