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Top 100 Western Films of All-Time

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    Top 100 Western Films of All-Time

    Westerns have been one of film’s most beloved and iconic genres for decades. Unforgettable stars like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are inextricably tied to Western film, as is Sergio Leone, who took the genre to Italy where he filmed what became known as “Spaghetti Westerns.”

    Our list of Western depicts tales of derring-do and heroism, as well as romance, tragedy, and some downright knee-slappers. You’ll find many works from the titans of the genre like Wayne, Eastwood, Leone, and director John Ford, but you’ll also see some of Hollywood’s brightest stars — Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Shirley Temple, and others — taking their turn in the cinematic Old West.

    Stacker developed a rating system from 1 to 100 that combines IMDB user ratings and Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer to form a composite “Stacker Score.” Films were required to have a minimum of 1,000 IMDB ratings to be eligible for the list. So grab yer ten-gallon hat, dust off your boots, and take a spin through the best Western films of all time.

  • Paramount Pictures
    2/ Paramount Pictures

    #100: Son of Paleface

    Year released: 1952

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.1/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    This 1950s sequel to the film “The Paleface” stars famous comedian Bob Hope and tells the story of a Peter Porter (Hope) and his journey home to claim his father’s gold, which has suddenly disappeared. Directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Jane Russell and Roy Rogers, the film was well received by critics, with the 1952 New York Times review stating, “This, with a script full of nonsense, a lot of Miss Russell in rare good form and some amusing byplay from Mr. Rogers (and from Trigger) adds up to a funny film.”

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    3/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #99: Go West

    Year released: 1925

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    Buster Keaton wrote, directed, and starred in the in the 1925 silent film “Go West.” The comedic Western portrays Friendless (Keaton) who, after failing to find work in New York, decides to try his luck as a cattle herder. Eventually Friendless finds himself leading the cattle on a journey to Los Angeles, befriending the cow “Brown Eyes” along the way.

  • Batjac Productions
    4/ Batjac Productions

    #98: 7 Men from Now

    Year released: 1956

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.5/5

    Randolph Scott stars in this classic tale as a man avenges the death of his wife, murdered during the robbery of a Wells Fargo train. As the former sheriff chases down the seven men supposedly responsible for the death of his love, viewers are taken on a journey through the classic west.

  • Warner Bros. Pictures
    5/ Warner Bros. Pictures

    #97: They Died with Their Boots On

    Year released: 1941

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    “They Died with Their Boots On” depicts a fictionalized version of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his time studying at West Point to the legendary battle of Little Bighorn. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Arthur Kennedy star in the 1941 film from director Raoul Walsh.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    6/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #96: The Harvey Girls

    Year released: 1946

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.1/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Judy Garland dips her toe into the Western genre in this heartwarming tale of a naive mail order bride named Susan Bradley who finds herself among a fun crew of women providing cooking and company for railway travelers. Ray Bolger and John Hodiak also star in this film from director George Sidney.

  • Universal Pictures
    7/ Universal Pictures

    #95: Bend of the River

    Year released: 1952

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    Anthony Mann directed this 1952 film about two men with sordid pasts who lead a wagon train toward Oregon, and somehow manage to avoid dysentery. Survival, infighting, and treachery about in the tale. The movie stars James Stewart, Rock Hudson, and Arthur Kennedy.

  • West Film
    8/ West Film

    #94: Trinity Is STILL My Name!

    Year released: 1971

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    The sequel to 1970’s “They Call Me Trinity” stars Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, and Yanti Somer. This time, two gentle-hearted brothers set out to fulfill a promise to their father and become outlaws, to hilarious results. Slapstick humor and bar fights highlight this silly Western romp.

  • The Malpaso Company
    9/ The Malpaso Company

    #93: Pale Rider

    Year released: 1985

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    Clint Eastwood is both behind the camera and in front of it in this 1985 film that also stars Michael Moriarty and Carrie Snodgress. A landowner lays siege to a nearby gold mining operation, setting the stage for a big conflict, when a preacher rides into camp in an effort to make peace.

  • Touchstone Pictures
    10/ Touchstone Pictures

    #92: Open Range

    Year released: 2003

    Stacker Score: 72.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.5/5

    Kevin Costner directed this cinematic interpretation of Lauran Paine’s novel. The film shows three cattle drivers who are pulled into a local conflict when their moral compasses urge them to defend the freedom and values of the Great West. Costner stars, along with Robert Duvall and Diego Luna in a film that brought home $58.3 million at the box office.

  • Warner Bros.
    11/ Warner Bros.

    #91: Pursued

    Year released: 1947

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    The orphaned Jeb Rand is raised by neighbors, but can’t shake the trauma of the tragedy that left him parentless. Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, and Judith Anderson star in the story of the young Rand who faces trouble at home and abroad, when he must fight in the Spanish-American War.

