Best Western Movies of 1959


Rio Bravo

8.0/10 IMDB

The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson, Ward Bond, John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1959-03-17

The Horse Soldiers

7.1/10 IMDB

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence.

Starring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, O. Z. Whitehead, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1959-06-11

Last Train from Gun Hill

7.3/10 IMDB

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Earl Holliman, Carolyn Jones, Brad Dexter, Brian G. Hutton, Ziva Rodann, Bing Russell, Val Avery, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-07-29


7.1/10 IMDB

A band of murderous cowboys have imposed a reign of terror on the town of Warlock. When the sheriff humiliatingly run out of town the residents hire the services of Clay Blaisedell as facto town marshal. He arrives along with his friend Tom Morgan and sets about restoring law and order on his own terms whilst also overseeing the establishment of a gambling house and saloon.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, Dolores Michaels, Wallace Ford, Tom Drake, Richard Arlen, DeForest Kelley, Regis Toomey ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1959-05-15

Ride Lonesome

7.1/10 IMDB

A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best, Lee Van Cleef, James Coburn, Bennie E. Dobbins, Roy Jenson, Dyke Johnson, Boyd 'Red' Morgan ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1959-02-15
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Day of the Outlaw

Day of the Outlaw

7.3/10 IMDB

Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal, Venetia Stevenson, David Nelson, Nehemiah Persoff, Jack Lambert, Frank De Kova, Lance Fuller ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1959-07-01

No Name on the Bullet

7.2/10 IMDB

When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens, R. G. Armstrong, Willis Bouchey, Edgar Stehli, Simon Scott, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1959-02-01

The Hanging Tree

7.1/10 IMDB

Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realising that he can exploit his secret.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott, Karl Swenson, Virginia Gregg, John Dierkes, King Donovan, Ben Piazza, Emile Avery ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1959-02-19

They Came to Cordura

6.4/10 IMDB

An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, Dick York, Robert Keith, Edward Platt, Carlos Romero ..
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1959-06-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Westbound


6.5/10 IMDB

As the Civil War spills our nation’s blood, Capt. John Hayes (Randolph Scott) fights on a vital but little-known battlefront. He aims to ship gold to Union banks through a small Colorado town, defying Southern sympathizers who aim to stop him at any cost.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, Karen Steele, Michael Dante, Andrew Duggan, Michael Pate, Wally Brown, John Daheim, Walter Barnes, Walter Bacon ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1959-04-25
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Zorro, the Avenger

Zorro, the Avenger

6.8/10 IMDB

Masked crusader Zorro and his father, Don Alejandro, face off against mysterious despot The Eagle in a fight for control of old Spanish California.

Starring: Guy Williams, Charles Korvin, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis, Jay Novello, Don Diamond, Henry Rowland ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-09-10
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Yellowstone Kelly

Yellowstone Kelly

6.5/10 IMDB

A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant named Anse and together they give shelter to a runaway Arapaho woman. Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with this woman and when the Sioux chief arrives with his warriors to re-claim her.

Starring: Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, John Russell, Ray Danton, Claude Akins, Rhodes Reason, Andra Martin, Gary Vinson, Warren Oates, Nesdon Booth ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-11-11

Alias Jesse James

6.4/10 IMDB

Insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells a man a life policy only to discover that the man in question is the outlaw Jesse James. Milford is sent to buy back the policy, but is robbed by Jesse. And when Jesse learns that Milford's boss is on the way out with more cash, he plans to rob him too and have Milford get killed in the robbery while dressed as Jesse, and collect on the policy.

