Best Western Movies of 1969


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

8.0/10 IMDB

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, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1969-01-15

The Wild Bunch

7.9/10 IMDB

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez, Ben Johnson, Emilio Fernández, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1969-06-17

True Grit

7.4/10 IMDB

The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy on a mission of 'justice', which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, 'Rooster' Cogburn because he has 'true grit', and a reputation of getting the job done.

Starring: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Glen Campbell, Alfred Ryder, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, Ron Soble ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1969-06-11

Support Your Local Sheriff!

7.5/10 IMDB

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, Henry Jones, Bruce Dern, Willis Bouchey, Gene Evans, Walter Burke ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-03-26

Paint Your Wagon

6.6/10 IMDB

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, Tom Ligon, Alan Dexter, William O'Connell, Robert Easton, Geoffrey Norman ..
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1969-10-15

The Valley of Gwangi

6.2/10 IMDB

A turn of the century wild west show struggling to make a living in Mexico comes into the possession of a tiny prehistoric horse. This leads to an expedition to the Forbidden Valley where they discover living dinosaurs. They capture one and take it back to be put on display, leading to inevitable mayhem.

Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, Freda Jackson, Gustavo Rojo, Dennis Kilbane, Mario De Barros, Curtis Arden ..
Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
Release date: 1969-07-24

Mackenna's Gold

6.7/10 IMDB

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Camilla Sparv, Julie Newmar, Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn, Ted Cassidy, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1969-03-18
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Blaze Glory

Blaze Glory

8.3/10 IMDB

A stop-motion parody of the Western genre.

Starring: Chuck Menville, Genadee Cook, Len Janson ..
Directed by: Len Janson, Chuck Menville
Release date: 1969-12-21

The Undefeated

6.6/10 IMDB

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, Lee Meriwether, Merlin Olsen, Melissa Newman, Bruce Cabot, Jan-Michael Vincent ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1969-10-04

Death of a Gunfighter

6.2/10 IMDB

In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it's time for a change. That ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O'Connor, Kent Smith, Jacqueline Scott, Morgan Woodward, Larry Gates, Dub Taylor, John Saxon, Darleen Carr ..
Directed by: Don Siegel, Alan Smithee, Robert Totten
Release date: 1969-05-08

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

6.3/10 IMDB

While confronting the disapproving father of his girlfriend Lola, Native American man Willie Boy kills the man in self-defense, triggering a massive manhunt, led by Deputy Sheriff Christopher Cooper.

Starring: Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Robert Blake, Susan Clark, Barry Sullivan, John Vernon, Charles Aidman, Charles McGraw, Shelly Novack, Robert Lipton ..
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1969-10-31

100 Rifles

6.0/10 IMDB

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, Eric Braeden, Aldo Sambrell, Soledad Miranda, Alberto Dalbés, Charly Bravo ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1969-03-26
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

6.1/10 IMDB

An aging lawman and an aging outlaw join forces when their respective positions in society are usurped by a younger, but incompetent Marshal, and a younger, but vicious gang leader.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine, Tina Louise, John Carradine, Douglas Fowley, Lois Nettleton, John Davis Chandler, Marie Windsor ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-11-19

Sam Whiskey

5.9/10 IMDB

Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars, which Laura's dead husband stole recently, from a sunken ship and secretly bring them back to the mint before they are missed. But how shall he manage to get several hundred pounds of gold into the mint without anyone noticing?

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Clint Walker, Ossie Davis, Wallace Earl, William Schallert, Woodrow Parfrey, Anthony James, Ayllene Gibbons, Del Reeves ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1969-04-01

Young Billy Young

5.7/10 IMDB

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., Jack Kelly, Willis Bouchey, Parley Baer, John Anderson, Robert Anderson ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-10-15


5.6/10 IMDB

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, Lynn Kellogg, Paul Brinegar, Harry Landers, Tony Young, James Almanzar ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1969-03-13

Guns of the Magnificent Seven

5.7/10 IMDB

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, Scott Thomas, Joe Don Baker, Tony Davis, Michael Ansara, Frank Silvera ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1969-07-14
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Great Bank Robbery

The Great Bank Robbery

5.6/10 IMDB

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, Larry Storch, John Anderson, Sam Jaffe, Mako, Elisha Cook Jr. ..
Directed by: Hy Averback
Release date: 1969-09-10

More Dead than Alive

6.1/10 IMDB

When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. So he has to accept the offer of showman Ruffalo to perform as "Killer Cain" in his traveling shooting show. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain.

Starring: Clint Walker, Vincent Price, Anne Francis, Paul Hampton, Mike Henry, Clarke Gordon, Beverly Powers, William Woodson, Harry Lauter, Eric Matthews ..
Directed by: Robert Sparr
Release date: 1969-01-15
Best Western Movies of 1969 : This Savage Land

This Savage Land

6.0/10 IMDB

Shortly after the Civil War, Kansas homesteaders are harrassed by Confederate marauders.

