John Charet’s Favorite Westerns

  1. The Great Train Robbery (1903) (Dir: Edwin S. Porter)
    (Short Cinema)
  2. Hell’s Hinges (1916) (Dir: Charles Swickard)
  3. Just Pals (1920) (Dir: John Ford)
  4. The Mark of Zorro (1920) (Dir: Fred Niblo)
  5. The Paleface (1922) (Dir: Buster Keaton and Edward F. Cline)
    (Comedy Western)
    (Short Cinema)
  6. The Iron Horse (1924) (Dir: John Ford)
  7. Go West (1925) (Dir: Buster Keaton)
    (Comedy Western)
  8. 3 Bad Men (1926) (Dir: John Ford)
  9. The Wind (1928) (Dir: Victor Sjostrom)
  10. Hell’s Heroes (1929) (Dir: William Wyler)
  11. The Big Trail (1930) (Dir: Raoul Walsh)
  12. Stagecoach (1939) (Dir: John Ford)
  13. The Dark Command (1940) (Dir: Raoul Walsh)
  14. The Return of Frank James (1940) (Dir: Fritz Lang)
  15. Western Union (1941) (Dir: Fritz Lang)
  16. Canyon Passage (1946) (Dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  17. My Darling Clementine (1946) (Dir: John Ford)
  18. Pursued (1947) (Dir: Raoul Walsh)
  19. 3 Godfathers (1948) (Dir: John Ford)
  20. Fort Apache (1948) (Dir: John Ford)
  21. Red River (1948) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
  22. Colorado Territory (1949) (Dir: Raoul Walsh)
  23. I Shot Jesse James (1949) (Dir: Samuel Fuller)
  24. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Dir: John Ford)
  25. Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (Dir: George Sidney)
    (Musical Western)
  26. The Baron of Arizona (1950) (Dir: Samuel Fuller)
  27. Devil’s Doorway (1950) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  28. The Furies (1950) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  29. The Gunfighter (1950) (Dir: Henry King)
  30. Rio Grande (1950) (Dir: John Ford)
  31. Stars in My Crown (1950) (Dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  32. Wagon Master (1950) (Dir: John Ford)
  33. Winchester ’73 (1950) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  34. Man in the Saddle (1951) (Dir: Andre De Toth)
  35. Bend of the River (1952) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  36. The Big Sky (1952) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
  37. The Lusty Men (1952) (Dir: Nicholas Ray)
  38. Rancho Notorious (1952) (Dir: Fritz Lang)
  39. Ransom of Red Chief (1952) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
    (Segment of: O’ Henry’s Full House)
    (Anthology Film)
  40. Son of Paleface (1952) (Dir: Frank Tashlin)
    (Comedy Western)
  41. The Naked Spur (1953) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  42. The Far Country (1954) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  43. Johnny Guitar (1954) (Dir: Nicholas Ray)
  44. River of No Return (1954) (Dir: Otto Preminger)
  45. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) (Dir: Stanley Donen)
    (Musical Western)
  46. Silver Lode (1954) (Dir: Allan Dwan)
  47. Track of the Cat (1954) (Dir: William A. Wellman)
  48. Vera Cruz (1954) (Dir: Robert Aldrich)
  49. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) (Dir: John Sturges)
  50. The Last Frontier (1955) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  51. The Man from Laramie (1955) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  52. The Naked Dawn (1955) (Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer)
  53. Run for Cover (1955) (Dir: Nicholas Ray)
  54. Stranger on Horseback (1955) (Dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  55. Wichita (1955) (Dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  56. Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre (1956-1961) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  57. Great Day in the Morning (1956) (Dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  58. The Searchers (1956) (Dir: John Ford)
  59. Seven Men from Now (1956) (Dir: Budd Boetticher)
  60. Forty Guns (1957) (Dir: Samuel Fuller)
  61. The Halliday Brand (1957) (Dir: Joseph H. Lewis)
  62. Have Gun – Will Travel (1957-1963) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  63. Maverick (1957-1962) (Dir: Various)
    (Comedy Western)
    (TV Series)
  64. Run of the Arrow (1957) (Dir: Samuel Fuller)
  65. Sugarfoot (1957-1961) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  66. The Tall T (1957) (Dir: Budd Boetticher)
  67. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) (Dir: Delmer Daves)
  68. The Tin Star (1957) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  69. The True Story of Jesse James (1957) (Dir: Nicholas Ray)
  70. Wagon Train (1957) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  71. The Bravados (1958) (Dir: Henry King)
  72. Bronco (1958-1962) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  73. Gunman’s Walk (1958) (Dir: Phil Karlson)
  74. Lawman (1958-1962) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  75. Man of the West (1958) (Dir: Anthony Mann)
  76. The Rifleman (1958-1963) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  77. Terror in a Texas Town (1958) (Dir: Joseph H. Lewis)
  78. Bonanza (1959-1973) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  79. Day of the Outlaw (1959) (Dir: Andre De Toth)
  80. No Name on the Bullet (1959) (Dir: Jack Arnold)
  81. Rawhide (1959-1965) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  82. Ride Lonesome (1959) (Dir: Budd Boetticher)
