Images Journal's 30 Great Westerns

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These are the Westerns that any fan of the genre should know. These are some of the most influential and important Westerns ever made. We don't necessarily claim these are the 30 "best" Westerns. The Covered Wagon (1923), for example, hasn't aged very well, but it helped change attitudes toward Westerns and allowed for serious, feature-length Westerns to follow in its wake.

Ratings by Sam.

Title Year Rating
Covered Wagon, The 1923
The Iron Horse 1924
Tumbleweeds 1925
Stagecoach 1939
Ox-Bow Incident, The 1943
My Darling Clementine 1946
Pursued 1947
Red River 1948
Gunfighter, The 1950
High Noon 1952 8
Rancho Notorious 1952
Hondo 1953
Shane 1953
Johnny Guitar 1954
Vera Cruz 1954
Man from Laramie, The 1955
Searchers, The 1956 8
Forty Guns 1957
The Tall T 1957
Man of the West 1958
Rio Bravo 1959 7
Ride Lonesome 1959 7
Magnificent Seven, The 1960 6
Ride the High Country 1962
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The 1962 8
Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The 1966 10
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 10
Wild Bunch, The 1969 7
High Plains Drifter 1973
Unforgiven 1992 9