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The Best Western Musicals 

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Updated April 15, 2019 386 votes 57 voters 1.4k views 30 items

Western musical movies are a very distinct kind of thing. They combine two genres that you wouldn't necessarily expect to mix well together. Many of these films were made between the 1920s and the 1950s, but there have been some more modern western musicals, as well. The Coen brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one example. Needless to say, when people start singing while riding horses or wandering through the wild, wild West, you're in for some off-beat fun. So if you're into singing cowboys or simply musicals that take place in the untamed west, from Clint Eastwood to Elvis, this list has something for you.

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Seven Brides for Seven B... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel

Released: 1954

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more
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Calamity Jane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Doris Day, Howard Keel, Dick Wesson

Released: 1953

Directed by: David Butler

Calamity Jane is a "Wild West"-themed film musical released in 1953. It is loosely based on the life of Wild West heroine Calamity Jane and explores an alleged romance between Calamity ...more
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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert

Released: 1955

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Oklahoma! is a 1955 musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley ...more
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Annie Get Your Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Keenan Wynn, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel

Released: 1950

Directed by: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Charles Walters

Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical comedy film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer release, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a ...more
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Paint Your Wagon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg

Released: 1969

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and ...more
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The Harvey Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse

Released: 1946

Directed by: George Sidney, Robert Alton

The Harvey Girls is a 1946 American musical film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Samuel Hopkins Adams, about Fred Harvey's famous Harvey House ...more
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Go West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

Released: 1940

Directed by: Edward Buzzell

Go West is the 10th Marx Brothers comedy film, in which brothers Groucho, Chico, and Harpo head to the American West and attempt to unite a couple by ensuring that an evil railroad baron is ...more
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The One and Only, Genuin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 1968

Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band is a 1968 musical film from Walt Disney Productions based on a biography by Laura Bower Van Nuys, directed by Michael O'Herlihy, with original ...more
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Go West, Young Lady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Go West, Young Lady Glenn Ford

Released: 1941

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer

Go West, Young Lady is a 1941 Western comedy film, starring Penny Singleton and Glenn Ford and directed by Frank R. Strayer.
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Can't Help Singing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Deanna Durbin, Akim Tamiroff, Thomas Gomez

Released: 1944

Directed by: Frank Ryan

Can't Help Singing is a 1944 American musical Western film directed by Frank Ryan and starring Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, and Akim Tamiroff. Based on a story by John D. Klorer and Leo ...more
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Red Garters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Rosemary Clooney, Gene Barry, Buddy Ebsen

Released: 1954

Directed by: George Marshall

Red Garters is a 1954 film starring Rosemary Clooney, Guy Mitchell, and Jack Carson. It was a musical spoof of Westerns. The director was George Marshall. The film was nominated an Academy Award ...more
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Those Redheads from Seat... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Rhonda Fleming, Agnes Moorehead, Gene Barry

Released: 1953

Directed by: Lewis R. Foster

Those Redheads from Seattle is a 1953 musical film directed by Lewis R. Foster.
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The Girl of the Golden W... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Walter Pidgeon, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy

Released: 1938

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

The Girl of the Golden West is a 1938 musical western film. It was adapted from the play of the same name by David Belasco, better known for providing the plot of the opera La fanciulla del West ...more
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Rhythm on the Range is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Frances Farmer

Released: 1936

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Rhythm on the Range is a 1936 American Western musical film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, and Bob Burns. Based on a story by Mervin J. Houser, the film is ...more
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Rio Rita is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler

Released: 1929

Directed by: Luther Reed

Rio Rita is a 1929 RKO Pictures musical comedy starring Bebe Daniels and John Boles along with the comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey. The film is based on the 1927 stage musical produced by ...more
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The Terror of Tiny Town ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Billy Curtis, Jerry Maren, nm0467071

Released: 1938

Directed by: Sam Newfield

The Terror of Tiny Town is a 1938 American film produced by Jed Buell, directed by Sam Newfield, and starring Billy Curtis. It is the world's only musical Western with an all-dwarf cast. Using a ...more
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Trail of Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Roy Rogers, William Farnum, Monte Hale

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Witney

Trail of Robin Hood is a 1950 American Trucolor film starring Roy Rogers and filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains and Big Bear Lake California. It is notable for featuring a large cast of ...more
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The Second Greatest Sex ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Musicals
The Second Greatest Sex Jeanne Crain, Mamie Van Doren, Jimmy Boyd

Released: 1955

Directed by: George Marshall

The Second Greatest Sex is a film directed by George Marshall released on Oct 1955.
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Belle of the Yukon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Belle of the Yukon Dinah Shore, Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee

Released: 1944

Directed by: William A. Seiter

Belle of the Yukon is a 1944 American film produced and directed by William A. Seiter and starring Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Dinah Shore. Based on a story by Houston Branch and set in ...more
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Rogue of the Rio Grande ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Rogue of the Rio Grande Myrna Loy, Raymond Hatton, Carmelita Geraghty

Released: 1930

Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet

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A Man from the Boulevard... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Natalya Fateeva, Andrei Mironov, Oleg Tabakov

Released: 1987

Directed by: Alla Surikova

A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines is a Red Western comedy film of 1987, with nods to silent film and the transforming power of celluloid. It is particularly unusual in Soviet cinema for ...more
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Cannibal! The Musical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Stan Brakhage

Released: 1996

Directed by: Trey Parker

Cannibal! The Musical is a 1993 American independent black comedy musical film directed, written, produced, co-scored by and starring Trey Parker while studying at the University of Colorado at ...more
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The Kissing Bandit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Frank Sinatra, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson

Released: 1948

Directed by: László Benedek

The Kissing Bandit is a 1948 film directed by Laslo Benedek.
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High, Wide, and Handsome... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Irene Dunne, Dorothy Lamour, Randolph Scott

Released: 1937

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

High, Wide, and Handsome is a 1937 American musical film starring Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Alan Hale, Sr., Charles Bickford, and Dorothy Lamour. The 110-minute movie was directed by Rouben ...more
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Rustlers' Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Musicals
Tom Berenger, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith

Released: 1985

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

Rustlers' Rhapsody is an American comedy-Western film. It is a parody of many Western conventions, most visibly of the singing cowboy films that were prominent in the 1930s and the 1940s. The ...more