The James Younger Gang on Film

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

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 162,269 | Gross: $3.90M

2. Frank & Jesse (1994)

R | 105 min | Biography, Western

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: 1,327

3. The Long Riders (1980)

R | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Western

64 Metascore

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine

Votes: 9,293 | Gross: $23.00M

4. American Outlaws (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Western

25 Metascore

5 Southern friends return home when the war ends 1865. But Yankee soldiers and Pinkerton are busy helping a railroad baron grab land from farmers along the planned railroad west. The 5 friends fight back.

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

Votes: 13,490 | Gross: $13.26M

5. The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, History, Western

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,721

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

30 min | Western

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: 66

7. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

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: 1,160

8. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 3,771

9. Kansas Raiders (1950)

Approved | 80 min | Western

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman, Scott Brady

Votes: 928

10. The Great Missouri Raid (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Western

In this Western, the James and Younger boys ride the outlaw trail again all because of a mean Union Army Major.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Wendell Corey, Macdonald Carey, Ellen Drew, Ward Bond

Votes: 185

11. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Western

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: 1,840

12. I Shot Jesse James (1949)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, History, Romance

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: 1,845

13. Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958)

Passed | 78 min | Western

Notorious outlaw Cole Younger is the only witness who can clear Kit Caswell of false murder charges leveled against him by jealous rival Jan Merlin who covets Caswell's girl, Abby Dalton.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, James Best, Abby Dalton, Jan Merlin

Votes: 199

14. The Great Jesse James Raid (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Western

The famed outlaw is talked into saddling up for one more bank robbery.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Willard Parker, Barbara Payton, Tom Neal, Wallace Ford

Votes: 63

15. The James Brothers of Missouri (1949)

Approved | 167 min | Western

The James Brothers go undercover to help a former member of their gang, who is now running a respectable freight business but is is being attacked by a rival who is trying to drive him out ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: Keith Richards, Robert Bice, Noel Neill, Roy Barcroft

Votes: 67

16. Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Western

Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein's granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse's ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder, Estelita Rodriguez

Votes: 1,488

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

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy, Family

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: 114

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

PG | 120 min | Biography, Western

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: 345



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