Best Western Movies of All Time

#25

Oklahoma! (1955)
96%

#25
Adjusted Score: 98.588%
Critics Consensus: Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay! The critics are sayin' you're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, O.K.!
Synopsis: Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical was considered revolutionary for a multitude of reasons, not least of which were the... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#24

Little Big Man (1970)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: 98.631%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from the novel by Thomas Berger, Little Big Man opens with the spoken reminiscences of 121-year-old Jack Crabbe (Dustin... [More]

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 98.709%
Critics Consensus: Recreating the essence of his iconic Man With No Name in a post-Civil War Western, director Clint Eastwood delivered the first of his great revisionist works of the genre.
Synopsis: Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director and eighth Western as a star (ninth if you count Paint Your Wagon),... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#22

3:10 to Yuma (1957)
96%

#22
Adjusted Score: 99.124%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Desperate for money, frontier rancher Van Heflin holds outlaw Glenn Ford at gunpoint, intending to collect the $200 reward. While... [More]
Directed By: Delmer Daves

#21

Giant (1956)
95%

#21
Adjusted Score: 99.461%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: George Stevens' sprawling adaptation of Edna Ferber's best-selling novel successfully walks a fine line between potboiler and serious drama for... [More]
Directed By: George Stevens Jr.

#20

Major Dundee (1965)
97%

#20
Adjusted Score: 100.591%
Critics Consensus: Major Dundee is a Western-type with big war scenes, shot with bombast typical of Sam Peckinpah.
Synopsis: Sam Peckinpah's 1965 feature Major Dundee was recut and rescored for re-release theatrically in 2005, 40 years after its original... [More]
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah

#19

Shane (1953)
97%

#19
Adjusted Score: 101.151%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The story of a Wyoming range war is elevated to near-mythical status in George Stevens' Western classic Shane. Alan Ladd... [More]
Directed By: George Stevens Jr.

#18

El Dorado (1967)
100%

#18
Adjusted Score: 101.53%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having struck pay dirt with his 1958 western Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks more or less remade the picture twice in... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#17
Adjusted Score: 102.177%
Critics Consensus: With Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood.
Synopsis: By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#16

Destry Rides Again (1939)
100%

#16
Adjusted Score: 102.11%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tom Destry (James Stewart), son of a legendary frontier peacekeeper, doesn't believe in gunplay. Thus he becomes the object of... [More]
Directed By: George Marshall

#15

Old Yeller (1957)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 102.173%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While his father is away on a cattle drive, 15-year-old Tommy Kirk manages the family farm. Kirk is irritated when... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#14

Cat Ballou (1965)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 102.214%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her... [More]

#13

The Wild Bunch (1969)
94%

#13
Adjusted Score: 100.377%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.
Synopsis: Sam Peckinpah's controversial revisionist Western takes place in Texas and Mexico in 1913, a transitional year when the Old West... [More]
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah

#12

Fort Apache (1948)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 102.506%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The soldiers at Fort Apache may disagree with the tactics of their glory-seeking new commander. But to a man, they're... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#11

True Grit (2010)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 102.66%
Critics Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#10

Winchester '73 (1950)
100%

#10
Adjusted Score: 102.874%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Several Hollywood insiders felt that Jimmy Stewart had overestimated his box office appeal when he agreed to appear in Winchester... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Mann

#9

Unforgiven (1992)
96%

#9
Adjusted Score: 103.986%
Critics Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
Synopsis: Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western,... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#8

Red River (1948)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 103.558%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director Howard Hawks' second western was also his first collaboration with John Wayne. Officially based on Borden Chase's novel The... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 103.969%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: John Ford's western takes its inspiration from the life and legend of Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda), the frontier lawman who... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#6
Adjusted Score: 103.99%
Critics Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.
Synopsis: In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#5

Stagecoach (1939)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 104.598%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#4

The Searchers (1956)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104.881%
Critics Consensus: The Searchers is an epic John Wayne Western that introduces dark ambivalence to the genre that remains fashionable today.
Synopsis: If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#3

Rio Bravo (1959)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104.759%
Critics Consensus: Rio Bravo finds director Howard Hawks -- and his stellar ensemble cast -- working at peak performance, and the end result is a towering classic of the Western genre.
Synopsis: Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Rio Bravo is a story of men (and women) and a town under... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#2

High Noon (1952)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105.532%
Critics Consensus: A classic of the Western genre that broke with many of the traditions at the time, High Noon endures -- in no small part thanks to Gary Cooper's defiant, Oscar-winning performance.
Synopsis: In this classic western, a marshal prepares to retire from law enforcement because of his marriage to a Quaker. But... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#1
Adjusted Score: 106.11%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score.
Synopsis: In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

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