Best Westerns of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 The Good The Bad & The Ugly

That final showdown was totally epic I have this movie sure it has swearing but it is definitely the greatest western there ever where, way ahead of its time

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!

Fantastic story, fantastic actors, and a well made film :) and the music is... it's the best soundtrack of all films in my opinion!


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2 Unforgiven

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!.

Amazing! Wow! This movie is unbelievable! I'll never forget this movie! It is my all time favorite movie! It's number 1! How is it number 3? This is the only one out of the top 3 that won best picture! It's story is great. The ending of this film couldn't be better! Definitely the best!

"Deserve's got nothing' to do with it. " Classic film regardless of category. Filled with great lines and patiently tells an equally great story. Eastwood is a genius who gets better with age. Excellent film.

Personally I think it's the most boreing film ever made how he won a Oscar for it is beyond me and I like clint

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3 Once Upon A Time In The West

Another great Morricone soundtrack - plmilligan1968

Way more epic, intense and iconic than TGTBATU, which is already a highlight of movie history. - Martin_Canine

Fonda, Bronson and Robards were slightly more interesting than Eastwood, Wallach and Van Cleef. Should've had a showdown! - Billyv

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.

4 A Fistful of Dollars

"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 - plmilligan1968

5 Tombstone

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.

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

Kurt Russell is a badass in this movie, the acting from everyone was brilliant and is way better than any eastwood or wayne movie

Just the best western ever made.

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6 The Searchers

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. - Andherewego08

The greatest western ever made. The Duke deserved the Oscar

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!

The harshest psychological journey ever seen on film the cinematography is beyond perfection the story and acting never better
A true masterpiece

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7 The Magnificent Seven

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

8 The Outlaw Josey Wales

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

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

9 For a Few Dollars More

Probably the best Western sound track of all time - plmilligan1968

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

Great film should be in the above place

10 High Noon

A masterpiece that will never go out of style.

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

The Contenders

11 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

How this gets in the list is beyond me

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12 The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The best western ever made and the baddy stole the film elite walch

13 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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.

14 Dances with Wolves

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

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

Told a very sad but true story of the west.

15 Shane

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..

A Masterpiece that will never go out of style!

A real old school Western classic - plmilligan1968

Great scenery, mysterious figure, simple, Palance terrific.

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16 The Quick and the Dead

Only one word crap

17 There Will Be Blood
18 Pale Rider

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

Another typical bordering film

19 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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.

Top 10 worthy...'enough said!

20 Django Unchained

This is the most craziest western movie that I've ever watched - mc113

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

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