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Top 25 best western movies of all time

Want to know what the best Western movies of all time are according to the Magnificent Movies community? Check out this Top 25, ranked by the ones who know best.

Will it be Once Upon a Time in the West, Django Unchained or Unforgiven? Find out which movies are the greatest in this genre and you definitely want to watch! Do you agree on this ranking? Feel free to share your comments and your own favorite Western movies below!

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  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

    Directed by Sergio Leone
  2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.

    Directed by Sergio Leone
  3. Django Unchained (2012)

    Django Unchained

    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

    Directed by Quentin Tarantino
  4. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

    For a Few Dollars More

    Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio" one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.

    Directed by Sergio Leone
  5. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

    A Fistful of Dollars

    The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit.

    Directed by Sergio Leone
  6. The Searchers (1956)

    The Searchers

    As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

    Directed by John Ford
  7. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven is a western film from John Sturges and a remake of the Akira Kurosawa's film The Seven Samurai from 1954.

    Directed by John Sturges
  8. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

    3:10 to Yuma

    In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.

    Directed by James Mangold
  9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

    Directed by John Huston
  10. Unforgiven (1992)

    Unforgiven

    William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.

    Directed by Clint Eastwood
  11. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot "Sundance Kid". As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.

    Directed by George Roy Hill
  12. High Noon (1952)

    High Noon

    High Noon is about a recently freed leader of a gang of bandits in the desert who is looking to get revenge on the Sheriff who put him in jail. A legendary western film from the Austrian director Fred Zinnemann.

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann
  13. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    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.

    Directed by John Ford
  14. Rio Bravo (1959)

    Rio Bravo

    The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

    Directed by Howard Hawks
  15. The Wild Bunch (1969)

    The Wild Bunch

    Aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties

    Directed by Sam Peckinpah
  16. Dances with Wolves (1990)

    Dances with Wolves

    Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

    Directed by Kevin Costner
  17. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.

    Directed by Clint Eastwood
  18. Stagecoach (1939)

    Stagecoach

    A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client's money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others.

    Directed by John Ford
  19. Tombstone (1993)

    Tombstone

    Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.

    Directed by George P. Cosmatos
  20. Blazing Saddles (1974)

    Blazing Saddles

    The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west.

    Directed by Mel Brooks
  21. Dead Man (1995)

    Dead Man

    On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch
  22. The Proposition (2005)

    The Proposition

    Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the movie follows the series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, allegedly committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. Captain Morris Stanley captures Charlie Burns and gives him 9 days to kill his older dangerous psychopathic brother, or else they'll hang his younger mentally slow brother on Christmas Day.

    Directed by John Hillcoat
  23. True Grit (2010)

    True Grit

    Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and adventure on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

    Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  24. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    Everyone in 1880's America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He'll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he'll find a deadlier way.

    Directed by Andrew Dominik
  25. High Plains Drifter (1973)

    High Plains Drifter

    A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

    Directed by Clint Eastwood