Starring: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Will Wright, Wendell Corey, James Arness, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Gloria Talbott, Scatman Crothers, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1959-03-20

The Wonderful Country

6.1/10 IMDB

Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano Castro. Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen. Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him, and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense, Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle the local raiding Apache Indians.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Albert Dekker, Jack Oakie, Charles McGraw, Leroy 'Satchel' Paige, Anthony Caruso, Mike Kellin, Víctor Manuel Mendoza ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1959-10-21

Curse of the Undead

5.9/10 IMDB

A mysterious epidemic has struck an Old West frontier town and young girls are falling deathly ill. Doc Carter, his lovely daughter Dolores, and preacher Dan Young have their hands full caring for the infirm. When one of the patients dies unexpectedly, Dan notices two puncture wounds on her neck. His investigation leads him to the strange gunslinger Drake Robey, who always seems to be slower on the draw than his opponents, but who—despite being outdrawn, and even shot—always manages to survive these deadly encounters. Dan soon discovers that Drake also has an aversion to crucifixes, sleeps in coffins, and cannot tolerate sunlight...

Starring: Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, Jimmy Murphy, Helen Kleeb, Don Sullivan, Edward Binns, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Edward Dein
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Wild and Woolly Hare

Wild and Woolly Hare

7.5/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam duel with trains in an Old West shootout.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Legend of Tom Dooley

The Legend of Tom Dooley

6.0/10 IMDB

Tom Dooley and Country Boy are on the run after killing an enemy soldier not knowing the war is over. The Command refuses to give them some slack for making this tragic but honest mistake and sends a lawman after them.

Starring: Michael Landon, Jo Morrow, Jack Hogan, Richard Rust, Dee Pollock, Ken Lynch, Howard Wright, Ralph Moody, John Cliff, Cheerio Meredith ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1959-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : King of the Wild Stallions

King of the Wild Stallions

5.9/10 IMDB

A wild stallion provides unexpected help to a widow and her young son in their efforts to keep their ranch.

Starring: George Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Jerry Hartleben, Byron Foulger, Denver Pyle, Dan Sheridan, Rory Mallinson, Fred Sherman ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1959-05-17
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Wild and the Innocent

The Wild and the Innocent

6.4/10 IMDB

Charming tale of mountaineer-trapper Murphy's first taste "big city" life with young, sweet Sandra Dee in tow. She flees her family, which tried to trade her for some of Murphy's beaver pelts, and tags along with the reluctant Murphy. They get into all manner of trouble in town, and Murphy has to shoot the sheriff to rescue Dee from her job as a dancehall girl.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland, Jim Backus, Sandra Dee, George Mitchell, Peter Breck, Strother Martin, Wesley Marie Tackitt, Betty Harford ..
Directed by: Jack Sher
Release date: 1959-05-27
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Hangman

The Hangman

6.6/10 IMDB

A marshal nicknamed "The Hangman" because of his track record in hunting down and capturing wanted criminals traces a robbery suspect to a small town. However, the man is known and liked in the town, and the citizens band together to try to help him avoid capture.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord, Gene Evans, Mickey Shaughnessy, Mabel Albertson, Shirley Harmer, James Westerfield, Lorne Greene ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1959-06-17

Cast a Long Shadow

6.1/10 IMDB

A young man without surname inherits a big indebted ranch and has to prove his worthiness managing a cattle drive.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Terry Moore, John Dehner, Ann Doran, James Best, Denver Pyle, Robert Foulk, Rita Lynn, Stacy Harris, Wright King ..
Directed by: Thomas Carr
Release date: 1959-08-24
Best Western Movies of 1959 : These Thousand Hills

These Thousand Hills

6.3/10 IMDB

A cowboy tries for easy money with his partner, then tries ranching with a saloon hostess's money.

Starring: Don Murray, Richard Egan, Lee Remick, Patricia Owens, Stuart Whitman, Albert Dekker, Harold J. Stone, Royal Dano, Jean Willes ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1959-05-07

Thunder in the Sun

5.5/10 IMDB

A band of Basque immigrants treks through the Old West toward California, where they hope to put down roots and open wineries. When the group's leader dies, his widow Gabrielle marries his brother in accordance with Basque tradition. But it's a loveless union; Gabrielle is smitten with Lon Bennett, the scout who's been hired to guide them on their journey.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac, Carl Esmond, Blanche Yurka, Fortunio Bonanova, Bertrand Castelli, Felix Locher, Albert Carrier, Michèle Marly ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1959-04-08
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Lone Texan

Lone Texan

6.5/10 IMDB

After the Civil War, a Texan who served in the Union army comes back home to find himself ostracized by his neighbors for having fought against the Confederacy. On top of that, he finds that his younger brother is now the sheriff, and is ruling the town with an iron hand.

