100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guides)by KasparM | created - 30 Dec 2011 | updated - 30 Dec 2011 | Public
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1. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Romance, Western
Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.
2. Antonio das Mortes (1969)
100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »
3. Apache (1954)
Passed | 91 min | Western
Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.
Votes: 3,719 | Gross: $6.00M
5. The Beguiled (1971)
R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.
7. The Big Trail (1930)
Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance
Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.
9. A Bullet for the General (1967)
M | 115 min | Action, Western
A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general accept an American into their gang, unaware of his intentions.
10. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 195,154 | Gross: $102.31M
13. Cowboy (1958)
Approved | 92 min | Western
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.
14. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 229,842 | Gross: $184.21M
15. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Not Rated | 92 min | Western
Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.
16. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange Native American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 86,774 | Gross: $1.04M
18. Django (1966)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Western
A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.
Votes: 23,404 | Gross: $0.03M
19. Dodge City (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.
20. Duel in the Sun (1946)
Passed | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.
Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore
Votes: 7,681 | Gross: $20.41M
21. El Dorado (1967)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Votes: 22,827 | Gross: $12.97M
23. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Votes: 186,602 | Gross: $14.50M
25. Fort Apache (1948)
Passed | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.
26. Forty Guns (1957)
Not Rated | 80 min | Romance, Western
Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.
27. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 654,720 | Gross: $6.10M
28. Go West (1925)
Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Western
With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.
29. Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A Confederate drifter wins a hotel-saloon at poker in Denver but two rival female admirers, local Union sympathizers, Southern gold miners and an orphaned boy complicate his life.
30. The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926)
53 min | Western
Cullen has hired Tom to try and stop the robberies on his railroad. Knowing Cullen's secretary Holt is tipping off the gang, Tom works undercover by posing as a highwayman. To help him ... See full summary »
31. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
32. The Grey Fox (1982)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.
33. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western
Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Votes: 13,211 | Gross: $11.75M
34. The Gunfighter (1950)
Not Rated | 85 min | Western
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.
35. The Hanging Tree (1959)
Not Rated | 107 min | Western
Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.
36. Heaven's Gate (1980)
R | 219 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
Votes: 12,928 | Gross: $3.48M
38. Hell's Hinges (1916)
Unrated | 64 min | Romance, Western
In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.
39. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 93,657 | Gross: $9.45M
40. High Plains Drifter (1973)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Western
A gunfighting stranger (Clint Eastwood) comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.
Votes: 47,332 | Gross: $15.70M
41. The Iron Horse (1924)
Passed | 150 min | History, Romance, Western
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.
Votes: 1,840 | Gross: $2.06M
42. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
43. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 141,947 | Gross: $75.51M
44. The Last Sunset (1961)
Approved | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Western
At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing Sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley, but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.
Votes: 2,602 | Gross: $6.54M
45. The Last Wagon (1956)
Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff's prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.
46. The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Western