  • Pathe Production
    12/ Pathe Production

    #90: Far from Men

    Year released: 2014

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Viggo Mortensen simply has the face for a Western, as audiences discovered in this 2014 film. He stars beside Reda Kateb and Djemel Barek in David Oelhoffen’s adaption of Albert Camus’ short story, “L'Hôte.” Set in Algeria, the movie shows two very different men who are thrown together by happenstance and flee together across the Atlas Mountains and was praised for its successful fusion of a classic Western storyline with a French-language drama.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    13/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #89: 3 Godfathers

    Year released: 1948

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    When three bandits discover a dying mother, they vow to protect the infant across a desert journey. John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, and Harry Carey Jr. star in the film that took in $2.1 million at the box office.

  • 20th Century Fox
    14/ 20th Century Fox

    #88: Hombre

    Year released: 1967

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

     Paul Newman, Fredric March, and Richard Boone lead the way in Martin Ritt’s 1967 film about a white man raised by Apaches. John “Hombre” Russell (Newman) is a social outcast because of his upbringing, but finally earns respect when he springs into action to help some of the townspeople escape a stagecoach during a robbery.

  • Columbia Pictures
    15/ Columbia Pictures

    #87: The Professionals

    Year released: 1966

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    Following a tried and true Western theme, “The Professionals” follows four men hired to rescue the wife of a rich Texan, supposedly kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Robert Ryan star in the film based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke.

  • Constantin Film
    16/ Constantin Film

    #86: Manitou's Shoe

    Year released: 2001

    Stacker Score: 73.0
    IMDb User Rating: 6.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Michael Herbig wrote, directed, and starred in this 2001 German parody. He plays Abahachi, an Apache Chief, who faces off against the villainous Santa Maria and the Shoshone Indians. The film also stars Christian Tramitz and Marie Bäumer. It did well at the box office, taking in $77.3 million.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    17/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #85: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    Year released: 1964

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Director George Pal brings to life a movie that depicts the small town of Abalone, Arizona being visited by a mysterious Chinese gentleman, who changes the town forever. Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, and Arthur O'Connell star in the film that mixes elements of fantasy, mystery, and Western together in a fascinating cinematographic cocktail.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #84: The Ballad of Cable Hogue

    Year released: 1970

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, and David Warner lead the way in this 1970 film from director Sam Peckinpah. In it, a lowly vagrant stumbles upon a spring in the desert and does his best to profit from his discovery. The film took in $3.5 million at the box office.

  • China Film Group
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    #83: Let the Bullets Fly

    Year released: 2010

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    A Western in a brand-new setting, “Let the Bullets Fly” takes place in small-town 1920s China. An outlaw leader assumes the identity of mayor of a small town, aiming to make a quick buck, but he soon finds himself at odds with the equally dastardly Master Huang. The film was banned in China for its anti-corruption themes and stars Yun-Fat Chow, Wen Jiang, and You Ge.

  • United Artists
    20/ United Artists

    #82: Support Your Local Sheriff!

    Year released: 1969

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    A comedic film — as hinted by the title — sees an unlikely hero assume the role of sheriff in a small gold rush town and use his wits to set the town straight. James Garner, Joan Hackett, and Walter Brennan star in a film that earned $13 million at the box office.

  • Warner Bros.
    21/ Warner Bros.

    #81: Pure Country

    Year released: 1992

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 6.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Pure Country features musician George Strait in his acting debut, playing a country music star who needs to escape the bright lights of stardom and reconnect with his Western roots in order to find the soul of his music and love interest along the way. The film from director Christopher Cain also stars Lesley Ann Warren and Isabel Glasser.

  • Warner Brothers
    22/ Warner Brothers

    #80: Calamity Jane

    Year released: 1953

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    This raucous Western overflowing with wisecracks stars Doris Day, Howard Keel, and Allyn Ann McLerie. The titular Jane is a riotous personality, and after falling out of favor with her romantic interest, travels to Chicago to recruit an actress for her saloon.

  • Cambridge Productions
    23/ Cambridge Productions

    #79: The Man from Snowy River

    Year released: 1982

    Stacker Score: 73.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, and Terence Donovan star in one of the few top-ranked Westerns made in the 1980s. In it, a reclusive man descends from the mountains of Australia to earn money to keep him father’s farm afloat. George Miller directed the film.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    24/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #78: The Naked Spur

    Year released: 1953

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Chanan Stern of 1001 Movies To See Before You Die calls this film “extremely watchable.” Audiences agreed, giving it solid ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, as well as shelling out $2.4 million at the box office back in 1953. James Stewart, Janet Leigh, and Robert Ryan star in the film from director Anthony Mann. Stewart portrays a man forced into work as a bounty hunter, who finds himself working with a couple suspicious partners.

  • William Goetz Productions
    25/ William Goetz Productions

    #77: The Man from Laramie

    Year released: 1955

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    “The Man from Laramie” features James Stewart in one of many starring roles, this time playing Will Lockhart, a mysterious traveling man. He plays the role of Robin Hood, going toe-to-toe with the son of a vicious rancher, and eventually confronting an evil man who is supplying the nearby Apaches with weapons. The film also stars Arthur Kennedy and Donald Crisp.

