Outlaws, duels, saloons, poker games, life on the prairie, and lots and lots of chewing tobacco. Is there a movie genre that is more overdone, but ruled the industry at its peak while also still having a great influence on countless films today than the western? Today, we pay tribute to the "most wanted" of these films in this list of the Best Westerns of all time.
Title: Jeremiah Johnson
Release Date: September 10, 1962
Plot: A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.
Title: High Noon
Release Date: July 30, 1952
Plot: 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.
Title: Once Upon A Time in the West
Release Date: July 4, 1969
Plot: 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.
Title: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Release Date: September 24, 1969
Plot: 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.
Title: The Magnificent Seven
Release Date: October 12, 1960
Plot: Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.
Title: True Grit
Release Date: June 21, 1969
Plot: A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian Territory.
Title: The Outlaw Josey Wales
Release Date: August 7, 1976
Plot: Missouri farmer Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Release Date: December 25, 1993
Plot: A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Release Date: December 29, 1967
Plot: 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.
Release Date: August 7, 1992
Plot: 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).