Bruce Middleton's WESTERN Movies

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1. Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)

Not Rated | 76 min | Adventure, Biography, Western

Daniel Boone leads settlers into Kentucky, but must battle Shawnee Indians who have been persuaded by a French renegade that Boone and the settlers are there to kill them and steal their land.

Directors: Albert C. Gannaway, Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Jr., Faron Young, Kem Dibbs

Votes: 244

2. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | 99 min | Western

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe, William Demarest

Votes: 2,207 | Gross: $1.45M

3. Apache War Smoke (1952)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Apaches surround and attack a remote stage relay station trapping a stagecoach, passengers, cash box, a local bandit, a drifter and the station staff in a search for a killer of their tribesmen.

Director: Harold F. Kress | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Glenda Farrell, Robert Horton, Barbara Ruick

Votes: 167

4. Comanche (1956)

Approved | 87 min | Action, History, Romance

Common efforts of the U.S. government and the Comanche nation to negotiate a peace treaty are sabotaged by renegade Indians and by the short-sighted Indian Commissioner.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Dana Andrews, Kent Smith, Nestor Paiva, Henry Brandon

Votes: 440

5. Face of a Fugitive (1959)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Western

A robber in custody, becomes wanted for murder when his younger brother kills a deputy sheriff to help him escape.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Lin McCarthy, Dorothy Green, Alan Baxter

Votes: 550

6. How the West Was Won (1962)

G | 164 min | Western

56 Metascore

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 17,202 | Gross: $46.50M

7. Chisum (1970)

G | 111 min | Biography, Western

Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson

Votes: 8,310 | Gross: $6.00M

8. Black Horse Canyon (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The story of a wild black stallion and the cowboys who set out to capture him.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Joel McCrea, Mari Blanchard, Race Gentry, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 266

9. Horizons West (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Western

Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, Judith Braun

Votes: 714

10. In Old California (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Romance, Western

During the California Gold Rush, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig sets up shop in Sacramento where he clashes with local town crook Britt Dawson.

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish

Votes: 1,027

11. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 31,718 | Gross: $35.00M

12. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Western

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 9,312 | Gross: $0.35M

13. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 16,986

14. Belle Starr's Daughter (1948)

Approved | 86 min | Western

The daughter of famous outlaw Belle Starr arrives at the town where her mother was murdered to find her killer.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: George Montgomery, Rod Cameron, Ruth Roman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 103

15. Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1999 Video)

96 min | Adventure, Biography, Family

A version of the "Little House" stories that cover some of the events that take place in the last three books of the series and the book "The First Four Years" Laura is living on the ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Cole | Stars: Rob Halverson, Terra Allen, Alandra Bingham, J. Scott Bronson

Votes: 301

16. Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Western

A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, James Darren

Votes: 1,358

17. 5 Card Stud (1968)

PG | 103 min | Mystery, Romance, Western

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 3,148

18. Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer

Votes: 5,911

19. Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Romance, Western

Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant | Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 4,801

20. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Western

A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,482

21. 3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Western

Three outlaws on the run find a dying woman in the desert who gives birth to a baby. The mother entrusts the care of the child to the three men.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 7,611

22. From Hell to Texas (1958)

Approved | 100 min | Western

When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Don Murray, Diane Varsi, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 764

23. Band of Angels (1957)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

Amantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South, but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 1,919

24. Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | 97 min | Western

Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Randolph Scott, Ann Richards, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Ray Collins

Votes: 536 | Gross: $4.00M

25. Hangman's Knot (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Romance, Western

A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

Director: Roy Huggins | Stars: Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr., Frank Faylen

Votes: 1,170

26. Bite the Bullet (1975)

PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,463

27. Big Jack (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Adventure, Western

An outlaw finds a place in his gang for a grave-robbing doctor.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Richard Conte, Marjorie Main, Edward Arnold

Votes: 163

28. Gun for a Coward (1956)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

After the death of a rancher his three sons run the ranch but one of them is seen as a coward because of his reluctance to gunfight.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jeffrey Hunter, Janice Rule, Chill Wills

Votes: 423

29. Grayeagle (1977)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In this variant of The Searchers (1956), a tough frontier trapper tracks the young Cheyenne warrior who kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood, Jack Elam

Votes: 481

30. Bad Bascomb (1946)

Approved | 112 min | Western

An outlaw, Bascomb, and his sidekick Yancey join a Mormon wagon train to hide out after a failed bank robbery. Bascomb undergoes a reformation as a result of his interactions with a young girl who becomes attached to him.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Wallace Beery, Margaret O'Brien, Marjorie Main, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 401

31. Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Dirty Dingus Magee and his old rival Hoke Birdsill take turns at being either lawman or outlaw and being rivals or partners in crime, depending of the circumstances.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Anne Jackson, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 765

32. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 4,893

33. Apache Trail (1942)

Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory. A stagecoach arrives at the station with a valuable box of cargo, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Thorpe, Richard Rosson | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Donna Reed, William Lundigan, Ann Ayars

Votes: 212

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34. Guns of the Pecos (1937)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Music, Western

When Major Burton is killed and his horses rustled, Ranger Steve Ainslee joins the outlaws in their drive north. Seeing Judge Blake's name on the payoff check, Steve plans to trap Blake and... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Dick Foran, Anne Nagel, Gordon Hart, Joseph Crehan

Votes: 74

35. Cattle Drive (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Western

A cowboy finds the spoiled son of a railroad magnate lost in the deserted hills and teaches him survival skills and hard work values.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Joel McCrea, Dean Stockwell, Chill Wills, Leon Ames

Votes: 436

36. Almost Heroes (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

A road comedy about 2 guys whose mission is to beat Lewis and Clark.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Bokeem Woodbine, Barry Del Sherman

Votes: 14,868 | Gross: $6.11M

37. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 190,624 | Gross: $102.31M

38. Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,841

39. Heaven with a Gun (1969)

G | 101 min | Drama, Western

In a frontier town, gunslinger-turned-preacher Jim Killian is caught in the middle of a violent range war between cattlemen and sheep-men.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Hershey, John Anderson

Votes: 706

40. Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

M/PG | 94 min | Western

A Texas town's council fires the town's old-fashioned marshal who refuses to resign, thus leading to violence from both sides.

Directors: Don Siegel, Robert Totten | Stars: Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O'Connor, David Opatoshu

Votes: 993

41. Geronimo (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Biography, History

In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre

Votes: 936

42. Dakota Incident (1956)

Approved | 88 min | Western

Indians attack a stagecoach, and a disparate band of passengers must band together to fight them off.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Linda Darnell, Dale Robertson, John Lund, Ward Bond

Votes: 415

43. Across the Great Divide (1976)

G | 100 min | Family, Western

In this family classic, two orphans cross the Rocky Mountains on a quest to claim their inheritance, a 400-acre Oregon ranch. On their journey, the pair forms an uncertain alliance with a ... See full summary »

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Robert Logan, Heather Rattray, Mark Edward Hall, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 521 | Gross: $18.81M

44. Hour of the Gun (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Western

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,175

45. Carson City (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Western