  • Universal Pictures
    26/ Universal Pictures

    #76: Shenandoah

    Year released: 1965

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    When the son of a Virginia farmer is captured by Union soldiers, the reluctant farmer is pushed into action. James Stewart, Doug McClure, and Glenn Corbett star in the film from director Andrew V. McLaglen, which examines the morality of war and violence, bringing a personal angle to the Civil War.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    27/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #75: The Mark of Zorro

    Year released: 1940

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    A Western from the early day, “The Mark Of Zorro” stars Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Basil Rathbone. The son of a California nobleman plays a harmless dandy by day, but goes behind the mask to act as the heroic Zorro by night to rescue the region from a villainous dictator.

  • Cinema Center Films/ Batjac Productions
    28/ Cinema Center Films/ Batjac Productions

    #74: Big Jake

    Year released: 1971

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    John Wayne stars as the titular Big Jake, a man tasked with rescuing the son of ranchers who is being held by bandits for a $1 million ransom. Richard Boone and Maureen O'Hara also star in the 1971 film.

  • Argosy Pictures
    29/ Argosy Pictures

    #73: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    Year released: 1949

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

     John Wayne, Joanne Dru, and John Agar star in a tale of romance and danger, in which Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles (Wayne) must lead an escape from nearby Indians after Custer’s defeat at their hands. The film, from director John Ford, earned $13 million at the box office.

  • Seven Arts Productions
    30/ Seven Arts Productions

    #72: The Misfits

    Year released: 1961

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    A middle-aged love triangle is at the center of this 1961 film from director John Huston. Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift star in the tale of a divorcee (Monroe) who heads out west to find her new life and ends up the object of an old cowboy and a mechanic.

  • Avenging Conscience/ Cannibal Films Ltd.
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    #71: Cannibal! The Musical

    Year released: 1993

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    From Trey Parker of “South Park” and “The Book Of Mormon” fame comes “Cannibal! The Musical,” a movie that the San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich called “finger-licking good.” The story depicts the lone survivor of a mining disaster who has acquired the taste for human flesh. Alongside Parker, Dian Bachar and Stephen Blackpool star in the film.

  • EuropaCorp/ The Javelina Film Company
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    #70: Three Burials

    Year released: 2005

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    One of the 21st century Westerns on our list, “Three Burials” was directed by Tommy Lee Jones. It tells the story of a man on a quixotic journey to bury the body of his friend in his hometown in Mexico. The film stars Barry Pepper and Dwight Yoakam alongside the gruff Jones.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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    #69: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Year released: 1954

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    The 1954 film stars Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards in a funny tale of seven backwoods brothers who fall under the reforming rule of the eldest brother’s new wife, Milly (Powell). Stanley Donen directed the movie.

  • UK Film Council / Surefire Film Productions / Autonomous
    34/ UK Film Council / Surefire Film Productions / Autonomous

    #68: The Proposition

    Year released: 2005

    Stacker Score: 74.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    “The Proposition” takes place in rural Australia, a perfectly dusty alternative to the American West. The 2005 films stars Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, and Emily Watson. In it, outlaw Charlie Burns (Pearce) is apprehended and given a terrible choice — apprehend his older brother, or see his beloved younger brother hang.

  • Warner Bros. / Patricia / Jalem Productions
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    #67: The Great Race

    Year released: 1965

    Stacker Score: 74.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    A film that spins together adventure, comedy, and travel across half the globe stars Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, and Jack Lemmon. Curtis plays The Great Leslie, a professional daredevil, who conceives of a transcontinental auto race and is joined by his rival Professor Fate (Lemmon) in the chase for first place.

  • West Film
    36/ West Film

    #66: They Call Me Trinity

    Year released: 1970

    Stacker Score: 74.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    A Western overflowing with slapstick appeal pits a quirky gunfighter and his horse-thieving brother against a local land baron. Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, and Steffen Zacharias star in the 1970 Spaghetti Western that also depicts a Mormon settlement.

  • B.R.C. Produzione S.r.l. / Tecisa
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    #65: Django

    Year released: 1966

    Stacker Score: 74.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    The mysterious Django is a man on a mission. He completes many heroic acts, but all the while intrigues those around him because he drags a coffin with him everywhere he goes. Franco Nero, José Canalejas, and José Bódalo star in the film from director Sergio Corbucci.

  • Warner Bros. / Jesse Films Inc. / Scott Free Productions
    38/ Warner Bros. / Jesse Films Inc. / Scott Free Productions

    #64: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    Year released: 2007

    Stacker Score: 74.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Despite a rather unwieldy title packed with a fairly critical spoiler, the film from writer-director Andrew Dominik earned solid marks from critics, despite its modest box office draw of $3.9 million. It tells the tale of Robert Ford, a man obsessed with the fabled outlaw Jesse James, attempting to win the favor of James, but ultimately finding himself at odds with his idol. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard.

  • Argosy Pictures
    39/ Argosy Pictures

    #63: Fort Apache

    Year released: 1948

    Stacker Score: 75.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    From Western stalwart John Ford directed this classic that depicts a glory-hungry Army lieutenant out to pick a fight with the nearby Apache tribe, against the warnings of everyone. BBC’s Almar Haflidason calls it “A wonderful western ride of suspense and humour, skillfully blended in the hands of John Ford.” The film stars a trio of Hollywood legends: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Temple.

