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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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    the people's #1 Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    most listed 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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    often listed Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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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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    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Mitchell Ryan

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    Ernest Borgnine, William Holden, Robert Ryan

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Chris Penn

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda

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    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Bobby Vinton

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    John Wayne, Dennis Hopper, Dean Martin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    ranked low on reranks Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese

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    John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Henry Fonda

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    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen

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    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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    John Wayne, James Arness, Ward Bond

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Chill Wills

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    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

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    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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    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bisset

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    James Garner, Joan Blondell, Chuck Connors

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    John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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