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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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    often listed
    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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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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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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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, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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    - 157


    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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    James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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