  • Wallis-Hazen
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    #62: The Sons of Katie Elder

    Year released: 1965

    Stacker Score: 75.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    A couple of Hollywood legends, John Wayne and Dean Martin, join forces in Henry Hathaway’s 1969 release. Wayne and Martin are two of the four Elder sons who return home for their mother’s funeral and instantly become embroiled in settling some old scores.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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    #61: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Year released: 1973

    Stacker Score: 75.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Richard Jaeckel star in a story set in New Mexico in 1881. Pat Garrett (Coburn) is the former companion of Billy The Kid (Kristofferson), but is now tasked with stopping his former pal who’s on the run for various cattle-related crimes. The film earned $11 million at the box office.

  • Lionsgate / Tree Line Film / Relativity Media
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    #60: 3:10 to Yuma

    Year released: 1957

    Stacker Score: 75.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    An Elmore Leonard story is always a good place to start for a Western, and the original “3:10 To Yuma” proves it. Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, and Felicia Farr star in Delmer Daves’ adaption of the story. In it, rancher Dan Evans is pitted against the ruthless gang of outlaw leader Ben Wade as he attempts to wrangle Wade onto the train to prison.

  • Wallis-Hazen
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    #59: True Grit

    Year released: 1969

    Stacker Score: 75.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    John Wayne as the gritty U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn is pitch-perfect in this original film adaption of the novel by Charles Portis. It also stars Kim Darby and Glen Campbell, and was directed by Henry Hathaway. Darby plays young Mattie Ross, a girl out to find justice for her murdered father who recruits Cogburn and Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Campbell). The film earned $31.1 million at the box office.

  • Universal Pictures
    44/ Universal Pictures

    #58: Destry Rides Again

    Year released: 1939

    Stacker Score: 75.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    Hailing from the early days of Westerns, the 1939 “Destry Rides Again” was called “Good fun every minute of it” by Frank S. Nugent of the New York Times. James Stewart plays Tom Destry, Jr., the son of a legendary sheriff who must bring order to town despite his mild-mannered nature. The film stars the legendary Marlene Dietrich in a memorable performance as “Frenchy,” thought to be the inspiration for Madeline Kahn’s “Blazing Saddles” character, Lili Von Schtupp.

  • Batjac Productions
    45/ Batjac Productions

    #57: McLintock!

    Year released: 1963

    Stacker Score: 75.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Yet another appearance by The Duke, John Wayne, who this time stars as George Washington McLintock, a cattle baron attempting to keep the peace in a territory that’s home to a vast array of citizens. From Andrew V. McLaglen, the film also stars Maureen O'Hara and Patrick Wayne.

  • Rafran Cinematografica / Les Films Jacques Leitienne / Imp.Ex.Ci.
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    #56: My Name Is Nobody

    Year released: 1973

    Stacker Score: 75.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    A story of intergenerational gunfighter friendship and rivalry features Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, and Jean Martin. Based on a concept from Sergio Leone, Tonino Valerii directed this well-received film. An up-and-coming gunman connects with his idol, and aims to set him up for one final, bloody battle.

  • Barunson / CJ Entertainment / Cineclick Asia
    47/ Barunson / CJ Entertainment / Cineclick Asia

    #55: The Good the Bad the Weird

    Year released: 2008

    Stacker Score: 75.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    This Korean twist on the Western tells the story of a couple outlaws and a bounty hunter on the run from the Japanese army in Manchuria during the 1940s. The film stars Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, and Woo-sung Jung as the titular three.

  • Paramount Pictures
    48/ Paramount Pictures

    #54: Shane

    Year released: 1953

    Stacker Score: 75.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.7/5

    “Shane” casts Alan Ladd in the role of weary gunslinger, ready to settle down for a life of leisure. Life, it seems, has other plans for Ladd, however. The film also stars Jean Arthur and Van Heflin and was directed by George Stevens. It earned a whopping $20 million at the box office, quite a number for 1953.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
    49/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    #53: Ride the High Country

    Year released: 1962

    Stacker Score: 76.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, and Mariette Hartley star in a film of dangerous adventures, double-crosses, and all the usual violence from “Bloody Sam” Peckinpah. An ex-union soldier is hired to protect a cargo of gold, but soon realizes he’s up against far more than the deadly Hammond Brothers.

  • Paramount Pictures / Laurel Productions
    50/ Paramount Pictures / Laurel Productions

    #52: El Dorado

    Year released: 1967

    Stacker Score: 76.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Roger Ebert offered, "’El Dorado’ is a tightly directed, humorous, altogether successful Western,” and audiences seemed to agree. It earned $13 million at the box office and solid ratings from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a story of a hired gun teaming up with a sheriff and an Indian fighter to defend a rancher’s water supply. The film stars John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan.

  • Cinema Center Films / Stockbridge-Hiller Productions
    51/ Cinema Center Films / Stockbridge-Hiller Productions

    #51: Little Big Man

    Year released: 1970

    Stacker Score: 76.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Dustin Hoffman makes an appearance on our list, starring as Jack Crabb alongside Faye Dunaway and Chief Dan George. Crabb is a 121-year-old man, and the movie follows the progression of his long life as recounts tales of adventure, romance, and tragedy.

