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The Best Western Movies of the 1950s

Updated March 26, 2020 24.3k votes 1.6k voters 32.1k views63 items

List RulesVote 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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    Shane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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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

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    The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Searchers

    John Wayne, Natalie Wood

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford,... more on Wikipedia

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    High Noon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper

    Released1952

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man from Laramie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Man from Laramie

    James Stewart, Jack Elam

    Released1955

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Man from Laramie is a 1955 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Hondo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Hondo

    John Wayne, James Arness

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Farrow, John Ford

    Hondo is a 1953 Warnercolor 3D Western film starring John Wayne and directed by John Farrow.... more on Wikipedia
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    3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    3:10 to Yuma

    Glenn Ford, Van Heflin

    Released1957

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    3:10 to Yuma is a 1957 American western film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Gunfighter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Gunfighter

    Gregory Peck, Karl Malden

    Released1950

    Directed byHenry King

    The Gunfighter is a 1950 western film starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell... more on Wikipedia
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    Seven Men from Now is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Seven Men from Now

    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell

    Released1956

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph... more on Wikipedia
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    Day of the Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Day of the Outlaw

    Tina Louise, Burl Ives

    Released1959

    Directed byAndré de Toth

    Day of the Outlaw is a 1959 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Winchester '73 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Winchester '73

    James Stewart, Rock Hudson

    Released1950

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Winchester '73 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fastest Gun Alive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Fastest Gun Alive

    Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain

    Released1956

    Directed byRussell Rouse

    The Fastest Gun Alive is a 1956 western film starring Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain and Broderick... more on Wikipedia
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    The Big Country is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Big Country

    Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck

    Released1958

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Naked Spur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Naked Spur

    James Stewart, Janet Leigh

    Released1953

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Naked Spur is a 1953 Technicolor American western film directed by Anthony Mann and... more on Wikipedia
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    Rio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Rio Bravo

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1959

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Tall T is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Tall T

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Randolph Scott

    Released1957

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    The Tall T is a 1957 American Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph... more on Wikipedia
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    Last Train from Gun Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Last Train from Gun Hill

    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Last Train from Gun Hill is a 1959 Western by action director John Sturges. It stars Kirk... more on Wikipedia
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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and... more on Wikipedia

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    Vera Cruz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Horse Soldiers

    John Wayne, William Holden

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne,... more on Wikipedia

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    Rio Grande is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Rio Grande

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Rio Grande is a 1950 Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen... more on Wikipedia

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    River of No Return is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    River of No Return

    Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum

    Released1954

    Directed byJean Negulesco, Otto Preminger

    River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Man of the West is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Man of the West

    Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb

    Released1958

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Man of the West is a 1958 western film starring Gary Cooper and directed by Anthony Mann. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Forty Guns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Forty Guns

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Barry

    Released1957

    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    Forty Guns is a 1957 gothic western film written and directed by Samuel Fuller, filmed in... more on Wikipedia
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    Ride Lonesome is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    Ride Lonesome

    James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1959

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Ride Lonesome is a 1959 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Far Country is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 1950s
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    The Far Country

    James Stewart, Walter Brennan

    Released1955

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann... more on Wikipedia
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