Best Western Movies Of All Time

Best western movies of all time

The Western gradually formed a new lifestyle in the 19th Century America. With the later discovery, it became a new land of golden opportunity. Cowboys, outlaws, soldiers, bandits and even some American Indians rode on horses throughout the barren landscape and dusty towns like vagabonds with temporary addresses. They were silent knights, who not only rescued their damsel in distress but also fought with gun barrels pointing at each other at high noon, featuring a classic showdown. Gambling, drinking, shooting, playing folk music on guitars in the isolated ranches, horse-filled stables, and Indian villages were a common sight even some decades ago.

It’s not at all surprising that the excitement of Western America found their rightful place in Hollywood. The protagonists of the films were no cowards, all of them did what they felt was right, even if it meant justice being served on their terms. The film-making started in the form of silent films but gradually metamorphosed into plot-twisting action-riddled greatest talkies of all time.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Director: Sergio Leone

A classic treasure trove both regarding plot and quality. This evergreen movie depicts the lives of two western men that collide and undergo frantic dealings, betrayal, and anger, until at last when they team up against a criminal and find lost riches of overwhelming amount buried in the desert.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Director: Sergio Leone

Rail baron Morton eyes the land around Flagstone and sends Frank to scare the owner, but Frank kills him and transfers the murder blame on a famous bandit. However, things turn wild when the owner’s wife and a mysterious gunslinger arrives in town.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Director: John Huston

Greed, lust, treachery and the constant danger of being slaughtered color the mood of this film. Dobbs, Curtin, and Howard travel to the Sierra Madre mountains to find gold, but internal and external conflicts threaten to rip them apart.

True Grit (2010)

Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen

Teenage avenge-seeking Mattie, lawman Cogburn, and the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf try to unearth the whereabouts of an outlaw for their personal reasons, but their destinies become intertwined as they jointly hunt the man down.

The Wind (1928)

Director: Victor Sjöström

Lettie Mason shifts to her cousin Edward’s house in West Texas where there is the constant presence of wind and blowing sand. Unsettled by this new establishment and the unheeded courtships from a handful of men, she begins to sense a growing tension in the family, especially in his wife, Dorothy.

The Gold Rush (1925)

Director: Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp aka Charlie Chaplin makes a grand entry in the Western genre. He joins the Klondike Gold Rush only to be entrapped with a fugitive and a prospector, who is involved in a turn of events that may change the tramp’s future forever.

High Noon (1952)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

The town shows their back to the former marshal of Hadleyville, New Mexico, Will Kane when local criminal Frank Miller comes after him after being freed from prison. A showdown ensues between them over the claim of revenge and hatred. Who will win this fight?

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Director: George Roy Hill

Based on a true story, it tells about the adventures of outlaw Butch and his associate, Sundance Kid. They show the real picture of a Western culture in Bolivia by looting trains and banks, riding on horseback and getting involved in a passionate love affair.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Director: Sam Peckinpah

The ultimate robbery by a gang of four goes horribly wrong as they discover that they have been framed by the leader’s old partner. Gunfights and shootings ensue between the two parties after the robbers were trailed, resulting in an enormous number of casualties.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Director: John Ford

Senator Stoddard has been always credited with the honor of killing the outlaw Liberty Valance back when he was only a young lawyer. Little does everyone know that his old friend Tom Doniphon was behind this success that shaped his life and fortune.

Rio Bravo (1959)

Director: Howard Hawks

The sheriff arrests a murderer with the help of the town drunk, only to be confronted by the brother of the killer who threatens to take him out of prison by any means necessary. The sheriff must do everything at his command to stop that from happening, and he only got the drunk, an old cripple and a cowboy as his associates and support.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Director: Sergio Leone

The Rojo brothers and the sheriff Baxter have a long ongoing feud in a Mexican village. However, a stranger with no name in town takes advantage of the situation and double crosses both sides, falsifying transferred information for his personal gain.

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Director: Kevin Costner

A Civil War soldier incorporates himself into a group of Lakota Indians and adopts their simple, carefree lifestyle. But trouble starts to brew when Union soldiers show up in the scene to reform and take away their ancestral land.

Stagecoach (1939)

Director: John Ford

An unusual combination of very different passengers travel aboard the Overland stagecoach hurtling towards Lordsburg, New Mexico. On their journey, they find themselves in the imminent danger of an Apache attack and the presence of an escaped outlaw.

Red River (1948)

Director: Arthur Rosson

Thomas Dunson and Matt Garth undertake a cattle drive to Missouri in search of better prospects following the end of the Civil War. The journey, however, is not all happy and simple as expected, but mired in deep troubles and twisting subplots that put their companionship under jeopardy.

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Director: John Ford

Wyatt Earp falls in love with the former girlfriend of an alcoholic gambler Holiday, named Clementine, while he sets on taking lawful revenge by becoming the sheriff of Tombstone, against the Clanton family who is suspected to have killed his brother.

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Director: John Sturges

A war veteran with an amputated arm arrives in Black Rock to find Komoko. However this wild goose search turns into a hostile situation as he becomes the target of the locals due to a mysterious but unfortunate reason.

The Gunfighter (1950)

Director: Henry King

Jimmy Ringo is in a terrible position now that he tries to reconcile with his family, but his dark past of being a famous gunslinger always catches up to him. Constantly challenged by different gunfighters to a showdown, he ends up in a dilemma and does not know where to turn to for peace and happiness.

The Great Silence (1968)

Director: Sergio Corbucci

A verbally restricted gunslinger strives to protect a group of outlaws and a young widow from the coming wrath of a band of bounty hunters, only to find himself and all the others in the worst possible tense situation ever.

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Director: John Sturges

A frightened Mexican village hires seven American gunfighters to save them from a group of bandits, led by the monster Calvert. In time, the townspeople learn to fight and defend themselves with the help of those seven and stand up united against Calvera in a final western battle.

Way Out West (1937)

Director: James W. Horne

A classic Laurel and Hardy movie portrays the two protagonists mistakenly handing a deed over to the intended girl’s sinister guardian. Upon realizing their big mistake, the duo set out to right their wrong and devise a way to get the deed back.

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Don Diego takes up the timeless identity of a masked savior by the name of Zorro, to protect his fellow Californians from the oppression of Governor Quintero, and thus turns from a vigilante to a real hero of the people.

Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Director: David Miller

The movie encapsulates a manhunt for a ranch hand turned outlaw Jack Burns among the dry western hills. The real essence of freedom and individualism being strangled in the modern world which Burns loathes has a profound impact upon the captivated viewers.

The Shootist (1976)

Director: Don Siegel

A former gunslinger after being diagnosed with terminal illness rents a room in Nevada to live out a quiet end to his life. However suspecting people turn up trying to use him for their benefit, and the previous instinct of a raging fighter suddenly wakes him. He formulates a plan to welcome his death with the style of the gunfighter he once was.

El Dorado (1966)

Director: Howard Hawks

The town’s sheriff Harrah is too indulged to provide proper help to MacDonald family for standing up against the notorious outlaw Bart Jason and his goons. Cole Thorton and his partner Mississipi arrive in town with this knowledge and helps out Harrah to confront Jason in the showdown of gunfight and blood.


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