Westerns 1970-1979 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 66

A Chronology of Western Movie Posters 1970-1979.

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Chisum (1970) Japanese poster
Chisum (1970) Japanese poster
Chisum (1970)
Chisum (1970)


Chisum (1970) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 111mins.

John Wayne - John Chisum

Also starring Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett and Andrew Prine.

Based on the story "Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War" by Andrew J. Fenady.

IMDB rating 6.6

A Man Called Horse (1970) Japanese poster
A Man Called Horse (1970) Japanese poster





A Man Called Horse (1970) Directed by Elliot Silverstein. 114mins.

Richard Harris - John Morgan

Also starring Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Corinna Tsopei and Dub Taylor.

Based on the short story of the same name by Dorothy M. Johnson, first published in 1968.

Tagline - A man called "Horse" becomes an Indian warrior in the most electrifying ritual ever seen!

IMDB rating 6.9

Little Big Man (1970) Thai poster
Little Big Man (1970) Thai poster


Little Big Man (1970) Directed by Arthur Penn. 139mins.

Dustin Hoffman - Jack Crabb

Also starring Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan as George Armstrong Custer and Jeff Corey as Wild Bill Hickok.

Based on the novel by Thomas Berger, first published in 1964.

Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Chief Dan George).

British Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)

IMDB rating 7.6

Soldier Blue (1970) French poster
Soldier Blue (1970) French poster


Soldier Blue (1970) Directed by Ralph Nelson. 115mins

Starring Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson and Jorge Rivero.

Based on the novel "Arrow in the Sun" by Theodore V. Olsen.

Inspired by the Sand Creek Indian Massacre of 1864, An American Cavalry attacked an Indian village killing over a hundred people most of them women and children.

IMDB rating 6.8

Rio Lobo (1971) Japanese poster
Rio Lobo (1971) Japanese poster


Rio Lobo (1970) Directed by Howard Hawks. 114mins.

John Wayne - Col. Cord McNally

Also starring Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum and Sherry Lansing.

Howard Hawks last movie and the third in a loose trilogy of westerns starring John Wayne, the first two being Rio Bravo (1959) and El Dorado (1966).

IMDB rating 6.6

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)



Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Directed by Don Siegel. 116mins.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manuel Fábregas, Alberto Morin and Armando Silvestre.

Elizabeth Taylor was to have co-starred with Clint but it didn't work out and Shirley MacLaine was cast instead.

IMDB rating 6.9

Hannie Caulder (1971) Spanish poster
Hannie Caulder (1971) Spanish poster



Hannie Caulder (1971) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 85mins.

Raquel Welch - Hannie Caulder

Also starring Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Christopher Lee and Jack Elam.

A British production filmed in Almeria, Spain, the setting for countless Italian westerns.

IMDB rating 6.3

Big Jake (1971)
Big Jake (1971)



Big Jake (1971) Directed by George Sherman. 110mins.

John Wayne - Jacob McCandles

Also starring Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bruce Cabot and Glenn Corbett.

Two of John Wayne's sons in the film are played by his own son Patrick and Robert Mitchum's son Christopher.

IMDB rating 6.9

Lawman (1971)
Lawman (1971)



Lawman (1971) Directed by Michael Winner. 99mins.

Burt Lancaster - Jared Maddox

Also starring Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North and Richard Jordan.

Richard Jordan's film debut.

IMDB rating 6.9

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 91mins.

James Garner - Latigo Smith

Also starring Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan and Joan Blondell.

Comedy Western.

Follow up to Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) also starring James Garner, though not really a sequel.

IMDB rating 6.8

Red Sun (1971)
Red Sun (1971)



Red Sun (1971) Directed by Terence Young. 112mins.

Starring Charles Bronson, Ursula Andress, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon and Capucine.

A French, Italian, Spanish western directed by British director Terence Young, starring American actor Charles Bronson, co-starring Swiss actress Ursula Andress and Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune!

IMDB rating 6.9

Adios, Sabata (1971)
Adios, Sabata (1971)



Adios, Sabata (1971) Directed by Gianfranco Parolini. 104mins.

Yul Brynner - Sabata / Indio Black

Also starring Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Gérard Herter and Franco Fantasia.

The film was originally titled 'Indio Black' but that was quickly changed when the previous Sabata movie became quite popular.

IMDB rating 5.9

Doc (1971)
Doc (1971)



Doc (1971) Directed by Frank Perry. 96mins.

Stacy Keach - Doc Holliday

Also starring Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin as Wyatt Earp, Michael Witney and Denver John Collins.

The story of Doc Holliday and the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Filmed in Almeria, Spain.

IMDB rating 6.0

They Call Me Trinity (1971) Danish poster
They Call Me Trinity (1971) Danish poster

They Call Me Trinity (1971) Directed by E.B. Clucher (Enzo Barboni). 106mins.

Terence Hill - Trinity
Bud Spencer - Bambino

Also starring Steffen Zacharias, Dan Sturkie, Gisela Hahn, Elena Pedemonte and Farley Granger.

They Call Me Trinity was one of the most successful Spaghetti westerns ever made, a sequel was released a year later.

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer became comedy superstars and would appear in over a dozen films together.

IMDB rating 7.2

Trinity is Still My Name (1972)
Trinity is Still My Name (1972)


Trinity is Still my Name (1972) E.B. Clucher (Enzo Barboni) 117mins.

Terence Hill - Trinity
Bud Spencer - Bambino

Also starring Yanti Somer, Enzo Tarascio and Harry Carey Jr.

This sequel to the hugely successful They Call Me Trinity was even more successful, becoming the highest grossing Italian western of all time.

IMDB rating 7.0

A Fistful of Dynamite (1972)
A Fistful of Dynamite (1972)

A Fistful of Dynamite (1972) aka Duck, You Sucker. Directed by Sergio Leone. 157mins.

Rod Steiger - Juan Miranda
James Coburn - John H. Mallory

Also starring Romolo Valli, Maria Monti and Rik Battaglia.

Jason Robards and Eli Wallach were considered for the starring roles at one point. Ex-Bond George Lazenby was also approached for a role.

Leone was bored with directing westerns by then and wanted his second unit director to direct the film. Steiger and Coburn were furious and refused to work unless Leone himself directed the film.

IMDB rating 7.6

Chato's Land (1972)
Chato's Land (1972)



Chato's Land (1972) Directed by Michael Winner. 110mins.

Charles Bronson - Pardon Chato

Also starring Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite and Richard Jordan.

The first of six films Charles Bronson made with director Michael Winner. A couple of years later Winner would direct Bronson in his most famous film Death Wish (1974).

IMDB rating 6.4

The Cowboys (1972) Italian poster
The Cowboys (1972) Italian poster
The Cowboys (1972)
The Cowboys (1972)


The Cowboys (1972) Directed by Mark Rydell. 131mins.

John Wayne - Wil Andersen

Also starring Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Robert Carradine and Richard Farnsworth.

Based on the novel by William Dale Jennings.

In the film Bruce Dern's nasty bad guy shot John Wayne in the back and killed him, for years after Dern would receive death threats and even Hollywood seemed to shun him.

IMDB rating 7.2

Joe Kidd (1972)
Joe Kidd (1972)





Joe Kidd (1972) Directed by John Sturges. 88mins.

Clint Eastwood - Joe Kidd

Also starring Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia and Paul Koslo.

The screenplay was written by American novelist Elmore Leonard

IMDB rating 6.4

The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)







The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) Directed by George McCowan. 100mins.

Lee Van Cleef - Chris Adams

Also starring Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Mariette Hartley, Luke Askew and Ralph Waite.

The 4th and final Magnificent Seven movie, the others were - The Magnificent Seven (1960), Return of the Seven (1966) and Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969).

IMDB rating 5.4

The Revengers (1972)
The Revengers (1972)



The Revengers (1972) Directed by Daniel Mann. 106mins.

Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Roger Hanin and Susan Hayward.

Susan Hayward's last movie, the actress died of brain cancer in 1975, aged 57.

IMDB rating 5.6

Ulzana's Raid (1972)
Ulzana's Raid (1972)



Ulzana's Raid (1972) Directed by Robert Aldrich. 103mins.

Burt Lancaster - McIntosh

Also starring Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel and Joaquín Martínez as Ulzana.

The UK censors removed a few seconds of horses being tripped.

IMDB rating 7.0

Cahill U.S. Marshall (1973)
Cahill U.S. Marshall (1973)



Cahill U.S. Marshall (1973) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 103mins.

John Wayne - J.D. Cahill

Also starring George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Neville Brand, Clay O'Brien and Royal Dano.

Filmed in Durango, Mexico.

IMDB rating 6.2

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)


Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 106mins (122mins).

James Coburn - Pat Garrett
Kris Kristofferson - Billy The Kid

Also starring Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Barry Sullivan, Jason Robards and Bob Dylan.

Peckinpah and the studio fought over the film, it was eventually taken out of Peckinpah's hands and substantially re-edited. It would be more than 10 years before Peckinpah's version was released to video and to critical acclaim.

