20 the Best Western Movies of the ’70s



The Western is one of the most important genres in cinema history. It redefined what it meant to be a hero, and it redefined how stories were told on camera. Though the great Western heroes were on their way out in the 70s, it was still a tremendous decade for the genre. These are the best 70s Western movies, Some of these great 1970s Westerns fall in the line with the classic Western storyline of a lone gunman saving the day, while others on this list are uproarious comedies that almost flip the genre on its head.



Faye Dunaway, Stacy Keach

Released: 1971

Directed by: Frank Perry

Doc is a 1971 American western film, which tells the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and of one of its protagonists, Doc Holliday. It stars Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway and Harris Yulin. It was..


John Wayne, Ben Johnson

Released: 1970

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast also includes Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, Andrew

18.Billy Two Hats

Gregory Peck

Released: 1974

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

Billy Two Hats is a 1974 Western film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It stars Gregory Peck, Jack Warden and Desi Arnaz, Jr. Filmed on-location in Israel, Billy Two Hats is from a script by Scottish writer.

17.Cahill U.S. Marshal

John Wayne, George Kennedy

Released: 1973

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a driven lawman in a black hat. The film was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and filmed on location in..

16.Eagle’s Wing

Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1979

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

Eagle’s Wing is a Euro-Western Eastmancolor film made in 1979. It stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston and Harvey Keitel. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, with a story by Michael Syson and a.

15.A Man Called Horse

Richard Harris, Judith Anderson

Released: 1970

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

A Man Called Horse is a 1970 American Western film starring Richard Harris and directed by Elliot Silverstein. Based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, “A Man Called Horse”, published in 1950..

14.Valdez Is Coming

Burt Lancaster, Héctor Elizondo

Released: 1971

Directed by: Edwin Sherin

Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard Jordan and Jon Cypher. The film is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name…

13.The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Huston

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, self..

12.Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging..


Joe Kidd

Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Sturges

Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges. The film is about an ex-bounty hunter hired by a wealthy..

10.Two Mules for Sister Sara

Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1970

Directed by: Don Siegel

Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It was.

9.Ulzana’s Raid

Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison

Released: 1972

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Ulzana’s Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez. The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona, was directed by Robert..

8.Bad Company

Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis

Released: 1972

Directed by: Robert Benton

Bad Company is a 1972 American Western film directed by Robert Benton, who also co-wrote the film with David Newman. It stars Barry Brown and Jeff Bridges as two of a group of young men who flee..


Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1971

Directed by: Michael Winner

Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall. The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring…


Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell

Released: 1979

Directed by: Richard Pearce

Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on a..


Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell

Released: 1979

Directed by: Richard Pearce

Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on a..

4.McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Altman

McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, and directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is based on Edmund Naughton’s 1959 novel McCabe…

3.High Plains Drifter

Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

Released: 1973

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Studios. Eastwood.

2.The Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

Released: 1976

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film…

1.The Shootist

John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1976

Directed by: Don Siegel

The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role, about a gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to stop with the least pain..
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