Best Westerns of All Time

What is the best Western 'Cowboy' film of all time?

The Top Ten

The Good The Bad & The Ugly The Good The Bad & The Ugly Product Image

No. 2 on my list of Sergio Leone westerns. The best theme song ever and the ecstacy of gold sequence illustrates how movies can do so much more than other media.

No doubt the best western of all time. It has beautiful acting,directing and is just awesome. I guess I could type on this comment all night about this movie but it would all lead to one thing: this is the best western ever and if you are a western fan and have not seen it,do yourself a favor and do so. Enough said.

An epic tale of testosterone and greed, this masterpiece includes the greatest shoot out and score in cinema history. Blondie is simply the "baddest" man in movie history!

Out of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy movies, this one is definitely the funniest, and the most emotionally rich of the three, thanks to the plucky Eli Wallach in the lead role as the shady yet lovable Tuco.

Unforgiven Unforgiven Product Image

It seems like Clint Eastwood is inovolved in most of my top 10. This is not a feel-good movie, but it grabs your attention and never lets go. Possibly Gene Hackman's finest performance.

Man, this list is basically all Clint Eastwood movies... as well it should be. He and John Wayne are the 2 best no doubt. Tough to choose between the Good the bad and the ugly, Outlaw Josey Wales, For a Few Dollars more, Fistful of dollars and Unforgiven, but I chose Unforgiven. The aging gunslinger goes on one final tear. And Gene Hackman was just amazing in this and he won an Oscar for his performance, as he should have.

One of the last western movies to actually be a good western movie. Nowadays, modern westerns are just terrible. There are a few that actually manage to stand out as good movies, but they are very rare and hard to find.

The Quick and the Dead?. Hard Country?.
The Searchers is considered the best all time western by critics, High Noon, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly merit a top ten, but what happened to Dances with Wolves, and The Outlaw Josey Wales?. My favorite is "Unforgiven". The story structure is simple, but masterfully told, and it did something the other film's on the list did not. IT WON BEST PICTURE!.

Once Upon A Time In The West Once Upon A Time In The West Product Image

In my opinion, the best western ever made. Henry Fonda as the villain was a master stroke. My favorite line "Not only does he play, he can shoot, too."

GBU will go down as the quintessential western and fair enough it is an incredible film. However three years after Leone made the best western, he made one better that I don't think can be topped. Sure GBU has the best score but that's about it. Acting, characters, cinematography, choreography, narrative and scope are all greater. An intense, epic film the demonstrates the power of cinema and epitomises everything great about westerns.

An amazing movie. One that set the standards for future westerns. It also has one of the best set of soundtracks in western movies.

A great, haunting story. Three great acting performances by Bronson, Fonda, and Robards. Claudia Cardinale elevates this beyond G,B,U because of a female character equally as great as each of the male ones.

Tombstone Tombstone Product Image

My favorite western of all time. The best overall cast of all time. And Val Kilmer as
Doc Holliday is the best acting performance of all time in Westerns!

Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday makes the movie the great, but Kurt Russell plays Wyatt Earp well. Overall Tombstone is the best western and it came out in a time where western's were not THE genre of movie, and it completely surpassed "Wyatt Earp" with Kevin Costner, not to mention the shootout at the O.K. corral was a monumental event in the west, and this movie not only depicts it, but relives it. Try and name a better western, you're a daisy if you do.

The best movie about the Earps for sure, though the one with Kevin Costner is a close second. This movie is the perfect blend of action and drama.

Val Kilmer stole the movie. Truly a modern classic. "Why, Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave. "

The Searchers The Searchers Product Image

Like Hombre, took a close look at racism and the hatred behind the U.S. systemic genocide of native Americans. John Wayne played a very unlikeable main character. Wayne and director John Wayne at their best.

Obviously a lot of people haven't seen this masterpiece. John Wayne's BEST performance, hands down. It's an epic that stands the test of time.

This film is incredible! It's a daring, epic endeavour, that dares to take a stand against some of the more poisonous Western movie sterotypes... Awesome!

Definitely John Wayne's shining moment...far better than the role of Rooster Cogburn which he won the Oscar.

For a Few Dollars More For a Few Dollars More Product Image

One of the best, if not THE best ending ever. Leone was forever going against typecasting. Lee Van Cleef as a hero was a master stroke. Eastwood was his usual cool, deadly self.

I thought this was the worst in the trilogy. It had a weird rapist villain and the plot/action kind of felt recycled and redundant. I tried to like it but I just pretend that the first and third are the only ones.

