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The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

Updated August 29, 2019 22.0k votes 1.7k voters 28.2k views47 items

List RulesVote 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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  • For a Few Dollars More1
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    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1965

    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and...  more

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  • The Wild Bunch2
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    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1969

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging...  more

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  • Once Upon a Time in the West3
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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed...  more

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly4
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    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by...  more

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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid5
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1969

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill...  more

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  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance6
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford...  more

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  • The Magnificent Seven7
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more

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  • Hombre8
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    Hombre

    Paul Newman, Martin Balsam

    Released1967

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Hombre is a 1967 revisionist western film directed by Martin Ritt, based on the novel of the...  more

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  • A Fistful of Dollars9
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    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1964

    Directed bySergio Leone

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film...  more

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  • The Sons of Katie Elder10
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    The Sons of Katie Elder

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1965

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and...  more

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  • El Dorado11
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    El Dorado

    John Wayne, James Caan

    Released1966

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring...  more

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  • Hang 'Em High12
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    Hang 'Em High

    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper

    Released1968

    Directed byTed Post

    Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written...  more

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  • True Grit13
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    True Grit

    John Wayne, Robert Duvall

    Released1969

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed...  more

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  • The Professionals14
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    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia...  more

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  • The Comancheros15
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    The Comancheros

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin

    Released1961

    Directed byJohn Wayne, Michael Curtiz

    The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz,...  more
  • The Unforgiven16
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    The Unforgiven

    Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by...  more

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  • Comanche Station17
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    Comanche Station

    Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates

    Released1960

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Comanche Station is a 1960 American CinemaScope western film directed by Budd Boetticher and...  more
  • How the West Was Won18
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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry 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...  more

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  • Shenandoah19
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    Shenandoah

    James Stewart, Katharine Ross

    Released1965

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

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  • Support Your Local Sheriff!20
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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by...  more

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  • Ride the High Country21
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan

    Released1962

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring...  more
  • Will Penny22
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    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byTom Gries

    Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston...  more

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  • The Alamo23
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    The Alamo

    John Wayne, Richard Widmark

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Wayne

    The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced...  more

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  • Flaming Star24
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    Flaming Star

    Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden

    Released1960

    Directed byDon Siegel, Mickey Moore

    Flaming Star is a 1960 Western film starring Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden, based on the book...  more
  • The War Wagon25
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    The War Wagon

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1967

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    This film is a 1967 Western film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, released by Universal...  more

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