TOP 10 WESTERNS

  
Since I was asked, I decided to list my choices of the
 Top 10 Westerns of All Time.

So here they are.
What I believe are some of the best Westerns ever made.

You might agree with some and not others.

And yes, some you might have never heard of.

All in all,
I hope you'll check out my choices
and see these great films in the future.


FIRST PLACE 


THE MAN WHO SHOT
LIBERTY VALANCE

In short, this story is about a U.S. Senator who returns West to attend the funeral of an old friend.
Upon his arrival, he ends up telling a local reporter 
the truth about the deed that made him famous and changed his entire life.
A life made famous for killing a notorious outlaw
by the name of Liberty Valance.












SECOND PLACE

BIG JAKE

It's 1909, a gang of murderers go on a killing spree to kidnap an 8-year-old boy
and hold him for a million dollars ransom. 
After the outlaw raid on the McCandles Ranch, Martha McCandles
sends for her husband who she hasn't seen in 18 years.
He is the sort of man needed to rescue the boy - their grandson.

While the Texas Rangers give chase in rickety automobiles,
Big Jake McCandles is on their trail that takes place in Texas.
Everyone tells him how much times have changed and that the old ways are dead and gone.
The Old West is giving way to modern changes,
Jake sees the world as it really is - he understands that bad change is bad while good change is good.
For him, he'll stick to the old ways of doing things until the new ways can be proven good.

Jake saddles up with his two sons who he hasn't seen in years,
an Indian friend, a faithful dog, and a box full of money.
They set out to bring the boy home.
And maybe, just maybe, hand out a little Old Style justice! 





THIRD PLACE

 QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER


American Cowboy Matthew Quigley is hired by an Australian Rancher. 

When Quigley arrives Down Under,
all is not as it seems and soon he is fighting for his life.













FOURTH PLACE

 THE PROFESSIONALS

In the latter period of the Mexican Revolution, Rancher J.W. Grant hires four men,
who are all professionals in their respective fields,
to rescue his kidnapped wife Maria from Mexican Revolutionary Jesus Raza.

They find out that things aren't simply what they appear,  
and certainly not what was said to be.









FIFTH PLACE

  CAHILL, U.S. MARSHAL

J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got,
just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks.

His two young son's get his attention when they go in with a few cutthroats and rob a bank.

The boys end up getting more than they bargained for,
and now it takes dad to figure things out.




SIXTH PLACE

 MONTE WALSH
(Tom Selleck)

It is the dawn of the 20th century, the Old West and the Cattle glut is coming to an end.
The economy is hurting, and cowboys Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time friends.
They've both worked whatever ranch work comes their way,
but "nothing they can't do from a horse."

Monte has a long-term relationship with a local "soiled dove" Martine Bernard,
while Chet has fallen for the Hardware Store widow.

Hard work and cowboy comraderie fill their days,
until Shorty Austin loses his job as a hand and gets involved in rustling and robbing.
Shorty kills Chet Rollins.

Monte goes after the man who was once a friend for killing a friend,
while refusing to let the Old West die.



SEVENTH PLACE

 CROSSFIRE TRAIL






EIGTH PLACE

BITE THE BULLET 

A great story about the last days of the Old West when a couple of former Rough Riders,
a former prostitute,a young man who wants to be a gunfighter,
a vaqureo, an old man seeking elusive glory,
along with many others, enter a horse race to find themselves.









NINTH PLACE

 LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL

When the town Marshal's son returns to town after witnessing his mother being attacked and raped,
he goes after the men who did this.

The Marshal knows who did this, at least he has a lead.
He travels to the neighboring town.

Once there, he finds out its the son of an old friend.
Now a Cattle Baron who just about owns the town.

He arrests and tries to bring him in so he can see that justice is done.
But first, he has to get his prisoner on the Last Train From Gun Hill without being killed.










TENTH PLACE


HOW THE WEST WAS WON

American History 101. This movie has everything about the West.
A must see. A pure classic.



Other Great Westerns
 
McLINTOCK





HIGH NOON




TOMBSTONE




THE ROUGH RIDERS
 




THE WILD BUNCH





THE MASK OF ZORROR




 



Posse From Hell




THE LEGEND OF ZORROR





THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE


 



SHANE 







THE TALL MEN





THE WIND AND THE LION









55 DAYS AT PEKING









LAST STAND AT SABER RIVER




THE AMERICANO



 
TOM HORN



MAJOR DUNDEE








THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER




5 CARD STUD







THE MOUNTAIN MEN





HANG 'EM HIGH


COWBOY



WINCHESTER '73





SHENANDOAH

ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO




HOUR OF THE GUN





THE TALL T



VALDEZ IS COMING



THE STALKING MOON


TRUE GRIT
(John Wayne)


THE SHOOTIST


THE VIOLENT MEN


BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK









RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY




THE COWBOYS
(aka: John Wayne and the Cowboys)


WILL PENNY



TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN


WEST OF THE PECOS





As for Western Comedies:


MAVERICK
(Mel Gibson)


The Good Guys and The Bad Guys


Support Your Local Sheriff




Support Your Local Gunfighter



The Cheyenne Social Club



Paint Your Wagon



Shanghai Noon





As for Modern Westerns:


THE COWBOY WAY


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So if you feel like watching a Western,
you can't miss with any of these!