The Best Western Movies of the 1950s

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Vote up your favorite Western films that were released in the 1950s.

Sometimes you just need a little bit of the old heroes. The old American film heroes before rock 'n roll took over and changed how heroes, and masculinity in general were portrayed on screen. These are the best 1950s Western movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 50s Western movies have a fairly wide array of plots for movies that are all tied to the same genre. Some great 1950s Westerns featured lone riders saving the day, while other good 50s Western movies included elements of comedy. A few top 1950s Western movies even featured romantic love stories.

What are some of the movies that you will find on this best 50s Western movies list? Man of the West, starring the great Gary Cooper, has to be one of the best Westerns of the 1950s or any era. Fun Fact: Cooper did his own horse-riding scenes in this classic film. John Wayne's Hondo is another good Western that was released in the 1950s.

The Western became a musical event when Oklahoma! came out in 1955. Other great films that you will find on this top 1950s Western movies list include The Searchers, High Noon, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Which '50s Western do you think belongs at No. 1 on this list? Give your favorite movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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  • The Searchers
    1
    John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • High Noon
    2
    Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • Shane
    3
    Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • Rio Bravo
    4
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Hondo
    5
    John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: John Farrow
  • The Man from Laramie
    6
    James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • 3:10 to Yuma
    7
    Van Heflin, Glenn Ford, Felicia Farr
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Delmer Daves
  • Winchester '73
    8
    James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • Rio Grande
    9
    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Big Country
    10
    Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • The Naked Spur
    11
    James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
    12
    Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • River of No Return
    13
    Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • The Gunfighter
    14
    Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Karl Malden
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Henry King
  • The Far Country
    15
    James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Walter Brennan
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • The Horse Soldiers
    16
    John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
    17
    Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • Escape from Fort Bravo
    18
    William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • Bend of the River
    19
    James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • The Tall T
    20
    Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Budd Boetticher
  • Seven Men from Now
    21
    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell, Randolph Scott
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Budd Boetticher
  • Springfield Rifle
    22
    Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Andre de Toth
  • Man with the Gun
    23
    Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Richard Wilson
  • The Fastest Gun Alive
    24
    Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Russell Rouse
  • Ride Lonesome
    25
    Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Budd Boetticher