What are the best cowboy movies?

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    Cowboy is a movie directed by Delmer Daves and features Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, and Anna Kashfi. It tells the story of a Chicago Hotel clerk leading a cattle-drive towards Mexico. 


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    Margaret Washington
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "I got a love of cowboy and western movies from my grandfather. Cowboy is a classic western."
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    Shane is a movie directed by George Stevens and features Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, and Walter Jack Palance. It tells the story of a gunfighter who is in conflict with a rancher.


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    Matthew Hayes
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "As far as ratings go this is a highly rated cowboy movie, so in that sense it is a good solution to problem. However without the topic being specific this may not be a good solution for many, specifically those who are not into older movies and would have preferred a more recent best cowboy movie. Again the topic is plural and the solution is only singular. "
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    #3High Noon

    High Noon

    High Noon  is a movie directed by 


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    Jason Weaver
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "High Noon is one of the best cowboy movies I've watched lately. The story is great and it really transports you to the old west."
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    Stagecoach is a classic Western movie directed by John Ford and features Claire Trevor, John Wayne, and Andy Devine. It tells the story of a group of people traveling while aboard a stagecoach.


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    Russell Armstrong
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Stagecoach is a classic western from the days when the genre was in it's prime. John Wayne stars, giving a performance that defined him as an actor for years to come, even long after his death. If you have any interest in the Western genre, you absolutely must see this movie, even if some of the social aspects are very outdated in the modern world."
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    #5The Searchers

    The Searchers

    An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. The Searchers is a 1956 Western film directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Natalie Wood.


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    Mildred Armstrong
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "John Wayne is the best cowboy actor to have ever graced Hollywood. I really like this movie because he plays a hero as a veteran and also as a man intent on saving his niece. They don't make movies like this anymore."
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    #6My Darling Clementine

    My Darling Clementine

    My Darling Clementine is a 1946 American Western film directed by John Ford. It starred Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. The story tells the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral, Arizona between the Earps, Doc Holliday and the Clantons.


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    Albert Simmons
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "My Darling Clementine is a movie from the 1940s and is in the classic Western style of movie that was so popular in early to mid century American. Telling the story of the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, this is a great movie for anyone wanting to experience classic cowboy movies. "
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    #7Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.

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    Megan Richardson
    Written on June 16, 2018
    "Lonesome Dove was always on the TV at my parent's house. It was not a show for me, but it kept them entertained."
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    #8Red River (1948)

    Red River (1948)

    Red River (1948) is a movie directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson. It features John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, and Joanne Dru. The movie tells the story of 3 men leading a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. 


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    Tina Zhang
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This solution offers another John Wayne movie. He is the ultimate cowboy. Red River is still viewed today and received excellent reviews. "
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    #9The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold is a non-fiction biography book written by N.H. Kleinbaum. It is published in 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 


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    Tiffany Mendez
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "The Magnificent Seven has been made into one of the best cowboy movies I have ever seen, aside from Lonesome Dove. It's a non-fiction so full of history and a real insight into the life and times of the era. I was stunned and was happy to share it with my family."
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    #10Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman.


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    Jason Austin
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "For me this is the best movie Paul Newman movie of all time. I am not that old and was not born when this came out. My dad put me on to this and since then i have been just hooked on this movie. I bought it in DVD and when Blu ray came out i got it in that format too. One of the classics of all time. "
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    #11Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain is a drama movie directed by Ang Lee. Released in 2005, Brokeback Mountain features Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading roles. The movie was adapted from the short story by Annie Proulx.


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    Brian Shaw
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "I didn't care for this film. I saw it with a date when it first came out. It's really not my thing, although there's nothing wrong with liking it. My date, though, loved it."
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    #12The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. It tells about a bounty hunting scam joined by two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race. 


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    Angélica Félix
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "When you think about the best cowboy movie, my mind goes straight to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It is a perfect mix of graphic, realism, and a little far-fetched. Also, Clint Eastwood in 1967? This was perfect Clint. The plot is fantastic and keeps you on your toes through the entire thing, wondering what will happen until the end. "
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    #13The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne.


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    Jane Cunningham
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The combination of 2 excellent actors in this genre, on the same screen, is worth it alone to watch this movie. They play off each other remarkably well, and the story itself is satisfying and compelling. The cinematography is underappreciated also."
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    #14Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, and Jason Robards.


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    Cheryl Powell
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love westerns, and I have seen more than I care to cut. Once Upon a Time in the West is by far the best. It is truly a classic. Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson pull off stellar performances but Claudia Cardinale somehow manages to steal the show. "
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    #15The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. 

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah.


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    Megan Brooks
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I bought a copy of The Wild Bunch but it was broken. So the company ship me another one. And my dad and I enjoyed the movie. The setting was classical and a lots of action in the film. A must see movie with great art and wonderful actors. "
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    #16Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne. A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to imprison a local outlaw.


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    Steven Clark
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Who doesn't love a John Wayne movie. Rio Bravo is great as it also stars Dean Martin. This movie gives you a real feel for the grit of the west of old. Gunfights abound in this classic western. One of the great classic western movies that really helped shape the category. A really great movie."


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