Here you will find all of 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, 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. Then check back to see if your favorite Western movie stars topped our list.
Credits (Film): Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Back to the Future Part II
Credits (Film): The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach, True Grit, Rio Bravo
Credits (Film): It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story
Credits (Film): The Big Lebowski, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ghost Rider, Hulk, We Were Soldiers
Credits (Film): The Wild Bunch, Shane, The Last Picture Show, Red Dawn, The Getaway
Credits (Film): The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird, MASH
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Credits (Film): Once Upon a Time in the West, High Noon, The Cannonball Run, Kiss Me Deadly, Support Your Local Sheriff!
Credits (Film): The Searchers, Robin Hood, How the West Was Won, The Horse Soldiers, The Alamo
Credits (Film): Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley, The Parent Trap, Big Jake
Credits (Film): Island of Lost Souls, Ride the High Country, Jesse James, The Tall T, Follow the Fleet
Credits (Film): The Thing from Another World, Them!, Battleground, Hondo, The Farmer's Daughter
Credits (Film): The Dirty Dozen, Cat Ballou, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Big Red One, The Big Heat
Credits (Film): Blazing Saddles, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Howling, The Black Hole, The Getaway
Credits (Film): Good, Escape from New York, For a Few Dollars More, High Noon, How the West Was Won
Credits (Film): The Great Escape, The Notebook, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Maverick, Space Cowboys
Credits (Film): Bride of Frankenstein, Rio Bravo, How the West Was Won, Red River, My Darling Clementine
Credits (Film): To Hell and Back, The Red Badge of Courage, The Unforgiven, No Name on the Bullet, Night Passage
Credits (Film): The Outlaw Josey Wales, Harry and Tonto, Little Big Man, Americathon, Smith!
Credits (Film): Superman, Superman II, Midway, The Big Heat, Gilda
Credits (Film): High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Wings
Credits (Film): Batman, Shane, City Slickers, Young Guns, Tango & Cash
Credits (Film): Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter, The Longest Day, Dead Man
Credits (Film): Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China
Credits (Film): The Great Escape, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish
Credits (Film): Tall in the Saddle, The Star Packer, Dark Command, Texas Terror, Blue Steel