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The 100 Best Westerns of All Time

A Slant Magazine list from March 2020 ranking staff picks from one of cinema's oldest genres.
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Rank
Year
Director
TITLE
1
1956
John Ford
The Searchers
2
1971
Robert Altman
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
3
1959
Howard Hawks
Rio Bravo
4
1954
Nicholas Ray
Johnny Guitar
5
1968
Sergio Leone
Once Upon a Time in the West
6
1946
John Ford
My Darling Clementine
7
1969
Sam Peckinpah
The Wild Bunch
8
1966
Sergio Leone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
9
1973
Sam Peckinpah
Pat Garret and Billy the Kid
10
1948
Howard Hawks
Red River
11
1992
Clint Eastwood
Unforgiven
12
1995
Jim Jarmusch
Dead Man
13
1953
Anthony Mann
The Naked Spur
14
1948
John Huston
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
15
1962
John Ford
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
16
2010
Kelly Reichardt
Meek's Cutoff
17
1939
John Ford
Stagecoach
18
1955
Anthony Mann
The Man from Laramie
19
2007
Joel & Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
20
1949
John Ford
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
21
1959
Budd Boetticher
Ride Lonesome
22
2007
Paul Thomas Anderson
There Will Be Blood
23
1964
Sergio Leone
A Fistful of Dollars
24
1948
John Ford
Fort Apache
25
1968
Sergio Corbucci
The Great Silence
26
1950
Anthony Mann
Winchester '73
27
1954
William A. Wellman
Track of the Cat
28
1958
Anthony Mann
Man of the West
29
1965
Sergio Leone
For a Few Dollars More
30
1973
Terrence Malick
Badlands
31
1966
Monte Hellman
The Shooting
32
1957
Samuel Fuller
Forty Guns
33
1973
Clint Eastwood
High Plains Drifter
34
2005
John Hillcoat
The Proposition
35
1959
André De Toth
Day of the Outlaw
36
1957
Delmer Daves
3:10 to Yuma
37
1957
Budd Boetticher
The Tall T
38
1948
William A. Wellman
Yellow Sky
39
1952
Nicholas Ray
The Lusty Men
40
1970
Alejandro Jodorowsky
El Topo
41
1969
George Roy Hill
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
42
1980
Michael Cimino
Heaven's Gate
43
1971
Sergio Leone
A Fistful of Dynamite
44
1930
Raoul Walsh
The Big Trail
45
1972
Robert Aldrich
Ulzana's Raid
46
1961
John Huston
The Misfits
47
2018
Joel & Ethan Coen
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
48
1956
Budd Boetticher
Seven Men from Now
49
1946
Jacques Tourneur
Canyon Passage
50
2007
Andrew Dominik
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Rank
Year
Director
TITLE
51
1952
Fritz Lang
Rancho Notorious
52
1976
Don Siegel
The Shootist
53
1903
Edwin S. Porter
The Great Train Robbery
54
1949
Samuel Fuller
I Shot Jesse James
55
1961
Marlon Brando
One-Eyed Jacks
56
1962
Sam Peckinpah
Ride the High Country
57
1966
Monte Hellman
Ride in the Whirlwind
58
1976
Clint Eastwood
The Outlaw Josey Wales
59
1974
Mel Brooks
Blazing Saddles
60
2010
Joel & Ethan Coen
True Grit
61
1946
King Vidor
Duel in the Sun
62
1971
Don Siegel
The Beguiled
63
2017
Chloé Zhao
The Rider
64
1974
Sam Peckinpah
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
65
1972
Jan Troell
The New Land
66
1950
John Ford
Wagon Master
67
2014
Lisandro Alonso
Jauja
68
1954
Allan Dwan
Silver Lode
69
1950
Jacques Tourneur
Stars in My Crown
70
1971
Dennis Hopper
The Last Movie
71
1943
William A. Wellman
The Ox-Bow Incident
72
1950
Henry King
The Gunfighter
73
1966
Sergio Corbucci
Django
74
1972
Robert Benton
Bad Company
75
1953
George Stevens
Shane
76
1971
Frank Perry
Doc
77
2018
Jennifer Kent
The Nightingale
78
1955
John Sturges
Bad Day at Black Rock
79
1952
Fred Zinnemann
High Noon
80
1957
John Sturges
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
81
1958
William Wyler
The Big Country
82
1963
Martin Ritt
Hud
83
1970
Sam Peckinpah
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
84
1985
Clint Eastwood
Pale Rider
85
2014
Tommy Lee Jones
The Homesman
86
1954
Robert Aldrich
Vera Cruz
87
2013
Gore Verbinski
The Lone Ranger
88
1967
Giulio Questi
Django Kill...If You Live, Shoot!
89
1987
Kathryn Bigelow
Near Dark
90
1960
John Ford
Sergeant Rutledge
91
1957
Samuel Fuller
Run of the Arrow
92
1927
Victor Sjöström
The Wind
93
1939
George Marshall
Destry Rides Again
94
1925
Charles Chaplin
The Gold Rush
95
1951
William A. Wellman
Westward the Women
96
1955
Rudolph Maté
The Violent Men
97
1967
Giulio Petroni
Death Rides a Horse
98
1969
Henry Hathaway
True Grit
99
1993
George P. Cosmatos
Tombstone
100
1939
John Ford
Drums Along the Mohawk
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Apr 17, 2022
Cool quiz. I like the broad definition of western at work here, but between Shane being so low on the list and The Magnificent Seven not even making the cut, I have to wonder about the ranking criteria. (I was disappointed that Ed Harris's Appaloosa didn't make the list, but not surprised. Good picture, but it came and went pretty quietly.)