25 Top Western Films Ever Made

The title of this video compilation of one fan’s picks for the Best Westerns actually says 20 Top Westerns Films, but when we watched it, there were 25 and we thought that was kinda cool. It was really hard for this Western film lover to pick just 20 so he solved the dilemma with 5 ties.

Here is the countdown, including the point at which the film appears in the video so you can go right to any you may not have seen.

No. 20 – Tie: the first two films from The Man with No Name Trilogy
(0.25) A Fistful of Dollars (1964), starring Clint Eastwood
(2.05) For a Few Dollars More, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

No. 19 (2.30) Hondo (1953), starring John Wayne, Geraldine Page and Lassie’s son, Pal.

No. 18 (5.19) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross (No. 7 on the AFI’s (American Film Institute) 10 Top Westerns)

No. 17 (6.12) Pale Rider (1985) starring Clint Eastwood, the highest grossing western of the 1980s

No. 16 (7.36) The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne, No. 1 on AFI’s list. The film is said to have inspired Buddy Holly to write his famous hit “That’ll Be The Day”

No. 15 (10.24) Once Upon a Time In the West (1968), starring Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. No. 497 on 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

No. 14 (13.16) Dances with Wolves starring Kevin Costner, the highest grossing Western of all time. Winner of 7 Oscars, including Best Picture.

No. 13 (15.29) Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969) starring Robert Redford and Robert Blake. Based upon the 1970 novel and true story of the manhunt for a Paiute Indian called Willie Boy.

No. 12 (18.13) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. No. 336 on 1,001 Movies.

No. 11 (20.20) Hombre (1967) starring Paul Newman, Fredric March and Richard Boone. No. 495 on 1,001 Movies

No. 10 (22.46) Silverado (1985) starring Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover. Best line: “Now, I don’t wanna kill you and you don’t wanna be dead”

No. 9 (23.42) Duel at Diablo (1966) starring James Garner and Sidney Poitier. Based on Marvin H. Albert’s 1957 novel, Apache Rising. Even if you’re not a fan of this Martin Scorsese is

No. 8 (26.15) Open Range Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner and Annette Bening. Second best quote: “We come for justice, not vengeance. Now them is two different things.” The best was the reply

No. 7 (28.50) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) starring Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood. Ennio Morricone’s iconic theme music was designed in places to mimic the sound of a howling coyote.

No. 6 (32.20) The Professionals (1966) starring Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin, who team up with 2 more soldiers of fortune to rescue the kidnapped wife of a Texas millionaire (Claudia Cardinale).

No. 5 Tie:
(33.24) The Shootist (1976) starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. John Wayne rides his own horse, Dollar.
(36.33) Valdez is Coming (1971) starring Burt Lancaster, based on Elmore Leonard’s 1970 novel of the same name.

No. 4 Tie:
(39.29) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) starring Clint Eastwood, his favorite of all his movies
(41.48) The Magnificent Seven (1960), starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.”

No. 3 Tie:
(44.32) Tombstone (1993) starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and Sam Elliott. “I’m your huckleberry”
(47.06) Django Unchained (2012) starring Jamie Fox, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Jamie Foxx used his own horse Cheetah in the film.

No. 2 Tie:
(49:41) The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. No. 6 on AFI’s list. Best quote: “If they move, kill ’em!”
(52.42) True Grit (2010) starring Jeff Bridges (remake of 1969 John Wayne film of the same name). Quote: “Mister Cogburn, in your four years as US Marshal, how many men have you shot?”

After 4 ties, the No. 1 Honor went to just one film:

No. 1 (56.28) Unforgiven starring Clint Eastwood. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture. No. 4 on AFI’s list of Top Westerns and also No. 68 on their 2007 list of Greatest American Films of All Time.

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