100 Greatest Westerns of All Time

The Old West has been a source of American mythology for well more than a century. The genre grew alongside the birth of cinema. The character of the “cowboy” is instantly recognizable across the globe – and is synonymous both with Hollywood and the United States itself. These 100 films explore the varied ways filmmakers have creatively used the Western and created these larger-than-life legends.

11 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) dir. George Roy Hill
12 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) dir. John Ford
13 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) dir. Robert Altman
14 My Darling Clementine (1946) dir. John Ford
15 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) dir. Clint Eastwood
16 The Magnificent Seven (1960) dir. John Sturges
17 Winchester ’73 (1950) dir. Anthony Mann
18 Dances with Wolves (1990) dir. Kevin Costner
19 High Plains Drifter (1973) dir. Clint Eastwood
20 Blazing Saddles (1974) dir. Mel Brooks
21 One-Eyed Jacks (1961) dir. Marlon Brando
22 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) dir. Sergio Leone
23 Django (1966) dir. Sergio Corbucci
24 The Naked Spur (1953) dir. Anthony Mann
25 Johnny Guitar (1954) dir. Nicholas Ray
26 For a Few Dollars More (1965) dir. Sergio Leone
27 The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) dir. William Wellman
28 Dead Man (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch
29 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) dir. John Huston
30 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) dir. Sam Peckinpah
31 Ride the High Country (1962) dir. Sam Peckinpah
32 Lonesome Dove (1989) dir. Simon Wincer
33 The Great Silence (1968) dir. Sergio Corbucci
34 El topo (1970) dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
35 Destry Rides Again (1939) dir. George Marshall
36 The Shootist (1976) dir. Don Siegel
37 Little Big Man (1970) dir. Arthur Penn
38 Heaven’s Gate (1980) dir. Michael Cimino
39 Meek’s Cutoff (2010) dir. Kelly Reichardt
40 The Shooting (1966) dir. Monte Hellman
41 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) dir. John Ford
42 Forty Guns (1957) dir. Samuel Fuller
43 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) dir. Andrew Dominik
44 Fort Apache (1948) dir. John Ford
45 The Gunfighter (1950) dir. Henry King
46 Open Range (2003) dir. Kevin Costner
47 Tombstone (1993) dir. George P. Cosmatos
48 3:10 to Yuma (1957) dir. Delmer Daves
49 Rancho Notorious (1952) dir. Fritz Lang
50 The Man from Laramie (1955) dir. Anthony Mann
51 The Great Train Robbery (1903) dir. Edwin S. Porter
52 Wagon Master (1950) dir. John Ford
53 Ulzana’s Raid (1972) dir. Robert Aldrich
54 The Missouri Breaks (1976) dir. Arthur Penn
55 Day of the Outlaw (1959) dir. Andre de Toth
56 Requiescant (1967) dir. Carlo Lizzani
57 The Gold Rush (1925) dir. Charlie Chaplin
58 The Big Trail (1930) dir. Louis R. Loeffler, Raoul Walsh
59 Decision at Sundown (1957) dir. Budd Boetticher
60 Duel in the Sun (1946) dir. King Vidor, Otto Brower
61 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) dir. John Sturges
62 Cat Ballou (1965) dir. Elliot Silverstein
63 Face to Face (1967) dir. Sergio Sollima
64 Giant (1956) dir. George Stevens
65 A Bullet for the General (1967) dir. Damiano Damiani
66 El Dorado (1967) dir. Howard Hawks
67 Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) dir. Burt Kennedy
68 Seven Men From Now (1956) dir. Budd Boetticher
69 Duck, You Sucker (1971) dir. Sergio Leone
70 Cowboy (1958) dir. Delmer Daves
71 Pale Rider (1985) dir. Clint Eastwood
72 Seven Women (1966) dir. John Ford
73 True Grit (1969) dir. Henry Hathaway
74 Dodge City (1939) dir. Michael Curtiz
75 Django Unchained (2012) dir. Quentin Tarantino
76 Vera Cruz (1954) dir. Robert Aldrich
77 A Man Called Horse (1970) dir. Elliot Silverstein
78 Warlock (1959) dir. Edward Dmytryk
79 The Virginian (1929) dir. Victor Fleming
80 The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) dir. Henry Hathaway
81 True Grit (2010) dir. The Coen Brothers
82 Rio Grande (1950) dir. John Ford
83 Silverado (1985) dir. Lawrence Kasdan
84 My Name is Nobody (1973) dir. Sergio Leone, Tonino Valerii
85 Union Pacific (1939) dir. Cecil B. DeMille
86 Angel and the Badman (1947) dir. James Edward Grant
87 The Grey Fox (1982) dir. Phillip Borsos
88 City Slickers (1991) dir. Ron Underwood
89 Rancho Deluxe (1975) dir. Frank Perry
90 Hell or High Water (2016) dir. David Mackenzie
91 The Claim (2000) dir. Michael Winterbottom
92 Oklahoma! (1955) dir. Fred Zinneman
93 The Hired Hand (1971) dir. Peter Fonda
94 Friendly Presuasion (1956) dir. William Wyler
95 No Country for Old Men (2007) dir. The Coen Brothers
96 The Man from Snowy River (1982) dir. George T. Miller
97 Rango (2011) dir. Gore Verbinski
98 The Long Riders (1980) dir. Walter Hill
99 The Revenant (2015) dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu
100 Blood on the Moon (1948) dir. Robert Wise