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The Best Ben Johnson Movies

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List of the best Ben Johnson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ben Johnson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ben Johnson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ben Johnson movies will be at the top of the list. Ben Johnson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ben Johnson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ben Johnson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ben Johnson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ben Johnson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Chisum

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1970

    Released1970

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast also includes Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, Andrew Prine,...  more

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    Shane

    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by...  more

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    Wagon Master

    James Arness, Ben Johnson

    Released1950

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River in Utah. The film was conceived, produced, and directed by John Ford, who is often listed among the...  more
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    The Shadow Riders

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, and Katharine Ross. Based on the novel of the same...  more
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    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

    Released1971

    Released1971

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small town in north...  more

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    The Train Robbers

    John Wayne, Ann-Margret

    Released1973

    Released1973

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    The Train Robbers is a 1973 Western Technicolor film starring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor and Ben Johnson. The movie was written and directed by Burt Kennedy. Rod Taylor is billed above the...  more

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    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Released1968

    Directed byTom Gries

    Directed byTom Gries

    Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston and Donald Pleasence. It was based upon an episode of the 1960 Sam Peckinpah television series The...  more

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    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

    Kate Capshaw, Scott Glenn

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate Capshaw and directed by Stuart Rosenberg....  more
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    The Sugarland Express

    Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson

    Released1974

    Released1974

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Sugarland Express is a 1974 American neo-noir drama film co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg in his theatrical feature film directorial debut. It stars Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William...  more
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    One-Eyed Jacks

    Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

    Released1961

    Released1961

    Directed byMarlon Brando

    Directed byMarlon Brando

    One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah, but studio...  more

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    Junior Bonner

    Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don Baker, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino. The film focuses on a veteran rodeo rider as he returns to his...  more
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    The Rare Breed

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1966

    Released1966

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Rare Breed is a 1966 American western film starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills and Ben Johnson and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Loosely based on the life of...  more
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    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Directed byJohn Ford

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. The academy award winning film was the second of Ford's Cavalry trilogy films. With a budget...  more

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    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins

    Released1975

    Released1975

    Directed byTom Gries

    Directed byTom Gries

    Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the same...  more

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    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Released1965

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union...  more

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    Dillinger

    Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman

    Released1973

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Dillinger is a 1973 gangster film about the life and criminal exploits of notorious bank robber John Dillinger. It stars Warren Oates as Dillinger and Ben Johnson as his pursuer, FBI Agent Melvin...  more
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    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1969

    Released1969

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of 1913. The...  more

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    Bonanza: The Return

    Linda Gray, Dean Stockwell

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Bonanza: The Return is a 1993 TV-movie sequel to both the 1959-1973 television series Bonanza and the 1988 made-for-television film Bonanza: The Next Generation . The movie was directed by Jerry...  more
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    Bite the Bullet

    Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen

    Released1975

    Released1975

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Bite the Bullet is a 1975 American Western film written and directed by Richard Brooks and starring Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent and Dabney...  more

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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph...  more

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    The Getaway

    Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Getaway is a 1972 American action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The film is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name, with the screenplay...  more

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    Terror Train

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity

    Released1980

    Released1980

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Terror Train is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson and David Copperfield. It follows the members of a college fraternity who played a cruel...  more

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    The Town That Dreaded Sundown

    Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson

    Released1976

    Released1976

    Directed byCharles B. Pierce

    Directed byCharles B. Pierce

    The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American horror film by producer and director Charles B. Pierce who also co-stars as a bumbling police officer named A.C. Benson, also known as "Sparkplug"....  more

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    Tex

    Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byTim Hunter

    Directed byTim Hunter

    Tex is a 1982 drama film directed by Tim Hunter and written by Charles S. Haas, based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. Matt Dillon and Jim Metzler play brothers who struggle after their...  more
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    Bonanza: Under Attack

    Leonard Nimoy, Jack Elam

    Released1995

    Released1995

    Directed byMark Tinker

    Directed byMark Tinker

    Bonanza: Under Attack is a 1995 TV-movie sequel to the 1959-1973 television series Bonanza and television films Bonanza: The Next Generation and Bonanza: The Return. The movie was directed by Mark...  more