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1. Urban Cowboy (1980)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.3
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61 Metascore

Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Madolyn Smith Osborne

Votes: 12,454 | Gross: $53.30M

2. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.3
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77 Metascore

A divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 16,335

3. 8 Seconds (1994)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.6
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This movie chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, James Rebhorn, Cameron Finley

Votes: 4,644 | Gross: $19.60M

4. The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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As they visit New York City, a pair of cowboys have to become unlikely heroes when their friend is kidnapped.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 7,475 | Gross: $20.28M

5. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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A fiercely independent cowboy gets himself locked up in prison to escape with an old friend.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Michael Kane

Votes: 7,648

6. Beyond the Law (1993)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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An undercover cop joins a murderous, arms-dealing biker gang to try to put them behind bars.

Director: Larry Ferguson | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 5,974

7. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Western

6.4
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A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw, Ben Johnson, Tess Harper

Votes: 483 | Gross: $3.60M

8. Boom Town (1940)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr

Votes: 2,915 | Gross: $9.17M

9. Nichols (1971–1972)

60 min | Western

7.9
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In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. ... See full summary »

Stars: James Garner, Margot Kidder, Neva Patterson, John Beck

Votes: 198

10. No Hands on the Clock (1941)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.2
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The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Chester Morris, Jean Parker, Rose Hobart, Dick Purcell

Votes: 134

11. Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander

Votes: 776

12. The Last Cowboy (2003 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Western

6.3
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After an eight year absence, a headstrong woman returns to her Texas home for her grandfather's funeral and locks horns with her father.

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Jennie Garth, Lance Henriksen, M.C. Gainey, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 479

13. Paradise Canyon (1935)

Approved | 52 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.2
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An undercover agent for the government is sent to round up a gang of counterfeiters operating near the Mexican border.

Director: Carl Pierson | Stars: John Wayne, Marion Burns, Reed Howes, Earle Hodgins

Votes: 733

14. New Frontier (1939)

Approved | 57 min | Western

5.7
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The Three Mesquiteers convince a group of settlers to exchange their present property for some which, unbeknownst to our good guys, is going to be worthless. They are captured before they can warn the ranchers.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Raymond Hatton, Jennifer Jones

Votes: 387

15. Smoky (1946)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Family, Music

6.8
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Drama about the strong bond between a cowpoke and a wild bronco set during the 1940s.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter, Burl Ives, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 311

16. The Ride (I) (1997)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, Sport

6.5
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A has-been cowboy is given a second chance at the hands of an unexpected teacher.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Michael Biehn, Brock Pierce, Charles Young, Clarence Felder

Votes: 377 | Gross: $0.19M

17. My Friend Flicka (1943)

Approved | 89 min | Family, Western

6.5
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Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his fathers dismay.... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell

Votes: 816

18. Foxfire (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.3
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In Arizona, during the 1950s, privileged white girl Amanda Lawrence marries half-Apache mining engineer Jonathan Dartland who dreams of finding gold in an old abandoned Apache mine.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jane Russell, Jeff Chandler, Dan Duryea, Mara Corday

Votes: 360

19. Bells of Innocence (2003)

Not Rated | 110 min | Horror

3.2
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Chuck Norris ventures into the West to stop a horde of ghosts in their deadly path.

Director: Alin Bijan | Stars: Mike Norris, Carey Scott, David A.R. White, Marshall R. Teague

Votes: 745

20. Hands Across the Border (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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Horse breeders Adams and Brock are vying for the Army contract. When Adams is killed trying to ride his horse Trigger, Roy saves the horse from being shot. He trains him and then plans to ride him in the race to win the contract.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Ruth Terry, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Votes: 94

21. The Trail Beyond (1934)

Approved | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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Rod Drew hunts for a missing girl and finds himself in a fight over a goldmine as well.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Noah Beery, Verna Hillie, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 701

22. Texas Terror (1935)

Approved | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.1
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Sheriff John Higgins quits and goes into prospecting after he thinks he has killed his best friend in shooting it out with robbers. He encounters his dead buddy's sister and helps her run ... See full summary »

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Lucile Browne, LeRoy Mason, Fern Emmett

Votes: 770

23. Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

6.2
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In Wyoming, several ranchers have their prized mares stolen by a big wild white stallion and must recover them before the Governor's Stake trotting race day.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Peggy Cummins, Charles Coburn, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 309

24. A Holy Terror (1931)

Passed | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Western

5.7
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Eastern millionaire's son Bard finds his father murdered and flies west to see rancher Drew who may know something about it. En route he crashes his plane into Jerry's bathroom; she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: George O'Brien, Sally Eilers, Rita La Roy, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 177

25. Never a Dull Moment (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

5.7
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Sophisticated, successful New York City songwriter Kay Kingsley falls in love with Chris Heyward, a widower rancher she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo, and they get married, and ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, Andy Devine

Votes: 458

26. Zorro Rides Again (1937)

Approved | 212 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove their connection to profiteer Marsden.... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: John Carroll, Noah Beery, Richard Alexander, Reed Howes

Votes: 245

27. Rhythm on the Range (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Music, Romance

6.2
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Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns, Martha Raye

Votes: 285

28. Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Music

5.7
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Badguys Henry, Bill and Pete head a gang of outlaws who are destroying the timberland. When Gene butts in they frame him on a cattle-poisoning charge and set him up for murder.