  • Universal Pictures / The Malpaso Company
    52/ Universal Pictures / The Malpaso Company

    #50: High Plains Drifter

    Year released: 1973

    Stacker Score: 76.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Another Clint Eastwood classic in which a mysterious “Stranger” wanders into the dusty town of Lago and becomes their de facto protector when three outlaws show up to wreak havoc. The film stars Eastwood as “The Stranger” along with Verna Bloom and Marianna Hill.

  • Tig Productions
    53/ Tig Productions

    #49: Dances with Wolves

    Year released: 1990

    Stacker Score: 76.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.6/5

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene star in this beloved film that raked in $184.2 million at the box office. Costner’s Lieutenant Dunbar ventures out west to his new posting, only to find it deserted. He befriends an Indian tribe and slowly weaves his way into their society.

  • SBS Independent / Vertigo Productions
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    #48: The Tracker

    Year released: 2002

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    “The Tracker,” starring David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, and Damon Gameau took home 16 international film awards. From director Rolf de Heer, it tells the story of three white men and an aboriginal Australian tracking an accused murderer through the Australian wilderness.

  • Allied Artists Pictures
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    #47: Friendly Persuasion

    Year released: 1956

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    The peaceful ways of Quakers are put to the test when Southern troops pass through their Indiana town and they are faced with the question of fight or flight. As Bosley Crowther of the New York Times puts it, the unlikely scenario creates a film “...in which a spurt of stirring drama and suspense [tops] off a natural abundance of comedy, quaintness and charm.” The 1956 release stars Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins.

  • Universal International Pictures (UI)
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    #46: Winchester '73

    Year released: 1950

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    This film follows the titular Winchester rifle, a prized firearm, as it changes hands for legitimate and unlawful reasons, finally culminating in what else, but a mountainside gunfight. One of Western cinema’s most prolific directors, Anthony Mann, directed James Stewart, Shelley Winters, and Dan Duryea in the movie.

  • Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A.
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    #45: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    Year released: 1974

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Sam Peckinpah is back at it, this time directing a story of an American bartender on the road to collect a $1 million bounty — but on a man who’s already dead. The film stars Warren Oates, Isela Vega, and Robert Webber in another of “Bloody Sam” Peckinpah’s violent adventures.

  • Rafran Cinematografica
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    #44: Duck, You Sucker

    Year released: 1971

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    John Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British, joins a group of Mexican bandits in their attempt to knock over a bank. Sergio Leone saw great success with this installment in his run of Spaghetti Westerns, drawing $1.3 billion internationally. The movie stars Rod Steiger, James Coburn, and Romolo Valli.

  • Lionsgate / Tree Line Film / Relativity Media
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    #43: 3:10 to Yuma

    Year released: 2007

    Stacker Score: 76.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    “The performances are electric” in this remake of the 1957 classic, according to BBC reviewer Stella Papamichael. Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and Ben Foster star in a story of a honest rancher (Bale) hell-bent on ensuring a dangerous criminal (Crowe) ends up on a train to Yuma prison. Foster really made his mark in the James Mangold film, portraying a creepy outlaw lieutenant with evil designs.

  • Banco Nacional de Minas Gerais / Copacabana Filmes
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    #42: Black God, White Devil

    Year released: 1964

    Stacker Score: 77.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Written and directed by Glauber Rocha, “Black God, White Devil” follows the hired gun Antonio Das Mortes through his experiences with gangs, rural life, and the Pedro Bonita Massacre. The movie stars Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, and Othon Bastos and was filmed in Brazil.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #41: The Cowboys

    Year released: 1972

    Stacker Score: 77.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    The classic Western theme of the cattle drive is explored anew in “The Cowboys,” starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Bruce Dern. John Wayne’s “Wil Andersen” is a rancher stuck driving cattle with a band of inexperienced hands, struggling to stay ahead of cattle thieves.

  • Sanford Productions / Warner Bros.
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    #40: Jeremiah Johnson

    Year released: 1972

    Stacker Score: 77.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Robert Redford, Will Geer, and Delle Bolton star in this film from director Sydney Pollack. Jeremiah Johnson (Redford) is a US Army veteran intent on finding a peaceful life and settling down near Crow territory, and he meets friends and encounters  challenges along the way. The movie did very well at the 1972 box office, earning $47.7 million.

  • Mirisch Company
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    #39: The Magnificent Seven

    Year released: 1960

    Stacker Score: 77.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson join forces in this tale of a band of seven outlaws brought to defend a Mexican farming village. The film uses the classic “The Seven Samurai” as a blueprint. According to Danny Graydon of BBC Films, “Director John Sturges found in the traditional Western the perfect vessel for Kurosawa's honorable warrior codes, outlaw versus drifter themes, and suitably tense action set-pieces.”

  • Visiona Romantica / Double Feature Films
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    #38: The Hateful Eight

    Year released: 2015

    Stacker Score: 77.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.8/5

    Quentin Tarantino’s latest release stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in this tale set in the wild Wyoming winter. A bounty hunter played by Russell transports his prisoner (Leigh) across the wilderness, and ends up hunkered down and waiting out a blizzard with a bizarre band of characters. The film brought in $54.1 million at the box office.

  • Joel Productions
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    #37: Lonely Are the Brave

    Year released: 1962

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    In order to spring his best friend from jail a wild cowboy gets locked up himself, only to find that the situation is more complex than he knew. Penned by legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the film stars Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, and Walter Matthau.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #36: The Gunfighter

    Year released: 1950

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    The notorious Jimmy Ringo has supposedly changed his ways and he heads to a small town to reignite the relationship with his former flame. Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, and Millard Mitchell star in this tale of trouble and redemption.

  • Paramount Pictures
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    #35: The Shootist

    Year released: 1976

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    The notorious Jimmy Ringo has supposedly changed his ways and he heads to a small town to reignite the relationship with his former flame. Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, and Millard Mitchell star in this tale of trouble and redemption.

  • Producciones Panicas
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    #34: El Topo

    Year released: 1970

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.5/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    In 1970’s “El Topo” the Western genre gets a psychedelic twist, thanks to writer-director  Alejandro Jodorowsky. The titular El Topo embarks on a desert quest with his young son, aiming to find fulfillment, avenge those who have been wronged, and find out about himself. Jodorowsky stars as El Topo along with his son Brontis Jodorowsky and José Legarreta.

  • George Stevens Productions
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    #33: Giant

    Year released: 1956

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    This story of the rivalry between a Texas rancher and a cowboy turned oil tycoon was directed by George Stevens. It stars some of Hollywood’s most glamorous faces, including Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Stevens won the Best Director Oscar for this epic 1956 film.

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    #32: Dead Man

    Year released: 1995

    Stacker Score: 77.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    In “Dead Man” director Jim Jarmusch “...travels to the Old West to spin a bizarre tale of corrupted innocence and shattered perceptions — a dip into hell on earth,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Edward Guthmann. The film stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer and Crispin Glover in a black and white depiction of the American frontier. The film has become beloved as it has aged, but only earned $1 million at the box office in 1995.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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    #31: Bad Day at Black Rock

    Year released: 1955

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    There’s something fishy afoot in the town of Black Rock, and when John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) arrives, the townsfolk will stop at nothing to hold onto a terrible secret. Robert Ryan and Anne Francis also star in this film from director John Sturges.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #30: My Darling Clementine

    Year released: 1946

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    One of many films from Western master John Ford to make our list, “My Darling Clementine” stars Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. It features some notorious characters in Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, who are out to find revenge for the killers of Wyatt’s brother James. This 1946 movie was the first in a long line to feature the legendary OK Corral. 

  • Monterey Productions
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    #29: Red River

    Year released: 1948

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    John Wayne plays Thomas Dunson a cattle driving boss who rules his men with an iron fist, leading to mutiny along the drive to Missouri. Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru star alongside Wayne in a film co-directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

  • Hollywood Pictures
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    #28: Tombstone

    Year released: 1993

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Sam Elliott star in this story featuring some of the old west’s most notorious characters — Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Holliday, Earp, and Earp’s brothers confront a marauding band of killers, resulting in a shootout at the OK Corral.

  • Crossbow Productions / Warner Bros.
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    #27: Blazing Saddles

    Year released: 1974

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    This delightful Mel Brooks spoof fits the bill as a Western, but differs greatly from most of the more serious films on the list. In “Blazing Saddles” a corrupt politician sows chaos in a small town in order to make way for a railroad. Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, and Slim Pickens star in this silly romp.

  • Paramount Pictures
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    #26: True Grit

    Year released: 2010

    Stacker Score: 78.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    The Coen Brothers brought a potent cast including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld to their remake of the 1969 classic. In the movie, young Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) seeks the aid of a gnarled U.S. marshal (Bridges) to help her track her father’s killer. It was a smash hit, drawing more than $171 million at the box office.

  • Hal Roach Studios / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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    #25: Way Out West

    Year released: 1937

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy take their talents out west in a story of two men charged with delivering the much-sought-after deed for a gold mine, who encounter many trials along the way. Sharon Lynn also stars in the James W. Horne directed movie. It’s a film filled with as many goofs as gunfights.

  • Republic Pictures
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    #24: Johnny Guitar

    Year released: 1954

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Despite being named for its male lead character, “Johnny Guitar” put a woman — Joan Crawford — front and center in its story. Directed by Nicholas Ray, the film also stars Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge. Crawford’s “Vienna” is a saloon owner who finds herself embroiled in an armed conflict when she harbors men suspected of a crime.

  • Anthony Productions / Worldwide Productions
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    #23: The Big Country

    Year released: 1958

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Four years before his iconic performance as Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck starred in William Wyler’s “The Big Country” alongside Jean Simmons and Carroll Baker. Peck plays retired sea captain James McKay who moves west to marry, only to become embroiled in a land ownership dispute involving his new in-laws. The film cleaned up at the box office, especially for 1958, earning $13 million in ticket sales.

