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The Best Western Movies of the '70s

Updated August 7, 2019 18.7k votes 1.4k voters 22.3k views45 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Jeremiah Johnson

    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker

    Released1972

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford... more on Wikipedia
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Released1976

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shootist
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    The Shootist

    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

    Released1976

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his... more on Wikipedia
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    High Plains Drifter
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    High Plains Drifter

    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

    Released1973

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written... more on Wikipedia

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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller
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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Altman

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie... more on Wikipedia
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    Lawman
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    Lawman

    Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster

    Released1971

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bad Company
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    Bad Company

    Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Bad Company is a 1972 American Western film directed by Robert Benton, who also co-wrote the... more on Wikipedia
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1970

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Kidd
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    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Ulzana's Raid
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    Ulzana's Raid

    Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius,... more on Wikipedia

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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James... more on Wikipedia
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    Valdez Is Coming
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    Valdez Is Coming

    Burt Lancaster, Héctor Elizondo

    Released1971

    Directed byEdwin Sherin

    Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    A Man Called Horse
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    A Man Called Horse

    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson

    Released1970

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    A Man Called Horse is a 1970 American Western film starring Richard Harris and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Cahill U.S. Marshal
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    Cahill U.S. Marshal

    John Wayne, George Kennedy

    Released1973

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Chisum
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    Chisum

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1970

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast... more on Wikipedia
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    Billy Two Hats
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    Billy Two Hats

    Gregory Peck

    Released1974

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Billy Two Hats is a 1974 Western film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It stars Gregory Peck, Jack... more on Wikipedia
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    Doc
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    Doc

    Faye Dunaway, Stacy Keach

    Released1971

    Directed byFrank Perry

    Doc is a 1971 American western film, which tells the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral... more on Wikipedia
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    The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
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    The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

    Robert Duvall, Cliff Robertson

    Released1972

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is a 1972 Technicolor Western film about the James-Younger... more on Wikipedia
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    Buffalo Bill and the Indians
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    Buffalo Bill and the Indians

    Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson is a 1976 revisionist Western... more on Wikipedia
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    Monte Walsh
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    Monte Walsh

    Lee Marvin, Jack Palance

    Released1970

    Directed byWilliam A. Fraker

    Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has... more on Wikipedia
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    The Culpepper Cattle Co.
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    The Culpepper Cattle Co.

    Billy Green Bush, Gary Grimes

    Released1972

    Directed byDick Richards

    The Culpepper Cattle Co. or Dust, Sweat and Gunpowder is a 1972 Revisionist Western film... more on Wikipedia
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    Blazing Saddles
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Duck, You Sucker!
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    Duck, You Sucker!

    James Coburn, Rod Steiger

    Released1971

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution,... more on Wikipedia
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    Big Jake
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    Big Jake

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1971

    Directed byGeorge Sherman

    Big Jake is a 1971 Western film directed by George Sherman, written by Harry Julian Fink and... more on Wikipedia