  83. Rio Bravo (1959) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
  84. Comanche Station (1960) (Dir: Budd Boetticher)
  85. Sergeant Rutledge (1960) (Dir: John Ford)
  86. The Westerner (1960) (Dir: Various)
    (TV Series)
  87. The Deadly Companions (1961) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  88. One-Eyed Jacks (1961) (Dir: Marlon Brando)
  89. Two Rode Together (1961) (Dir: John Ford)
  90. The Civil War (1861-1865) (1962) (Dir: John Ford)
    (Segment of: How the West Was Won)
    (Anthology Film)
  91. Lonely Are the Brave (1962) (Dir: David Miller)
  92. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (Dir: John Ford)
  93. Ride the High Country (1962) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  94. Cheyenne Autumn (1964) (Dir: John Ford)
  95. A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (Dir: Sergio Leone)
  96. Lemonade Joe (1964) (Dir: Oldrich Lipsky)
    (Satirical Western)
  97. For a Few Dollars More (1965) (Dir: Sergio Leone)
  98. Major Dundee (1965) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  99. A Pistol for Ringo (1965) (Dir: Duccio Tessari)
  100. The Return of Ringo (1965) (Dir: Duccio Tessari)
  101. The Big Gundown (1966) (Dir: Sergio Sollima)
  102. Django (1966) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  103. El Dorado (1966/67) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
  104. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (Dir: Sergio Leone)
  105. Massacre Time (1966) (Dir: Lucio Fulci)
  106. Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) (Dir: Monte Hellman)
  107. The Shooting (1966) (Dir: Monte Hellman)
  108. A Bullet for the General (1967) (Dir: Damiano Damiani)
  109. Day of Anger (1967) (Dir: Tonino Valerii)
  110. Death Rides a Horse (1967) (Dir: Giulio Petroni)
  111. Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (1967) (Dir: Giulio Questi)
  112. Face to Face (1967) (Dir: Sergio Sollima)
  113. The Hellbenders (1967) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  114. Requiescant (1967) (Dir: Carlo Lizzani)
  115. The Great Silence (1968) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  116. The Mercenary (1968) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  117. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (Dir: Sergio Leone)
  118. Run, Man, Run (1968) (Dir: Sergio Sollima)
  119. The Price of Power (1969) (Dir: Tonino Valerii)
  120. The Specialists (1969) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  121. The Wild Bunch (1969) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  122. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  123. Companeroes (1970) (Dir: Sergio Corbucci)
  124. Rio Lobo (1970) (Dir: Howard Hawks)
  125. Duck, You Sucker (1971) (Dir: Sergio Leone)
    (a.k.a. A Fistful of Dynamite)
  126. The Hired Hand (1971) (Dir: Peter Fonda)
  127. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) (Dir: Robert Altman)
  128. Whity (1971) (Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  129. Junior Bonner (1972) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  130. Ulzana’s Raid (1972) (Dir: Robert Aldrich)
  131. High Plains Drifter (1973) (Dir: Clint Eastwood)
  132. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  133. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
  134. Four of the Apocalypse (1975) (Dir: Lucio Fulci)
  135. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976) (Dir: Robert Altman)
  136. Keoma (1976) (Dir: Enzo G. Castellari)
  137. The Missouri Breaks (1976) (Dir: Arthur Penn)
  138. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) (Dir: Clint Eastwood)
  139. The Shootist (1976) (Dir: Don Siegel)
  140. A Man Called Blade (1977) (Dir: Sergio Martino)
  141. China 9, Liberty 37 (1978) (Dir: Monte Hellman)
  142. Bronco Billy (1980) (Dir: Clint Eastwood)
  143. Heaven’s Gate (1980) (Dir: Michael Cimino)
  144. The Long Riders (1980) (Dir: Walter Hill)
  145. Pale Rider (1985) (Dir: Clint Eastwood)
  146. Near Dark (1987) (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow)
    (Horror Neo-Western)
  147. Walker (1987) (Dir: Alex Cox)
  148. Unforgiven (1992) (Dir: Clint Eastwood)
  149. Dead Man (1995) (Dir: Jim Jarmusch)
  150. Vampires (1998) (Dir: John Carpenter)
    (Horror Neo-Western)
  151. Ravenous (1999) (Dir: Antonia Bird)
    (Horror Western)
  152. Deadwood (2004-2006) (Dir: Various)
    (Cable Series)
  153. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) (Dir: Andrew Dominik)
  154. No Country for Old Men (2007) (Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen)
  155. Meek’s Cutoff (2010) (Dir: Kelly Reichardt)
  156. True Grit (2010) (Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen)
  157. Rango (2011) (Dir: Gore Verbinski)
    (Animated Film)
  158. Django Unchained (2012) (Dir: Quentin Tarantino)
  159. Bone Tomahawk (2015) (Dir: S. Craig Zahler)
    (Horror Western)
  160. The Hateful Eight (2015) (Dir: Quentin Tarantino)
  161. Westworld (2016-Present) (Dir: Various)
    (Cable Series)
  162. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) (Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen)
    (Anthology Film)
  163. Deadwood: The Movie (2019) (Dir: David Minahan)
    (Cable Film)