Starring: Willard Parker, Grant Williams, Audrey Dalton, Douglas Kennedy, June Blair, Dabbs Greer, Rayford Barnes, Tyler McVey, Lee Farr, Jimmy Murphy ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Escort West

Escort West

6.2/10 IMDB

Seeking a new place to call home, former Confederate soldier Ben Lassiter (Victor Mature) and his daughter meet Beth (Elaine Stewart), whose fiancé is a Union soldier. Lassiter falls for Beth, and when Indians attack, they head to a cavalry camp where Lassiter must battle the Indians as well as Beth's fiancé.

Starring: Victor Mature, Elaine Stewart, Faith Domergue, Reba Waters, Noah Beery Jr., Leo Gordon, Harry Carey, Jr., Slim Pickens, Rex Ingram, John Hubbard ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1959-01-23
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Jayhawkers!

The Jayhawkers!

6.3/10 IMDB

Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva, Herbert Rudley, Frank De Kova, Don Megowan, Shari Lee Bernath, Jimmy Carter, Leo Gordon ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank, Daniel McCauley
Release date: 1959-10-15
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Young Land

The Young Land

5.4/10 IMDB

An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.

Starring: Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O'Herlihy, Roberto De La Madrid, Cliff Ketchum, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Ken Curtis, Cliff Lyons, Carlos Romero ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : A Dog's Best Friend

A Dog's Best Friend

5.9/10 IMDB

A young orphan rejects his foster parents and instead turns to a German shepherd whose master was recently murdered. Stumbling on some evidence, the boy is rescued from the killer by his dog.

Starring: Roger Mobley, Jimmy Baird, Terry Ann Ross, Bill Williams, Marcia Henderson, Roy Engel, Charles Cooper, Harry Dean Stanton, George Eldredge, Herman Hack ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-12-20

The Gunfight at Dodge City

6.1/10 IMDB

Fleeing to Dodge City after killing a man in self defence Masterson finds his brother Ed (Harry Lauter) running for sheriff of the town. When Ed is killed by hired guns of the corrupt incumbent Bat is determined to settle the score with violence but he is convinced by the townspeople that the best way to avenge his brother's death is by taking Ed's place on the ballot. Bat agrees and wins the election but his new role on the right side of the law will lead him to unexpected confrontations as he finds himself torn between his loyalties to his friends and his duties as sheriff.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Richard Anderson, Nancy Gates, James Westerfield, Walter Coy, Don Haggerty, Wright King, Harry Lauter ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1959-05-01

Good Day for a Hanging

6.3/10 IMDB

As a youth, Eddie came into the town with his gang to rob the bank, but was caught and convicted. Marshal Ben helped him to become a honorable citizen. Now, many years later, the gang returns to again rob the bank. On their flight they shoot the Marshal. Eddie is the only one to identify the murderer - but is in doubt if he shall be loyal to his new or his old friends.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Margaret Hayes, Robert Vaughn, Joan Blackman, James Drury, Wendell Holmes, Edmon Ryan, Stacy Harris, Kathryn Card, Emile Meyer ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1959-01-01

Face of a Fugitive

6.6/10 IMDB

A man who was falsly accused for murder escapes the sheriffs and starts a new life in a town at the border of the States to Mexico. But he cannot settle in peace as his chasers are trying to find him.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Lin McCarthy, Dorothy Green, Alan Baxter, Myrna Fahey, James Coburn, Gina Gillespie, Paul E. Burns, Ron Hayes, Francis De Sales ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1959-05-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Plunderers of Painted Flats

Plunderers of Painted Flats

6.6/10 IMDB

To scare the squatters from the cattle country he claims as his own, rancher Ed Sampson orders the Martin farm house burned. Galt Martin is killed, and his eldest son, Joe, is pistol-whipped. Timmy Martin sees the killer, Cass Becker and points him out when he and Joe are in Painted Flats. Cass forces Joe to put on a gun but Ned East, a retired gunfighter, saves the inexperienced Joe by forcing Cass to draw on him, and Ned is the winner.

