Entertainment The Best Western Movies of the '70s  

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List Rules Vote up the best Western films that were released in the 1970s.

The Western is one of the most important genres in cinema history. It redefined what it meant to be a hero, and it redefined how stories were told on camera. Though the great Western heroes were on their way out in the 70s, it was still a tremendous decade for the genre. These are the best 70s Western movies, ranked from best to worst by fan votes. Some of these great 1970s Westerns fall in the line with the classic Western storyline of a lone gunman saving the day, while others on this list are uproarious comedies that almost flip the genre on its head.

What are some of the movies one can expect to find on this list? Throughout the 1970s, Clint Eastwood served as a cowboy for a new generation. Some of his best films, including The Outlaw Josey Wales, High Plains Drifter, and Two Mules for Sister Sara, all came out during the decade. The Frisco Kid is another good Western movie that was released in the 1970s.

Blazing Saddles is not only one of the best Westerns of the 70s, but it is still considered one of the funniest films of all time. Other great movies featured here include Westworld, The Shootist, and Jeremiah Johnson.

What is the best Western from the 70s?? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any great cowboy films you think might be missing from this list!
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Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer
Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as the title character and Will Geer as "Bear Claw" Chris Lapp. The film has been said to ...more
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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon
The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film ...more
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289 102
McCabe & Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall
McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, and directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is based on Edmund Naughton's 1959 novel McCabe. ...more
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The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart
The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role, about a gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to stop with the least ...more
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249 102
High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman
High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Studios. ...more
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239 102
Lawman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb
Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall. The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring ...more
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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Ed Lauter
Bad Company is a 1972 American Western film directed by Robert Benton, who also co-wrote the film with David Newman. It stars Barry Brown and Jeff Bridges as two of a group of young men who flee ...more
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Ulzana's Raid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Richard Jaeckel
Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez. The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona, was directed by ...more
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Billy Two Hats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
iknowwhatawesternis added Gregory Peck
Billy Two Hats is a 1974 Western film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It stars Gregory Peck, Jack Warden and Desi Arnaz, Jr. Filmed on-location in Israel, Billy Two Hats is from a script by Scottish ...more
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Valdez Is Coming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Burt Lancaster, H├ęctor Elizondo, Sylvia Poggioli
Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard Jordan and Jon Cypher. The film is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name.
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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn
This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging ...more
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Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre
Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more
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177 102
Doc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Faye Dunaway, Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin
Doc is a 1971 American western film, which tells the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and of one of its protagonists, Doc Holliday. It stars Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway and Harris Yulin. ...more
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Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
iknowwhatawesternis added John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker
Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a driven lawman in a black hat. The film was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and filmed on location in ...more
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175 102
Joe Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon
Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges. The film is about an ex-bounty hunter hired by a ...more
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174 102
Buffalo Bill and the Indians is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Harvey Keitel
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson is a 1976 revisionist Western directed by Robert Altman and based on the play Indians by Arthur Kopit. It stars Paul Newman as ...more
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174 102
Heartland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus
Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on ...more
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164 102
A Man Called Horse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon
A Man Called Horse is a 1970 American Western film starring Richard Harris and directed by Elliot Silverstein. Based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, "A Man Called Horse", ...more
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158 102
The Life and Times of Judge Ro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bissett
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, ...more
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158 102
Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Jeanne Moreau
Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has little to do with the plot of Schaefer's book. It was directed in 1970 by cinematographer William A. ...more
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The Culpepper Cattle Co. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Billy Green Bush, Gary Grimes
The Culpepper Cattle Co. or Dust, Sweat and Gunpowder is a 1972 Revisionist Western film produced by Twentieth Century Fox. It was directed by Dick Richards and starred Billy Green Bush as Frank ...more
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148 102
The Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn 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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148 102
Goin' South is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd
Goin' South is an American western-comedy film, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Richard Bradford, Veronica Cartwright, Danny DeVito ...more
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148 102
The Revengers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Susan Hayward
The Revengers is a 1972 Western film written by Wendell Mayes based upon a story by Steven W. Carabatsos. The film was directed by Daniel Mann and stars William Holden and Ernest Borgnine.
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141 102
Chisum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker
Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast also includes Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, Andrew ...more