Should definitely make the top 5 best westerns of all time.

Probably the best Western sound track of all time

The Outlaw Josey Wales The Outlaw Josey Wales Product Image

This is Eastwood's best film -- even better than Unforgiven. It is epic in nature and illustrated that people from different cultures could live together maintaining everyone's dignity.

Vote for this movie or Wales is gonna send you on a Missouri boat ride.

The second best of clients films just behind the good bad and ugly

Love the storyline how well it sticks, acting Clint's of course,

A Fistful of Dollars A Fistful of Dollars Product Image

"The Good the bad & the Ugly", " Once Upon a time in the West" and "A Fistful of Dollars" those are the top three- hands down. The rest trail far behind!

A classic Sergio Leone & Ennio Morricone collaboration

The Magnificent Seven The Magnificent Seven Product Image

Translates the story of Seven Samurai rather nicely. Only a handful of characters receive any complexity, like Horst Bucholz's Chico, but it's entertaining enough and Elmer Bernstein's score is lovely.

Really good list for change. This should be higher. Great acting great score

The old version is way better than the 2016 reboot (in my opinion).

A picture I revisit on a frequent basis
Yul Brynner commanding presence and dry delivery blows everyone off the screen the support is fantastic a masterwork from the very talented director John Sturgess

Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves Product Image

Great movie told from Native American perspective. Great score and scenery. The plains are the star.

A masterpiece. As good if not better than the book.

Told a very sad but true story of the west.

Loved it likely unrealistic but Hollywood is very racist why did a white guy have to be the star its just like the movie glory

There's nothing racist with this. Plus the movie is based off the book of the same name which as the exact same scenario.

The Contenders

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Product Image

Excellent western I'm surprised it is not in the top 10-- it should!

The ending was the greatest ending.

Should be higher up the list.

Great cast, suberp acting and best of all storyline.

3:10 to Yuma (2007) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Product Image

How this gets in the list is beyond me

Should have not be in the top 10.

2nd after unforgiven

Amazing movie

High Noon High Noon Product Image

Single-handedly created the illusion of the one-on-one street gunfight at noon on main street happening in the old west all the time. In fact it never happened once in documented history

Has to be the best Western ever. A handful of cast would have made a great stage play

A classic. Still good and better than the majority of westerns that came after it.

They call it a classic but I think it's as bordering as unforgiven

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Product Image

Even though Wayne and Stewart were a tad old for their roles, this film is just outstanding! Sure, I think The Searchers and Unforgiven are the top 2, but this film at #20 is way too low. It's a top 10 western without a doubt.

Great Masterpiece. Stewart and Wayne in the same film.

Great movie with The Duke and Jimmy Stewart.

Top 10 worthy...'enough said!

There Will Be Blood There Will Be Blood Product Image
True Grit (2010) True Grit (2010) Product Image

I don’t agree this movie was a horrible remake! I hear people say it’s dirtier it’s more realistic, how does dirtier make it more realistic? The worst part you could barely understand bridges with his mumbling dialogue and don’t get me started on Matt Damon and how limp his portrayal of the Texas Ranger originally played by Glen Campbell. The remake did nothing to improve upon the original only to capitalize on the original for ticket sales.

That is the perfect remake.

Django Unchained Django Unchained Product Image

I was expecting than the good the bad and the ugly was above this, but... 27?

This is the most craziest western movie that I've ever watched

The Quick and the Dead The Quick and the Dead Product Image

Only one word crap

Pale Rider Pale Rider Product Image

Really good movie! Clint Eastwood played this with perfection.

Authentic scenery, and true down-to-earth meaning of a western

Another typical bordering film

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This is the greatest western ever made. Shows how hard frontier living was, coupled with the greed and corruption of the time. Alan Ladds performance is a thing of understated perfection, and jack parlance the most menacing of bad guys. The whole movie is perfect from start to finish..

This’s the best Western ever made. It has to be Alan Ladds’ most iconic character role that captured it best. A reformed gunfighter must revert to save these he love and rid the valley of the corruptive effects of guns and power. Shows the power of the rugged individualism needed on the frontier for nation building.

The best...iconic characters, great story. All through the eyes of Joey, the young boy played by Brandon deWilde.

Good good guys, great bad guys, a western with heart, a wonderful story, and a hero.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Product Image
Stagecoach Stagecoach Product Image
A Man Called Horse A Man Called Horse Product Image
The Wild Bunch The Wild Bunch Product Image

The end of that movie was insanely badass!

Handsdown the best

Young Guns Young Guns Product Image

Best sound track of any western.

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