Best Westerns of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 The Good The Bad & The Ugly

The most iconic western of all time and deservedly so. Everything from the story to the characters is on point. - RogerMcBaloney

Easily - DarkKnight2005

stunning

Just amazing!

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2 Unforgiven

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. - RogerMcBaloney

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.

The last great western

The Quick and the Dead?. Hard Country?.
PLEASE!.
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!.

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3 Once Upon A Time In The West

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

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. - DysenteryGary

Another great Morricone soundtrack - plmilligan1968

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

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4 Tombstone

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. - RogerMcBaloney

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

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5 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!

I saw this movie quite boring in my opinion but I'm young so what do I know?

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6 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

7 For a Few Dollars More

This is for me the best Western of all time.

Best final scene ever, better than tgtbtu.

Probably the best Western sound track of all time - plmilligan1968

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

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8 The Magnificent Seven

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

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

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

9 The Outlaw Josey Wales

One of the best Clint Eastwood westerns. - RogerMcBaloney

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

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

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Dances with Wolves

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

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. - RogerMcBaloney

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.

12 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

How this gets in the list is beyond me

Should have not be in the top 10.

2nd after unforgiven

Amazing movie

13 There Will Be Blood
14 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!

15 High Noon

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

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

A masterpiece that will never go out of style.

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

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16 The Quick and the Dead

Only one word crap

17 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?

18 Pale Rider

Really good movie! Clint Eastwood played this with perfection. - RogerMcBaloney

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

Another typical bordering film

19 Shane

Still a great movie

number 1

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

Best line your nothing but a lowdown Yankee liar

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20 A Man Called Horse
21 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
22 Stagecoach
23 Young Guns

Best sound track of any western.

24 Hang em High

A classic tale of justice and revenge. - RogerMcBaloney

25 The Wild Bunch

The end of that movie was insanely badass! - RogerMcBaloney

26 True Grit (2010)

That is the perfect remake.

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.

27 The Cowboys
28 Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
29 True Grit

Come on people, this has got to be in top 5! John Wayne is the west and this is his best movie

A classic John Wayne film - plmilligan1968

How is this western not in the top ten?

30 Rango

Does a great job of parodying Spaghetti Westerns, but has so much dignity and emotional depth that it actually kind of becomes one of them.

By far the greatest animated western of all time.

By far the greatest animated western of all time.

31 No Country For Old Men

What an amazing movie too far down it took 4 oscars

This won Best Picture for a reason. I can't understand why some people hate it.

Everyone should see this one.

32 Little Big Man

A true classic. One of Dustin Hoffman's greatest performances. - RogerMcBaloney

Absolutely original! Entertaining, funny, sad, heartbreaking. Love his Indian grandfather.

Great flick. A good dig at the political establishment of this country, with a humorous twist.

The most underrated movie on this list.

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33 Blazing Saddles

It is good in a weird way.

34 Hard Country
35 Buck and The Preacher
36 How the West Was Won

A great story with very good actors

37 The Big Country

Gregory Peck is outstanding as a sea captain relocating to the west as the fiancée of a rancher's daughter (Carol Baker). His character is someone who resorts to violence as a last option, but slowly as the movie unfolds, his bravery and toughness become known to all. Charlton Heston is excellent as Peck's rival for Carol Baker's affections. And Chuck Connors as the bully son of Burl Ives is great as a bad guy, and so is Ives, who is in a lifelong struggle with hated enemy Charles Bickford, the father of Carol Baker's character.

38 Maverick
39 Apache

Great burt lancaster film

40 Hondo

I love this! It has John Wayne in it. - jding5337

41 Last Man Standing
42 Red River
43 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

A truly great western. Under rated.

44 Bad Girls
45 The Proposition
46 My Name is Nobody

The perfect mix of action and comedy, which Terrance Hill is a master of. It's a really good movie. - RogerMcBaloney

I have watched that movie in with my father and the movie is amazing - mc113

47 Wild Wild West

A very under-rated steampunk film. Will Smith is very funny in this movie.

48 The Hateful Eight

That movie was horrible. Hope it doesn't go any higher. - RogerMcBaloney

This should at least be in the top 20. - Alpha101

49 Rio Bravo

I and my friend Chris love this movie and give our vote for it. It's got everything - pretty woman, villains, heroes and great music, all of these elements put into a nice story.

Best Western Ever, like The Avengers of Westerns - Leoda1234

One of Wayne's best. - Alpha101

I am one of Duke's greatest fans. This is
my favorite movie of his. Duke, Angie
Dickinson, and Dean Martin are terrific!
Of course, The Shootist should have won
Duke his second Oscar, but even though
I bought it as soon as it was available on
DVD I can't stand to watch it!

50 Chism

Another great John Wayne movie portraying John Chism, he runs into William Boney "Billy the Kid" and a fantastic score to make this a definite top ten. - ProThrowbacks

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1. The Searchers
2. Once Upon A Time In The West
3. The Good The Bad & The Ugly
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1. The Good The Bad & The Ugly
2. The Magnificent Seven
3. A Man Called Horse
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1. Tombstone
2. Blazing Saddles
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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