The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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All the greatest Western movie stars of television and film in one list of the best cowboy actors. Some of these top Western characters were featured in the greatest Western movies ever made, while others starred in classic TV series and mini-series. Whatever the medium, these are the best of the West(ern characters).

The TV Western series, a now almost-dead genre of entertainment that was once all the rage, attracting some of the biggest stars in Hollywood to roles where a horse was the supporting actor. These stars were some of the biggest and brightest, not only on TV, but in films as well. From Clint Eastwood (perhaps the biggest Western star of all time) to Steve McQueen (a true outlaw through and through), this list of famous old cowboys brings together the best of the genre in one Western stars list.

Who were the greatest Western movie stars? Who are the classic cowboys (and cowgirls) in Westerns? It's time to vote and find out! Vote up your favorite Western TV and movie stars, and vote down the ones you think should be run out of town. If your favorite Western movie star isn't on the list, make sure to add him or her.
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    the people's #1 & added by mch418
    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

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    most listed
    Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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    added by RodneyBlair
    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

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    added by mch418
    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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    The Thing from Another World, Them!, Battleground

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    added by PeteBoyle
    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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    The Great Escape, The Notebook, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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    The Dirty Dozen, Cat Ballou, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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    added by PeteBoyle
    The Great Escape, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven

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    added by PeteBoyle
    Good, Escape from New York, For a Few Dollars More

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    added by RodneyBlair
    Island of Lost Souls, Ride the High Country, Jesse James

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    added by PeteBoyle
    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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    The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt

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  14. 14
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    Old Yeller, Soylent Green, Airplane II: The Sequel

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    added by RodneyBlair
    The Wild Bunch, Shane, The Last Picture Show

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    Melody Time, The Big Show, Dark Command

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    Once Upon a Time in the West, High Noon, The Cannonball Run

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    added by mch418
    Bride of Frankenstein, Rio Bravo, How the West Was Won

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    The Big Lebowski, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ghost Rider

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    The Ten Commandments, The Dirty Dozen, Small Soldiers

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    added by IrinaGinger79
    Superman, Superman II, Midway

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    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter

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    The Shootist, The Hobbit, Big Jake

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    added by JasonWrayAnderson
    Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20

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    ranked low on reranks & added by mch418
    Rio Bravo, Get Shorty, Airport

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    added by PeteBoyle
    Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Good, The Godfather Part III, Mystic River

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    Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley

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    added by jhalterman36
    The Big Show, The Phantom Empire, Alias Jesse James

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    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Monsters, Inc., The Great Escape

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    Wild Wild West, The Lone Ranger, Kansas Pacific

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    The Errand Boy, Come Blow Your Horn, Lady in Cement

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    Meet the Robinsons, Midway, Three Men and a Baby

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    The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Westworld

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    Blazing Saddles, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ...

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    Earthquake, Saga of a Star World, The Errand Boy

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    Ward Bond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

    added by RodneyBlair
    Gone with the Wind, It's a Wonderful Life, The Maltese Falcon

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    I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Errand Boy, God's Little Acre

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    Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Field of Dreams, From Here to Eternity, Judgment at Nuremberg

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    added by slaft
    Citizen Kane, Shane, The Reluctant Dragon

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    often listed & added by RodneyBlair
    Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Ride the High Country

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    added by mch418
    Tall in the Saddle, The Star Packer, Dark Command

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    added by mch418
    Sands of Iwo Jima, Chisum, Auntie Mame

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    added by PhilAndrews
    The Searchers, Robin Hood, How the West Was Won

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    added by bsatcher
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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    To Hell and Back, The Red Badge of Courage, The Unforgiven

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    Batman, Shane, City Slickers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Spartacus, Maverick, Julius Caesar

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    Old Yeller, Them!, Harvey

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