Starring: Barry Sullivan, Glenn Corbett, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, Brenda Scott, John Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, Charles Seel, Kelly Corcoran, Katherine Squire ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1969-07-23
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Desperate Mission

The Desperate Mission

6.3/10 IMDB

A man who has lost everything joins others paid to convey a wealthy man's wife - and a mysterious treasure - to safety in San Francissco.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, Slim Pickens, Rosey Grier, Jim McMullan, Earl Holliman, Ina Balin, Robert J. Wilke, Miriam Colón, Anthony Caruso, Charles Horvath ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Over-the-Hill Gang

The Over-the-Hill Gang

6.0/10 IMDB

A retired Texas Ranger and three aged pals help to clean up a town run by a crooked mayor, a drunken judge and a trigger-happy sheriff.

Starring: Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Jack Elam, Gypsy Rose Lee, Kristin Harmon, Ricky Nelson, Pat O’Brien, Chill Wills, Edward Andrews ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1969-07-06
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Smith!


5.7/10 IMDB

When the Indian Jimmyboy is accused of murder of a white man, he flees onto the ranch of Smith, who's well known for his tolerance for Indians, since he was raised by the old Indian Antoine. Smith helps Jimmyboy against the mean Sheriff and promises to speak for him in court, thus persuading him to surrender himself to the police.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson, Dean Jagger, Keenan Wynn, Warren Oates, Chief Dan George, Frank Ramírez, John Randolph, Christopher Shea, Roger Ewing ..
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy
Release date: 1969-03-21

Heaven with a Gun

6.2/10 IMDB

Jim Killian arrives in a small Arizona town hoping to establish a peaceful life as the local preacher, but he soon finds himself in the middle of a feud between sheep ranchers and cattlemen. Leloopa, a young Native American woman, pleads for Killian's help after her shepherd father is hung by Coke Beck, the vicious son of the head cattle rancher. Killian must weigh his actions carefully lest he perpetuate the cycle of retribution and revenge.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Hershey, John Anderson, David Carradine, J.D. Cannon, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Townes, William Bryant, Virginia Gregg ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1969-05-20
Best Western Movies of 1969 : A Time for Dying

A Time for Dying

5.7/10 IMDB

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, Robert Random, Peter Brocco, Burt Mustin, Walter Reed, Louis Ojena ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1969-09-15
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Backtrack!


5.9/10 IMDB

Sent to Mexico to buy a bull, a Wyoming cowhand (Doug McClure) teams up with three Texas Rangers to solve a robbery/murder.

Starring: Neville Brand, James Drury, Doug McClure, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey, Ida Lupino, Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Lamas, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1969-05-26

Land Raiders

5.3/10 IMDB

An outlaw committing a string of robberies and murders manages to blame the crimes on Apaches, bringing about an Indian war.

Starring: Telly Savalas, George Maharis, Arlene Dahl, Janet Landgard, Guy Rolfe, George Coulouris, Susan Harvey, Paul Picerni, Phil Brown, Jocelyn Lane ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1969-07-27
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Fistic Mystic

Fistic Mystic

5.1/10 IMDB

Merlin the Magic Mouse and his sidekick Second Banana find themselves in a small western town, where they encounter a nasty western bully...

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1969-03-28
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Great Carrot-Train Robbery

The Great Carrot-Train Robbery

5.1/10 IMDB

Bunny and Claude are still at their carrot caper. This time, they rob a train as the Sheriff is once again called out to stop them..

Starring: Mel Blanc, Pat Woodell, Billy Strange ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1969-01-24
Best Western Movies of 1969 : A Talent for Loving

A Talent for Loving

4.6/10 IMDB

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, Caroline Munro, Fran Jeffries, Derek Nimmo, Joe Melia, John Bluthal ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Four Rode Out

Four Rode Out

4.4/10 IMDB

In this western, a Mexican desperado tries to flee his partner, a determined girl friend, and a US Marshal.

Starring: Pernell Roberts, Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen, Julián Mateos, María Martín, Leonard Bell, John Clark, Charles Drace, Neil Wright, Janis Ian ..
Directed by: John Peyser
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Desperados

The Desperados

4.7/10 IMDB

A Confederate and his sons become postwar marauders and face another son who left them, in Texas.

Starring: Vince Edwards, Jack Palance, George Maharis, Sylvia Syms, Benjamin Edney, Sheila Burrell, Kate O'Mara, Christian Roberts, Kenneth Cope, Patrick Holt ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1969-02-28
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Scavengers

The Scavengers

4.8/10 IMDB

Renegade Confederate soldiers take over a frontier town, but after they molest a young black woman, a group of ex-slaves arm themselves and counter-attack.

