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1. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Accomplice (1962)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

9.1
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An old maid bank teller who decides it is time to provide for herself identifies Trampas as a bank robber and murderer in order to extort $10,000 from the actual thief. The Virginian is the only thing between Trampas and the hangman's noose.

Director: Maurice Geraghty | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 228

2. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 94

3. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Levi Hale Story (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.7
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Chris Hale is traveling to the Wyoming prison to pick up his brother Levi---who's about to be released from prison. Chris assumed Levi was pardoned but he was paroled to Chris. He must keep Levi out of Wyoming or he will be hanged.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Horton, Terry Wilson, Frank McGrath

Votes: 20

4. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the Master of Suspense and Mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Votes: 3,500

5. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Durham Bull (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Little Bit and his grandpa, from Texas, are passing through Dodge after buying a breeding bull. When they meet Silva, someone grandpa considers a fooler, they have their hands full making it back with their stock and their lives.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 93

6. Lawman (1958–1962)
Episode: Samson the Great (1960)

30 min | Western

8.6
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On an otherwise slow day, a fight promoter rolls into town. Troop, his hands full refereeing, sees the fighter beat all comers. Afterwards, when they won't leave town as ordered, Dan finds himself the next contestant in the ring.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Walter Burke

Votes: 25

7. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Tracy Sadler Story (1960)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.6
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David Forest always believed his father to be as he claimed. When Tracy Sadler joins the wagon train his beliefs are altered when he slowly and painfully learns the truth about his past.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Elaine Stritch, Frank McGrath

Votes: 33

8. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 408,670 | Gross: $36.76M

9. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Les Rand Story (1957)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.5
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Les Rand, just released from prison for murder, goes back home to kill the man he held responsible; his father, the doctor. Meanwhile, Flint is there to fetch the doctor to help someone injured. Les vows that no one will stand in his way.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Sterling Hayden, Sally Brophy

Votes: 61

10. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Mary Halstead Story (1957)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.5
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Mary Halstead is in search of a son she gave up a long time ago. With months to live, she comes west on the trail of someone who could be her son, but he may also turn out to be a notorious outlaw.

Director: Justus Addiss | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Agnes Moorehead, Tom Pittman

Votes: 57

11. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Rod Blake, a State Trooper is an officer of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The setting is in the 1950s American West.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Don Haggerty, Paul Stader

Votes: 65

12. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Jacob Was a Plain Man (1966)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

8.4
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Jake who can't hear or speak runs after he accidentally kills a man in a bar. He lands at Shiloh where his hard work results in a job. Stacey seeing Jake can't express himself decides to teach him to read and write but puts him in danger.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Don Quine, Sara Lane

Votes: 30

13. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: Miss Sadie (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.4
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The wife of a wounded outlaw takes him to Tombstone for medical attention as he has decided to go straight. Earp learns who he is but doesn't trust him when a member of his gang is caught casing out one of the two Tombstone banks.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Damian O'Flynn, Alan Baxter, Susan Cummings

Votes: 21

14. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Nina's Revenge (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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A homesteader hires a man to make the appearance of a scandal with his wife so that he can blackmail his wife's wealthy father.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 107

15. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.3
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100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 329,227 | Gross: $3.20M

16. The Forsaken Westerns (2017– )

30 min | Western

8.3
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Rare unsold western TV show pilots, anthology and western series episodes. Neglected for years some never transferred to digital format until now. Hundreds of shows are being rescued for this series.

Stars: Bob Terry, Michael Hinn, Ray Corrigan, Bill Hale

Votes: 26

17. The Rough Riders (1958–1959)

30 min | Western

8.3
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After the Civil War, two former Union soldiers and an ex-Confederate team up to travel the West.

Stars: Kent Taylor, Jan Merlin, Peter Whitney, Bill Catching

Votes: 52

18. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Diamond Jim Brady (1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.3
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Diamond Jim Brady, one of USA's wealthiest men, is traveling through Texas on the railroad. He accepts the almost impossible wager of selling $100,000 worth of barbed wire to fence hating ranchers without ever leaving the train.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Howard Keel, Erika Peters, Charles Cooper, King Calder

Votes: 7

19. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Beth Pearson Story (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.3
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The leaders of the wagon train are taken aback when they see a woman asking to join the wagon train who is the twin of Major Adams one and only love who died in his arms.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Virginia Grey, Frank McGrath

Votes: 34

20. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Sam Darland Story (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.3
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The wagon train finds Sam Darland with orphan boys in an old ghost town. Hale tries to convince Darland that it is not safe to stay in the town, as it in the midst of Indian territory and the leader of the tribe has been on the warpath.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Denny Miller

Votes: 20

21. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
Episode: Bob Dawson (1959)

TV-14 | 30 min | Western

8.2
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Jim Hardie makes a visit to his parolee Bob Dawson. While there someone tries to rob the Wells Fargo office killing a sleeping man. The technique used is a copy of one Dawson used 27 years earlier so the Marshal wants to lock up Dawson.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Dale Robertson, Edgar Buchanan, Barbara Bestar, Jim Bannon

Votes: 17

22. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: It Takes a Big Man (1963)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.2
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The Judge's friend asks him to take on one of his sons as a hand to straighten out his attitude. The Judge learns why the son fights with his dad but too late to stop the experiment from ending with tragic results for the son and Trampas.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 46

23. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 63,750

24. Gauchos of El Dorado (1941)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Western

8.1
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Gaucho escapes from Braden's gang only to be shot by them. The Mesquiteers drive away the outlaws and take his money on to his mother. But Isabella thinks Tucson is her long lost son and they don't have the heart to tell her he is dead.