  • David Foster Productions / Warner Bros.
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    #22: McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Year released: 1971

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.7/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    It’s not often that a Western is relatable, but this one tells an all-too-familiar tale of corporate greed competing with local business. In this case the local business is a whorehouse run by the titular John McCabe and Constance Miller, who face the consequences of fending off a greedy corporation. The film stars Warren Beatty as McCabe, Julie Christie as Miller, and Rene Auberjonois as Sheehan.

  • Walter Wanger Productions
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    #21: Stagecoach

    Year released: 1939

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Writing in 2010 of the 1939 Criterion Collection classic, Walter Addiego explained that “‘Stagecoach’ both revived and elevated the Western.” Director John Ford released three different films that year, but this Western starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Andy Devine might have been his best. A stagecoach filled with a strange cast of characters finds itself in the path of the violent Geronimo, setting up for a fascinating adventure.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #20: The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Year released: 1976

    Stacker Score: 78.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this tale of a Missouri farmer heading west, who ends up confronted with his violent past despite his desire to start anew. Based on the novel “Gone To Texas” by Forrest Carter, the film also stars Sondra Locke and Chief Dan George. Audiences seemed to love the movie when it was released in ‘76, as it took in $31.8 million at the box office.

  • Adelphia Compagnia Cinematografica
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    #19: The Great Silence

    Year released: 1968

    Stacker Score: 79.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.8/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    A Western from the ‘60s that doesn’t star John Wayne or Clint Eastwood? Is that even legal? In Italy it is, as Sergio Corbucci proved in this Spaghetti Western starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, and Frank Wolff. Bounty hunters face off with bandits in the Utahn mountains, when a furious widow sends a terrifying gunman named Silence into the fray.

  • Film 44 / LBI Productions
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    #18: Hell or High Water

    Year released: 2016

    Stacker Score: 79.0
    IMDb User Rating: 7.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.1/5

    In “Hell or High Water,” the hero Toby Howard’s “...bid for redemption unfolds on a sweating canvas of baked yellow and pitiless gold,” according to New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis. The 2016 film stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges in a tale of sweaty, gritty maleness playing out in the wilds of West Texas. The film brought in $26.9 million at the box office.

  • Constantin Film
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    #17: A Fistful of Dollars

    Year released: 1964

    Stacker Score: 79.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 3.9/5

    “A Fistful of Dollars” kicked off the Dollars Trilogy for Sergio Leone and features some of the most iconic music of any soundtrack in history. The super-talented Ennio Morricone takes the viewer on an aural journey perfectly befitting the desolate surroundings, as stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, and Marianne Koch galavant on screen. Despite glowing reviews from IMDB (8/10) and Rotten Tomatoes (3.9/5), “Fistful” didn’t score well with Metacritic voters (65/100).

  • Warner Bros.
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    #16: Rio Bravo

    Year released: 1959

    Stacker Score: 80.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    The somewhat unlikely pair of John Wayne and Dean Martin come together in the story of a sheriff enlisting the aid of a crew of misfits to help him keep the local bandit’s brother in jail. The film made $12.5 million at the box office, using its star power to put meat in the seats. The movie also stars Ricky Nelson, and was directed by Howard Hawks.

  • C.V. Whitney Pictures
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    #15: The Searchers

    Year released: 1956

    Stacker Score: 80.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    A Civil War veteran sets out on a mission to retrieve his niece from the Comanche Tribe, encountering danger along the way. Western master John Ford directed the film (along with several others on our list), which stars John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Vera Miles. As with many well-regarded Westerns, “The Searchers” was based on a novel, in this case by Alan Le May.

  • Stanley Kramer Productions
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    #14: High Noon

    Year released: 1952

    Stacker Score: 80.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    A film that builds to an intense climactic scene, “High Noon” stars the aptly paired Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. From director Fred Zinnemann, the story follows Cooper’s “Will Kane,” who must face off with a dangerous criminal and his gang, totally alone. This tale of redemption and bravery made $9.5 million at the box office.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #13: The Ox-Bow Incident

    Year released: 1943

    Stacker Score: 80.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.1/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, and Mary Beth Hughes, “The Ox-Bow Incident” details an incident in a small town where a farmer has been killed and robbed, and the townspeople are out for revenge. It was directed by William A. Wellman and based on the novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

  • Paramount Pictures / John Ford Productions
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    #12: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    Year released: 1962

    Stacker Score: 80.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.1/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Two of the biggest names on this list are of course Clint Eastwood and John Wayne; this film stars the latter along with James Stewart and Vera Stewart. Using flashbacks, the movie tells the tale of Ransom Stoddard, who is chosen as the Senator of a small Western territory over local outlaw Liberty Valance, igniting a bloody rivalry. It was the first time Wayne and Stewart shared the screen, directed by six-time Academy Award winner John Ford.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #11: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Year released: 1969

    Stacker Score: 80.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.1/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    A film that’s referenced constantly in popular culture features one of the great actor pairings ever, starring Paul Newman (Cassidy) and Robert Redford (The Sundance Kid). Based on the adventures of two historical outlaws, the film depicts the two men leading their Hole-in-the-Wall Gang on a series of escalating capers, until finally they are forced to flee to Bolivia. George Roy Hill directed this classic, uniting two lions of Hollywood for what would be the first of three collaborations.

