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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55 8
Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Outlaw Josey Wales
2
54 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
54 12
Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Tombstone
4
47 16
Wyatt Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Tombstone
5
43 14
Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Rooster Cogburn, True Grit
6
41 16
William Munny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Unforgiven
7
35 13
Marshal Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Gunsmoke, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
8
40 18
Ethan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Searchers
9
27 9
Tom Doniphon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
10
33 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
32 21
Butch Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
12
24 15
The Sundance Kid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Blackthorn, The Legend of Butch & Sundance, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy
13
30 22
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Zorro, Kaiketsu Zorro, The Mask of Zorro
14
22 15
Lieutenant Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Dances with Wolves
15
26 20
Will Kane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
High Noon, High Noon part II: The Return of Will Kane
16
19 14
Ranger Cordell Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Martial Law, Walker, Texas Ranger
17
19 15
Ben Wade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Ben Wade 3:10 to Yuma
18
15 11
Dan Evans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
3:10 to Yuma
19
19 17
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie
20
19 18
Django is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!
21
24 25
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
The Lone Ranger, The Lone Ranger
22
16 17
Sam Chisholm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Sam Chisholm Magnificent Seven
23
18 20
William Brocius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
Carly Kiel added Curly Bill Brocius Tombstone
24
12 17
John Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
John Ruth The Hateful Eight
25
1 4
Jebediah Nightlinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV
HarryBerman added Jebediah Nightlinger The Cowboys