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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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  • 1
    The Wild Bunch
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    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1969

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
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    4

    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

    Kate Capshaw, Scott Glenn

    Released1991

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
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    5

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1949

    Directed byJohn Ford

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 4
    The Sugarland Express
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    3

    The Sugarland Express

    Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson

    Released1974

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Sugarland Express is a 1974 American neo-noir drama film co-written and directed by Steven... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Chisum
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    Chisum

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1970

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Angels in the Outfield
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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Bonanza: The Return
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    Bonanza: The Return

    Linda Gray, Dean Stockwell

    Released1993

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Bonanza: The Return is a 1993 TV-movie sequel to both the 1959-1973 television series Bonanza... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Major Dundee
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    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Shane
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    Shane

    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Wild Stallion
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    Wild Stallion

    Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan

    Released1952

    Directed byLewis D. Collins

    Wild Stallion is a 1952 film directed by Lewis D. Collins.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Wagon Master
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    4

    Wagon Master

    James Arness, Ben Johnson

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    Red Dawn
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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Bonanza: Under Attack
    22
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    Bonanza: Under Attack

    Leonard Nimoy, Jack Elam

    Released1995

    Directed byMark Tinker

    Bonanza: Under Attack is a 1995 TV-movie sequel to the 1959-1973 television series Bonanza and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    The Train Robbers
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    The Train Robbers

    John Wayne, Ann-Margret

    Released1973

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    The Train Robbers is a 1973 Western Technicolor film starring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Last Picture Show
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    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

    Released1971

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shadow Riders
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    The Shadow Riders

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott

    Released1982

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Soggy Bottom U.S.A.
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    2

    Soggy Bottom U.S.A.

    Don Johnson, Jack Elam

    Released1980

    Directed byTheodore J. Flicker

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  • 18
    Hustle
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    2

    Hustle

    Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hustle is a 1975 American neo-noir crime film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Simba
    14
    2

    Simba

    Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden

    Released1955

    Directed byBrian Desmond Hurst

    Simba is a 1955 British drama film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Dirk Bogarde,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Will Penny
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    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byTom Gries

    Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Terror Train
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    Terror Train

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity

    Released1980

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Terror Train is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jamie Lee... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    The Hunter
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    The Hunter

    Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach

    Released1980

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    The Hunter is a 1980 American thriller film based on the exploits of real-life bounty hunter... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ten Who Dared
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    Ten Who Dared

    Brian Keith, Ben Johnson

    Released1960

    Directed byWilliam Beaudine

    Ten Who Dared is a 1960 film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Undefeated
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    12

    The Undefeated

    John Wayne, Merlin Olsen

    Released1969

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Let's Get Harry
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    Let's Get Harry

    Robert Duvall, Gary Busey

    Released1986

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Let's Get Harry is a 1986 action film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It stars Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button