The Best Rory Calhoun Movies

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List of the best Rory Calhoun movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Rory Calhoun's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Rory Calhoun movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Rory Calhoun movies will be at the top of the list. Rory Calhoun has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Rory Calhoun movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Rory Calhoun films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Everything from Way of a Gaucho to The Red House is included on this list.

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  • Red Sundown
    Rory Calhoun
    20 votes
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
    Red Sundown is a 1956 film directed by Jack Arnold.
  • River of No Return
    Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun
    22 votes
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
    After serving a prison sentence, farmer Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) returns to his 19th-century Pacific Northwest gold rush town and retrieves his adolescent son, Mark (Tommy Rettig). Meanwhile, goodhearted barroom singer Kay (Marilyn Monroe) is heading downriver with her boyfriend, Harry (Rory Calhoun), to explore a potential gold claim. When their raft sinks, Harry robs Matt of his gun and horse to continue without Kay on land. Sailing downriver toward the claim, the trio plan their revenge.

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  • Raw Edge
    Yvonne De Carlo, John Gavin, Mara Corday
    10 votes
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: John Sherwood
    Raw Edge is a 1956 western film written by Harry Essex and Robert Hill and directed by John Sherwood.
  • Apache Territory
    Rory Calhoun, John Dehner, Leo Gordon
    19 votes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Ray Nazarro
    Apache Territory is a 1958 Western film released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Ray Nazarro and produced by and starring Rory Calhoun. The story is based on the novel Last Stand at Papago Wells by Louis L'Amour. It was Calhoun's last film before moving to television as The Texan on CBS. It was also the final film in the career of co-star Barbara Bates. The film was shot on location at Red Rock Canyon, California.

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  • Way of a Gaucho
    Gene Tierney, Rory Calhoun, Richard Boone
    8 votes
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
    Way of a Gaucho is a 1952 American western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Gene Tierney, Rory Calhoun and Richard Boone. It was based on a novel by Herbert Childs. The film failed to make a profit on its release. The film portrays the adventures of an Argentine Gaucho, the South American version of the cowboy.
  • The Saga of Hemp Brown

    The Saga of Hemp Brown

    Rory Calhoun, Beverly Garland, John Larch
    10 votes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Richard Carlson
    A U.S. cavalry officer, Hemp Brown (Rory Calhoun), runs into some serious trouble when the party of civilians and troops he's bringing to a nearby Army fort is ambushed. A woman is killed during the gunfight, and money is stolen by the bandits. The leader of the gang, Jed Givens (John Larch), is an acquaintance of Brown, who implicates the fugitive during the subsequent trial. But Brown is court-martialed and booted from the Army. Brown tracks down Givens to restore honor to his name.