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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  2. 2
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    Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Clint Eastwood Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

  3. 3
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    Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

  4. 4
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    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Charles Bronson The Great Escape, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven

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    James Garner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


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

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    Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Rio Bravo, Get Shorty, Airport

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    Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    Lee Van Cleef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Lee Van Cleef Good, Escape from New York, For a Few Dollars More

  10. 10
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    James Arness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    James Arness The Thing from Another World, Them!, Battleground

  11. 11
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    added by PeteBoyle
    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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    Island of Lost Souls, Ride the High Country, Jesse James

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    Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Henry Fonda Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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    Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Steve McQueen The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt

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    Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Ben Johnson The Wild Bunch, Shane, The Last Picture Show

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    Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Walter Brennan Bride of Frankenstein, Rio Bravo, How the West Was Won

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

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    Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Kirk Douglas Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20

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

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    Old Yeller, Soylent Green, Airplane II: The Sequel

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    Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Clint Walker The Ten Commandments, The Dirty Dozen, Small Soldiers

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    Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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    The Shootist, The Hobbit, Big Jake

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    Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Roy Rogers Melody Time, The Big Show, Dark Command

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    Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

    added by IrinaGinger79
    Glenn Ford Superman, Superman II, Midway

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

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    Wild Wild West, The Lone Ranger, Kansas Pacific

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    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter

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    Tall in the Saddle, The Star Packer, Dark Command

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    The Searchers, Robin Hood, How the West Was Won

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    Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Yul Brynner The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Westworld

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    Audie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    True Grit, Broken Arrow, The Lone Ranger

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    The Great K & A Train Robbery, Three Jumps Ahead, The Miracle Rider ...

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    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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    Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Eli Wallach Good, The Godfather Part III, Mystic River

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    Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Tom Selleck Meet the Robinsons, Midway, Three Men and a Baby

  39. 39
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    Harry Carey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Harry Carey, Jr. Gremlins, Back to the Future Part III, The Searchers

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    The Big Show, The Phantom Empire, Alias Jesse James

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    Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Jack Palance Batman, Shane, City Slickers

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    Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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    Alan Ladd Citizen Kane, Shane, The Reluctant Dragon

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    Old Yeller, Them!, Harvey

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    James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    Forrest Tucker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Sunset Boulevard

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    Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars


    Ernest Borgnine The Wild Bunch, Escape from New York, From Here to Eternity

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    Joel McCrea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

    added by RodneyBlair
    Joel McCrea Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Ride the High Country

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    Maverick, Pollyanna, Ride the High Country

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    Ward Bond is listed (or ranked) 50 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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