Best Western Movies of 1970


Little Big Man

7.6/10 IMDB

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Jeff Corey, Aimée Eccles, William Hickey, Jesse Vint, Alan Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1970-12-14

The Ballad of Cable Hogue

7.2/10 IMDB

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a prostitute from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach.

Starring: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, R. G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney, Gene Evans, William Mims ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1970-05-13

Two Mules for Sister Sara

7.0/10 IMDB

When a wandering mercenary named Hogan rescues a nun called Sister Sara from the unwanted attentions of a band of rogues on the Mexican plains, he has no idea what he has let himself in for. Their chance encounter results in the blowing up of a train and a French garrison, as well as igniting a spark between them that survives a shocking discovery.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood, Alberto Morin, John Kelly, Enrique Lucero, David Povall, Ada Carrasco, Pancho Córdova, José Chávez, Armando Silvestre ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1970-03-02


6.8/10 IMDB

Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

Starring: John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Andrew Prine, Bruce Cabot, Patric Knowles, Richard Jaeckel, Lynda Day George ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1970-07-23

Rio Lobo

6.7/10 IMDB

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

Starring: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum, Victor French, Susana Dosamantes, Sherry Lansing, David Huddleston, Jim Davis ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1970-04-01
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Soldier Blue

Soldier Blue

6.9/10 IMDB

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta.

Starring: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Jorge Rivero, Dana Elcar, Bob Carraway, Martin West, James Hampton, Mort Mills ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1970-08-12

A Man Called Horse

6.8/10 IMDB

In 1825, English peer Lord John Morgan is cast adrift in the American West. Captured by Sioux Indians, Morgan is at first targeted for quick extinction, but the tribesmen sense that he is worthy of survival. He eventually passes the many necessary tests that will permit him to become a member of the tribe.

Starring: Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Manu Tupou, Corinna Tsopei, Dub Taylor, James Gammon, William Jordan, Eddie Little Sky, Michael Baseleon ..
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1970-05-01

There Was a Crooked Man...

6.9/10 IMDB

Arizona Territorial Prison inmate Paris Pitman, Jr. is a schemer, a charmer, and quite popular among his fellow convicts — especially with $500,000 in stolen loot hidden away and a plan to escape and recover it. New warden Woodward Lopeman has other ideas about Pitman. Each man will have the tables turned on him.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates, Burgess Meredith, John Randolph, Lee Grant, Arthur O'Connell, Martin Gabel, Michael Blodgett ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1970-09-18

The Cheyenne Social Club

6.8/10 IMDB

Two cowboys inherit a "social club" specializing in satisfying men.

Starring: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon, Elaine Devry, Robert Middleton, Arch Johnson, Dabbs Greer, Jackie Russell, Jackie Joseph ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1970-06-12

Monte Walsh

7.0/10 IMDB

Monte Walsh is an aging cowboy facing the ending days of the Wild West era. As barbed wire and railways steadily eliminate the need for the cowboy, Monte and his friends are left with fewer and fewer options. New work opportunities are available to them, but the freedom of the open prarie is what they long for. Eventually, they all must say goodbye to the lives they knew, and try to make a new start.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitchell Ryan, Jim Davis, G. D. Spradlin, John Hudkins, Raymond Guth, John McKee, Michael Conrad ..
Directed by: William A. Fraker
Release date: 1970-10-02


6.5/10 IMDB

After pulling off a bank robbery two bandits meet in a deserted mining town to divide their loot but an old miner tries to steal it from them.

Starring: Mario Adorf, Anthony Dawson, Marquard Bohm, Mascha Rabben, Sigurd Fitzek, Betty Segal, Arnold Marquis ..
Directed by: Roland Klick
Release date: 1970-10-15


6.3/10 IMDB

Jake Remy leads a gang of outlaw cutthroats making their escape toward Mexico from a successful robbery. Barring their way is a river--crossable only by means of a ferry barge. The barge operator, Travis, refuses to be bullied into providing transport for the gang and escapes across river with most of the local populace--leaving Remy and his gang behind, desperately seeking a way across. A river-wide stand-off begins between the gang and the townspeople, both groups of which have left people on the wrong side of the river.

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Forrest Tucker, Kerwin Mathews, Mariette Hartley, Marie Gomez, Armando Silvestre, John Davis Chandler, Armand Alzamora, Craig Littler ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1970-07-29

El Condor

6.0/10 IMDB

Luke, an escaped convict, and Jaroo, a loner gold prospector, team up with a band of Apache Indians in 19th century Mexico to capture a large, heavily armed fortress for the millions -- or billions -- of dollars in gold that are rumored to be stored within. Written by Brian C. Madsen

Starring: Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Patrick O'Neal, Marianna Hill, Elisha Cook Jr., Iron Eyes Cody, Imogen Hassall, Gustavo Rojo, Florencio Amarilla, Julio Peña ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1970-06-19
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Young Country

The Young Country

7.3/10 IMDB

An adventurous young gambler searches for the owner of a mysterious fortune.

