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Gary Cooper Western Roles

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List of Western movies/films with performances by Gary Cooper, listed alphabetically with movie trailers when available. These Gary Cooper Western roles include starring, supporting and cameo appearances. You can sort these Gary Cooper Western movies for additional information as well, such as who directed the films and when they were released. Over the years Gary Cooper has become known for playing characters in Western movies, so this list is the perfect resource for finding some you haven't already seen.

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This list answers the questions, "What Western movies has Gary Cooper been in?" and "What are the best Gary Cooper Western roles?"

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  • Alias Jesse James

    Bob Hope, Bing Crosby


    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Alias Jesse James is a 1959 American Western comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming. Based on a story by Robert St. Aubrey and Bert Lawrence, the film is...  more
  • Along Came Jones

    Gary Cooper, Loretta Young


    Directed byStuart Heisler

    Along Came Jones is a 1945 Western comedy film starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, and Dan Duryea, in which Cooper mercilessly spoofs his own slow-talking cowboy persona. The movie...  more
  • Dallas

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey


    Directed byStuart Heisler

    Dallas is a film directed by Stuart Heisler released on December 30, 1950....  more
  • Distant Drums

    Gary Cooper, Ray Teal


    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Distant Drums is a 1951 "Florida Western" film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Gary Cooper. It is set during the Second Seminole War in the 1840s, with Cooper playing an Army captain who...  more
  • Fighting Caravans

    Gary Cooper, Eugene Pallette


    Directed byOtto Brower, David Burton

    Fighting Caravans is a 1931 American Western film directed by Otto Brower and David Burton and starring Gary Cooper, Lili Damita, and Ernest Torrence. Based on the 1929 novel Fighting Caravans by...  more
  • Garden of Evil

    Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward


    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Garden of Evil is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of fortune, played by Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark, and Cameron Mitchell, who are hired by a woman, portrayed...  more
  • High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper


    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by...  more

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  • Man of the West

    Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb


    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Man of the West is a 1958 western film starring Gary Cooper and directed by Anthony Mann. The screenplay, written by Reginald Rose, is based on the novel The Border Jumpers by Will C. Brown....  more
  • Nevada

    Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd


    Directed byJohn Waters

    Nevada is a 1927 American Western silent film directed by John Waters and starring Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd, and William Powell. Based on the novel Nevada by Zane Grey, the film is about a former...  more
  • North West Mounted Police

    Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard


    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    "Set in the historical Riel rebellion, a Texas Ranger helps the Mounties so he can capture a murderer; but the Mountie gets the woman. In 1885 Dan Duroc (Akim Tamiroff) and Jacques Corbeau (George...  more

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  • Springfield Rifle

    Gary Cooper, Alan Hale


    Directed byAndré de Toth

    Springfield Rifle is a western film, directed by André de Toth and released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1952. The film is set during the American Civil War and stars Gary Cooper, with Phyllis Thaxter...  more
  • The Cowboy and the Lady

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan


    Directed byH. C. Potter

    The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter, and starring Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. Written by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, based on a story...  more
  • The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott


    Directed byDelmer Daves

    The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and...  more
  • The Plainsman

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn


    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. The film presents a highly fictionalized account of the adventures and...  more
  • The Spoilers

    Gary Cooper, Slim Summerville


    Directed byEdward Carewe

    The Spoilers is a 1930 American Western film directed by Edwin Carewe and starring Gary Cooper, Kay Johnson, and Betty Compson. Set in Nome, Alaska during the 1898 Gold Rush, the film is about a gold...  more
  • The Thundering Herd

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Hatton


    Directed byWilliam K. Howard

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  • The Vanishing American

    Gary Cooper, Richard Dix


    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    The Vanishing American is a silent film western produced by Famous Players-Lasky in the United States, and distributed through Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by George B. Seitz and starred...  more
  • The Virginian

    Gary Cooper, Walter Huston


    Directed byVictor Fleming

    The Virginian is a 1929 Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and...  more

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  • The Westerner

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Westerner is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Doris Davenport. Written by Niven Busch, Stuart N. Lake, and Jo Swerling, the film is...  more

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  • The Winning of Barbara Worth

    Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman


    Directed byHenry King

    The Winning of Barbara Worth is a 1926 American Western silent film directed by Henry King and starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, and Gary Cooper in his first feature role. Based on the novel The...  more
  • They Came to Cordura

    Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper


    Directed byRobert Rossen

    They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, and featuring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, and...  more
  • Unconquered

    Gary Cooper, Boris Karloff


    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Unconquered is a 1947 adventure film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard. The film depicts the violent struggles...  more
  • Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack Elam....  more

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