My Top Westerns

The following is my current list of favourite Westerns, 21 of them:


Canyon Passage (1946) – Director: Jacques Tourneur; Stars Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward

Ramrod (1947) – Director: Andre de Toth; Stars Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake

Pursued (1947) – Director: Raoul Walsh; Stars Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Dean Jagger

Rawhide (1951) – Director: Henry Hathaway; Stars Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger

Bend of the River (1952) – Director: Anthony Mann; stars James Stewart, Julie Adams, Arthur Kennedy

Shane (1953) – Director: George Stevens; Stars Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, Jack Palance

The Man From Laramie (1955) – Director: Anthony Mann; Stars James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp

Seven Men from Now (1956) – Director: Budd Boetticher; Stars Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin

The Searchers (1956) – Director: John Ford; Stars John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond

3 10 to Yuma (1957) – Director: Delmer Daves; Stars Glenn Ford, Van Heflin

Rio Bravo (1959) – Director: Howard Hawks; Stars John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson

Comanche Station (1960) – Director: Budd Boetticher; Stars Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins

Ride the High Country (1962) – Director: Sam Peckinpah; Stars Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea

Will Penny (1968) – Director: Tom Gries; Stars Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett

True Grit (1969) – Director: Henry Hathaway; Stars John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Strother Martin

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Director: George Roy Hill; Stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross, Strother Martin

Conagher (1991) Director: Reynaldo Villalobos; Stars Sam Elliott, Katherine Ross

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Director Walter Hill; Stars Gene Hackman, Jason Patric, Wes Studi, Robert Duvall

Riders of the Purple Sage (1996) Director Charles Haid; Stars Ed Harris, Amy Madigan


Open Range (2003) – Director: Kevin Costner; Stars Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening.

True Grit (2010) – Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen; Stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld


10 thoughts on “My Top Westerns”

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Colin. It’s Steve here and have been inspired by your superb site to start one of my own. Not sure how far I’ll go with it, as can see producing reviews anywhere near your standard is not an easy task. Have in mind to do reviews of each movie in the list. Very best wishes for the New Year.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sounds like a good plan, Steve, and I’ve no doubt it will work out a treat. It’s important to enjoy what you’re doing, so it makes sense to look at your favorites and it’s a great way to put your thoughts on a movie down – sometimes others will share that view and sometimes they won’t but what matters is expressing how different films affect us all in different ways. Write what you want, when you want and just take it from there.

        Liked by 1 person

  1. That’s very encouraging, thanks, Colin and a sensible piece of guidance. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch these favourites, the next time I get them out, they’re still hugely enjoyable. I rewatched The Man From Laramie last week – about three years after the previous viewing – and once again it proved thoroughly satisfying and something to savour.


    1. Linked here from Colin’s site. From one end of the world to the other. Gordon Gates here from Calgary where it hit minus 27 c last night. Always like yakking with western fans. My personal favs are film noir, western, sci-fi and early tv. As long it was made in the 40’s or 50’s i’m hooked. I’ll check in every couple of days so drop me a line.


      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hi, Gord – it’s Steve here, thanks for checking out my site. I’m living in Canberra in Australia. I’ve left my site dormant after discovering Colin’s site: didn’t feel my offerings would be anything as good as his. I like your views on movies and will keep in touch with you through his site. Hang in there with that cold weather and virus concerns.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Hmmm, Steve? 21 is too thin. How about stretching it to 30. I’m wondering why all Clint Eastwood and Morricone films, Peckinpah’s THE WILD BUNCH, Ford’s MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, Sturges’s MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, and the terrific double feature of HIGH NOON, and TOMBSTONE are noticeably missing from your respected and appreciated list. It’s easily answered. Too many great westerns out there on the trail. Bud Boetticher (where’s THE TALL T)) and Anthony Mann alone (especially WINCHESTER 73 and MAN OF THE WEST) would give a strong foundation to any chosen grouping. I find it a marvelous and entertaining experience to compare our individual thoughts on what we consider “best”. Your inclusion of SHANE, PURSUED,and OPEN RANGE are a force to reckon with when the going gets tough. Thanks for opening a big door. Nothing but interesting and total fun.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi, there, there isn’t one of your suggested additions that I don’t regard as a fine movie. I put my list together in 2017 and, if revising it today, would add several more movies, while keeping all of my original list. I love all of the Boetticher-Scott movies, all of the Mann-Stewart Westerns and Mann’s THE FURIES would be the first one I’d add to a revised listing. It’s a powerful and exceptional movie. It really is impossible to set yourself a limited number of films to aim at in a “best of” list, as you would always be leaving out excellent films. Even a list of 40 would be missing some very fine ones. Always great fun to try to do these lists, though and to share other people’s opinions.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: