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1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 157,530 | Gross: $3.90M

2. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings | Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

Votes: 3,628

3. American Outlaws (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Western

6.0
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25 Metascore

When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 13,214 | Gross: $13.26M

4. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Western

6.2
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The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 1,744

5. Alias Jesse James (1959)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

6.5
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Outlaw T.J. "Jesse" James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth, who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 1,095

6. The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Western

6.8
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The various fortunes and misfortunes of the outlaws and bank robbers Frank and Jesse James.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Cross, Gail Youngs

Votes: 332

7. Frank & Jesse (1995)

R | 105 min | Biography, Western

5.9
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At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Boris | Stars: Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton, Randy Travis, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Votes: 1,300

8. A Time for Dying (1969)

M | 67 min | Western

6.2
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In Silver City, naive farm boy Cass and newcomer saloon girl Nellie are married by Judge Roy Bean in a shotgun wedding but their honeymoon is marred by outlaws.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Richard Lapp, Anne Randall, Robert Random, Beatrice Kay

Votes: 345

9. I Shot Jesse James (1949)

81 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland, Reed Hadley

Votes: 1,760

10. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.3
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Biopic loosely based on the last 18 years of Jesse James' life and focused on the relationship between brothers Jesse and Frank James.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,064

11. Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | 97 min | Western

6.3
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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: 529 | Gross: $4.00M

12. The Legend of Jesse James (1965–1966)

30 min | Western

7.3
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In a surprising twist, Jesse and Frank James come across as good guys as they go about their outlaw ways. Jesse is a devilish scoundrel with an eye for the ladies while Frank concerns himself with more practical matters.

Stars: Christopher Jones, Allen Case, David Richards, Robert J. Wilke

Votes: 65

13. Belle Starr (1980 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Belle Star is a bandit with an itch to ride with the outlaw legends, the James gang, the Youngers and the Dalton boys.

Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Cliff Potts, Michael Cavanaugh, Gary Combs

Votes: 87

14. Best of the Badmen (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Western

6.1
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The outlaws of the Clanton and Younger gangs are the heroes of this fictionalized biography.

Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor, Jack Buetel, Robert Preston

Votes: 481

15. Young Jesse James (1960)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, War

5.2
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In this one, the father of Jesse and Frank James is unjustly hanged by Union troops and their mother's arm is amputated after their home is bombed by Union people, so they go riding with ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Ray Stricklyn, Willard Parker, Merry Anders, Robert Dix

Votes: 83

16. The Return of Jesse James (1950)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Drama, Western

5.8
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Frank James resents and tries to stop a ruthless drifter who has adopted the name of his dead brother in order to duplicate his crimes.

Director: Arthur Hilton | Stars: John Ireland, Ann Dvorak, Henry Hull, Reed Hadley

Votes: 75

17. Jesse James at Bay (1941)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Comedy, Music

6.2
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Jesse James joins with Missouri settlers in their battle with rich, land-grabbing railroad tycoons.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Sally Payne, Pierre Watkin

Votes: 118

18. Jesse James, Jr. (1942)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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The telegraph is coming to Sundown and Martin, Carson, and the crooked Sheriff are out to stop it. But Johnny Barrett is there to help bring it in and he is assisted by the bicycle riding Pop Sawyer.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Lynn Merrick, Al St. John, Douglas Walton

Votes: 18

19. Jesse James as the Outlaw (1921)

History, War, Western

6.8
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Depicts Jesse James' return home to Missouri after the Civil War hoping to live a life of peace, but is falsely accused of robbing a bank. He is forced to take up a life of crime by being ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin B. Coates | Stars: Jesse James Jr., Diana Reed, Jack Neil, Marguerite Hungerford

Votes: 40

20. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Episode: Bobby's Hero (1973)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

7.1
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Bobby becomes obsessed with Jesse James. Mike and Carol don't approve of his new hero, and try to find a way to convince him that James was nothing but a "mean, dirty killer."

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 97

21. Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (I) (1989)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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After finding an old friend, Fogg and Aouda, who are falling in love, head for the USA. Fogg confronts outlaw Jesse James and the Sioux raid his train. He buys a boat to England, but gets arrested by Fix. The time is pretty much up.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 38

22. Hondo (1967)
Episode: Hondo and the Judas (1967)

60 min | Western

6.9
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A rebel Colonel, thought to be dead, surprises his comrades by bringing them back together for a final crime. Hondo rejoins the group, unaware of the Colonel's plan to get revenge on whoever ambushed him.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Ralph Taeger, Kathie Browne, Noah Beery Jr., Gary Clarke

Votes: 15

23. Hollywood Horrors (2018– )
Episode: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) (2018)

Not Rated | 5 min | Documentary, Horror

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Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) is a low-budget western/horror hybrid film released in 1966.

Director: Manny Velazquez | Stars: Cal Bolder, Jim Davis, Steven Geray, John Lupton

24. Deadliest Warrior (2009– )
Episode: Jesse James vs. Al Capone (2010)

TV-14 | 23 min | Action, Game-Show, History

8.1
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Jesse James, one of the most feared outlaws in the American West, vs. Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster.

Directors: Kiran Gonsalves, Michael S. Ojeda | Stars: Andre Alexsen, David Anthony Buglione, Geoff Desmoulin, Joey Rocketshoes Dillon

Votes: 37

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Showdown with Rance McGrew (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The star of a Western TV series suddenly finds himself transported back in time to the real Wild West, and face-to-face with the real Jesse James.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Larry Blyden, Arch Johnson, Robert Cornthwaite, Robert Stevenson

Votes: 1,115

26. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)
Episode: Tempus Fugitive (1995)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Lois and Clark meet H.G. Wells, who has traveled on his time machine with a companion from the future. This companion named Tempus roams the city robbing people of gold, which is needed to ... See full summary »

Director: James R. Bagdonas | Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, Justin Whalin

Votes: 220

27. Timeless (2016–2018)
Episode: The Murder of Jesse James (2017)

Not Rated | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Flynn joins forces with legendary outlaw Jesse James, and the two create bloody havoc across the American frontier. Cut to Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus, who team up with a notable marshal to bring the fugitives to justice.

Director: John F. Showalter | Stars: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph

Votes: 1,109

28. My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
Episode: The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine (1965)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.9
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Martin is still trying to fix his CCTBS - his time travel machine - but it's stuck on the year 1870, the place the state of Missouri. There is a short circuit in the CCTBS, and instead of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton, Mort Mills

Votes: 15

29. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.6
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It's a case of comic mistaken identity when Hoss - on a delivery run for the Ponderosa - is mistaken as a member of the bumbling Younger Brothers gang. Ben and Joe are eventually able to convince the authorities to let Hoss go, but not after a series of misunderstandings wherein they too are involved with the Youngers' gang.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Strother Martin

Votes: 39



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