Top 25 1960's Westerns

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1. Hombre (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Western

80 Metascore

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento

Votes: 10,444

2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 280,420 | Gross: $5.32M

3. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

95 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 73,658 | Gross: $12.06M

4. 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: 643,143 | Gross: $6.10M

5. The Shooting (1966)

G | 82 min | Western

A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins, Warren Oates

Votes: 4,041

6. Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

Not Rated | 90 min | Western

A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.

Director: Robert Hossein | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Robert Hossein, Guido Lollobrigida, Daniele Vargas

Votes: 1,414

7. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

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: 16,092

8. Ride in the Whirlwind (1966)

G | 82 min | Western

Three cowboys, mistaken for members of an outlaw gang, are relentlessly pursued by a posse.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell, Millie Perkins, Katherine Squire

Votes: 2,874

9. 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: 214,019 | Gross: $15.00M

10. Will Penny (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western

Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors

Votes: 3,868

11. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Western

An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 11,264

12. The Great Silence (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Western

A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee

Votes: 12,683 | Gross: $0.05M

13. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western

94 Metascore

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 64,162

14. Comanche Station (1960)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Western

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier

Votes: 2,864

15. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 191,824 | Gross: $102.31M

16. The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Western

At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing Sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley, but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 2,531 | Gross: $6.54M

17. El Dorado (1967)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western

85 Metascore

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

Votes: 22,363 | Gross: $12.97M

18. 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: 82,609 | Gross: $4.91M

19. The Outrage (1964)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Western

Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 1,848 | Gross: $3.92M

20. 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: 183,095 | Gross: $14.50M

21. The Stalking Moon (1968)

G | 109 min | Western

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster, Noland Clay

Votes: 2,031

22. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Drama, Western

62 Metascore

When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

Votes: 32,607

23. Waterhole #3 (1967)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Western

After a professional gambler kills a Confederate soldier, he finds a map pinpointing the location in the desert where stolen army gold bullion is buried and he plans to retrieve it but others are searching for it too.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor, Margaret Blye, Claude Akins

Votes: 1,184

24. 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: 2,415

25. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 39,694 | Gross: $31.13M



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