Top Western Movies


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

41. The Sons of Katie Elder

Year of Release: 1965
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Henry Hathaway
Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper, Martha Hyer
Plot: With their mother gone, the Elder brothers return to Clearwater, TX for the funeral. The eldest boy, a gunfighter, has trouble follow wherever he goes. Yet the boys have a mission - to get back the family farm their father lost in card game (and shortly after, wound up murdered). But the troubles that come with the Elder name are certain to complicate things.

42. Big Jake

Year of Release: 1971
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: George Sherman
Actors: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum
Plot: The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is brave enough and smart enough to bring him back, and that man is Big Jake.

43. Hud

Year of Release: 1963
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Martin Ritt
Actors: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde
Plot: A selfish, amoral young rancher clashes with his stern father, young admiring nephew, and hard-bitten housekeeper.

44. Winchester '73

Year of Release: 1950
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Anthony Mann
Actors: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Rock Hudson
Plot: In two parallel stories - a man is on the trail of a stolen rifle he won in a contest while we follow the story of the rifle itself as it switches many hands.

45. Hang 'em High

Year of Release: 1968
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western/Crime
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Ted Post
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, Pat Hingle
Plot: An innocent man is prosecuted and hung, but he doesn't die. Instead he comes back as a lawman and vigilante trying to bring justice to the town.

46. 3:10 to Yuma

Year of Release: 1957
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Delmer Daves
Actors: Van Heflin, Glenn Ford, Henry Jones, Robert Emhardt
Plot: The leader of a western gang is finally captured and held at a volunteers farm house while his gang ruthlessly tries to get their leader back to reek more havoc.

47. McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Year of Release: 1971
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Western
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Robert Altman
Actors: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane
Plot: John McCabe is charismatic but thick-headed and his plans to set up a whorehouse in a newly-minted Pacific Northwest town seem doomed, until the shrewd madame, Mrs. Miller, shows up and takes charge. The two form a lucrative partnership - and maybe something more - until the town attracts the attention of a major corporation who wants to buy things out.

48. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Year of Release: 2018
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Western
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Actors: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz

49. The Professionals

Year of Release: 1966
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Richard Brooks
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance
Plot: A rich Texan hires a band of four men to rescue his wife from Mexican revolutionaries. The men accept the job but learn the "victim" may not be so innocent.

50. The Far Country

Year of Release: 1955
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Anthony Mann
Actors: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan
Plot: The gold rush means big plans for Jeff Webster who sees a fortune in the beef business. He starts a cattle drive, come hell or high water - where he finds himself up against a crooked lawman before finding himself in the gold business himself.

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