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List Rules Vote up your favorite Western films that were released in the 1960s.

Cowboys and gunfighters, revenge and honor, love and betrayal - this list of the best ‘60s western movies has it all.

You can’t discuss the greatest ‘60s western movies without mentioning Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Pairing acting legends Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the titular duo, Butch Cassidy won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as well as numerous accolades for its two stars.

Many of the ‘60s western films on this list are Spaghetti Westerns, a group of films primarily made and produced by Italians. Sergio Leone pioneered and dominated this genre, and his magnum opus, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, tops this list of great ‘60s westerns. Starring Clint Eastwood, the film featured original music by Ennio Morricone.   

Vote up the best 1960s westerns below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, ...more

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
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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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The ...more

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Hombre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Martin Balsam, Fredric March Hombre is a 1967 revisionist western film directed by Martin Ritt, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and starring Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Martin Balsam, ...more

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The Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian ...more

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy ...more

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Ride the High Country is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley. The supporting cast includes Edgar Buchanan, James ...more

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Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added 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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The Stalking Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster The Stalking Moon is a 1968 western film in Technicolor starring Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint. It is directed by Robert Mulligan and based on the novel of the same name by T.V. Olsen.

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only ...more

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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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Flaming Star is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
gerard flynn added Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Dolores del Río Flaming Star is a 1960 Western film starring Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden, based on the book Flaming Lance by Clair Huffaker. Critics agreed that Presley gave one of his best acting ...more

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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, an innocent man who survives a lynching, ...more

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One-Eyed Jacks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
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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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne ...more

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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy Shenandoah is a 1965 American Civil War film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, and, in her film debut, Katharine Ross. The picture was directed by Andrew V. ...more

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more

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El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
iknowwhatawesternis added John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Written by Leigh Brackett and loosely based on the novel The Stars in ...more

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Firecreek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
john greyflinn added James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens Firecreek is a 1968 western movie directed by Vincent McEveety and starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda in his second role as an antagonist that year. The film is similar to High Noon in that ...more

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Lonely Are the Brave is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. The film was directed by David Miller from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. It stars Kirk Douglas as ...more

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Hour of the Gun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Jon Voight, James Garner, Jason Robards Jr. Hour of the Gun is a 1967 Western film depicting Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday during their 1881 battles against Ike Clanton and his brothers in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the gunfight's ...more

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Welcome to Hard Times is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
iknowwhatawesternis added Henry Fonda, Keenan Wynn, Lon Chaney Welcome to Hard Times is a 1967 Western film based upon a novel by E. L. Doctorow. The movie was directed by Burt Kennedy. It stars Henry Fonda as the leader of a dying town who is too weak to ...more

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Comanche Station is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
gerard flynn added Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins Comanche Station is a 1960 American CinemaScope western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates and Claude Akins. The film was the last of Boetticher's late ...more

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Major Dundee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added 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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Shalako is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
gerard flynn added Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Honor Blackman Shalako is a 1968 Western film directed by American Edward Dmytryk, starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. The British production was filmed in Almería, Spain. The cast also includes ...more

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The Great Silence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Vonetta McGee The Great Silence, or The Big Silence, is an Italian revisionist western. The movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, a mute gunfighter with a ...more

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Django is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Franco Nero, José Bódalo, José Canalejas Django is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. The film earned a reputation as being one of the most violent films ...more

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The Comancheros is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, and starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. ...more

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Mackenna's Gold is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
iknowwhatawesternis added Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck, Julie Newmar Mackenna's Gold is a 1969 western film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv, and Julie Newmar. It was photographed in Super ...more

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Nevada Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Suzanne Pleshette Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Steve McQueen, made by Embassy Pictures and Solar Productions in association ...more

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Death Rides a Horse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega Death Rides a Horse is a 1967 Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.

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The Scalphunters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and Telly Savalas. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack, with the score written by Elmer Bernstein. Davis ...more

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A Big Hand for the Little Lady is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions Inc. and released by Warner Bros. The movie was produced and directed by Fielder Cook from a ...more

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The Sons of Katie Elder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. The movie was filmed principally in Mexico. The film Four Brothers ...more

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zxray added Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland The War Wagon is a 1967 Western film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, released by Universal Pictures, directed by Burt Kennedy, produced by Marvin Schwartz and adapted by Clair Huffaker ...more

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McLintock! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring John Wayne, with co-stars including Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, and Wayne's son Patrick Wayne. The film, ...more

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Support Your Local Sheriff! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, ...more

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The Undefeated is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
zxray added 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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Cat Ballou is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. The movie stars ...more

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The Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Stevenf.Wayne added Robert Duvall, Cliff Robertson, Donald Moffat The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is a 1972 Technicolor Western film about the James-Younger Gang distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Philip Kaufman in a cinéma ...more

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El Topo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Stevenf.Wayne added David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau El Topo is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf ...more

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Hud is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Yvette Vickers, Patricia Neal Hud is a 1963 Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. It was produced by Ritt and Newman's recently founded company, Salem Productions, ...more

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zxray added Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner Villa Rides is a 1968 film starring Yul Brynner in toupee in the title role and Robert Mitchum as an American adventurer and pilot of fortune. The supporting cast includes Charles Bronson as ...more

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7 Faces of Dr. Lao is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Barbara Eden, Tony Randall, Arthur O'Connell 7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a Metrocolor 1964 film adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. It details the visit of a magical circus to a small town in the ...more