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The Best Disney Western Movies 

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Updated July 29, 2019 519 votes 51 voters 1.4k views 23 items

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It’s time to determine the best Disney western movies. The wild west is a great backdrop for epic stories and Walt Disney has made a few. These are often action-packed and comedic westerns. A lot of these movies are classics such as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Tall Tale and Tonka. But are they the top westerns that Disney has to offer? You’ll also find famous actors like Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in the new Disney western The Lone Ranger. This list has every Disney western and includes both live-action and animated western movies.

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Davy Crockett, King of t... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki

Released: 1955

Directed by: Norman Foster

This was a combination of Disney's first three Davy Crockett films. They were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress and Davy Crockett at the Alamo.
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The Apple Dumpling Gang ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby

Released: 1975

Directed by: Norman Tokar

The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney film about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan who is duped into taking care of a group of orphans who eventually strike gold during the California ...more
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The Apple Dumpling Gang ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Ruth Buzzi

Released: 1979

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is a 1979 sequel to the 1975 American family film The Apple Dumpling Gang starring the comedy duo of Tim Conway, and Don Knotts. Conway and Knotts reprise ...more
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Johnny Tremain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Richard Beymer, Sebastian Cabot, Dabbs Greer

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Johnny Tremain is a 1957 film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the 1944 Newbery Medal-winning children's novel of the same name by Esther Forbes, retelling the story of the years in ...more
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more
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The Sign of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Guy Williams, John Dehner, Gene Sheldon

Released: 1958

Directed by: Lewis R. Foster, Norman Foster

The Sign of Zorro is a theatrical feature film produced by Walt Disney Company.
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The Light in the Forest ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Jessica Tandy, Fess Parker, Joanne Dru

Released: 1958

Directed by: Herschel Daugherty

The Light in the Forest is a 1958 film based on a novel of the same name first published in 1953 by U.S. author Conrad Richter. The film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and starred Fess ...more
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Hot Lead and Cold Feet ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Jack Elam

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Butler

Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Company, starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Darren ...more
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The Great Locomotive Cha... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Fess Parker, Slim Pickens, Harry Carey

Released: 1956

Directed by: Francis D. Lyon

The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Walt Disney Productions CinemaScope adventure film based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862 during the American Civil War. The film ...more
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Miracle of the White Sta... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Robert Taylor, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus

Released: 1963

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

Miracle of the White Stallions is a 1963 film released by Walt Disney starring Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, and Eddie Albert. It is the story of the evacuation of the Lipizzaner horses from the ...more
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Tonka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Sal Mineo, Slim Pickens, Joy Page

Released: 1958

Directed by: Lewis R. Foster

Tonka is a 1958 Walt Disney Western adventure film about the US cavalry horse that survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn; it stars Sal Mineo as a Sioux who fought there. It was filmed in ...more
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Return to Snowy River is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Geoff Burrowes

Return to Snowy River (a.k.a. The Man from Snowy River II and The Untamed) is a 1988 Australian drama film directed by Geoff Burrowes, it is a sequel to The Man from Snowy River.
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Westward Ho the Wagons! ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Fess Parker, George Reeves, Iron Eyes Cody

Released: 1956

Directed by: William Beaudine

Westward Ho, The Wagons! is a 1956 live-action Disney western film, aimed at family audiences. Based on Mary Jane Carr's novel Children of the Covered Wagon, the film was produced by Bill Walsh, ...more
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The Adventures of Bullwh... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Suzanne Pleshette, Roddy McDowall, Karl Malden

Released: 1967

Directed by: James Neilson

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a theatrical feature film produced by Walt Disney Company.
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The Castaway Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp

Released: 1974

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

The Castaway Cowboy is a 1974 adventure film released by Walt Disney Productions starring James Garner, Vera Miles, Eric Shea, and Robert Culp about a Texas rancher who gets shanghaied, then ...more
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Scandalous John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Brian Keith, Harry Morgan, Michele Carey

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Butler

Scandalous John is a film directed by Robert Butler released on June 22, 1971.
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Savage Sam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Brian Keith, Slim Pickens, Marta Kristen

Released: 1963

Directed by: Norman Tokar

Savage Sam is a 1963 film sequel to Old Yeller based on the novel of the same name by Fred Gipson. Norman Tokar directed the live-action film, which was released by Walt Disney Productions on ...more
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One Little Indian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Jodie Foster, James Garner, Vera Miles

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bernard McEveety

One Little Indian is a 1973 western film produced by Walt Disney Productions starring James Garner and Vera Miles. The supporting cast includes Pat Hingle, Jay Silverheels, and an 11-year-old ...more
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King of the Grizzlies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Chris Wiggins, Winston Hibler, Jack Van Evera

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ron Kelly

King of the Grizzlies is a 1970 American adventure film directed by Ron Kelly and written by Jack Speirs, Rod Peterson and Norman Wright. The film stars John Yesno, Chris Wiggins, Hugh Webster ...more
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Tall Tale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Patrick Swayze, William H. Macy, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Tall Tale, also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill is a 1995 American western adventure fantasy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It stars Scott Glenn, Oliver ...more
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Home on the Range is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Steve Buscemi, Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench

Released: 2004

Directed by: Will Finn, John Sanford

Home on the Range is a 2004 American animated musical western comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004, and was named after the ...more
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Spirit: Stallion of the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more
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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Western Movies
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

The Lone Ranger is a 2013 action adventure film written by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski.