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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 4 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 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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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 6 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 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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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 16 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, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more

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Flaming Star is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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 film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, and, in her film debut, Katharine Ross. The picture was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The ...more

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El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Shalako is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Welcome to Hard Times is listed (or ranked) 24 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 town who is too weak to stand ...more

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Major Dundee is listed (or ranked) 25 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