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1. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 117,445 | Gross: $56.51M

2. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 348,411 | Gross: $101.16M

3. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 289,521 | Gross: $171.24M

4. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.0
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50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 198,194 | Gross: $100.24M

5. Wyatt Earp (1994)

PG-13 | 191 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews

Votes: 42,429 | Gross: $25.05M

6. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 41,775 | Gross: $126.74M

7. Priest (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.7
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41 Metascore

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban

Votes: 109,688 | Gross: $29.14M

8. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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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: 39,474 | Gross: $31.13M

9. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.9
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89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 91,801 | Gross: $9.45M

10. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 24,526 | Gross: $0.07M

11. Guns of a Stranger (1973)

G | 91 min | Action, Music, Western

4.3
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Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is torn by inner anguish and takes off his bade and leaves Kansas. Time passes and Roberts ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hinkle | Stars: Marty Robbins, Chill Wills, Dovie Beams, Steven Tackett

Votes: 69

12. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.1
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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

Votes: 1,709

13. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.3
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Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 16,716

14. Young Guns II (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Western

6.5
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47 Metascore

In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater

Votes: 28,980 | Gross: $44.14M

15. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.5
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A former outlaw is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.

Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 20,764

16. The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | 110 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton

Votes: 14,141 | Gross: $7.50M

17. Bad Girls (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.2
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Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore

Votes: 11,075 | Gross: $15.24M

18. Coogan's Bluff (1968)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling

Votes: 14,432

19. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.2
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64 Metascore

A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Director: Jared Moshe | Stars: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Stephen Alan Seder, Kathy Baker

Votes: 4,173 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Viper (1994–1999)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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In the near future, an organized crime group known as the "Outfit" has become a major force in America. Engineer Julian Wilkes develops a high-tech crime-fighting vehicle called the Viper, ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Nipote, Heather Medway, Jeff Kaake, J. Downing

Votes: 1,412

21. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

30 min | Western

7.4
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Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe, Ken Drake

Votes: 771

22. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy

5.3
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41 Metascore

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 13,845 | Gross: $66.13M

23. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 6,734

24. Sweetwater (2013)

R | 95 min | Thriller, Western

6.1
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38 Metascore

In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.

Directors: Logan Miller, Noah Miller | Stars: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 5,470

25. Trackdown (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

8.0
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Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.

Stars: Robert Culp, Norman Leavitt, Ellen Corby, Peter Leeds

Votes: 205

26. Law and Order (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Western

5.9
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Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster, Alex Nicol

Votes: 601

27. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Western

7.5
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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: 11,194

28. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 9,313 | Gross: $0.35M

29. Flashback (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane, Paul Dooley

Votes: 4,642 | Gross: $6.49M

30. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,482

31. Stagecoach West (1960–1961)

60 min | Western

7.8
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Luke Perry and Simon Kane run a stagecoach line in the Old West, where they come across a wide variety of killers, robbers, and ladies in distress. They are accompanied by Simon's young son... See full summary »

Stars: Wayne Rogers, Richard Eyer, Robert Bray, James Burke

Votes: 102

32. Monte Walsh (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 117 min | Romance, Western

7.1
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Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time cowhands, working whatever ranch work comes their way, but "nothing they can't do from a horse." Their lives are divided between months on the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Keith Carradine, George Eads

Votes: 2,042

33. Devil's Canyon (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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In 1897 Arizona, an ex-marshal is sent to the territorial prison where many of his enemies, among guards and inmates alike, are eager for a chance at payback.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 295

34. The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958)

Approved | 72 min | Western

5.3
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Matt Sloane is sent from Texas to Arizona to tame Tombstone where a gang of outlaws deals with cattle and silver. One of them killed his wife.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: George Montgomery, Jim Davis, Beverly Tyler, Gerald Milton

Votes: 135

35. 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: 7,298

36. Forty Guns (1957)

Not Rated | 80 min | Romance, Western

7.0
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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson

Votes: 4,202

37. Hard Bounty (1995)

R | 88 min | Western

3.8
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Kanning makes a good living as a bounty hunter. He always brings the guilty to justice and never makes a mistake. One day he makes a mistake, and decides to leave the bounty business: he ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Matt McCoy, Kelly LeBrock, John Terlesky, Kimberly Kelley

Votes: 431

38. Along the Great Divide (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.9
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A U.S. Marshall and two deputies rescue a cattle rustler from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron convinced that the rustler also killed his son.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,503

39. Creature from Black Lake (1976)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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Two men exploring the Louisiana swamps encounter a Bigfoot-type creature.

Director: Joy N. Houck Jr. | Stars: Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, Dennis Fimple, John David Carson

Votes: 765

40. Neon City (1991)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.3
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"Mad Max" clone set in the not-too-distant future about a group of people trying to escape to a safe haven called Neon City after a solar disaster that has decimated the Earth.

Director: Monte Markham | Stars: Michael Ironside, Vanity, Lyle Alzado, Valerie Wildman

Votes: 881

41. Yuma (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 73 min | Western

6.4
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A tough marshal is sent to clean up a lawless western town.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Walker, Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 377

42. Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Western

7.2
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James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 television series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken... See full summary »

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: James Arness, Richard Kiley, Amy Stoch, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 269

43. Showdown at Boot Hill (1958)

Approved | 71 min | Western

6.4
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A deputy marshal kills a murderer in a town that loved him, and when no one is willing to identify him, he can't collect any reward.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Carole Mathews

Votes: 325

44. 'Doc' (1971)

PG | 96 min | Western

6.1
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Doc Holliday, the cold-blooded sharp-shooter, reunites with his old friend, Marshall Wyatt Earp, to take down the Clanton gang in the dusty town of Tombstone, in Arizona.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin, Michael Witney

Votes: 1,208

45. Lawless Breed (1946)

Passed | 58 min | Crime, Mystery, Western

6.5
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Government agents Ted Everett (Kirby Grant) and Tumbleweed (Fuzzy Knight) are sent to Spearville, Texas, where the law agencies have failed to stop a series of bank robberies. Arriving ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight, Jane Adams, Dick Curtis

Votes: 14

46. The Cursed (I) (2010)

88 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

5.8
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A supernatural thriller set in a cozy Tennessee town where Sheriff Jimmy Muldoon and younger brother, Deputy Lloyd Muldoon, have a firm grasp of law and order until a stranger, Denny White,... See full summary »

Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Louis Mandylor, Brad Thornton, Costas Mandylor, Francesca Cecil

Votes: 1,909

47. The Lawless Breed (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Western

6.4
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After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Mary Castle, John McIntire

Votes: 962

48. Albuquerque (1948)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.6
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Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 549

49. The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969 TV Movie)

Unrated | 75 min | Comedy, Western

6.2
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A retired Texas Ranger and his three aging pals are hired to clean up a lawless town.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Jack Elam

Votes: 480

50. Gunfighters (1947)

Passed | 87 min | Western

6.3
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Gunfighter Brazos Kane takes a job on a ranch but he is unjustly accused of killing fellow cowhand Bob Tyrell and must clear himself by finding the real killer.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, Dorothy Hart, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 513



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