15 Best Cowboy Movies of All Time

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Best Cowboy Movies Ever

Western movies have their own unique style and fervor. This cowboy genre has triggered the professional careers of many actors, helping them in becoming a symbol of manliness. It is always a bit tough to rank so many classic movies against each other but one thing’s for sure that the 60’s era will dominate the list. Let’s start the countdown for the best cowboy movies of all time:


15. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

The Magnificent Seven

Based on the Japanese adventure drama film ‘Seven Samurai’, this John Sturges’ movie is one of many  fantastic Western movies of the 60’s.

The movie has many good things about it but the best of all is its iconic music for which it also received an Oscar nomination.


14. Tombstone (1993)


This George P.Cosmatos’ film, starring Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell in the lead roles, shows some thrilling battles between the lawman and a gang of cowboys, the moustache men.

It’s not the typical old age western film and suits the taste of modern viewers.


13. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

A Fistful of Dollars

No cowboy films list can ever be completed without mentioning either the Dollar Trilogy or the legendary Western actor and renowned film director Clint Eastwood.

This particular movie is first of the Dollars Trilogy and it got the ball rolling for the popularity of spaghetti western film genre.


12. The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah’s  epic Western film was a controversial figure in its era for showing violence of crude men that portrayed a dreary picture of Western America.

However, it is also well known for the use of revolutionary cinema technique in 1969. After its release, the production of western movies decreased considerably.


11. The Searchers (1956)

The Searchers

John Wayne, the iconic figure of Western genre starred in many super hit cowboy movies with one of them being John Ford’s film The Searchers.

In this movie, Wayne put on one of his best performances of his career embodying a distorted by his enemies but yet motivated by the will to take revenge.


10. For A Few Dollars More (1965)

for a few dollars more

It is the second part of Sergio Leone’s widely acclaimed Dollars Trilogy as Clint Eastwood again stars in this movie as a ‘Man With No Name’. This film is among the top 100 movies on the charts of IMDB top 250.


9.  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Man who shot Liberty Valance
This film directed by John Ford, contains a star studded cast with John Wayne and James Stewart in the lead roles. It remains one of the few Western movies ever to be nominated for Best Costume Design Award at the Oscars.


8. The Treasures of Sierra Madre (1948)

 The Treasures of Sierra Madre

This dramatic adventure film of John Huston, based on the novel of the same name, is the top ranked Western movie at Rotten Tomatoes with a certified fresh ranking of 100%.

The film has to be counted amongst one of the best adapted screenplays, and it remains very true to its original source, the novel.