Best Western Movies of 1969

1.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

6.4
8.0/10

In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever and talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot 'Sundance Kid'. As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1969-09-23
2.

The Wild Bunch

5.7
7.9/10

Aging outlaw, Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them—resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1969-06-17
3.

True Grit

5.4
7.4/10

The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.

Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1969-06-11
4.

Paint Your Wagon

4.8
6.6/10

A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnapping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boom town. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell, Ray Walston
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1969-10-15
5.

Support Your Local Sheriff

3.9
7.5/10

A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know that he is really just passing through on his way to Australia and he will pull up and leave anytime he chooses (including at the first sign of real trouble). His first day on the job he takes on the biggest, meanest ranching family and meets his klutzy love interest.

Starring: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-03-26
6.

Mackenna's Gold

3.6
6.8/10

The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too - and that is even before they enter Indian territory.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Camilla Sparv, Julie Newmar, Telly Savalas
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1969-03-18
7.

The Undefeated

3.4
6.7/10

After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety.

Starring: John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Antonio Aguilar, Roman Gabriel, Marian McCargo
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1969-10-04
8.

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

3.2
6.3/10

Based on true events that happened in Banning,California, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, tells the story of one of the last Western manhunts, in 1909. Willie Boy, a Native American, kills his girlfriend's father in self defense, and the two go on the run, pursued by a search posse led by Sheriff Christopher Cooper.

Starring: Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Robert Blake, Susan Clark, Barry Sullivan
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1969-10-31
9.

100 Rifles

3.1
6.0/10

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison as well. Working together, the two escape and take refuge in the hills, where Lyedecker meets beautiful Yaqui freedom fighter Sarita and begins to question his allegiances.

Starring: Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Fernando Lamas, Dan O'Herlihy
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1969-03-26
10.

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

3.1
6.2/10
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery. Riding out to hunt down McKaye, Flagg is captured by McKaye's gang and finds out that McKaye is no longer the leader of the gang, but is considered just an aging relic by the new leader, a youngster named Waco. Waco orders Mackaye to shoot Flagg, and when Mackaye refuses Waco abandons both of them. Flagg then takes Mackaye back to town only to find out that he has been "retired", and when he sees how clueless and incompetent the new marshal and the city fathers are, he persuades Mackaye that it is up to the two of them to stop Waco and his gang from ravaging the town.
Starring: Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine, Tina Louise
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-11-19
11.

Charro!

3.1
5.7/10

Jess Wade is innocently accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French, Barbara Werle, Solomon Sturges
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1969-03-13
12.

Guns of the Magnificent Seven

2.8
5.7/10
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
In this third remake of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's hugely influential The Seven Samurai, the seven gunslingers (George Kennedy, Michael Ansara, Joe Don Baker, Bernie Casey, Monte Markham, Fernando Rey and Reni Santoni) liberate Mexican political prisoners, train them as fighters and assist them in a desperate attack on a Mexican fortress in an attempt to free a revolutionary leader.
Starring: George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Reni Santoni, Bernie Casey
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1969-07-14
13.

A Time for Dying

2.7
6.0/10
A Time for Dying
Cass Bunning, a farm boy with a talent for shooting, meets up with Nellie, a naive woman from the East, who has been lured West by the promise of a waitressing job which turns out to be in a brothel.
Starring: Audie Murphy, Richard Lapp, Anne Randall, Victor Jory, Beatrice Kay
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1969-12-31
14.

A Bullet for Sandoval

2.5
5.7/10

After his girlfriend dies in childbirth, Confederate deserter John Warner (George Hilton) travels to Mexico, where the woman's father, Don Pedro Sandoval (Ernest Borgnine), grudgingly hands over his child. But with no locals willing to provide milk, the baby dies. Rounding up a group of rebels, Warner goes on a rampage through northern Mexico, with the ultimate goal of taking down Sandoval in this gritty Western.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, George Hilton, Annabella Incontrera, Alberto de Mendoza, Leo Anchóriz
Directed by: Julio Buchs
Release date: 1969-08-19
15.

The Great Bank Robbery

2.5
5.6/10
The Great Bank Robbery
A motley group of phony church leaders attempts to rob a bank controlled by brothers in 1880's Texas.
Starring: Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Akim Tamiroff
Directed by: Hy Averback
Release date: 1969-09-10
16.

Heaven with a Gun

2.5
6.3/10

Glenn Ford plays Jim Killian, a preacher who arrives in a town divided between cattlemen and sheep herders. But Killian isn't just any preacher. He is a former fast gun who has set upon a different path.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Hershey, John Anderson, David Carradine
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1969-05-20
17.

Young Billy Young

2.4
5.7/10

A peace-loving man named Ben Kane takes a job as deputy marshal of Lords, in the old West. Kane is no lawman, but he accepts the badge because he has an old score to settle with the town's chief trouble-maker. Once on the job, Kane must also deal with a young sharpshooter named Billy Young and a sharp and sassy saloon dancer, Lily.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, David Carradine, Paul Fix, Robert Walker Jr.
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-10-15
18.

The Desperados

2.0
4.8/10
The Desperados
In the closing days of the Civil War, fanatical Parson Josiah Galt and his three sons, Adam, Jacob, and David, are leaders of a gang of southern marauders. Josiah, driven by his lust for revenge for the death of his Indian wife, attacks the Kansas town of St. Thomas. David, recalling his dead mother's prophecy of doom upon the family and repulsed by the carnage caused by his father and brothers, breaks with the gang after his brother Adam tries to rape one of the town's young girls. David is captured by his own men and brought before his father, who accuses him of treason and sentences him to be executed. David escapes, joins his wife, Laura, and together they flee to Texas, where they live for 6 years under an assumed name. After the war, Parson Galt and his sons continue to loot and pillage, and they eventually reach the Texas town where David, Laura, and their young son, Pauly, live.
Starring: Vince Edwards, Jack Palance, George Maharis, Sylvia Syms, Benjamin Edney
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1969-02-28
19.

A Talent for Loving

2.0
4.8/10
A Talent for Loving
This Western spoof stars Richard Widmark as an American gambler who wins the deed to a Mexican ranch from a cunning outlaw. At the ranch, the gambler discovers that his new lands have entangled him in an ancient Aztec curse. The ranch's patriarch tries to persuade the newcomer to marry his daughter and explains that the family's women are doomed to be especially fierce and prolific in their romantic encounters.
Starring: Richard Widmark, Chaim Topol, Geneviève Page, Cesar Romero, Max Showalter
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1969-01-01
20.

Lanton Mills

0.0
6.6/10
Lanton Mills
Tilman and Lanton Mills, two cowboys who set off on horseback to rob a bank. On the way, they stop to see their boss, the "Old Man", only to discover he has been murdered by another cowboy, John Sparks.
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Terrence Malick, Warren Oates, Tony Bill, Lash La Rue
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1969-11-03

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