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The Best Western Musicals

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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  • There's a box social coming up, and Curly (Gordon MacRae) asks Laurey (Shirley Jones) if she'll be his date. Trouble is, Laurey thinks he's waited too long, and in a fit of pique accepts an offer ...more
  • During the 1850s, Milly (Jane Powell), a pretty young cook, marries Adam (Howard Keel), a grizzled woodsman, after a brief courtship. When the two return to Adam's farm, Milly is shocked to meet his ...more
  • In the lonely Deadwood, Dakota, territory, sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Doris Day) falls for cavalry Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) when she is forced to rescue him from the Indians. Recognizing ...more
  • The musical tale of Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton) moves from stage to screen in this rollicking film adaptation. Renowned in the Wild West as a sharpshooter, Annie meets her match, both romantically ...more
  • 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 waitresses.  ...more
  • In this musical based on the Broadway show, Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) happens upon a wrecked wagon containing a dead man and his surviving brother, Pardner (Clint Eastwood), in the wilds of California ...more
  • New Yorkers "Rusty" Panello (Harpo Marx) and his brother, Joe (Chico Marx), cheat S. Quentin Quale (Groucho Marx) out of some money, enough to buy themselves a train trip out West. All three soon ...more
  • A vicious outlaw called Pecos Pete (Onslow Stevens) has long tormented the peaceful residents of a small frontier town. So these desperate people hire a dedicated new sheriff, Tex Miller (Glenn ...more
  • Girl Rush is a 1944 film directed by Gordon Douglas.
  • 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 for ...more
  • 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 music ...more
  • In the 19th century, Ricardo (Frank Sinatra) is a hotel keeper in Spanish-ruled California. But his father did something decidedly different, once masquerading as an outlaw called the "Kissing ...more
  • In the 1850s, Caroline (Deanna Durbin) is ready to marry military man Lt. Robert Latham (David Bruce). But Caroline's father, the powerful Sen. Martin Frost (Ray Collins), isn't too keen on the ...more
  • The town of Osawkie, Kan., is fighting its neighboring towns, Mandaroon and Jones City, over the position of county seat. Much to the chagrin of the town's women, the men of Osawkie struggle day and ...more
  • 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 about ...more
  • In the 19th century town of Cloudy Mountain, California, Mary Robbins (Jeanette MacDonald) runs the Polka saloon and serenades her customers with her beautiful singing. Also impressed by Mary's voice ...more
  • 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 Western ...more
  • Those Redheads from Seattle is a 1953 musical film directed by Lewis R. Foster.
  • In a small border town, Texas Ranger Jim Stewart (John Boles) aims to catch the notorious local bandit known as "Kinkajou" by disguising himself as a Mexican. Once in Mexico, he falls for local girl ...more
  • Montana Moon is a 1930 Pre-Code comedy, drama, musical, western film starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, and Ricardo Cortez. The film focuses on the budding relationship between a city girl ...more
  • 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
  • A con man who has tried to turn over a new leaf, Honest John Calhoun (Randolph Scott) is the owner and operator of a dance hall in the north of Canada. John has hoped to evade both the police and his ...more
  • In the Old West's Tiny Town, Bat Haines ("Little Billy" Rhodes) pits two ranching families, the Lawsons and the Prestons, against each other by stealing their cattle and blaming the other family for ...more
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen brothers. Six chapters present a different story from the wild frontier.