Top Ten Best Characters from Westerns

The Top Ten

1 The Man with No Name - The Dollars Trilogy

Many western characters were inspired by this guy, even Marty McFly was inspired by him (recall that particular scene in the third movie where he used a bullet proof vest).

Every guy wants to be Blondie, don't they?

2 Rooster Cogburn - True Grit
3 Frank - Once Upon a Time in the West
4 Tuco Ramírez - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

We could all be Tuco!

Determined and temperamental. So funny and One of the best characters ever!

Trying to enjoy whatever he can salvage.

How to describe dear Tuco? Feisty, scruffy, mercurial, temperamental, entertainingly psychotic, lovably goofy, and the one you end up caring about the most. Utterly hilarious, and his dysfunctional bromance with Blondie is timeless. And he has that adorable little run.
Possibly the greatest movie character ever.

5 Doc Holliday - Tombstone
6 The Sundance Kid - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
7 Chuncho Muñoz - A Bullet for the General

Scrappy and sensitive, Chuncho would shoot his own friends if he feels they have betrayed him, yet deeply cares about his brother.

8 Ethan Edwards - The Searchers
9 Helen Ramirez - High Noon

Shrewd and dignified, she remains a great businesswoman even as she faces prejudice in her town for being Mexican and female. - SourNote2014

10 Juan Martinez - The Ox-Bow Incident

The Contenders

11 Harmonica - Once Upon a Time in the West

Definition of bad-ass. One of the reasons I started play harmonica

12 Calvera - The Magnificent Seven

Is there more depth to him than he lets on? Who knows?

In any case, he's a fun villain who kept us wanting more of him in every scene he stole.

13 Mary O'Donnell - Don't Turn the Other Cheek

A bespectacled Irish action girl virgin Catholic revolutionary reporter who comes to Dmitri and Max's rescue many times. Shame she never got the thanks she deserved.

14 Adelita - A Bullet for the General

A crafty, fierce bandita with issues. Pretty much saves Martine Bestwick and her dodgy accent.

15 Pablo Ramirez - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
16 Vin - The Magnificent Seven

Or Shichiroji's, for that matter (Sorry, I confused him with Chris).

To be honest, he lacks Kambei Shimada's warmth and presence. But he's pretty cool, I guess.

17 Colonel Mortimer - For a Few Dollars More

Despite him looking EXACTLY like Angel Eyes, which must have unnerved Blondie, he's quite a good man.

18 Rattlesnake Jake - Rango

Yeah, he's animated. But come on. A black hat rattlesnake outlaw who looks like Angel Eyes and has a gatling gun grafted onto his TAIL? You don't get cooler than that.

19 Chico - The Magnificent Seven

Blending together Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo was no easy feat, but this movie just about manages.

A beautiful blend of Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro.

An expert blend of Katsushiro's eager naivite and Kikuchiyo's boisterous, unrelenting emotion.

20 Dr. King Schultz - Django Unchained

Friendly, sharp and charismatic. A rare heroic role from Christoph Waltz.

21 Ben Cartwright - Bonanza
22 Matt Dillon - Gunsmoke
23 Rowdy Yates - Rawhide

Played by a very young Clint Eastwood.

24 Sheriff Edward "Black Jack" Gideon - The White, The Red, The Black

I got the title wrong-- it was "The White, the YELLOW, the Black"

A grouchy, serious, straight-laced sheriff henpecked by his wife and married to his job, poor Edward doesn't catch a break in this movie, being robbed, sent falling through a bridge and, like all of Eli Wallach's other Spaghetti Western characters, nearly hanged.
Wallach's keen turn as the sheriff is a welcome break from typecasting as the lovable outlaw type and shows his versatility as an actor.

25 Blanc le Blanc, AKA "Swiss" - The White, The Yellow, The Black

A cunning and crafty outlaw of Swiss-Italian descent.

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