Silent Western Watchlist

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1. The Great Train Robbery (II) (1903)

12 min | Short, Western

The first scene shows the chief as he explains to his followers the plan of the great train robbery. Two masked robbers enter and compel the operator to stop the approaching train. They ... See full summary »

Director: Siegmund Lubin | Star: Emily Lowry

Votes: 352

2. The Little Train Robbery (1905)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Action, Crime

In this parody of 1903's _Great Train Robbery, The (1903)_, also made by Edwin S. Porter, young bandits rob the passengers of a kiddie train and are chased by police officers.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 223

3. The Life of a Cowboy (1906)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Western

A cowboy gets involved in the kidnapping and rescue of a pretty young girl.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 24

4. The Bank Robbery (1908)

19 min | Western, Crime, Short

A gang of outlaws are planning a bank robbery. After making preparations, they commit the robbery and make their escape amidst a sharp exchange of bullets. They return to their meeting ... See full summary »

Director: William Tilghman | Stars: Al J. Jennings, Frank Canton, Quanah Parker, Heck Thomas

Votes: 41

5. The Red Man's View (1909)

14 min | Short, Western

An Indian village is forced to leave its land by white settlers, and must make a long and weary journey to find a new home. The settlers make one young Indian woman stay behind. This woman ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Owen Moore, Lottie Pickford, Kate Bruce, Charles Craig

Votes: 282

6. The Mended Lute (1909)

11 min | Western, Short

Rising Moon loves Little Bear, but her father prefers Standing Rock, a richer suitor. Standing Rock takes her to his teepee under guard, but she escapes and joins Little Bear as they attempt to escape.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Frank Powell, Owen Moore, James Kirkwood

Votes: 204

7. His Last Game (1909)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Sport, Western

Bill Going is the star pitcher for his local Choctaw baseball team. Gamblers from Jimtown try to persuade him to throw the game and he shoots and kills them. He is given a reprieve to pitch the last game of the year.

Votes: 70

8. In Old California (1910)

17 min | Short, Drama, History

An historical dramatization of a Spanish woman during the reign of Spanish and Mexican owned California in the early 19th century.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 40

Film being apparently restored.

9. Hanging at Jefferson City (1910)

7 min | Short, Western

Three friends on their way to deliver a payroll stop for a few drinks. Two of them decide to stay for a while, but the third sets out to deliver the payroll by himself. When he never shows ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Durand | Stars: Joë Hamman, Gaston Modot, Berthe Dagmar, Joaquim Renez

Votes: 29

10. That Chink at Golden Gulch (1910)

17 min | Western, Short

Charlie Lee, the poor chink, is the hero of this Biograph story. Having located at Golden Gulch as a laundryman, his old father is about to take his leave for his home in the Flowery ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Anthony O'Sullivan, Gertrude Robinson, Charles West, Dell Henderson

Votes: 19

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11. The Sergeant (1910)

Short, Western

A story laid in the Great Yosemite Valley during the eighties. Col. Westley has an only daughter who is the one softening influence in his rugged nature. She is fond of taking morning rides... See full summary »

Director: Francis Boggs | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Iva Shepard, Tom Santschi, Frank Clark

Votes: 30

12. Fighting Blood (1911)

18 min | Short, Action, Western

An old soldier on the frontier, the father of a dozen children, a staunch patriot himself, brings these children up with rigid military training. He conducts his household as a garrison ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: George Nichols, Kate Bruce, Robert Harron, Florence La Badie

Votes: 102

13. The Last Drop of Water (1911)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Western

A wagon train heading west across the great desert runs out of water, and is attacked by Indians. One man -- their last hope -- is sent out to find water.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Blanche Sweet, Charles West, Joseph Graybill, Francis J. Grandon

Votes: 197

15. The Heart of an Indian Maid (1911)

Short, Western

A party of trappers is attacked by Indians and all escape but one, who is badly wounded. The Indians, however, start in pursuit of the fleeing trappers and the wounded man is found by ... See full summary »