Starring: Corinne Calvet, John Carroll, Skip Homeier, George Macready, Edmund Lowe, Bea Benaderet, Madge Kennedy, Joe Besser, Allan Lurie, Candy Candido ..
Directed by: Albert C. Gannaway
Release date: 1959-01-23
Best Western Movies of 1959 : The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

5.2/10 IMDB

In 1846, a reporter for the New York Herald joins a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory. He hopes to confirm a rumor that President Polk is sending in soldiers disguised as settlers in order to strengthen American claims to the Territory.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, William Bishop, Gloria Talbott, Henry Hull, John Carradine, Elizabeth Patterson, Nina Shipman, John Dierkes, Roxene Wells, Gene N. Fowler ..
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Release date: 1959-08-31
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Gunmen from Laredo

Gunmen from Laredo

4.9/10 IMDB

A framed Texas rancher (Robert Knapp) escapes from prison for a showdown with a saloonkeeper (Walter Coy).

Starring: Robert Knapp, Walter Coy, Paul Birch, Don C. Harvey, Clarence Straight, Jered Barclay, Ron Hayes, Charles Horvath, Jean Moorhead, Maureen Hingert ..
Directed by: Wallace MacDonald
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Frontier Rangers

Frontier Rangers

4.9/10 IMDB

A pastiche of three episodes from the 1958 TV series Northwest Passage, stitched together as a feature and released theatrically in Europe.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett, Lisa Gaye, Philip Tonge, Larry Chance, Angie Dickinson, Lisa Davis, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1959-01-01

Revenge of the Virgins

3.7/10 IMDB

When white settlers start to move in on their sacred grounds, a tribe of female Indians vow to do anything they can to stop them.

Starring: Charles Veltmann Jr., Jodean Lawrence, Stanton Pritchard, Hank Delgado, Louis Massad, Ralph Cookson, Nona Carver, Kenne Duncan ..
Directed by: Peter Perry Jr.
Release date: 1959-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Mustang!


3.7/10 IMDB

With a simple plot and not much else, this undistinguished western is about Gabe (Jack Beutel), a rodeo name whose penchant for gambling causes him to lose all the money he made and quickly look for a steady job. Gabe ends up on a ranch plugging away as a cowhand but cannot escape his affinity for horses. Lou (Steve Keyes) and his sister Nancy (Madalyn Trahey) own the ranch and Lou comes into conflict with Gabe when he decides to kill a wild Palomino. Gabe will not allow it because he knows the stallion can be tamed. Environmentalists and others should enjoy the bloopers which put moose in Oklahoma, a raccoon in the 'possum family, and several animals in the wrong proximity.

Starring: Jack Buetel, Madalyn Trahey, Stephen Keyes, Milt Swift, Bob Gilbert, Paul Spahn, Max M. Gilford ..
Directed by: Peter Stephens
Release date: 1959-03-14
Best Western Movies of 1959 : Mr. Denton on Doomsday

Mr. Denton on Doomsday

0.0/10 IMDB

"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" is episode three of The Twilight Zone. A jaded gunslinger finds a magic potion that restores his shooting skill but brings an end to his fast-drawing career.

Starring: Rod Serling, Dan Duryea, Martin Landau, Jeanne Cooper, Malcolm Atterbury, Ken Lynch, Arthur Batanides, Bill Erwin, Robert Burton, Doug McClure ..
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Release date: 1959-10-16

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