Top Western Movies


The Top Western Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Western List". Lists are calculated daily.

21. Shane

Year of Release: 1953
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: George Stevens
Actors: Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, Jack Palance
Plot: A known gunfighter tries to calm himself down by locating to a small family plot when he is tempted to go back to his old ways by the way he is treated a the local town.

22. Stagecoach

Year of Release: 1939
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: John Ford
Actors: John Wayne, Andy Devine, Tim Holt, Claire Trevor
Plot: John Wayne plays "The Ringo Kid" as a stage coach travels out west carrying a Doctor, a pregnant woman, and a bank manger when they encounter Geronimo.

23. High Plains Drifter

Year of Release: 1973
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan
Plot: Eastwood stars as the Fury of Vegence is this savage tale of blood and hypocracy. In a role similiar to his legendary Man With No Name in A Fistful of Dollars, Clint rides into a town terrorized by a band of ruthless gunmen who promise to wreck havac the moment they are released from prison. But this town harbors a flithy secret . . . and only blood will wash it clean. Eastwood's darkest role.

24. Lonesome Dove

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Simon Wincer
Actors: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Robert Urich
Plot: The epic miniseries follows Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call - two former Texas Rangers looking to move their cattle from the south up to Montana. Horse thieves, Indian attacks and a half-breed killer on a quest for revenge are just a few of the problems they will encounter on this dangerous mission.

25. The Cowboys

Year of Release: 1972
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Western
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Mark Rydell
Actors: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Robert Carradine
Plot: A veteran rancher risks everything when he recruits schoolboys to man a dangerous cattle drive.

26. Pale Rider

Year of Release: 1985
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/Western
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Chris Penn, Carrie Snodgress
Plot: A greedy landowner has his sites set on a gold-mining town but a mysterious preacher shows up to work on behalf of the besieged people and stop the landowner from his plot.

27. The Ox-Bow Incident

Year of Release: 1943
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Western
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: William A. Wellman
Actors: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn, Mary Beth Hughes
Plot: A pair of drifters passing through a Western town join a posse intent on tracking down the men responsible for the murder of a local farmer and subsequent cattle rustling. When they track down the men, they are ready to dispense justice on the spot.

28. Red River

Year of Release: 1948
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Howard Hawks
Actors: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, John Ireland
Plot: A cattle drive turns sour when the family begins to fight. They fight off other enemies including nature and humans.

29. Open Range

Year of Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Kevin Costner
Actors: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Diego Luna
Plot: A corrupt sherif threatens a cattle crew leader who happens to be a former gunslinger in the old west.

30. The Shootist

Year of Release: 1975
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Western
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Don Siegel
Actors: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart
Plot: J.B. Books is one of the baddest outlaws in the land; But he's dying of cancer.

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