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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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    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell
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    11

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley 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
  • 2
    Doris Day, Howard Keel
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    9

    Released1953

    Directed byDavid Butler

    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
  • 3
    Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones
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    11

    Released1955

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    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
  • 4
    Betty Hutton, Howard Keel
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    5

    Released1950

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Busby Berkeley

    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
  • 5
    Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood
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    6

    Released1969

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    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
  • 6
    Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury
    24
    3

    Released1946

    Directed byGeorge 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 waitresses.   ...more
  • 7
    Groucho Marx, Chico Marx
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    4

    Released1940

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    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
  • 8
    Rosemary Clooney, Gene Barry
    14
    3

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge 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 for  ...more
  • 9

    Go West, Young Lady

    Penny Singleton, Glenn Ford
    13
    3

    Released1941

    Directed byFrank R. Strayer

    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
  • 10

    Released1968

    Directed byMichael 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 music  ...more
  • 11
    Rhonda Fleming, Agnes Moorehead
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    4

    Released1953

    Directed byLewis R. Foster

    Those Redheads from Seattle is a 1953 musical film directed by Lewis R. Foster.  ...more
  • 12
    Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige
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    3

    Released1944

    Directed byFrank Ryan

    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
  • 13
    Bing Crosby, Bob Burns
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    6

    Released1936

    Directed byNorman 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 about  ...more
  • 14
    Roy Rogers, William Farnum
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    4

    Released1950

    Directed byWilliam 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 Western  ...more
  • 15
    Robert Mitchum, Wally Brown
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    2

    Released1944

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Girl Rush is a 1944 film directed by Gordon Douglas.  ...more
  • 16
    Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy
    10
    3

    Released1938

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    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
  • 17
    Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson
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    3

    Released1948

    Directed byLaslo Benedek

    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
  • 18
    Bebe Daniels, John Boles
    10
    4

    Released1929

    Directed byLuther Reed

    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
  • 19
    Irene Dunne, Dorothy Lamour
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    3

    Released1937

    Directed byRouben 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
  • 20
    Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown
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    2

    Released1930

    Directed byMalcolm St. Clair

    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
  • 21

    The Second Greatest Sex

    Jeanne Crain, George Nader
    3
    0

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    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
  • 22

    Belle of the Yukon

    Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee
    3
    2

    Released1944

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    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
  • 23

    Rogue of the Rio Grande

    Myrna Loy, Raymond Hatton
    3
    2

    Released1930

    Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet

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    Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson
    5
    5

    Released2018

    Directed byJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

    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.  ...more
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    John Elliott, Charles King
    5
    5

    Released1938

    Directed byHarry L. Fraser

    Songs and Saddles is a 1938 American film directed by Harry L. Fraser.  ...more