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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including The Shadow Riders and Grayeagle.

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John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey
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 ...more

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#41 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #211 of 307 The Best Movies for Menlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker
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 ...more

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#44 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #684 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #236 of 547 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd
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 ...more

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#927 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #130 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
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 ...more

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#15 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #853 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #24 of 307 The Best Movies for Men

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Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross
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 ...more
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James Arness, Ben Johnson, Ward Bond
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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Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman
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 ...more

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#722 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #227 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors
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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#98 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #19 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #26 of 33 The Best Movies About Hunting

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John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán
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 ...more

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John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson
The Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The film portrays events surrounding the French Intervention ...more

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#97 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #30 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #35 of 99 The Best John Wayne Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Kate Capshaw, Scott Glenn, Ben Johnson
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate Capshaw and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
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Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton
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, ...more

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#30 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies #417 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #57 of 59 The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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One-Eyed Jacks Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado
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 ...more

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#103 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #26 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #142 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
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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Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson
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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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn
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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#128 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #34 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #28 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies

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Dillinger Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips
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 ...more
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Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore
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 ...more

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#117 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #36 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s #14 of 46 The Best Train Movies

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Bonanza: The Return Linda Gray, Dean Stockwell, Jack Elam
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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Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey
Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made by the same creative team responsible for King Kong. Produced and written by Merian C. Cooper, who ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd
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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Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn
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 ...more

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#519 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #153 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #541 of 601 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers
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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#115 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #262 of 547 The Greatest Movies for Guys #72 of 99 Maxim's Greatest Guy Movies Ranked by Fans

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson
Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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#68 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #73 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #268 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Leonard Nimoy, Jack Elam, Ben Johnson
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 ...more