The Coolest Western classics

by mrloslambert | created - 08 May 2014 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

This movie-list is not listed as in the ones I like best comes first but listed by actors, directors and related movies. This is a list of the movies I have watched so far and the list is being upgraded often.

The list contains a broad variation of western sub-genres. You will find Euro/spaghetti-westerns both old and new, You will find old and new American westerns, Neo-westerns, Zapata-westerns, pre-civil war-movies and you will find western movies mixed with genres like horror, thrillers, crime-movies, war, Kung fu, Samurai movies, Sci-Fi, comedy, romance, musicals and more. You will also find tv-series and animated movies related to the genre.

I love this genre and i am a sucker for most of these movies and I have even made three western short-movies myself, (written, directed edited and so on), which by the way is not yet on IMDB. But some day they will. If you are a western fan as well and have not yet watched all of the movies on this list I can strongly recommend you to do so and hopefully you will like every single one of them... Well I did. You can use my ratings as a recommendation for which movies to go for first!

Enjoy :)

Ps. If you have any questions or other comments you are more than welcome to leave some words in the comment field bellow the list, and I will do my best to answer and if you have any recommendations for movies wich is not yet on the list please do so!

(List by Johnny Gregersen)

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1. Keoma (1976)

R | 105 min | Drama, Western

A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos, Orso Maria Guerrini

Votes: 4,522

Franco Nero as the half breed indian "Keoma". This is a really great movie... One of Enzo G. Castellari's best.

2. Jonathan degli orsi (1994)

88 min | Action, Western

A young boy witnesses his parents' murder. Later, as he grows up, he befriends a bear in the wilderness and the chief of a local Indian tribe, and he stays with the Indians, but makes an ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, John Saxon, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, David Hess

Votes: 282

In "Jonathan Of The Bears" Enzo G. Castellari is almost re-creating the "Keoma" story and Franco Nero is back in the leading role.

3. Cipolla Colt (1975)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Western

Onion Jack has bought a piece of land on which to settle, but the property is still in possession of the orphans of the original owner and is coveted by the local oil baron.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, Sterling Hayden, Martin Balsam, Emma Cohen

Votes: 530

"Cry Onion" is a western comedy with Franco Nero. Directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

4. L'ultimo pistolero (2002)

8 min | Short, Western

A man roves the vastity of a deserted industrial plant ready to grasp his gun. Hat, boots, belt, the last pistolero is going to face the hardest of challenges...

Director: Alessandro Dominici | Star: Franco Nero

Votes: 177

"The Last Pistolero" is a western short movie with Franco Nero as the only actor in it.

5. The Brute and the Beast (1966)

M | 92 min | Western

A prospector and his drunkard half-brother must fight a rancher and his sadistic son after they seize control of his farm.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Franco Nero, George Hilton, Linda Sini, Giuseppe Addobbati

Votes: 1,424

"Massacre Time" was the first of director Lucio Fulci's five spaghetti westerns. Starring Franco Nero and George Hilton as the Corbett half-brothers and Nino Castelnuovo as the mentally disturbed villain Junior Scott. Cool movie with a cool plot. But it is not a Django movie though a bunch of posters would refer to it.

6. Challenge to White Fang (1974)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Western

Sequel to Lucio Fulci's first 'White Fang' has the wolf-dog once again trying to stop the villainous Beauty Smith from claiming a recently discovered gold mine in 1899 Yukon, Canada.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Franco Nero, Virna Lisi, John Steiner, Raimund Harmstorf

Votes: 246

Nr. two of Lucio Fulci's "White Fang" movies. Starring Franco Nero.

7. Texas, Adios (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Western

A Texan sheriff and his younger brother travel across the border into Mexico to confront the man who killed their father.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Franco Nero, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Elisa Montés, José Guardiola

Votes: 1,210

8. Man, Pride & Vengeance (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A stalwart Spanish soldier turns to a life of crime to prove his love for a mysterious and promiscuous gypsy woman.

Director: Luigi Bazzoni | Stars: Tina Aumont, Franco Nero, Klaus Kinski, Guido Lollobrigida

Votes: 488

9. Don't Turn the Other Cheek (1971)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A self-proclaimed Russian prince, a Mexican bandit and a radical Irish female journalist team up during the Mexican Revolution to find fortune and notoriety.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Franco Nero, Eli Wallach, Lynn Redgrave, Horst Janson

Votes: 391

10. Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)

PG | 91 min | Western

In 1836, an agent of the now independent Republic of Texas who can't hear or speak, and his hearing companion, infiltrate a rebel pocket who oppose to the integration of Texas to the United States. Can they save the Republic?

