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100 Best Western Films

John WayneThe Western is a genre of art that may be found in film, television, radio, literature, painting and other visual arts. Westerns are devoted to telling stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West.

Some Westerns are set as early as the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 but most are set between the end of the American Civil War (1865) and the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.

There are also a number of films about Western-type characters in contemporary settings, such as Junior Bonner set in the 1970s and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in the 21st century.

Westerns often portray how primitive and obsolete ways of life confronted modern technological or social changes. This may be depicted by showing conflict between natives and settlers or U.S. Cavalry or between cattle ranchers and farmers ("sodbusters"), or by showing ranchers being threatened by the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

American Westerns of the 1940s and 1950s emphasize the values of honor and sacrifice. Westerns from the 1960s and 1970s often have a more pessimistic view, glorifying a rebellious anti-hero and highlighting the cynicism, brutality and inequality of the American West. Despite being tightly associated with a specific time and place in American history, these themes have allowed Westerns to be produced and enjoyed across the world.

100 of the Best Western Films Quiz

  1. Magnificent Seven (1960)

  2. The Searchers (1956)

  3. Red River (1948)

  4. High Noon (1952)

  5. Shane(1953)

  6. Unforgiven(1992)

  7. Johnny Guitar

  8. Wild Bunch (1969)

  9. Bad Day at Black Rock

  10. Stagecoach (1939)

  11. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

  12. No Country for Old Men

  13. They Died with Their Boot On

  14. Will Penny

  15. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

  16. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

  17. Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

  18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  19. Monte Walsh

  20. Broken Arrow (1950)

  21. My Darling Clementine

  22. Lonely Are The Brave

  23. Rancho Notorious

  24. John Ford Cavalry Trilogy (Fort Apache,

  25. The Gunfighter

  26. Rio Bravo (1959)

  27. Winchester '73 (1950)

  28. Hondo

  29. Man From Laramie

  30. Ulzana’s Raid

  31. Blood On the Moon

  32. Major Dundee

  33. Once Upon a Time in the West

  34. The Naked Spur

  35. Sergio Leone Dollars Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the)

  36. Bend of the River

  37. Tumbleweeds

  38. Hombre

  39. Hud

  40. Don’t Fence Me In

  41. Dodge City

  42. The Big Sky

  43. Ride the High Country

  44. Open Range

  45. The Westerner

  46. Last of the Mohicans

  47. The Shootist

  48. Destry Rides Again

  49. The Professional

  50. Tall In the Saddle

  51. Ride Lonesome

  52. The Plainsman

  53. Cat Ballou (1965)

  54. The Tall T

  55. Jesse James

  56. Little Big Man

  57. Riders of the Purple Sage

  58. The Alamo

  59. The Far Country

  60. Three Godfathers

  61. Appaloosa

  62. Forty Guns

  63. 3:10 to Yuma

  64. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

  65. Sergeant Rutledge

  66. Little Big Horn

  67. Seven Men from Now

  68. Santa Fe Trail

  69. The Paleface

  70. Angel and the Badman

  71. Duel in the Sun

  72. How the West was Won

  73. The Big Trail (1930)

  74. Paint Your Wagon

  75. Tombstone

  76. Hearts of the West

  77. Hang’em High

  78. Ten Wanted Men

  79. The Virginian

  80. Lone Star

  81. Run of the Arrow

  82. The Vanishing American

  83. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

  84. Jeremiah Johnson

  85. Cowboy

  86. Barbarosa

  87. One Eyed Jacks

  88. Bad Company

  89. Ramrod

  90. The Long Riders

  91. The Missing

  92. Four Faces West

  93. The Ballad of Little Jo

  94. The Covered Wagon

  95. No Name on the Bullet

  96. Brokeback Mountain

  97. Western Union

  98. Support Your Local Sheriff

  99. The Kentuckian

  100. Blazing Saddles (1974)

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