Great Western Movies

by KasparM | created - 17 Jan 2012 | updated - 04 Dec 2015 | Public

My favorite westerns.

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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 16,483

2. The Massacre (1912)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Action, War

The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the ensuing retaliation.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Blanche Sweet, Charles West, Alfred Paget

Votes: 259

3. The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)

Not Rated | 29 min | Short, Action, Western

The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge, Alfred Paget, Robert Harron

Votes: 718

4. The Last of the Mohicans (1920)

Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Directors: Clarence Brown, Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Alan Roscoe, Lillian Hall

Votes: 1,082

5. The Covered Wagon (1923)

98 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale, Ernest Torrence

Votes: 493 | Gross: $7.63M

6. The Iron Horse (1924)

Passed | 150 min | History, Romance, Western

After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Charles Edward Bull, Cyril Chadwick

Votes: 1,861 | Gross: $2.06M

7. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 95,461 | Gross: $5.45M

8. Go West (1925)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Western

With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson

Votes: 3,633

9. The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane

Votes: 633

10. 3 Bad Men (1926)

Unrated | 122 min | Romance, Western

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi

Votes: 980

11. The Wind (1928)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming

Votes: 5,815

12. The Virginian (1929)

Passed | 91 min | Romance, Western

A good-natured cowboy who is romancing the new schoolmarm has a crisis of conscience when he discovers his best friend is engaged in cattle rustling.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Mary Brian, Richard Arlen

Votes: 643

13. The Big Trail (1930)

Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance

Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler | Stars: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall

Votes: 3,248

14. Billy the Kid (1930)

Passed | 98 min | Action, Biography, Drama

In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson, Karl Dane

Votes: 343

15. Law and Order (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Western

A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton, Russell Hopton

Votes: 256

16. Two-Gun Mickey (1934)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Independent cowgirl Minnie ends up in over her head when pursued by bandit Pete, so it's up to Mickey to rescue her.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 332

17. Horses' Collars (1935)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Western, Short

The stooges are private detectives in the old west trying to help a girl recover an IOU from a bad guy. Their attempts to steal the IOU from the villains wallet and then from a safe meet ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Bruckman | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothea Kent

Votes: 573

18. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 3,541

19. Way Out West (1937)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Comedy, Family

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, James Finlayson

Votes: 7,339

20. Stagecoach (1939)

Passed | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

93 Metascore

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 41,212

21. Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Western

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,506

22. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Western

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 9,704 | Gross: $0.35M

23. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 5,410 | Gross: $1.00M

24. Northwest Passage (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

Directors: King Vidor, Jack Conway, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 3,166

25. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 2,258

26. The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, History, Western

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,775

27. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

78 Metascore

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone

Votes: 4,826

28. Western Union (1941)

Passed | 95 min | History, Western

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore

Votes: 2,292

29. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western

When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 20,115 | Gross: $1.64M

30. Tall in the Saddle (1944)

Approved | 87 min | Mystery, Romance, Western

Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond, George 'Gabby' Hayes

Votes: 2,694

31. The Shooting of Dan McGoo (1945)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Bill Thompson, Bea Benaderet, Paul Frees, Frank Graham

Votes: 542

32. Canyon Passage (1946)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Drama, Music

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc

Votes: 1,879

33. My Darling Clementine (1946)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Western

The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

Votes: 20,740

34. Angel and the Badman (1947)

Passed | 100 min | Romance, Western

Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant | Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 5,013

35. Ramrod (1947)

Not Rated | 94 min | Romance, Western

Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Don DeFore, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,281

36. Pursued (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,716

37. Fort Apache (1948)

Passed | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz

Votes: 15,784

38. Four Faces West (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Western

In New Mexico, a cowpoke forces a banker at gunpoint to give him a loan without collateral, in exchange for an IOU but the marshal and his posse chase after him.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 708

39. Red River (1948)

Passed | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

Votes: 26,946

40. Coroner Creek (1948)

Passed | 90 min | Western

A man is bent on taking revenge on those he believes are responsible for his fiance's death.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Randolph Scott, Marguerite Chapman, George Macready, Sally Eilers

Votes: 665

41. Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,916

42. I Shot Jesse James (1949)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, History, Romance

Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland, Reed Hadley

Votes: 1,866

43. Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Western

In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,249

44. Streets of Laredo (1949)

Passed | 93 min | Western

An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, William Bendix

Votes: 586