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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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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2,358 820
The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

3
2,525 766
Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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2,087 717
The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

5
2,048 748
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

6
2,205 607
The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Searchers John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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1,761 732
For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
For a Few Dollars More Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

8
3,130 539
Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

9
1,720 661
A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

10
2,217 488
True Grit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

11
1,452 527
High Noon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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1,745 403
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

13
1,726 409
Rio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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1,638 599
Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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1,772 672
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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1,233 478
The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Wild Bunch William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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1,423 476
Shane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Shane Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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1,347 488
High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

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1,214 385
Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Stagecoach John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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1,427 440
Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Pale Rider Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

21
1,373 349
The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

22
1,141 345
Red River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Red River John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

23
1,405 341
Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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1,247 367
The Sons of Katie Elder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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1,183 395
Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Hang 'Em High Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

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1,282 414
Silverado is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Silverado Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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1,497 356
Open Range is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Open Range Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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859 372
Winchester '73 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Winchester '73 James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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873 370
How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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1,214 510
3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
3:10 to Yuma Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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1,353 534
True Grit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
True Grit Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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1,087 339
Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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1,245 522
Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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1,078 479
Young Guns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Young Guns Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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1,076 326
El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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888 309
Hondo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Hondo John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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1,104 362
McLintock! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
McLintock! John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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758 330
Fort Apache is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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929 247
Rio Grande is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Rio Grande John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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997 267
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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864 395
Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Streets of Laredo: Lonesome Dove Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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1,221 302
Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Quigley Down Under Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

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1,098 306
The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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675 358
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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856 315
The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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829 270
Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Rooster Cogburn John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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879 292
The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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799 325
Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Two Mules for Sister Sara Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

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752 242
Chisum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Chisum John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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713 254
Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Western Movies Ever Made
Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam