What are the best Western movies?

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    #1Once 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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    Hansika Khan
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Good old Western movie. The actors and setting are perfect for the genre. This one hits all the major points a western needs to be a classic. "
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    #2The 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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    Brian Rose
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "John Ford is a great director for western movies, he knows the genre inside and out, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is no exception. While this is a very formulamatic western movie; this is probably one of the most romantic, yet politically messaged ones. One of the best quotes from a Western comes from this movie: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.""
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    #3The 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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    Robert Davidson
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "Just about every great western film includes John Wayne in it, and this 1956 film is a prime example of it. The Searchers is considered a masterpiece film and was a commercial hit when it came out. It takes place shortly after the civil war with a Confederate soldier who returns home."
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    #4The 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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    Brittany Curtis
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a true classic of the Western genre. It is as good today as it was when it was first released. Clint Eastwood gives a great performance. Definitely see this movie if you haven't already."
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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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    Helen Ramos
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "Although Stagecoach is definitely a classic, for me, it is not one of the best. It is one of John Wayne's best performances for many, but I don't care for the storyline as much as other Westerns I've seen. So, while good, I don't consider this one of the best."
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    #6The 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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    Michelle Miller
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I actually saw The Wild Bunch because it was directed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah. It is one of the best, sort of most refined Westerns ever made. I'd say this is one that those who are not interested in the genre a ton can watch and enjoy as well. The direction is exceptional, the casting is superb, and the screenplay is sensational. If you're looking for an epic Western to watch or to get someone more interested in the genre, this is where to start."
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    #7Rio 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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    Janice Barnes
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "Rio Bravo is still one of the best westerns ever made. Although pretty old at this point, it holds up well. The cast alone makes this continue to shine among all westerns."
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    Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. Unforgiven is a 1992 Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris.


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    Israel Zamora
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "This Clint Eastwood directed western takes place in the 1880's when the old west was becoming the new west. The premise starts with a local sheriff (and former gunfighter) that doesn't allow guns or criminals in his town, and of course that situation is put to the test. It's considered one of the last good western films of the genre, as there weren't many good western films during the 1980's or 1990's. "
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    #9The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948-American dramatic adventurous neo-western written and directed by John Huston. It was starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, and more. The film runs for 2 hours and 6 minutes.


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    Diana Wheeler
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "I recommend seeing everything Humphrey Bogart is in and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is no exception. Though not particularly likable in this film, Bogart's performance is one of his best!"
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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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    Anna Lucas
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "Though this is not my favorite Western, Shane has certainly earned its place among the best westerns. This is a great film and a glowing example for the genre."
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    #11Butch 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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    Gregory Rodriguez
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "What makes this western especially great is that it's based on a true story. It has two actors who have great charisma and work very well together containing all the elements of a great western genre movie: A bank robbery, draws with posses, fast draws, wild rides, and a love affair."
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    #12High Noon

    High Noon

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    Philip Young
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "My cousin was coming over the weekend so I wanted to plan something fun for him to do. I know he loves cowboys and is a huge fan of westerns. I decided to search for the best Western movies so I could rent him something to watch. I stumbled upon "High Noon" and was completely blown away. Both my cousin and I loved everything about it. The story and the acting both were top notch and captured the essence of a good western movie. "
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    #13My 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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    Samantha Kim
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "The director John Ford is infamous for the movies he made. Anything with John Ford's name on it is going to be superior. You have probably never heard of the actors who played in this movie, but this won't matter much in the long run. 177 people out of 229 on Amazon give this movie 5 stars and call it the best Western ever made. "
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    Django is a Spaghetti Western movie in 1966. Set in the border of Mexico-United States, a drifter and a prostitute get caught in the middle of a feud between Mexican revolutionaries and racist  Confederate Red Shirts.


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    Michael Bishop
    Written on June 10, 2018
    "I wouldn't pick Django as my go to western from this era. There are so many better options. The story is convoluted and Nero is predictable and robotic in his acting. There are bits that are good, but I just cant stomach the whole thing in one sitting."
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    #15A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    The first part of Dollars Triology, A Fistful of Dollars is a Spaghetti Western in 1964. Driven by greed, a cunning drifter who has manipulated the family of Rojos and Baxters on waging war against each other. 


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    William Ortiz
    Written on June 6, 2018
    "This is a classic American film. It is an American made film, but also revolves around the setting of the old American wild west. This is one of the best known gunslinger spaghetti westerns, starring perhaps the best known star of the genre, Clint Eastwood. This should be an easy recommendation to anyone who has not yet seen it, but is interested in classic western movies."
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    #16For a Few Dollars More

    For a Few Dollars More

    The second part of Dollars Trilogy, For a Few Dollars More is a western film in 1965. Two bounty hunters, Colonel Mortimer and Manco, are after for the mad outlaw El Indio who recently escaped from his prison.


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    Patrick Hall
    Written on June 5, 2018
    "I think anybody who's familiar with Westerns is familiar with some of Sergio Leone's films, specifically the Dollars Trilogy. For a Few Dollars More is one of the 3 films that rocketed Clint Eastwood to fame. All of of Sergio Leone's westerns are great but I always come back to this one."
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    #17The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    The Great Silence is a Spaghetti Western movie set in the dead of winter in 1898. It is about a lone cowboy protecting a band of outlaws and a lady from bounty hunters who are after them.


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    William Alexander
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "This is a very outstanding movie and I loved every bit of it. It is about a one cowboy protecting a band of outlaws from bounty hunters who were after them. I also loved the quality of the pictures because it was on point. The movie will keep you glued to the screen because it is awesome."
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    #18A Bullet for the General

    A Bullet for the General

    Also known internationally as "El Chucho Quien Sabe?", this movie is about a Mexican gang taking over a train transporting weapons. They reluctantly accepted an American passenger, little they know about his intentions.


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    Brian Larson
    Written on June 16, 2018
    "As somebody who has always grown up to love Western movies, I always keep a look out for great Westerns to watch. With A Bullet for the General, I felt that this movie was far too involved with the Mexican Cartel to be considered a true, traditional western. This movie felt like a mob movie as opposed to a Western. "
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    #19Django the Bastard

    Django the Bastard

    A film not associated with director Sergio Corbucci, Django the Bastard or The Strangers Gundown is a film by Sergio Garrone. Surviving from an assassination attempt, a Union soldier takes his revenge on the perpetrators who betrayed his unit.


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    Kenneth Hall
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "Django the Bastard is a great Western movie. It is beautifully written and the acting in the movie is top notch as well."
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    #20Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!

    Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!
    Also called as Django Kill, the western film is about a half-breed bandit who was left to die but survived and he seek revenge. In his pursuit, he arrives to "The Unhappy Place" a town filled with quirky but suspicious residents.

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Best What are the best Western movies
1Once Upon a Time in the WestMovies 15 Paid
2The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceMovies 13 Paid
3The SearchersMovies 12 Paid
4The Good, the Bad and the UglyMovies 11 Paid
5StagecoachMovies 9 Paid
6The Wild BunchMovies 8 Paid
7Rio BravoMovies 6 Paid
8UnforgivenMovies 6 Paid
9The Treasure of the Sierra MadreMovies 5 Paid
10ShaneMovies 4 Paid

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