  • Warner Bros. / Seven Arts
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    #10: The Wild Bunch

    Year released: 1969

    Stacker Score: 81.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.1/5

    With the West they’ve always known crumbling around them, an aging crew of bandits head to Mexico take a job that leads them to danger in a small Mexican town. The film that put Sam Peckinpah squarely on the map stars William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Robert Ryan. It’s a raucous good time, all kicked off by one of the most memorable opening lines of all time: “If they move… kill ‘em.”

  • Warner Bros.
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    #9: Unforgiven

    Year released: 1992

    Stacker Score: 81.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    A dusty, sometimes bleak riff on the “one last job” concept, this 1992 film was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Eastwood alongside heavyweights Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. When a grizzly crime occurs in the sleepy town of Big Whisky, a bounty is put on the criminals which attracts the likes of ‘The Schofield Kid’ (Jaimz Woolvett), Bill Munny (Eastwood), and Munny’s longtime partner Ned Logan (Freeman). The film pleased critics and audiences alike, earning $74.7 million at the box office.

  • Regency Enterprises / RatPac Entertainment
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    #8: The Revenant

    Year released: 2015

    Stacker Score: 81.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.0/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.1/5

    One of just two 21st century films to make our top 10, “The Revenant” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter. DiCaprio’s “Hugh Glass” is a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition who is put through impossible tribulations at the hands of native tribes, a bear, the icy wilds, and rival fellow tradesmen. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film earned a whopping $183.6 million at the box office.

  • Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA)
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    #7: For a Few Dollars More

    Year released: 1965

    Stacker Score: 81.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    Two grizzled bounty hunters join forces in pursuit of the dangerous El Indio and his gang, braving gunfights and eventually learning some unexpected things about each other. This second installment in Western master Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy stars Clint Eastwood (obviously), Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volontè. The 1965 release cleared a cool $15 million at the box office, an impressive number for that time.

  • Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
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    #6: Greed

    Year released: 1924

    Stacker Score: 82.5
    IMDb User Rating: 7.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.3/5

    “Greed” is an aptly-named motion picture that showcases the destructive immorality brought on by a sudden windfall of cash. John (Gibson Gowland) and Trina McTeague (Zazu Pitts) win the $5,000 lottery and become gold-obsessed, eventually putting John on the run through Death Valley, evading both the law and his former friend, Marcus (Jean Hersholt). It was directed by Erich von Stroheim and produced by Metro-Goldwyn Pictures.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #5: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Year released: 1948

    Stacker Score: 83.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.3/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.2/5

    A couple down-on-their-luck Americans enlist the help of an old prospector as they enter the Sierra Madre Mountains in search of gold. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt star in this timeless film that showcases some of humanity’s darkest urges. Bogart got to play one of his darkest roles ever in an epic that Roger Ebert gave four stars in his 2003 review.

  • Buster Keaton Productions
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    #4: The General

    Year released: 1926

    Stacker Score: 84.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.2/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.3/5

    Buster Keaton co-directed and starred in “The General,” a tale of a Union Army engineer out to prove he’s no coward. Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is turned down to serve in the Civil War because of his value working on trains, but when danger befalls his love Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), he must spring into action. Co-directed by Clyde Bruckman and co-starring Glen Cavender, this vintage masterpiece turned 91 this year.

  • Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA)
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    #3: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Year released: 1966

    Stacker Score: 84.5
    IMDb User Rating: 8.9/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.0/5

    The third installment of the Dollars Trilogy has one of the most iconic and memorable titles of all time. Clint Eastwood stars as professional gunslinger Blondie alongside costars Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. He allies with Angel Eyes (Van Cleef) and Tuco (Wallach) to earn some hard-earned cash, but when things go haywire, the three must fend for themselves. Upon the release of the newly restored version, the New York Times’ Elvis Mitchell called it, “a boys' book of adventure with extraordinarily bloody consequences.”

  • The Weinstein Company / Columbia Pictures
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    #2: Django Unchained

    Year released: 2012

    Stacker Score: 85.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.4/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.3/5

    Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Western epic stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio as part of a loaded cast. Foxx’s “Django” is a freed slave on a quest to rescue his enslaved wife and exact revenge, with the aid of Waltz’s “Dr. King Shultz.” The film cleared $162.8 million at the box office, making it a commercial success even amid some controversy about its representation of the American South.

  • Rafran Cinematografica
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    #1: Once Upon a Time in the West

    Year released: 1968

    Stacker Score: 86.0
    IMDb User Rating: 8.6/10
    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 4.3/5

    Sergio Leone’s 1969 classic comes in top-ranked in our list. Starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and Claudia Cardinale, the film tells the tale of the young Jill McBain (Cardinale) who must gain the protection of a mysterious stranger named Harmonica and a notorious outlaw against her would-be assassins.

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