The 50 greatest westerns – The full list

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We count down the greatest westerns of all time

50

The Hired Hand

Dir Peter Fonda (Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom)

49

Lonesome Dove (1989)

Dir Simon Wincer (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover)

48

Open Range (2003)

Dir Kevin Costner (Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening)

47

The Claim (2000)

Dir Michael Winterbottom (Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley)

46

Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Dir Frank Perry (Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Slim Pickens)

45

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Dir Kelly Reichardt (Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson)

44

Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Dir André de Toth (Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise)

43

The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Dir Arthur Penn (Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton)

42

Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

Dir Robert Aldrich (Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Joaquín Martínez)

41

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Dir Mel Brooks (Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn)

40

Wagon Master (1950)

Dir John Ford (Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Ward Bond)

39

Requiescant (aka Kill and Pray) (1967)

Dir Carlo Lizzani (Lou Castel, Mark Damon, Pier Paolo Pasolini)

38

A Man Called Horse (1970)

Dir Elliot Silverstein (Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon)

37

Vera Cruz (1954)

Dir Robert Aldrich (Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel)

36

Little Big Man (1970)

Dir Arthur Penn (Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George)

35

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Dir Fritz Lang (Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy and Mel Ferrer)

34

Ride the High Country (1962)

Dir Sam Peckinpah (Randolph Scott, Joel McRea, Ron Starr)

33

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Dir John Sturges (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach et al)

32

The Great Silence (1968)

Dir Sergio Corbucci (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff)

31

High Plains Drifter (1973)

Dir Clint Eastwood (Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Mitch Ryan)

30

7 Women (1966)

Dir John Ford (Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Mildred Dunnock)

29

The Naked Spur (1953)

Dir Anthony Mann (James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan)

28

Rio Bravo (1959)

Dir Howard Hawks (John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson)

27

The Ox-bow Incident (1943)

Dir William Wellman (Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn)

26

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Dir Sergio Leone (Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale)

25

Django (1966)

Dir Sergio Corbucci (Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak)

24

Shane (1953)

Dir George Stevens (Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin)

23

Stagecoach (1939)

Dir John Ford (John Wayne, Claire Trevor)

22

Seven Men From Now (1956)

Dir Budd Boetticher (Randolph Scott, Lee Marvin, Stuart Whitman)

21

El Topo (1970)

Dir Alejandro Jodorowsky (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau)

20

High Noon (1952)

Dir Fred Zinnemann (Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Grace Kelly)

19

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Dir Marlon Brando (Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson)

18

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

Dir Andrew Dominik (Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell)

17

Red River (1948)

Dir Howard Hawks (John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan)

16

Forty Guns (1957)

Dir Samuel Fuller (Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Barry, Robert Dix)

15

Unforgiven (1992)

Dir Clint Eastwood (Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman)

14

The Wild Bunch

Dir Sam Peckinpah (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan)

13

The Shooting (1968)

Dir Monte Hellman (Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates)

12

Heaven’s Gate (1980)

Dir Michael Cimino (Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Huppert)

11

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Dir John Ford (Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature)

10

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Dir Sergio Leone (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef)

9

Decision at Sundown (1957)

Dir Budd Boetticher (Randolph Scott, Noah Beery Jr, HM Wynant)

8

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Dir Nicholas Ray (Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge)

7

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Dir John Ford (James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles)

6

Dead Man (1995)

Dir Jim Jarmusch (Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover)

5

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Dir Clint Eastwood (Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sandra Locke)

4

Winchester ’73 (1950)

Dir Anthony Mann (James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea)

3

The Searchers (1956)

Dir John Ford (John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood)

2

Pat Garrett

Dir Sam Peckinpah (Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn, Bob Dylan)

1

McCabe

Dir Robert Altman (Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois)


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