Star: Pearl White

Votes: 26

17. The Squaw's Love (1911)

17 min | Drama, Short, Western

Wild Flower follows her banished lover, Gray Fox, into the wilderness. Her departure is witnessed by Silver Fawn, who mistakenly thinks Wild Flower is stealing her fiancé. Silver Fawn sets ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mabel Normand, Alfred Paget, Dark Cloud, Claire McDowell

Votes: 39

19. Friends (1912)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Western, Romance

The orphan Dora is courted by two different gold miners.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Carey

Votes: 212

20. The Invaders (1912)

Not Rated | 41 min | Short, Western

The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints,... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Ford, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, Ethel Grandin, Ann Little, Ray Myers

Votes: 234

22. The Heart of an Indian (1912)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Western

When Indians attack a white settlement, a brave kidnaps a white baby to give to his wife as a replacement for their dead baby. The white mother goes to the Indian camp to look for her child... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, Ann Little, J. Barney Sherry, Art Acord

Votes: 72

23. The Railway of Death (1912)

17 min | Short, Western

When gold is discovered the first man there gets to stake his claim. Joe and another man race each other, which involves a thrilling episode on a train.

Director: Jean Durand | Stars: Joë Hamman, Max Dhartigny, Ernest Bourbon, Gaston Modot

Votes: 42

24. Coeur-Ardent (1912)

13 min | Short, Western

An Indian maiden wishes to marry her lover, but her father refuses because he does not have the requisite bride price. This is an Indian love story shot on location in the Camargues.

Director: Jean Durand | Stars: Joë Hamman, Berthe Dagmar, Gaston Modot

Votes: 38

25. The Ball Player and the Bandit (1912)

TV-G | 12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

An Easterner wins his battles in the West by using his fists.

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Harold Lockwood, Helen Case, Joe King, Shorty Hamilton

Votes: 70

26. At Bear Track Gulch (1913)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Comedy, Western

The mining community of Bear Track Gulch must adapt its ways when it receives its first female visitor.

Director: Harold M. Shaw | Stars: William West, Herbert Prior, George Lessey, Bigelow Cooper

Votes: 64

27. The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

Directors: Oscar Apfel, Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury, Winifred Kingston, Mrs. A.W. Filson

Votes: 795 | Gross: $0.53M

28. The Virginian (1914)

Passed | 55 min | Western

A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane, William Elmer

Votes: 159

29. The Spoilers (1914)

110 min | Drama, Western

The first of many filmed adaptations of Rex Beach's adventure novel of the Alaskan gold-rush.

Director: Colin Campbell | Stars: William Farnum, Kathlyn Williams, Tom Santschi, Bessie Eyton

Votes: 41

30. Salomy Jane (1914)

85 min | Western

The story opens with the arrival in Hangtown of Madison Clay and his daughter, Salomy Jane, who have emigrated all the way from Kentucky. Straightway the young men and bachelors of the camp... See full summary »

Directors: Lucius Henderson, William Nigh | Stars: Beatriz Michelena, House Peters, William Pike, Clara Beyers

Votes: 32

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31. By the Sun's Rays (1914)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Action, Drama

A company detective goes undercover to expose a gang that uses inside information to rob gold shipments.

Director: Charles Giblyn | Stars: Murdock MacQuarrie, Lon Chaney, Seymour Hastings, Agnes Vernon

Votes: 198

32. Fatty and Minnie He-Haw (1914)

Passed | Short, Comedy, Western

Fatty steals a ride on a train, discovered, and put off in the middle of nowhere. He stumbles along over the hot desert and finally passes out. A very plump Indian woman finds him and takes... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Minnie Devereaux, Minta Durfee, Josef Swickard

Votes: 32

33. Broncho Billy and the Greaser (1914)

15 min | Western, Short

Broncho Billy comes between a Mexican thug and the young woman he is disturbing. The Mexican plots revenge for the insult and captures Billy, who has rescued a lost old man. The young woman... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Lee Willard, Marguerite Clayton, True Boardman

Votes: 33

34. In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914)

48 min | Western

Tom and Sally are the only survivors when their wagon train is attacked by Swift Wing's braves. Starlight aids in their escape and they join a group of hunters. But there is more trouble when the tribe attacks again.

