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The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s 

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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 - one of the most fun Westerns to watch during a night in - 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 ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

Released: 1968

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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 Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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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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

Released: 1965

Directed by: 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 Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Sturges

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 Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1969

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Ford

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
Hombre Paul Newman, Martin Balsam, Fredric March

Released: 1967

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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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El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
iknowwhatawesternis added John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

Released: 1966

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

Released: 1962

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

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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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1969

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

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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The Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added The Unforgiven Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Huston

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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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ted Post

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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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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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Comanche Station is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
gerard flynn added Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins

Released: 1960

Directed by: Budd Boetticher

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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The Comancheros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

Released: 1961

Directed by: John Wayne, Michael Curtiz

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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The Sons of Katie Elder ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1965

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

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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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

Released: 1965

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Wayne

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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Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

Released: 1968

Directed by: Tom Gries

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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Ride the High Country is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
Ride the High Country Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott

Released: 1962

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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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Support Your Local Sheri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

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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Flaming Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
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Released: 1960

Directed by: Don Siegel, Mickey Moore

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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The Stalking Moon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s
anne flynn added Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

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.