Starring: John Bliss, Maria Lease, Uschi Digard, John Riazzi, Wes Bishop, Bruce Kimball, Sanford Mitchell, Michael Divoka, Roda Spain ..
Directed by: Lee Frost
Release date: 1969-05-13
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Linda and Abilene

Linda and Abilene

4.0/10 IMDB

In the 19th century, siblings Abilene and Tod, orphaned on their western farm, become attracted to each other sexually. The confused Tod flees to a nearby town where he meets Linda, a local bar girl, and begins a sexual relationship with her, while a rough cowboy named Rawhide sexually assaults Abilene leaving Tod wanting revenge despite Linda's wariness and growing compassion for Abilene.

Starring: Sharon Matt, Kip Marsh, Bambi Allen, Larry Martinelli, William Varris, Herbert Townsend, Bob Dorn ..
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1969-09-01
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore, and Death...

Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore, and Death...

4.1/10 IMDB

A card game turns violent in the Wild West.

Starring: Clint Howard, Scott Howell, Stark Howell, Steve Greene ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Five Bloody Graves

Five Bloody Graves

3.3/10 IMDB

A lone gunman hunts the fearsome Apache Satago across the plains of the Wild West. When Satago's marauders ambush a stagecoach, the gunman rides to the rescue of the trapped passengers and helps them in their last stand against the deadly Indians.

Starring: Robert Dix, Scott Brady, Jim Davis, John Carradine, Paula Raymond, John "Bud" Cardos, Darlene Lucht, Vicki Volante, Ray Young, Ken Osborne ..
Directed by: Al Adamson
Release date: 1969-10-31
Best Western Movies of 1969 : The Silent Gun

The Silent Gun

7.0/10 IMDB

A sheriff with a reputation as a fast gun almost kills an innocent child. He makes up his mind that he is not going to carry around loaded weapons anymore, but, since he's the sheriff of a lawless town, he compromises by carrying an unloaded pistol and relying on his reputation to keep order.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, John Beck, Ed Begley, Pernell Roberts, Edd Byrnes, Susan Howard, Michael Forest, Bobby Diamond, Barbara Rhoades, Russ Conway ..
Directed by: Michael Caffey
Release date: 1969-12-16
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Lanton Mills

Lanton Mills

6.6/10 IMDB

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, Paul Ehrman ..
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1969-11-03
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Pioneers in Petticoats

Pioneers in Petticoats

6.1/10 IMDB

Abigail Harper comes to Salt Lake and is called to be president of the newly organized Retrenchment Society.

Starring: Melinda Cummings, Jillanne Duce, Jim French, Nathan Hale, Ruth Hale, Karla Hendricks, Jean Jenkins, Gordon Jump, Rebecca Yarn ..
Directed by: Judge Whitaker
Release date: 1969-01-01

Girls in the Saddle

0.0/10 IMDB

Two screenwriters write a sexy western while surrounded by naked, hot-to-trot girls on a secluded dude ranch. Typical softcore shenanigans.

Starring: Christophe Mulai, Sandy Baron ..
Directed by: Raf Mauro
Release date: 1969-12-12

The Hanging of Jake Ellis

0.0/10 IMDB

Square-Jawed future Russ Meyer regular Charles Napier stars as a cattle driver in this nudie western.

Starring: Charles Napier, Bambi Allen, Deborah Downey, Meri McDonald, James Lemp, Larry Martinelli, Louis Ojena, Rod Wilmoth, Dirty Denny ..
Directed by: Jean Van Hearn
Release date: 1969-02-12
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Uccidimi Subito Ringo, disse il Gringo

Uccidimi Subito Ringo, disse il Gringo

0.0/10 IMDB

An 'angel-faced' gunfighter is tasked with infiltrating a ranch overrun by Mexican bandits and saving their hostages, including the fiancée of the local sheriff.

Starring: Rick Dalton, Joseph Cotten, Ida Galli ..
Directed by: Giorgio Ferroni
Release date: 1969-05-06
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Nebraska Jim

Nebraska Jim

0.0/10 IMDB

A mysterious gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the Nebraska, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

Starring: Rick Dalton, Frank Wolff, Mario Brega, Marisa Merlini ..
Directed by: Sergio Corbucci
Release date: 1969-09-09
Best Western Movies of 1969 : Hardcore


6.0/10 IMDB

Filmed in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert in July 1969, "Hard Core" opens with an establishing shot of an expansive blue sky immediately evoking the American West, which sets the scene for De Maria's innovative and experimental film. The work intercuts two differing cinematic approaches: one that explores the observational potential of the medium through wide-angle, 360-degree shots that pan over the changing desert landscape, and the other that appropriates familiar visual tropes taken from the Hollywood Western movie genre—such as pistols, Levi's jeans, boot spurs, and leather chaps—and implements them in a performance. The soundtrack is an edited compilation of two of De Maria's "drum compositions," "Cricket Music" (1964) and "Ocean Music" (1968), which creates a sense of anticipation for the viewer. In the last minute of the film, a series of unexpected events unfolds in rapid succession, producing a dramatic climax.

Starring: Blair Stapp, Michael Heizer ..
Directed by: Walter De Maria
Release date: 1969-07-30

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