Best Western Movies of 1965


The Sons of Katie Elder


The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John the eldest is a well known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get back their ranch from the towns gunsmith who won it from their father in a card game with which he was shortly murdered there after but not before getting through the troubles that come with the Elders name

Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1965-06-23

Cat Ballou


A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Nat 'King' Cole, Stubby Kaye, Michael Callan
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1965-06-24



Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, finds himself and his family in the middle of the Civil War he wants nothing to do with. When his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North the Civil War is forced upon him.

Starring: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1965-06-03

The Hallelujah Trail


A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners. Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry, the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the valuable cargo.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton, Donald Pleasence, Brian Keith
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1965-06-23

Carry On Cowboy


Stodge City is in the grip of the Rumpo Kid and his gang. Mistaken identity again takes a hand as a 'sanitary engineer' named Marshal P. Knutt is mistaken for a law marshal. Being the conscientious sort, Marshal tries to help the town get rid of Rumpo, and a showdown is inevitable. Marshal has two aids—revenge-seeking Annie Oakley and his sanitary expertise.

Starring: Sid James, Jim Dale, Angela Douglas, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1965-11-26

The Rounders


Ben (Glenn Ford) and Marion (Henry Fonda) are two cowboys who make a meager living breaking wild horses. Their frequent employer Jim (Chill Wills), who always gets the better of them, talks them into taking a nondescript horse in lieu of some of their wages. Ben finds that the horse is un-rideable, he comes up with the idea of taking it to a rodeo and betting other cowhands they cannot ride it.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Hope Holiday, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1965-01-08

Young Fury

Young Fury
A group of young thugs rides into the town of Dawson and take it over. When the cowardly sheriff is unable to restore control, the parents of the leader must take action. The leader's father is an infamous ex-gunfighter, and he straps his guns on one more time.
Starring: Rory Calhoun, Virginia Mayo, Preston Pierce, Lon Chaney Jr., John Agar
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Release date: 1965-02-01

The Glory Guys

The Glory Guys
Though a fictionalized Western based on George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the film is almost a generic war story covering the enlistment, training, and operational deployment of a group of recruits that could take place in any time period.
Starring: Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, Michael Anderson Jr., James Caan
Directed by: Arnold Laven, Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1965-07-07

Arizona Raiders

Arizona Raiders
Murphy plays an ex-Quantrill's Raider who's released from jail with buddy Cooper to be deputized as Arizona Rangers in order to hunt down the remnant of the gang, rumored to he hiding out in a town "neer dee border" in the words of the loose-lipped saloon dancer. The goons are found hiding in an Indian mission. Murphy and Cooper pretend to want to rejoin the gang, but the bad guys catch on and brutally beat Cooper, who protects Murphy's true sentiments to the death.
Starring: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Ben Cooper, Buster Crabbe, Gloria Talbott
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1965-08-01

Black Spurs

Black Spurs
A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed.
Starring: Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Terry Moore, Scott Brady, Lon Chaney Jr.
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1965-05-28

The Bounty Killer

The Bounty Killer
Willie Duggans, a tenderfoot from the east, arrives in the wild west and soon experiences its violence. Willie discovers the easy money in bounty killing and must choose between that violent lifestyle and the love of a beautiful saloon singer.
Starring: Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Audrey Dalton, Richard Arlen, Buster Crabbe
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1965-07-30

The Outlaws Is Coming

The Outlaws Is Coming
Rance Roden plans to kill off all the buffalo and thus cause the Indians to riot. After they destroy the US Cavalry, Rance and his gang will take over the West. Meanwhile, a Boston magazine gets wind of the buffalo slaughter and sends editor Kenneth Cabot (Adam West) and his associates (Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe) to Casper, Wyoming to investigate.
Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Adam West, Nancy Kovack
Directed by: Norman Maurer
Release date: 1965-01-01

Guns of Diablo

Guns of Diablo
Bronson and Russell are up against some bad guys who run the town to which the pair have gone for supplies. Bronson runs into an old girl friend, Oliver, who is now married to his enemy Merlin. Bronson had long ago broken Merlin's arm, and now the man wants revenge.
Starring: Charles Bronson, Susan Oliver, Kurt Russell, Jan Merlin, John Fiedler
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1965-01-29


Taggart's family is slaughtered by a rival rancher. Taggart mortally wounds the rancher and kills his son. Before he dies the rancher hires three bounty hunters to avenge him with the promise of $5000 as a reward. Taggart must flee into Apache territory to escape the wrath of the trio of hired killers.
Starring: Tony Young, Dan Duryea, Dick Foran, Elsa Cárdenas, Jean Hale
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1965-02-01

The Great Sioux Massacre


Colonel Custer (Philip Carey), an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into retirement. Fueled by ambition when a Senator Blaine (Don Haggerty) convinces him to run for President, Custer decides to upstage General Terry (Frank Ferguson) at Little Big Horn.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin, Philip Carey, Julie Sommars, Nancy Kovack
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1965-04-25

The Double-Barrelled Detective Story

The Double-Barrelled Detective Story
Interesting and sometimes funny adaptation of a Mark Twain short story. Hatfield is a carpetbagger who marries the daughter of a prominent plantation owner in order to humiliate him. He mistreats his wife, but she stoically refuses to complain to her father.
Starring: Jeff Siggins, Greta Thyssen, Hurd Hatfield, Jerome Raphael, Paul Benedict
Directed by: Adolfas Mekas
Release date: 1965-12-31

The Devil's Mistress

The Devil's Mistress
A bewitching and beautiful Indian half-caste, Liah, takes her revenge on four ruthless cowboy desperadoes who have gunned down her husband for the sheer joy of killing. Using her enigmatic charm in a way that is fatal to the outlaws, the haunting young woman's vengeance is melted out in a strange, occult manner.
Starring: Joan Stapleton, Robert Gregory, Wes Moreland, Douglas Warren, Oren Williams
Directed by: Orville Wanzer
Release date: 1965-11-03

Major Dundee


During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr.
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1965-04-07

Apache Uprising

Apache Uprising
Various stage coach passengers and outlaws travelling through Indian country are forced to join forces against the Apaches.
Starring: Rory Calhoun, Corinne Calvet, Arthur Hunnicutt, DeForest Kelley, Lon Chaney Jr.
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1965-12-29

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