Directors: Colin Campbell, Francis J. Grandon | Stars: Tom Mix, Bessie Eyton, Wheeler Oakman, Red Wing

Votes: 12

35. The Last of the Line (1914)

20 min | Short, Drama, Western

Gray Otter, the last of a line of powerful Sioux chiefs, eagerly awaits the return of his son from the government school, to save the name and the glory of his clan from extinction. Tiah, ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Hunt | Stars: Joe Goodboy, Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Stanely Bigham

Votes: 38

36. Martyrs of the Alamo (1915)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, History, War

The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Sam De Grasse, Allan Sears, Walter Long, Alfred Paget

Votes: 121

37. The Ruse (1915)

28 min | Western, Short

"Bat" Peters, reformed gunfighter turned prospector, travels to Chicago to collect on a business deal with a mine promoter who turns out to be crooked.

Directors: William H. Clifford, William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, John Davidson, Fanny Midgley

Votes: 19

38. Broncho Billy's Sentence (1915)

Western, Short

A robber on the run from the law hides out in a house with a young girl and her grandfather, and treats them shabbily. He is later shot and badly wounded, but is rescued and cared for by an... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Virginia True Boardman, Ernest Van Pelt, Carl Stockdale

Votes: 31

39. Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1915)

20 min | Short, Western

An outlaw on the run comes upon a widow and her small child. When the child is bitten by a snake, the outlaw risks his life by riding into town to get a doctor.

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Bob Kortman, Fanny Midgley, Thelma Salter

Votes: 23

40. The Pitch o' Chance (1915)

25 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Rocky bets on "everything, anything and nothing at all". On one occasion he wins a high bet including the saloon bully's gal, thanks to a cheat played by a girl competitor who wants the man... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Frank Borzage, Helene Rosson, Jack Richardson, Lizette Thorne

Votes: 41

41. Knight of the Trail (1915)

24 min | Short, Western

A cowboy must regain the love of his fiancé, who has found out about his past as a thief and bank robber and broken off their engagement. In her anger at him, she agrees to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Leona Hutton, Frank Borzage, Leo Willis

Votes: 52

42. The Return of Draw Egan (1916)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Outlaw leader "Draw" Egan, believed dead, turns up in the town of Yellow Dog. The townsfolk believe him to be William Blake, a strong and law-abiding man. They appoint him sheriff to rid ... See full summary »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Margery Wilson, Robert McKim, Louise Glaum

Votes: 125

43. The Half-Breed (1916)

73 min | Western

An outcast named Lo Dorman encounters a young woman lost in the woods. He defends her from danger in the forest and from Sheriff Dunn.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson

Votes: 124

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44. His Bitter Pill (1916)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Jim, the apple of his mother's eyes, is the big-hearted galoot of a man and is sheriff of his small town. He is sweet on Nell, who he has known all his life. Just as he is about to propose ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Hibbard | Stars: Mack Swain, Louella Maxam, Ella Haines, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 136

45. The Pilgrim (1916)

28 min | Short, Western

A wandering cowboy is hired by a ranch owner. When the other cowboys show the newcomer their refusal he turns to his donkey pal and his usual loneliness. Then his boss'daughter comes home ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Frank Borzage, Ann Little, Jack Richardson, Dick La Reno

Votes: 41

46. Nugget Jim's Pardner (1916)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Western

Hal, the rich and good-for-nothing son of a rich man, is thrown out by his father after another night out. He ends up in the West and living with a gold digger. He'll help him with his daughter and they all will become fond of each other.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Frank Borzage, Jack Farrell, Ann Little, Dick La Reno

Votes: 49

47. The Silent Man (1917)

61 min | Western

A gold prospector strikes it rich, but the crooks who run a frontier town take it away from him. He determines to get it back and clean up the town.

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Vola Vale, Robert McKim, Dorcas Matthews

Votes: 54

48. A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 709 | Gross: $0.42M

49. Straight Shooting (1917)

Passed | 57 min | Western

Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, George Berrell, Molly Malone

Votes: 332

50. Bucking Broadway (1917)

53 min | Western