Best Westerns of All Time

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The Top Ten Best Westerns of All Time

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

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!

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 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!

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

The best western and the best film of all time, period

Another great Morricone soundtrack - plmilligan1968

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

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?

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

Probably the best Western sound track of all time - plmilligan1968

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

This is for me the best Western of all time.

Great film should be in the above place

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

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

One of the best Clint Eastwood westerns. - RogerMcBaloney

10 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

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.

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

Told a very sad but true story of the west.

The Contenders

11 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.

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

16 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?

17 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.

18 The Quick and the Dead

Only one word crap

19 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

20 Shane

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

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!

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

21 A Man Called Horse
22 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
23 Stagecoach
24 Hang em High

A classic tale of justice and revenge. - RogerMcBaloney

25 Young Guns

Best sound track of any western.

26 The Wild Bunch

The end of that movie was insanely badass! - RogerMcBaloney

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

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

Everyone should see this one.

What an amazing movie too far down it took 4 oscars

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.

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 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

45 Bad Girls
46 The Proposition
47 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

48 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!

49 Wild Wild West

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

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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