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Franco Nero, Anthony Quinn, Pamela Tiffin, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 586

11. The Mercenary (1968)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western

A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Franco Giacobini, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 3,545


12. Django (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Western

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak

Votes: 22,275 | Gross: $0.03M

First and original Sergio Corbucci, Django movie. Franco Nero as Django. This is a true spaghetti western classic.

13. Django Strikes Again (1987)

Not Rated | 88 min | Western

A monk returns to his former life as a gunfighter when his estranged daughter is kidnapped by a Hungarian slaver.

Director: Nello Rossati | Stars: Franco Nero, Christopher Connelly, Licinia Lentini, William Berger

Votes: 988

Franco Nero as Django in the sequel to Corbucci's 1966 Django movie.

14. Companeros (1970)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey, Iris Berben

Votes: 3,428

Zapata-western. Another Good, Bad, and ugly trio type of characters. Franco Nero as "The Good/hired hand", Jack Palance as "The Bad/the villain" Tomas Milian as "The Ugly/Mexican bandit".

15. Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Western

Various factions, including a half-breed bandit, a gang of homosexual cowboys and a priest, feud over stolen gold in a surreal town.

Director: Giulio Questi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Marilù Tolo, Piero Lulli, Milo Quesada

Votes: 2,062

Western Horror/Thriller. Tomas Milian as Django.

16. Tepepa (1969)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Mexican guerilla leader Tepepa and his gang fight against the chief of police, Cascorro.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Tomas Milian, Orson Welles, John Steiner, José Torres

Votes: 800

Zapata-western. Tomas Milian as a hero of the Mexican revolution.

17. The Four of the Apocalypse... (1975)

Unrated | 87 min | Western

Four petty criminals, three men and a woman, wander through the trackless terrain of the Wild West Utah and are hounded by a sadistic bandit.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Fabio Testi, Lynne Frederick, Michael J. Pollard, Harry Baird

Votes: 2,074

Western Horror ... Tomas Milian as bad guy.

18. The Ugly Ones (1966)

Approved | 95 min | Western

Escaped outlaw Jose Gomez returns to his home town pursued by bounty killer Luke Chilson. The towns people protect Gomez, unaware, at first, that he is now a changed and dangerous man.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Richard Wyler, Tomas Milian, Halina Zalewska, Hugo Blanco

Votes: 432

Tomas Milian in a villain role

19. Life Is Tough, Eh Providence? (1972)

90 min | Comedy, Western

An eccentric bounty hunter named Providence captures and sets free a criminal in order to collect the same bounty over and over again in different states, until they discover that a local sheriff is up to something crooked.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Tomas Milian, Gregg Palmer, Janet Agren, Dieter Eppler

Votes: 168

Western comedy. Tomas Milian as Providence.

20. Face to Face (1967)

R | 111 min | Western

A history professor has a chance meeting with an infamous outlaw and eventually assumes leadership of his gang.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian, William Berger, Jolanda Modio

Votes: 2,359

This Zapata-western masterpiece is nr. two out of three Sergio Sollima westerns. The movie has a character trio set up and some sort of "coming of age" build-up. Tomas Milian and Gian Maria Volontè in the leading roles and William Berger as the third guy.

21. The Big Gundown (1966)

Approved | 110 min | Western

Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes, Nieves Navarro

Votes: 4,791

Tomas Milian and Lee Van Cleef in the leading roles. Milian as Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez and Van Cleef as Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett... This movie was directed by Sergio Sollima and it is one of the greatest spaghetti westerns ever made. Sollima only made three westerns and this is the first of them.

22. Run, Man, Run (1968)

Not Rated | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

Several competing groups and mavericks (including the lead character Cuchillo) are hunting a gold treasure of $3,000,000. The gold was reserved for the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Tomas Milian, Donald O'Brien, Linda Veras, Marco Guglielmi

Votes: 1,393

"Run Man Run" is the sequel to "The Big Gundown". Tomas Milian is back in the role as Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez. This is the third and last of Sergio Sollima's spaghetti westerns.

23. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw, till the surprising end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 6,158

24. Day of Anger (1967)

M/PG | 111 min | Action, Western

A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla, Christa Linder

Votes: 3,462

25. Beyond the Law (1968)

PG | 90 min | Western

A trio of thieves plot to steal a town's silver shipment but a turn of events makes them the town's heroes.

Director: Giorgio Stegani | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Sabato, Gordon Mitchell, Lionel Stander

Votes: 980

26. Raiders of Old California (1957)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, History, Western

At the end of the Mexican-American War, a crooked U.S. Cavalry Captain and his men force a captive Mexican officer to sign the deeds to his vast lands and large hacienda over to the Captain.

Director: Albert C. Gannaway | Stars: Jim Davis, Arleen Whelan, Faron Young, Marty Robbins

Votes: 153

27. Barquero (1970)

R | 115 min | Western

At a river crossing, a stand-off between a gang of outlaws and local townsfolk ensues when the ferry barge operator refuses to ferry the gang across the river.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Forrest Tucker, Kerwin Mathews

Votes: 1,271

28. Captain Apache (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Carroll Baker, Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert

Votes: 691

29. Bad Man's River (1971)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida, Simón Andreu

Votes: 620

30. The Grand Duel (1972)

R | 98 min | Western

A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

Director: Giancarlo Santi | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice, Jess Hahn, Horst Frank

Votes: 2,181

31. Blood Money (1974)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Western

A martial artist joins a hard-hitting gunfighter in the search for treasure while bandits step into their way.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Lieh Lo, Patty Shepard, Femi Benussi

Votes: 698

Western and Kung-Fu movie. Cowboy "Lee Van Cleef" and kung fu fighter "Lieh Lo" Team-up theme in this spaghetti western.

32. God's Gun (1976)

R | 94 min | Western

A priest and his twin brother take turns defending a small town from the vicious Clayton gang.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Richard Boone, Sybil Danning

Votes: 1,142

33. Sabata (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Western

A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla, Aldo Canti

Votes: 3,925

34. Return of Sabata (1971)

PG | 100 min | Western

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini, Ignazio Spalla

Votes: 1,494

35. Sabata the Killer (1970)

87 min | Comedy, Western

Sabata and Mangosta are bank robbers, who after a bank job, through a series of events, end up teaming up with the bank clerk, Peter. They then go on the run with Peter's boss and a hired ... See full summary »

Director: Tulio Demicheli | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Peter Lee Lawrence, Eduardo Fajardo, Alfredo Mayo

Votes: 139

36. Adiós, Sabata (1970)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, War, Western

Master gunslinger Sabata helps a band of Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagon-load of gold.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Gérard Herter

Votes: 1,610

37. Westworld (1973)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

77 Metascore

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold

Votes: 47,006

Sci-Fi and Neo-western

38. Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Romance, Western

In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.

Director: Richard Wilson | Stars: Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 1,546

39. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

74 Metascore

Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 81,196 | Gross: $4.91M

First western edition of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurais"... Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Eli Wallach and more of the big stars of the genre is among this cast.

40. Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)

Unrated | 95 min | Action, Western

Two survivors of the initial Magnificent Seven outfit, Chris and Vin, recruit four new members in order to re-form the outfit and defend a few Mexican villages from attacks by vicious bandits.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Fuller, Julián Mateos, Warren Oates

Votes: 3,310 | Gross: $6.32M

The sequal to "Magnificent Seven"... Yul Brynner is still the main character "Chris".

41. Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

G | 105 min | Action, Western

A Mexican revolutionary hires an American gunslinger to organize the rescue of their leader from a brutal Army prison.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Reni Santoni

Votes: 2,114

The third western edition of "Seven Samurais"... George Kennedy plays Chris.

42. The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Western

Forced by personal circumstances, Marshal Chris Adams recruits a writer and five prisoners to help him eliminate a gang of Mexican bandits.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Mariette Hartley

Votes: 2,236

The fourth Seven-movie has no one less than Lee Van Cleef in the role as "Chris"

43. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 169,522 | Gross: $93.43M

Nr. 5 in the "The Magnificen Seven" western-movies... This time it is as a remake of the first. This time with Denzel Washington as Chris.

44. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 627,824 | Gross: $6.10M

45. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 208,258 | Gross: $15.00M

46. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 178,995 | Gross: $14.50M

47. A Bullet for the General (1967)

M | 115 min | Action, Western