Westerns The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV  

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A lot of people have romantic notions about America's Wild West. They dream of a time when people rode on horseback and followed their own code of ethics. Back then, there was still land to discover, and people settled their differences with a showdown at high noon. It seems like it would have been an exciting time to be alive, which is probably why so many people flock to Westerns, and why these stories often feature so many iconic characters.

The Lone Ranger is a great example of the classic cowboy. Alongside his friend, Tonto, he follows his own moral code and always stands up for the little guy. Zorro also falls into this category, as did William Munny - as least in his later years. The one thing all these cowboy characters seem to have in common is that they are often loners who stand up for justice, even if it means occasionally breaking the rules. Which cowboy character is your favorite?

Grab your lasso and vote up all the cowboys you would feel safer having around to protect your town from ruffians.

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50 8
Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Outlaw Josey Wales
2
49 9
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Back to the Future Part II, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3
50 10
Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Tombstone
4
44 14
Wyatt Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Tombstone
5
39 13
Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Rooster Cogburn, True Grit
6
37 14
William Munny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Unforgiven
7
37 15
Ethan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Searchers
8
32 12
Marshal Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Gunsmoke, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
9
25 7
Tom Doniphon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
10
29 17
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright Bonanza, The Errand Boy
11
30 19
Butch Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
12
29 19
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Zorro, Kaiketsu Zorro, The Mask of Zorro
13
21 14
The Sundance Kid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Blackthorn, The Legend of Butch & Sundance, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy
14
24 18
Will Kane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
High Noon, High Noon part II: The Return of Will Kane
15
19 14
Lieutenant Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Dances with Wolves
16
17 13
Ben Wade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Ben Wade 3:10 to Yuma
17
16 13
Ranger Cordell Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Martial Law, Walker, Texas Ranger
18
17 15
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie
19
23 22
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Lone Ranger, The Lone Ranger
20
12 10
Dan Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
3:10 to Yuma
21
17 16
Django is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!
22
15 14
Sam Chisholm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Sam Chisholm Magnificent Seven
23
1 0
Jebediah Nightlinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
HarryBerman added Jebediah Nightlinger The Cowboys
24
16 18
William Brocius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Carly Kiel added Curly Bill Brocius Tombstone
25
11 14
John Ruth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
John Ruth The Hateful Eight