Top 20 Best Western Movies Movies

Western genre has given many remarkable films to Hollywood cinema. These are the 20 Best Classic Western Films of all time. Let’s start from top to bottom of our Best Top 20 western films.

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 
Director: Sergio Leone, Imdb rating:9.0Cast: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Plot: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly stands out in every aspect of a movie and deserves to be in the top 20 movie rentals. Be it direction, acting, characters, background music, dialogues or camera-work, no other western movies comes even close to this movie. It’s entertaining, it’s violent, it’s has everything a classic western movie should have. It must be watched.

2. The Searchers (1956)
Director: John Ford, Imdb rating: 8.1Cast:John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Plot: John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards an ex-army veteran, who returns from the Civil War to find out that the Texas ranch of his brother is destroyed and his family is massacred by Comanche raid under Chief Scar. He comes to know that Indians have taken away his niece Debbie. Ethan starts a years-long search for his niece along with his half Indian nephew Martin. On their journey they have to confront their own demons as well. The Searchers is a must watch for every die hard John Wayne movies lover and a nice catch in top 20 classic movie rentals.

3. High Noon (1952)

Director: Fred Zinnemann, Imdb rating:8.2CastGary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Harvey Pell, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Plot: Impeccable performances, tight knit script and witty dialogues are key components which make ‘High Noon’ stand apart from all classic western movies. Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is a town Sheriff. On his retirement and wedding day, he comes to know that a man named Miller, he sent to prison some years ago has just been released and on the way to this town to take revenge. Will the town Mr. Kane protected for years support him against Miller? Suck in some air and watch the scorching heat of High Noon. It’s gonna be tough.

4. Shane (1953)

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Director: George Stevens, Imdb rating:7.7CastAlan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Plot: Shane tells the story of a boy’s adoration for a mysterious stranger who comes to the aid of his family. Shane was listed #45 in the 2007 edition of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and #3 on .

5. Unforgiven (1992)

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Director: Clint Eastwood, Imdb rating:8.3CastClint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Plot: An old time outlaw William Munny (Clint Eastwood) takes a last job in hand for the future of his kids. The others in the gang are; ‘The Schofield Kid’ and his old friend Ned (Morgan Freeman). Their employers are the prostitutes of town ‘Big Whiskey’ who are enraged after a few drunken cowboys cut one of their fellow prostitutes. The ONLY third western to win the Oscar for Best Picture following Cimarron (1931) and Dances With Wolves (1990).

6. Red River (1948)

Director: Howard Hawks, Arthur RossonImdb rating: 7.9CastJohn Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne DruPlot: When his adopted son Matthew stands against Dunson, who is driving his cattle from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail, events turn unpredictable.

7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Director: George Roy Hill Imdb rating:8.2CastPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine RossPlot:Among the classic western movies based on the exploits of the historical characters, this one is a hilarious action western indeed. Butch and Sundance are the leaders of the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ Gang. Butch is the brain; Sundance is the muscle of the gang. Together they perform many adventurous robberies. But now the west is becoming civilized and the fashion of keeping outlaws in town is getting outdated. So now Butch has another idea, “Let’s go to Bolivia”. Watch last days of the outlaws of the wild wild west in this classic western. In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

8. Stagecoach (1939)

Director: John Ford Imdb rating: 8.0Cast:Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John CarradinePlot: The Stagecoach tells the story of some interesting characters traveling in a stagecoach. The story is spiced up by the fact that Geronimo and his Apaches are on the warpath in the area. This was John Wayne’s first super hit movie.

9. The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Director: Sam Peckinpah Imdb rating:8.1CastWilliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert RyanPlot: In the changing “modern” world of 1913, a gang of old outlaws is trying to score a last job. But their retirement plans are as rusty as their guns. A modern western depicting end of the wild west.

10. Dances with Wolves (1990)

Director: Kevin Costner Imdb rating:8.0CastKevin Costner, Mary McDonnell and Graham GreenePlot: This is the journey of Lieutenant John Dunbar who finds himself standing where road to future splits in two. The story unfolds when we see Dunbar being sent to a remote outpost in the wilderness of the Dakota territory during the American Civil War. There he encounters and is eventually accepted into, the local Sioux tribe. Soon Dunbar earns himself a name, “Dances with Wolves”. His life gets drifted more towards tribal values than his army duties. Not soon after, the frontier becomes the frontier no more, and as the army advances on the plains, Dunbar is torn apart to make a decision that will not only affect him, but also the lives of the natives he now calls HIS people.

11. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

12. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

13. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

14. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

15. Little Big Man (1970)

16. Winchester ’73 (1950)

17. The Big Country (1958)

18. My Darling Clementine (1946)

19. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

20. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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