Special Report

30 Best Western Films of All Time

Tim Emmerick

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5. Unforgiven (1992)
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” scored four Oscar wins in 1992 including best director and best picture. He both directed and starred in the film appearing as William Munny, a pig farmer-turned-bounty hunter. The film opened as a number one box office smash and was one of Eastwood’s biggest financial successes.

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4. Stagecoach (1939)
> Directed by: John Ford
> Starring: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine

John Wayne and Claire Trevor top the bill in director John Ford’s classic 1939 picture “Stagecoach.” The stars appear as wagon train passengers coping with interpersonal conflict as they try to cross through Native American country unscathed. “Stagecoach” was a big budget film at the time and was Ford’s first picture using Monument Valley as a location.

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3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
> Directed by: John Huston
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt

“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” follows Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt) — two washed-up prospectors in Mexico fighting to locate and keep one last big score of gold. Walter Huston and John Huston won the best actor and best director Oscars for this film, the first-ever father-son team ever win.

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2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
> Directed by: Sergio Leone
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Director Sergio Leone helped launch Clint Eastwood to international stardom with his 1966 classic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The film, with an unforgettable score from Ennio Morricone, centers on three bounty hunters in a race to uncover hidden treasure during the Civil War. Though now considered a classic, the film earned mixed reviews with critics poking fun at the over-the-top death scenes.

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1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
> Directed by: Sergio Leone
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale

Considered Sergio Leone’s greatest achievement, “Once Upon a Time in the West,” stars Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson as dueling gunslingers who briefly team up to help a woman in distress. The film is noteworthy for Fonda playing against type as a stone-cold killer as well as its 10-minute, wordless opening scene of three men waiting for a train.