P.S. the only reason 1969’s Tepepa is not on here is because I have not seen it, but I am hoping it comes to DVD here in the States one day.


16 thoughts on “John Charet’s Favorite Westerns

  1. Hmmm….no “Have Gun,Will Travel” is interesting. The writing on that show is light years ahead of what most westerns would even try. But “Maverick” made it……

    You have “Lawman” the series which I totally agree with but Burt Lancaster made a film in 1971 called “Lawman” which was extremely well done and violent as all hell. Its a great film.

    But no Paladin……the cheetah’s feelings are going to be hurt.

  2. John, This is an interesting and comprehensive list (and I’m glad “Near Dark” made it) but I was surprised not to see Hell or High Water (2016) or Wind River (2017). Alan

  3. Thank you for reminding me about Have Gun – Will Travel. I think I was interesting in getting this done as fast as possible because I love Westerns as much as I love horror films. The cheetah can now be rest assured that I have added it in 🙂 He can now cheer up 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

    P.S. It has been a while since I saw Lawman with Burt Lancaster so I think a rewatch is in order. And your praise of it makes me want to watch it at the moment 🙂

  4. Hell or High Water and Wind River are Westerns (Neo-Westerns in this case) that I greatly admire more than I adore, but they are very good in my opinion make no mistake. Anyway, thanks for dropping by Alan 🙂

  5. I too love 1959’s Rio Bravo and it would probably be my second favorite Howard Hawks Western after 1952’s The Big Sky, which stared Kirk Douglas. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. I had to re-blog this excellent entry,John…..and you in turn have inspired me to start reviewing “HGWT” as I have the entire series. That is if can I can ever catch up with my reviews!!!

  7. Epic list John. I grew up watching westerns and it’s great to see so many of my favourites amongst your selections. Major Dundee is actually showing on television over here this afternoon. It’s a shame we’ll never see Peckinpah’s film as he intended it, but it’s not a bad way to pass a couple of hours. Speaking of Peckinpah, I was pleased to see Junior Bonner made your list. I love that film, very atypical Peckinpah and McQueen has rarely been better.

  8. Hi!
    I was so happy to see the Coen brother’s True Grit!
    Also Rango and From Dust Till Dawn, lol !!

    I can think of one you missed, but you probably missed it on purpose: Last Man Standing. It was kind of an homage to the death of Westerns, I think, but…. not bad?
    Haven’t seen it in many years, tho.

  9. I too wish that Peckinpah could have had it released the way he wanted it. I read somewhere that he considered Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia to be his personal favorite because it was one of the few (If not only) films of his that he had complete control without any studio interference – big or small. Junior Bonner is also a great one and yes, I think Peckinpah was the greatest filmmaker that McQueen ever worked with. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  10. Last Man Standing was good, but not great or even very good. Nevertheless, it is entertaining. Glad you enjoyed the list 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  11. Yeah, I don’t remember every detail–so long ago–but it made an impression on my memory, for sure. So “entertaining” must be the word, at the very least. I also realized you had “Near Dark” on there too. Most people aren’t even aware that movie exists!

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