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Best Classic Westerns Available to Stream from Home

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15. The Harvey Girls (1946)
> Available on: HBO Max
> IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 (3,858 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (5,706 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (12 reviews)
> Director: George Sidney

In 1876, Fred Harvey founded the Harvey House chain of restaurants and hotels along railroad routes in the American West. “The Harvey Girls” is a fictionalized account of the lives of some of the women that worked in these establishments. The film is a musical set in the 1890s that follows a group of women who are new waitresses at Harvey House restaurants in Arizona. When they arrive, they are quickly thrown into a world of conflict and love.

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14. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
> Available on: Criterion Channel
> IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 (8,684 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (1,135 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (14 reviews)
> Director: David Miller

“Lonely Are the Brave” is an adaptation of the 1956 novel “The Brave Cowboy” by Edward Abbey. The movie is set in the 1950s but plays on themes of classic Westerns. Jack Burns is a nomadic Korean War veteran who roams the West, working as a ranch hand and doing his best to stay away from modern society. The film follows Burns as he idolizes the freedoms of past times and tries to remain a free spirit. However, he runs into trouble with society and must make some tough decisions.

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13. Johnny Guitar (1954)
> Available on: Amazon Prime, Paramount+
> IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 (16,647 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (3,605 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (46 reviews)
> Director: Nicholas Ray

In a small Arizona cattle town, Vienna runs a saloon and is constantly at odds with most of the town folks. She supports a planned railroad and lets a suspected outlaw drink at her tavern. The locals grow sick of her and decide to run her out of town but a mysterious man known as Johnny Guitar comes to her aid. However, the townspeople are far from satisfied, and the conflict only escalates from there.

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12. Shane (1953)
> Available on: Hulu Plus, Paramount+
> IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 (38,919 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (15,575 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (36 reviews)
> Director: George Stevens

A mysterious gunslinger named Shane wanders the land, eventually arriving at a far-flung valley in Wyoming Territory. All seems fine at first, but he soon learns that a powerful cattle baron is trying to scare off smaller ranchers and farmers. Shane keeps a cool head and avoids the conflict until the baron’s men draw him into it. The movie tells the tale of life on the frontier and how justice was often left in the hands of settlers.

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11. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
> Available on: Tubi, Pluto TV
> IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 (91,371 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (54,058 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (44 reviews)
> Director: John Sturges

“The Magnificent Seven” is a remake of Akira Kurasawa’s classic 1954 Japanese film “Seven Samurai.” The setting was changed to the Wild West, but the core plot ideas were kept. The movie has an all-star cast of big names of the era like Steven McQueen, Yul Brynner, and Eli Wallach. Mexican villagers, reeling from continuous attacks by bandits, cross the border looking for assistance. A local gunslinger agrees to help and rounds up a gang to assist him.

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