Director: John English | Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Patricia Barry, Jimmy Lloyd

Votes: 166

29. Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Louise Brooks, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune

Votes: 353

30. Red River Range (1938)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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Very organized cattle rustlers are operating with portable slaughterhouses and refrigerator vans. The governor asks the Three Mesquiteers to go undercover to investigate.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Lorna Gray

Votes: 278

31. Rainbow Valley (1935)

Approved | 52 min | Action, Romance, Western

5.4
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John Martin is a government agent working under cover. Leading citizen Morgan calls in gunman Galt who blows Martin's cover.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Lucile Browne, George 'Gabby' Hayes, LeRoy Mason

Votes: 521

32. Rio Rita (1929)

Passed | 140 min | Adventure, Music, Romance

6.1
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Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

Votes: 681

33. The Day of the Wolves (1971)

G | 95 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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Gang tries to take over small town to rob its banks.

Director: Ferde Grofé Jr. | Stars: Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Rick Jason, Jan Murray

Votes: 230

34. Sand (1949)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Drama, Western

5.6
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A show horseman, Jeff Keane (Mark Stevens), loses his prize stallion, Jubilee (Sun's Red Shadow), as a result of a train wreck in Colorado, and enlists the aid of rancher Joan Hartley (... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Mark Stevens, Coleen Gray, Rory Calhoun, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 34

35. The Walking Hills (1949)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

6.5
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A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 537

36. The Miracle Rider (1935)

Approved | 306 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Texas Ranger tries to stop takeover of Indian lands.

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Tom Mix, Charles Middleton, Joan Gale, Robert Frazer

Votes: 121 | Gross: $1.00M

37. Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.9
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Bad guy Craig Allen, gambler and town boss, tries to take a gold mine inherited by innocent Chip Williams on her seventeenth birthday. Roy and his pal 'Teddy' Bear ride to help the girl and her cousin.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Mary Lee, Dale Evans

Votes: 225

38. The Red Stallion (1947)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Drama, Sport

5.9
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A mare dies while foaling the Red Stallion. He is reared by a boy and is entered in a big race - something like the Kentucky Derby.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Robert Paige, Noreen Nash, Ted Donaldson, Jane Darwell

Votes: 71

39. Somewhere in Sonora (1933)

Passed | 59 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.5
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John Bishop discovers a plot to rob a silver mine belonging to his girlfriend Mary's father and, to foil the evildoers, he joins them.

Director: Mack V. Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Henry B. Walthall, Shirley Palmer

Votes: 333

40. Pals of the Saddle (1938)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Foreign agents are smuggling monium (a chemical used in producing poison gas) into Mexico. The three Mesquiteers get involved when they ride to save a girl (really a government agent) on a runaway horse.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Doreen McKay

Votes: 275

41. Boss Cowboy (1934)

Passed | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

3.6
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Both Nolan and Ross are losing cattle and Ross' foreman Kerns is the culprit. When Taylor finds a wanted poster of Kerns he goes after him.

Director: Victor Adamson | Stars: Buddy Roosevelt, Frances Morris, Sam Pierce, George Chesebro

Votes: 36

42. Wyoming Outlaw (1939)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.2
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Will Parker has been destroyed by a local politician and now must steal to feed his family. He steals a steer from the Three Mesquiteers.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Raymond Hatton, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 276

43. Under Western Stars (1938)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Music

6.1
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Roy is elected to Congress to bring the misery of the "dustbowl" of the 1930s to the attention of Washington politicians.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Maple City Four

Votes: 226

44. Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Romance, Western

5.5
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John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.

Director: Fred Allen | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 545

45. Lady in a Jam (1942)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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A psychiatrist's patient, a nutty heiress, travels west to find gold in her grandfather's abandoned mine. The psychiatrist, unable to talk her out of it, decides to follow her out there.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Irene Dunne, Patric Knowles, Ralph Bellamy, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 133

46. Cowboy Canteen (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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During world-war-two, Arizona cattle-ranch owner Steve Bradley (Charles Starrett) and his pal Spud Harrigan (Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams) join the army and are assigned to a camp near his ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Charles Starrett, Jane Frazee, Barbara Jo Allen, Tex Ritter

Votes: 63

47. Ghost Patrol (1936)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi

4.7
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A professor invents a radium tube that makes internal combustion engines stop running. He and his invention are captured by a gang of robbers. A federal agent is sent to rescue him.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Tim McCoy, Claudia Dell, Walter Miller, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 148

48. The Old Corral (1936)

Passed | 57 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Irene Manning, Sons of the Pioneers

Votes: 195

49. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)

Approved | 53 min | Action, Comedy, Music

6.1
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Sandy Doyle, gambler and political chief of a small border town, seeks to gain control of the Bar-X Ranch, owned by Rufe Rickson, to further some undercover activities of his own. He counts... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Diege | Stars: Dorothy Page, Vince Barnett, Milton Frome, Lynn Mayberry

Votes: 18

50. Legend of the Northwest (1978)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.0
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When his master--an old mountain man who runs a trading post--is murdered by bandits, Bearheart the dog tries to follow the killers, but when he comes upon a nearby town he is mistakenly ... See full summary »

Director: Rand Brooks | Stars: Marshall Reed, Joey Young, Dana Dillaway, Denver Pyle

Votes: 20



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