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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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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 1 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 set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra ...more

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Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Shootist is listed (or ranked) 3 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 dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with the ...more

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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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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Valdez Is Coming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Burt Lancaster, Héctor 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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Buffalo Bill and the Indians is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 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 ...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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Heartland is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Doc is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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A Man Called Horse is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Life and Times of Judge Ro... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Goin' South is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Chisum is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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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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Breakheart Pass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the ...more

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Stella Stevens, Jason Robards Jr., David Warner The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a 1970 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens and David Warner. Set in the Arizona desert during a period when the ...more

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My Name Is Nobody is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Henry Fonda, Terence Hill, Geoffrey Lewis My Name is Nobody, also known as Gellert, is a 1973 Spaghetti Western comedy film. The film was directed by Tonino Valerii and, in some scenes, by Sergio Leone. It was written by Leone, Fulvio ...more

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Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a ...more

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The Hired Hand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Severn Darden The Hired Hand is a 1971 American western film directed by Peter Fonda, with a screenplay by Alan Sharp. The film stars Fonda, Warren Oates, and Verna Bloom. The cinematography was by Vilmos ...more

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Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey Big Jake is a 1971 Western film directed by George Sherman, written by Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink, produced by Michael Wayne, edited by Harry Gerstad, starring John Wayne, Richard Boone ...more

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The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor ...more

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The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
anne flynn added Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin The Beguiled is a 1971 American drama film directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. The script was written by Albert Maltz and is based on the 1966 Southern Gothic ...more

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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Duck, You Sucker! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
James Coburn, Rod Steiger, David Warbeck Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution, is a 1971 Italian epic buddy Zapata Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Rod Steiger ...more

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They Call Me Trinity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Farley Granger They Call Me Trinity also known as My Name Is Trinity, is a 1970 Italian spaghetti western comedy film starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.

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Missouri Breaks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Missouri Breaks

Marlon Brando,Jack Nicholson

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Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin Rooster Cogburn is a 1975 American Western Technicolor film directed by Stuart Millar and starring John Wayne, reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, and ...more

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Eagle's Wing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
gerard flynn added Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, Sam Waterston Eagle's Wing is a Euro-Western Eastmancolor film made in 1979. It stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston and Harvey Keitel. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, with a story by Michael Syson and a ...more

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Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Yul Brynner, James Brolin, Dick Van Patten Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton and produced by Paul Lazarus III about amusement park robots that become evil after a ...more

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Billy Two Hats is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Support Your Local Gunfighter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Joan Blondell Support Your Local Gunfighter is a 1971 comic western film starring James Garner, directed by Burt Kennedy, and written by James Edward Grant. The film shares many cast and crew members and plot ...more

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El Topo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau El Topo is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf ...more

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The Frisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith The Frisco Kid is a 1979 movie directed by Robert Aldrich. The movie is a Western comedy featuring Gene Wilder as Avram Belinski, a Polish rabbi who is traveling to San Francisco, and Harrison ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western Movies of the '70s
Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, Frank Langella Bad Company is a 1995 U.S. neo-noir thriller film directed by Damian Harris and written by Ross Thomas. The film stars Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne as former CIA operatives engaging in a ...more