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Best Western Movies of All Time

Updated on October 29, 2015

Great Westerns

Young Guns is a classic western based on the life of Billy the kid. The film spawned two sequels. Emilio Estivez plus the role of William H. Bonney AKA Billy The Kid.
Young Guns is a classic western based on the life of Billy the kid. The film spawned two sequels. Emilio Estivez plus the role of William H. Bonney AKA Billy The Kid. | Source
The Unforgiven was written and directed by Clint Eastwood and he starred in the film with Morgan Freeman.
The Unforgiven was written and directed by Clint Eastwood and he starred in the film with Morgan Freeman. | Source
Tombstone was based on true events and it stars Kurt Russell. One of the characters based on a real person is Doc Holliday.
Tombstone was based on true events and it stars Kurt Russell. One of the characters based on a real person is Doc Holliday. | Source
Pale Rider was one of the best westerns ever done by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood has played as a cop and a bad guy but, his roots are in western movies.
Pale Rider was one of the best westerns ever done by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood has played as a cop and a bad guy but, his roots are in western movies. | Source

Which was Your Favorite?

Which was Your Favorite Western Film?

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My Top Western Movies

1. Young Guns: Emilio Estevez and his brother Charlie Sheen, star in this western about Billy the Kid and Pat Garret. It follows Billy The Kid and his Regulators Gang during the Lincoln County war in New Mexico. The film leaves it open as to whether Billy The Kid was killed by Garret or actually escaped. The movie is full of drama, action and a little bit of humor too.

2. Young Guns 2: The film is a prequel in ways as it shows Billy The Kid and his gang before and after the Lincoln County war, which took place from 1877-1878. The film is told from the point of view of Brushy Bill Roberts, a man who in the 40's came out and said he was the real Billy The Kid. Once again the movie leaves you wondering about the kid but again it's full of action and amazing shoot outs. When I think of an outlaw in the west, I think of Billy The Kid.

3. Unforgiven: Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, star in their final western film. Eastwood is a killer and a outlaw who has traded in the guns for family until he is pushed to the brink. This is the one last chance to see the man put his six shooters to use. Eastwood directed this flick and it was a top notch job. The final scene is breathtaking as Eastwood takes on several outlaws at once in a saloon.

4. Tombstone: This film stars Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer and focuses on the gunfight at the OK Coral. Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp are the featured characters in this western, which is based on true events. The shoot outs, fist fights and culture of the old west are near perfect in this movie based on true life events.

5. The Outlaw Jose Wales: Eastwood directed and starred in this western set during the Civil War in America. When Jose Wales realizes that his wife and child have been murdered he is hell bent on exacting revenge. Wales goes on a search and destroy mission and gets each perpetrator one by one.

6. The Wild Bunch: The film is about an old group of outlaws that want one last score, a train robbery before they retire. William Holden and Robert Ryan star in this western classic that was released in 1969. The last scene featuring the moving train heist makes the entire film worthwhile.

7. Pale Rider: Clint Eastwood directed, starred in and produced this western movie. The Pale Rider has a problem with bandits in this California mining town and he will ride again. It's got some very intense moments when the intruders meet their demise. He uses a six shooter and a rifle to get his point across and the Pale Rider takes no prisoners.

8. Shane: This western film was made in 1953 and is set in Wyoming. Shane is a mysterious pistol packing cowboy who comes into town to settle down but, soon finds out problems are ahead and Shane is the only one who can stop the problem.

9. For a Few Dollars More: This is the second of the Dollar Trilogy and to me, it's by far the best. Eastwood and Van Cleef play as bounty hunters and they rarely miss during a gunfight.

10. Once Upon a Time in the West: Charles Bronson plays opposite Henry Fonda in this spaghetti western classic made in 1968. A battle over land that has the only water source in the area breaks out and guns are a blazing from beginning to end.

11. The War Wagon: This film stars John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in the only film to ever have John Wayne play as a bad guy. His enemy, Douglas shoots him but, with Wayne you know payback is coming in spades.

12. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Paul Newman and Robert Redford play as the famous train robbers and these guys have to watch out for the law and for each other.

13. Chisum: John Wayne and Christopher George take the lead in this film loosely based on New Mexico's Lincoln County war, which features William Bonney "AKA," Billy the Kid. The fact that John Wayne plays in this movie is reason enough to view it.

14. Rio Grande: John Wayne finishes out this Cavalry trilogy with his best yet. The film is based in Texas and Wayne is hired to protect the townspeople from the oncoming Apaches.

15. Broken Arrow: This western film portrays the Indians in a positive light and the cowboys and ranchers even helped a wounded Indian boy. The movie stars Jeff Chandler and James Stewart.

Please let me know what your favorite western movie is and why by sharing your comments in the commentary capsule located at the bottom of this film article.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood is out for vengeance in The Outlaw Josey Wales. In the film he is killed but, comes back from the dead, seeking revenge o n his enemies.
Clint Eastwood is out for vengeance in The Outlaw Josey Wales. In the film he is killed but, comes back from the dead, seeking revenge o n his enemies. | Source

Top Selling Western Films Of All Time

1. Unforgiven (1992)

2. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

3. Tombstone (1993)

4. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)

5. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

6. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

7. The Searchers (1956)

8. For A Few Dollars More (1965)

9. Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

10. High Noon (1952)

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      The Reminder 4 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! If you have time, have a look at the remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Kurt Russell and Christian Bale. It's a good western!

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      brenton Deschler 4 years ago

      what in the western world of cinema says 'WILL PENNY" should not be at very least in the top 10 of best westerns ever. For sure Mr. C. Heston is rolling and tumbling in the sagebrush!

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