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Top favorite Westerns

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Being the new kid on the block, albeit a 49 year old kid, I wanted to post this list of what I consider my top favorite western movies so others can gauge my interests with theirs....

 

10/10 
Broken Lance (1954) 
Firecreek (1968) 
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) 
The Tin Star (1957) 
Gunman's Walk (1958) 
Jesse James (1939) 
Warlock (1959) 
Winchester '73 (1950) 
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 
The Naked Spur (1953) 
Yellow Sky (1948) 
The Westerner (1940) 
Fort Apache (1948) 
The Proud Rebel (1958) 
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) 
Open Range (2003) 
Destry Rides Again (1939) 
Hang 'Em High (1968) 
3:10 to Yuma (1957) 
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 
Stagecoach (1939) 
Shane (1953) 
Rawhide (1951) 
The Magnificent Seven (1960) 
Unforgiven (1992) 
High Noon (1952) 
 
9/10 
Will Penny (1967) 
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) 
White Feather (1955) 
The Night of the Grizzly (1966) 
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) 
Jubal (1956) 
The Man from Laramie (1955) 
Lonesome Dove (1989) 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 
Tombstone (1993) 
Dances with Wolves (1990) 
 
8/10 
Dodge City (1939) 
Tall in the Saddle (1944) 
The Violent Men (1955) 
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) 
The Bravados (1958) 
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) 
Broken Trail (2006) 
The Gunfighter (1950) 
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) 
Bend of the River (1952) 
Hondo (1953) 
Rio Grande (1950) 
The Unforgiven (1960) 
The Sheepman (1958) 
100 Rifles (1969) 
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) 
True Grit (1969) 
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) 
Wyatt Earp (1994) 
Red River (1948) 
Only the Valiant (1951) 
The Lonely Man (1957) 
Vengeance Valley (1951) 
The Proud Ones (1956) 
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 
No Name on the Bullet (1959) 
The Quiet Gun (1957) 
 
7/10 
The Stalking Moon (1968) 
The Law and Jake Wade (1958) 
Night Passage (1957) 
The Hanging Tree (1959) 
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) 
Comanche Station (1960) 
The Last Sunset (1961) 
Seven Men from Now (1956) 
Ride Lonesome (1959) 
Man from Del Rio (1956) 
The Far Country (1954) 
Valdez Is Coming (1971) 
They Rode West (1954) 
Ride the High Country (1962) 
Fort Massacre (1958) 
Hombre (1967) 
Man of the West (1958) 
The Undefeated (1969) 
The Halliday Brand (1957) 
Hangman's Knot (1952) 
The Lawless Breed (1952) 
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) 
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) 
The Professionals (1966) 
The Searchers (1956) 
High Plains Drifter (1973) 
How the West Was Won (1962) 
Pale Rider (1985) 
Monte Walsh (2003) 
Along Came Jones (1945) 
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) 
Wagon Master (1950) 
The Shootist (1976) 
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) 
The Virginian (2000) 
From Hell to Texas (1958) 
Gun Fury (1953) 
The Tall T (1957) 
Tumbleweed (1953) 
Man in the Saddle (1951) 
Six Black Horses (1962) 
Four Guns to the Border (1954) 
Wichita (1955) 
Pony Express (1953) 
War Paint (1953) 
40 Guns to Apache Pass (1966) 
Fury at Showdown (1957) 
Horizons West (1952) 
The Quick Gun (1964) 
Day of the Badman (1958) 
War Arrow (1953) 
Gun Glory (1957) 
Ride, Vaquero! (1953) 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 
Tomahawk Trail (1957) 
Escort West (1958) 
Wild Heritage (1958) 
For a Few Dollars More (1965) 
Return of the Gunfighter (1967) 
Apache Territory (1958) 
The Lone Hand (1953) 
Stranger on the Run (1967) 
Warpath (1951) 
Drango (1957) 
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Nice list AlamoScout. I will have to think of mine. I usually don't rate things lower than a 7. I begin with everything at an 8. If a picture seems average it stays at an 8. If it seems a bit subpar in places, then I drop it to a 7. But I don't go lower than that-- because I'm a fan of classic films and they all have some merit. If halfway through watching something, I am of the opinion it's excellent I raise it to a 9. And if by the end it seems to be superior or outstanding in nearly every regard, then I give it a 10. 

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Nice list AlamoScout. I will have to think of mine. I usually don't rate things lower than a 7. I begin with everything at an 8. If a picture seems average it stays at an 8. If it seems a bit subpar in places, then I drop it to a 7. But I don't go lower than that-- because I'm a fan of classic films and they all have some merit. If halfway through watching something, I am of the opinion it's excellent I raise it to a 9. And if by the end it seems to be superior or outstanding in nearly every regard, then I give it a 10. 

 

Thanks Topbilled. I think I approach my rating system in a similar manner. I tend to expect to favor a western film especially one I have not seen before depending on cast, director etc...of course there are times that I run into a real humdinger that gives me pause long enough for a facepalm. lol

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There's an older thread on this sub-forum where people rated their top ten westerns. Last night I found a post I made from 2013 where mine were listed. Probably all but two still remain in my top ten. This is because I've seen other westerns since then and have found a few more great ones that pushed some of my earlier choices a bit down the list. Here are the ones I consider my favorites:

 

In alphabetical order

 

BARQUERO (1970)

BRIMSTONE (1949)
BROKEN LANCE (1954)
CANYON PASSAGE (1946)
DALLAS (1950)
ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO (1953)
ESCORT WEST (1958)
FLAMING FEATHER (1952)
THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)
GUNSIGHT RIDGE (1957)
THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959)

JOHNNY GUITAR (1955)

THE LAST COMMAND (1955)

LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959)

THE LONG RIDERS (1980)

MAN OF THE WEST (1958)

PASSAGE WEST (1951)

RAWHIDE (1951)

RUN FOR COVER (1955)

THE SHOOTIST (1976)

3:10 TO YUMA (1957)

TRACK OF THE CAT (1954)

WELCOME TO HARD TIMES (1967)

WHISPERING SMITH (1948)

WYOMING (1947)

YELLOW SKY (1948)

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Being the new kid on the block, albeit a 49 year old kid, I wanted to post this list of what I consider my top favorite western movies so others can gauge my interests with theirs....

 

10/10 
Broken Lance (1954) 
Firecreek (1968) 
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) 
The Tin Star (1957) 
Gunman's Walk (1958) 
Jesse James (1939) 
Warlock (1959) 
Winchester '73 (1950) 
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 
The Naked Spur (1953) 
Yellow Sky (1948) 
The Westerner (1940) 
Fort Apache (1948) 
The Proud Rebel (1958) 
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) 
Open Range (2003) 
Destry Rides Again (1939) 
Hang 'Em High (1968) 
3:10 to Yuma (1957) 
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 
Stagecoach (1939) 
Shane (1953) 
Rawhide (1951) 
The Magnificent Seven (1960) 
Unforgiven (1992) 
High Noon (1952) 
 
9/10 
Will Penny (1967) 
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) 
White Feather (1955) 
The Night of the Grizzly (1966) 
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) 
Jubal (1956) 
The Man from Laramie (1955) 
Lonesome Dove (1989) 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 
Tombstone (1993) 
Dances with Wolves (1990) 
 
8/10 
Dodge City (1939) 
Tall in the Saddle (1944) 
The Violent Men (1955) 
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) 
The Bravados (1958) 
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) 
Broken Trail (2006) 
The Gunfighter (1950) 
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) 
Bend of the River (1952) 
Hondo (1953) 
Rio Grande (1950) 
The Unforgiven (1960) 
The Sheepman (1958) 
100 Rifles (1969) 
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) 
True Grit (1969) 
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) 
Wyatt Earp (1994) 
Red River (1948) 
Only the Valiant (1951) 
The Lonely Man (1957) 
Vengeance Valley (1951) 
The Proud Ones (1956) 
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 
No Name on the Bullet (1959) 
The Quiet Gun (1957) 
 
7/10 
The Stalking Moon (1968) 
The Law and Jake Wade (1958) 
Night Passage (1957) 
The Hanging Tree (1959) 
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) 
Comanche Station (1960) 
The Last Sunset (1961) 
Seven Men from Now (1956) 
Ride Lonesome (1959) 
Man from Del Rio (1956) 
The Far Country (1954) 
Valdez Is Coming (1971) 
They Rode West (1954) 
Ride the High Country (1962) 
Fort Massacre (1958) 
Hombre (1967) 
Man of the West (1958) 
The Undefeated (1969) 
The Halliday Brand (1957) 
Hangman's Knot (1952) 
The Lawless Breed (1952) 
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) 
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) 
The Professionals (1966) 
The Searchers (1956) 
High Plains Drifter (1973) 
How the West Was Won (1962) 
Pale Rider (1985) 
Monte Walsh (2003) 
Along Came Jones (1945) 
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) 
Wagon Master (1950) 
The Shootist (1976) 
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) 
The Virginian (2000) 
From Hell to Texas (1958) 
Gun Fury (1953) 
The Tall T (1957) 
Tumbleweed (1953) 
Man in the Saddle (1951) 
Six Black Horses (1962) 
Four Guns to the Border (1954) 
Wichita (1955) 
Pony Express (1953) 
War Paint (1953) 
40 Guns to Apache Pass (1966) 
Fury at Showdown (1957) 
Horizons West (1952) 
The Quick Gun (1964) 
Day of the Badman (1958) 
War Arrow (1953) 
Gun Glory (1957) 
Ride, Vaquero! (1953) 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 
Tomahawk Trail (1957) 
Escort West (1958) 
Wild Heritage (1958) 
For a Few Dollars More (1965) 
Return of the Gunfighter (1967) 
Apache Territory (1958) 
The Lone Hand (1953) 
Stranger on the Run (1967) 
Warpath (1951) 
Drango (1957) 

 

I am thrilled - thrilled - that you included two films with Claude Jarman, Jr. - "Hangman's Knot" and "Rio Grande".

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Here are my favorites, ranked according to my IMDb ratings:

 

10/10

 

Once Upon a Time in the West

The Wild Bunch

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

Unforgiven

 

9/10

 

The General

The Long Riders

The Searchers

Lonesome Dove

The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Magnificent Seven

Giant

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Blazing Saddles

Dances With Wolves

 

 

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The Long Riders

 

 

Thanks for mentioning this great western film. I went back and added it to my list.

 

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I am going to do an upcoming Today's Topic column where I go over my picks. It's been a while since I've written in-depth about westerns and I like recommending films in this genre.

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As an addendum to my list of favorites, I should note that I have seen 564 Westerns according to the IMDb genre classification. I also decided to add my 8/10 rated titles:

 

8/10

 

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Stagecoach (1939)

The Westerner  (1940)

The Ox-Bow Incident  (1943)

My Darling Clementine  (1946)

Red River  (1948)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre  (1948)

Wagon Master  (1950)

Winchester '73  (1950)

Bend of the River  (1952)

High Noon  (1952)

Shane  (1953)

Rio Bravo  (1959)

Lonely Are the Brave  (1962)

Ride the High Country  (1962)

For a Few Dollars More  (1965)

The Professionals  (1966)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  (1969)

El Topo  (1970)

Little Big Man  (1970)

Soldier Blue  (1970)

The Hired Hand  (1971)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller  (1971)

Jeremiah Johnson  (1972)

High Plains Drifter  (1973)

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid  (1973)

Three Amigos  (1986)

Tombstone  (1993)

Wyatt Earp  (1994)

Dead Man  (1995)

The Proposition  (2005)

Broken Trail  (2006)

3:10 to Yuma  (2007)

True Grit  (2010)

Django Unchained  (2012)

 

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As an addendum to my list of favorites, I should note that I have seen 564 Westerns according to the IMDb genre classification. I also decided to add my 8/10 rated titles:

 

8/10

Jeremiah Johnson  (1972)

 

 

Nice! It's cool to see someone else like Jeremiah Johnson. I only discovered it myself about 5 years ago and immediately took a strong liking to it. It's such a fun movie and I have yet to grow tired of it after multiple viewings.

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Welcome to the board, Alamo Scout.  Certainly an impressive list.  I would have never guessed Broken Lance as the top western.  I like that.

 

Mine:

 

1. Once Upon a Time in the West

2. The Wild Bunch

3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

4. Shane

5. Destry Rides Again

6. High Noon

7. For a Few Dollars More

8. 3 Bad Men

9. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

10. Forty Guns

11. The Searchers

12. Johnny Guitar

13. Devil's Doorway

14. Winchester '73

15. The Professionals

16. The Naked Spur

17. Man of the West

18. The Shooting

19. The Ox-Bow Incident

20. Firecreek

21. Hombre

22. Ride the High Country

23. Stagecoach

24. The Shepherd of the Hills

25. Tall in the Saddle

26. My Darling Clementine

27. A Fistful of Dollars

28. Rio Grande

29. The Westerner

30. Rio Bravo

31. Red River

32. The Big Country

33. The Far Country

34. The Furies

35. Seven Men from Now

36. The Tall T

37. Warlock

38. Jubal

39. The Sheepman

40. Rancho Notorious

41. Robin Hood of El Dorado

42. The Gunfighter

43. The Deadly Companions

44. Buchanan Rides Alone

45. The Tin Star

46. The Bravados

47. North to Alaska

48. Rooster Cogburn

49. Western Union

50. The Secret of Convict Lake

 

https://letterboxd.com/scotthbg/list/how-i-like-classic-westerns/

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Welcome to the board, Alamo Scout.  Certainly an impressive list.  I would have never guessed Broken Lance as the top western.  I like that.

 

https://letterboxd.com/scotthbg/list/how-i-like-classic-westerns/

 

Thanks FG!

 

The Broken Lance cast alone merits a top rating but you then add the story, Tracy's performance and it becomes a powerful movie, at least for me.

 

By the way, solid list!

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Some favorites:

 

Rachel and the Stranger

 

The Ox-Bow Incident

 

Sgt Rutledge

 

Winchester '73

 

Pursued

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Some favorites:

 

Rachel and the Stranger

 

Pursued

 

Welcome to the boards. I like these films a lot too. Robert Mitchum was great in the 40s.

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Welcome to the boards. I like these films a lot too. Robert Mitchum was great in the 40s.

 

I would also add Blood On the Moon as a highly interesting Mitchum western.

 

Mitchum's persona added something unique to those two noir westerns and he was funny as well as heroic in Rachel and the Stranger.   On a side note I always viewed the Mitchum character as the stranger since the Holden character was only a stranger in his heart.

 

Oh,  and great to see these new users here.   Wonder if that has to do with IMDB closing their site.

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Welcome to the boards. I like these films a lot too. Robert Mitchum was great in the 40s.

 

I should have added 5-Card Stud as a predictable but fun western. Mitchum was great in that one.

 

He was great in noirs during that time, like Out of the Past and Undercurrent.

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I would also add Blood On the Moon as a highly interesting Mitchum western.

 

Mitchum's persona added something unique to those two noir westerns and he was funny as well as heroic in Rachel and the Stranger.   On a side note I always viewed the Mitchum character as the stranger since the Holden character was only a stranger in his heart.

 

Oh,  and great to see these new users here.   Wonder if that has to do with IMDB closing their site.

 

Blood on the Moon is one of those which I've tried to watch a couple of times, and couldn't finish each time. Yet I really love Pursued

 

There just might be a connection between the closing of the other boards and more activity on this board.  :)

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Blood on the Moon is one of those which I've tried to watch a couple of times, and couldn't finish each time. Yet I really love Pursued

 

You should give BLOOD ON THE MOON another chance. Great acting-- from Mitchum, Robert Preston (a favorite of mine), Walter Brennan and Barbara Bel Geddes.

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You should give BLOOD ON THE MOON another chance. Great acting-- from Mitchum, Robert Preston (a favorite of mine), Walter Brennan and Barbara Bel Geddes.

 

I've given it two fair chances now, each chance separated by a few years. Nothing doing. A third chance might come up a few years down the line.

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Top Twelve

 

Once Upon a Time in The West

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

The Wild Bunch

The Searchers

Hombre

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

The Tall T

Man Of The West

The Ox Bow Incident

Ulzana’s Raid 

High Noon 

Ride Lonesome

 

 

 

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Well, this has been busy the last few weeks. Scott, glad to see your list. I am inclined to rearrange some but only a few would I replace. "The Naked Spur" is one I would put on. I will have to study it some more.

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Shane and High Noon

Curious, what does your favorite western say about you?

I'm thinking that I like my cowboys strong and silent?  That's all I can think...

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