IMDB rating 7.4

High Plains Drifter (1973)
High Plains Drifter (1973)

High Plains Drifter (1973) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 105mins.

Clint Eastwood - The Stranger

Also starring Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Billy Curtis and Geoffrey Lewis.

The first western directed by Clint Eastwood.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Train Robbers (1973)
The Train Robbers (1973)



The Train Robbers (1973) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 92mins.

John Wayne - Lane

Also starring Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, Christopher George and Ricardo Montalban.

Filmed in Durango, Mexico.

IMDB rating 6.1

My Name is Nobody (1974)
My Name is Nobody (1974)


My Name is Nobody (1974) Directed by Tonino Valerii. 117mins.

Terence Hill - Nobody
Henry Fonda - Jack Beauregard

Also starring Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong, Karl Braun and Geoffrey Lewis.

Produced by Sergio Leone.

In a graveyard sequence Terence Hill as Nobody reads the name 'Sam Peckinpah' on a gravestone.

IMDB rating 7.4

Blazing Saddles (1974) Belgian poster
Blazing Saddles (1974) Belgian poster
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks. 93mins.

Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn and Alex Karras.

Mel Brook's classic spoof western grossed over $100m at the box office, becoming one of the most successful films of all time.

It was ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Comedies list.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Supporting Actress (Madeline Kahn), Best Song and Best Editing.

IMDB rating 7.7

Bite the Bullet (1975) Italian poster
Bite the Bullet (1975) Italian poster


Bite the Bullet (1975) Directed by Richard Brooks. 132mins.

Gene Hackman - Sam Clayton

Also starring Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen and Jan-Michael Vincent.

Inspired by real events, the 700-mile cross-country horse race from Evanston, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado in 1906.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Alex North) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.7

Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Rooster Cogburn (1975)



Rooster Cogburn (1975) Directed by Stuart Millar. 108mins.

John Wayne - Rooster Cogburn

Also starring Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Jordan, John McIntire and Paul Koslo.

Sequel to True Grit with Wayne reprising his role of Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn.

IMDB rating 6.6

Breakheart Pass (1975)
Breakheart Pass (1975)



Breakheart Pass (1975) Directed by Tom Gries. 95mins.

Charles Bronson - Deakin

Also starring Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Charles Durning and Ed Lauter.

Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean, first published in 1974.

IMDB rating 6.6

The Last Hard Men (1976)
The Last Hard Men (1976)



The Last Hard Men (1976) Directed by Andrew V McLaglen. 98mins.

Charlton Heston - Sam Burgade
James Coburn - Zach Provo

Also starring Barbara Hershey, Jorge Rivero, Michael Parks and Larry Wilcox.

Based on the novel by Brian Garfield.

Filmed in Arizona.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Missouri Breaks (1976)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)

The Missouri Breaks (1976) Directed by Arthur Penn. 126mins.

Marlon Brando - Lee Clayton
Jack Nicholson - Tom Logan

Also starring Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest and Harry Dean Stanton.

Jack Nicholson objected to Marlon Brando reading his lines off cue cards, which meant he was always looking over Jack's shoulder when talking to him.

Despite the pairing of the two superstars the film wasn't successful grossing just $14m in the US.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 135mins.

Clint Eastwood - Josey Wales

Also starring Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon and Sam Bottoms.

Based on the novel "Gone to Texas" by Forrest Carter, first published in 1973.

One of Eastwood's most acclaimed movies and his favourite of the westerns he appeared in.

One of Time Magazine's 10 Best Films of the Year.

Oscar Nomination for Best Music Score (Jerry Fielding).

IMDB rating 7.9

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)



The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) Directed by Irvin Kershner. 129mins.

Richard Harris - John Morgan

Also starring Gale Sondergaard, Geoffrey Lewis, William Lucking and Jorge Luke.

Sequel to A Man Called Horse (1970) and would be followed by The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982).

IMDB rating 5.9

The Shootist (1976) Spanish poster
The Shootist (1976) Spanish poster
The Shootist (1976)
The Shootist (1976)

The Shootist (1976) Directed by Don Siegel. 100mins.

John Wayne - J.B. Books

Also starring Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone and Hugh O'Brian.

John Wayne's final film, the legendary movie star died of stomach cancer in 1979, aged 72.

Listed as one of the Ten Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review.

Oscar Nomination for Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 7.6

Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) French poster
Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) French poster


Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) Directed by Robert Alrman. 123mins.

Paul Newman - William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Also starring Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Chaplin as Annie Oakley.

Based on the play "Indians" by Arthur Kopit.

Mostly filmed in Alberta, Canada.

IMDB rating 6.1

The White Buffalo (1977)
The White Buffalo (1977)



The White Buffalo (1977) Directed by J. Lee Thompson. 97mins.

Charles Bronson - Wild Bill Hickok

Also starring Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Clint Walker and Stuart Whitman.

Basically a western / monster movie as Wild Bill Hickock hunts for the ferocious white buffalo which haunts his dreams.

IMDB rating 5.8

The Villain (1979)
The Villain (1979)


The Villain (1979) aka Cactus Jack. Directed by Hal Needham. 89mins.

Kirk Douglas - Cactus Jack Slade

Also starring Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Elam and Paul Lynde as Nervous Elk.

Comedy western inspired by the Road Runner cartoons.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's only western to date.

IMDB rating 5.1

The Frisco Kid (1979)
The Frisco Kid (1979)

The Frisco Kid (1979) Directed by Robert Aldrich. 114mins.

Starring Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio, Penny Peyser and William Smith.

Filmed in 1978, according to Gene Wilder, John Wayne was considered for the Harrison Ford role.

The comedy western was not a hit grossing $9.3m at the US box office.

IMDB rating 6.1

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Geekdom 4 years ago

I have not seen many of these yet, but I have been planning to go back and watch a lot of the old Clint Eastwood and John Wayne westerns. I have seen the Friscio Kid, figured with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford how bad could it be. It was bad.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Please don't ask me my favorite of these. Thank you for sharing.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Geekdom, Mhatter99, muchas gracias amigos, appreciate the comments.

You can see the western genre dying right here on the page, more than half of the westerns of the 70's were made between 1970 and 1972 by the end of the 70's very few were being released.

Westerns are still being made, sporadically, but the once hugely popular genre has faded away. In the 70's audiences turned to gangster films, tough cops and disaster films for entertainment. And George Lucas single-handedly turned science fiction into a 'force' to be reckoned with at the global box office.

Thanks for posting!


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Again, I'm surprised at how many of these I have not seen. You are providing a great public service by exposing the gaps in my past. What can be said about Blazing Saddles that hasn't been said? With all the farting going on in movies and especially TV, farts are still funny. But I feel sorry for young people who have been surrounded by these noisome expressions all their lives. They can never experience the campfire bean scene in all its fresh glory. I would hazard a guess and say B.S. broke through the fart barrier. I remember seeing it on TV and the sounds were edited out, so we were treated to a bunch of cowboys taking turns standing up and sitting down in silence.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hohoho I saw Blazing Saddles at the cinema when it was re-released with some other film. (I miss those cinema double bills) And I was falling out of my seat with laughter at the campfire scene, I just wasn't expecting to hear that in a western, even a comedy western.

Highest rated western on here is The Outlaw Josey Wales followed by Blazing Saddles, lowest rated is The Villain.

Thanks for commenting David, much appreciated.


Cogerson 4 years ago

Now this is a great collection of great westerns....average westerns and some unknown westerns. My favorites would be The Shootist, My Name is Nobody, Outlaw Josey Wales, Bite the Bullet and Support Your Local Gunfighter.

Ones that I want to see would include....Doc, Lawman and the Man Called Horse movies.....I got a kick out of seeing the Frisco Kid....nobody seems to remember that Harrison Ford movie....but it played on HBO all the time when my family first got cable back in the early 1980s.

Voted up and across the board....job well done.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Bruce, thanks again for commenting. I'm sure I saw The Frisco Kid ages ago, just can't remember it.

I saw a few of these at the cinema when I was a kid, I remember going to see Outlaw Josey Wales, The Last Hard Men, The White Buffalo, Breakheart Pass and Blazing Saddles on a double bill with another WB film, might have been Bullitt. I was going cinema twice a week back in the 70's and 80's.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hi Steve......ahhhh, I wonder, do you know if JOHN WAYNE ever starred in any westerns????

I enjoyed scrolling through all of these interesting posters....some familiar, some totally unknown to me. I can honestly say I have never before seen the particular "cowgirl" attire Raquel Welch wore in Ana Coulder......I mean, Annie Oakley, she is not! I'll bet the cowboys were riding their horses into the sides of buildings!! LOL......UP+++


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hehe she isn't wearing much is she? I wish I had a poster of Raquel in that 'getup' when I was a young teen. :)

I know, John Wayne was the lead in 50 westerns BEFORE he became a star, B-westerns of the 30's. Randolph Scott appeared in many, many westerns, I may do a hub on him some day, very popular cowboy hero.

Thanks for commenting Paula, always appreciated.

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