Director: Lester Orlebeck | Stars: Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, Rufe Davis, Lois Collier

Votes: 12

25. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: It Tolls for Thee (1962)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.1
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The Judge, believing violence in the West is disappearing, creates a rift with the Virginian when he stops a violent fight involving the Virginian. When the Judge is kidnapped, the Virginian goes to his rescue from violent captors anyway.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 61

26. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
Episode: Leading Citizen (1960)

TV-14 | 30 min | Western

8.1
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Jim Hardie is on the road looking for a missing stage coach and six horses in Texas near the Mexican border. In San Tomas he spots the stage coach sitting in town and a group of outlaws many of whom Jim has sent to prison in the past.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Dale Robertson, Robert Middleton, Carol Ohmart, Robert Carricart

Votes: 14

27. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Charles Avery Story (1957)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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Lieutenant Avery has a mission. Deliver a peace treaty and the chief's daughter. But he has a secret vendetta that may jeopardize everyone's hope for peace.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Farley Granger, Susan Kohner

Votes: 44

28. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
Episode: The Kid (1957)

TV-14 | 30 min | Western

8.1
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Hardie, sent by Wells Fargo, tries to clear a young man he hired for them charged with murder when he's found standing over a dead man with his gun still smoking. With no time due to a quick trial, Hardie is forced to act as his lawyer.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Dale Robertson, Michael Landon, John Pickard, Eilene Janssen

Votes: 33

29. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

8.0
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This is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his Deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing.

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 565

30. Yancy Derringer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Western

8.0
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Yancy Derringer, an ex-Confederate soldier turned gambler, was a suave lady's man in New Orleans, Louisiana. In reality, he was working for John Colton, the civil administrator of the city.... See full summary »

Stars: Jock Mahoney, X Brands, Kevin Hagen, Frances Bergen

Votes: 251

31. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Artie Matthewson Story (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.0
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Duke finds Flint's dying foster mother who asks Flint to check on her real son Artie who she hasn't seen in five years and has a reputation for getting into trouble with the law. Flint finds him on the right side of the law - or is he?

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Robert Horton, John McIntire, Rory Calhoun, Joyce Meadows

Votes: 21

32. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.9
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,583

33. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)

60 min | Western

7.9
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Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan, George Wallace, Rick Vallin

Votes: 253

34. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 182

35. Your Favorite Story (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Add a Plot

Stars: Adolphe Menjou, John Hamilton, Gertrude Michael, Bruce Payne

Votes: 14

36. Oklahoma Renegades (1940)

Approved | 57 min | Drama, Western

7.9
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Stony Brooke, Rusty Joslin and Rico, known as The Three Mesquiteers, return to Oklahoma at the close of the Spanish-American War, and are concerned that some of their wounded buddies have ... See full summary »

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: Robert Livingston, Raymond Hatton, Duncan Renaldo, Lee 'Lasses' White

Votes: 8

37. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: A Distant Fury (1963)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.9
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Ed Frazer returns to Medicine Bow after serving three years for burglary. Steve fears for his life because his testimony was crucial in convicting him. Frazer's main interest isn't revenge but renewing his acquaintance with Helen Blaine.

Director: John English | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 51

38. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Nancy Lee Davis Story (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

7.9
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Flint stops in a saloon with Bill and Charlie where he learns the whereabouts of a man he's been hunting for years---to kill. Bill has to restrain Flint who lapses into recalling his fiancé Nancy Lee Davis and his search for her killer.it.

Director: Dick Moder | Stars: Robert Horton, John McIntire, Terry Wilson, Frank McGrath

Votes: 22

39. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

TV-14 | 60 min | Western

7.8
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Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an Agent helping Wells Fargo cope with bad guys, to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco, California, who still does some... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Robertson, Kit Carson, William Demarest, Lory Patrick

Votes: 464

40. Laredo (1965–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.8
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Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey

Votes: 489

41. The Secret Code (1942)

Approved | 275 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A police detective goes undercover and joins a gang of Nazi agents using explosive gases and artificial lightning to sabotage the war effort, whom he battles in disguise as The Black Commando.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Paul Kelly, Anne Nagel, Trevor Bardette, Rudolph Anders

Votes: 43

42. Punchy Cowpunchers (1950)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Western, Short

7.8
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The Stooges are cavalrymen in the old west, who are hired to track down the Dillons, a notorious outlaw gang with the help of a pretty female barkeeper and her boyfriend, a handsome cowboy,

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Jock Mahoney

Votes: 282

43. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The John Cameron Story (1957)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

7.8
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John Cameron, from Philadelphia, heads west with his wife to start a new life. Her flirtatious ways may get the better of her when three trappers come into camp offering fresh buffalo and thinking she might be more available than she is.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Carolyn Jones, Michael Rennie

Votes: 59

44. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Promoter (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.8
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Henry Huckaby, a local farmer and fed up with a sore back and an empty belly leaves to seek his fortune in Dodge. After several failed ideas he hits on one that may make him rich but could also cost him his life.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 79

45. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Vengeance Is the Spur (1963)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.8
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A wealthy woman persuades The Virginian to take her to the badlands to a gang lead by the previous foreman of Shiloh. Her initial story is not the full truth. She wants to kill a man there because of her daughter but falls for the leader.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 51

46. The Music Man (1962)

G | 151 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.7
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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 15,036 | Gross: $14.95M

47. Winchester '73 (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Western

7.7
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The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 15,404

48. Sergeant York (1941)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

Votes: 14,312 | Gross: $16.40M

49. The Gunfighter (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Western

7.7
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94 Metascore

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker

Votes: 8,514

50. Overland Trail (1960– )

60 min | Western

7.7
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The adventures of a crusty superintendent for the Overland Stage Co. and his young sidekick as they try to keep the stage routes safe.

Stars: William Bendix, Doug McClure, Harry Guardino, Sean McClory

Votes: 46



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