Starring: Roger Davis, Joan Hackett, Pete Duel, Walter Brennan, Wally Cox, Skip Young, Steve Sandor, Robert Miller Driscoll, Richard Van Vleet, Elliott Street ..
Directed by: Roy Huggins
Release date: 1970-03-17
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Cutter's Trail

Cutter's Trail

7.2/10 IMDB

The Marshal of Santa Fe returns home to find his town almost wiped out by Mexican bandits and enlists the help of a young Mexican boy and his mother to track them down.

Starring: John Gavin, Manuel Padilla Jr., Marisa Pavan, Beverly Garland, Joseph Cotten, Nehemiah Persoff, J. Carrol Naish, Shug Fisher, Ken Swofford, Victor French ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1970-02-10

A Man Called Sledge

5.9/10 IMDB

James Garner is Luther Sledge, the leader of a pack of rebels who are planning to steal a stash of gold. But after the thieves actually manage to get away with the bounty, they soon discover that the enemy lies within their midst. As they begin to bicker over who should get the biggest cut, the stage is set for a deadly showdown. Claude Akins and John Marley co-star in this Italian Western directed by Vic Morrow.

Starring: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley, Laura Antonelli, Wayde Preston, Ken Clark, Tony Young, Herman Reynoso, Allan Jones ..
Directed by: Giorgio Gentili, Vic Morrow
Release date: 1970-11-14

The Traveling Executioner

6.3/10 IMDB

Jonas Candide performs his job as state executioner in early 20th century Mississippi like a combination preacher and carnival barker, persuading condemned men to accept their deaths before electrocuting them on his electric chair. After he's assigned his first woman to execute, however, Jonas' sense of purpose is shaken.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Bud Cort, Marianna Hill, Graham Jarvis, James Sloyan, M. Emmet Walsh, John Bottoms, Ford Rainey, James Greene, Sam Reese ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1970-10-01

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County

6.2/10 IMDB

A simple-minded blacksmith named Charley, well loved by the townsfolk, saves for a year to send off for a mail-order bride.

Starring: Dan Blocker, Nanette Fabray, Jim Backus, Wally Cox, Jack Elam, Henry Jones, Mickey Rooney, Noah Beery Jr., Stubby Kaye, Marge Champion ..
Directed by: Ranald MacDougall, Anton Leader
Release date: 1970-04-01
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Wild Country

The Wild Country

6.2/10 IMDB

Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons, Virgil and Andy, journey to the wild country of 1890s Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face-to-face with tornadoes, bears and wolves. But through the hardships their love for each other endures, even when a local rancher sees the newcomers as "squatters" on his land, and will stop at nothing – including murder – to drive them out.

Starring: Steve Forrest, Vera Miles, Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Jack Elam, Frank De Kova, Morgan Woodward, Dub Taylor, Woody Chambliss, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1970-12-16
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Flap


5.7/10 IMDB

Comedy based on the plight of modern Native Americans living on reservations.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Claude Akins, Tony Bill, Shelley Winters, Victor Jory, Victor French, Rodolfo Acosta, Susana Miranda, Anthony Caruso, William Mims ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1970-11-13
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Resurrection of Broncho Billy

The Resurrection of Broncho Billy

5.9/10 IMDB

The story of a young man, a self-styled cowboy; His dreams of the Old West and its film heroes frequently crushed by the rhythms of modern, urban life.

Starring: Johnny Crawford, Kristin Harmon, Ruth Hussey, Ricky Nelson, Wild Bill Tucker, Ray Montgomery, Merry Scanlon, Nancy Wible ..
Directed by: James R. Rokos
Release date: 1970-06-11
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

5.0/10 IMDB

Unable to support his family in the Australian outback, a man turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw life, and eventually becomes involved in murders. Based on the life of famed 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Ken Goodlet, Frank Thring, Bruce Barry, Tony Bazell, Allen Bickford, Robert Bruning, Alexander Cann ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1970-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Wild Women

Wild Women

5.6/10 IMDB

Five female convicts are recruited to secretly transport arms into Mexican-held Texas in 1840

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Anne Francis, Marilyn Maxwell, Marie Windsor, Sherry Jackson, Robert F. Simon, Richard Kelton, Cynthia Hull, Pepe Callahan, Ed Call ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1970-10-20

Cannon for Cordoba

5.7/10 IMDB

In 1912, during the Mexican Revolution, the border between Texas and Mexico is on flames due to savage raids by Mexican bandits who call themselves freedom fighters, so the US government entrusts to General Pershing the capture of General Héctor Córdoba, the most notorious among them.

Starring: George Peppard, Giovanna Ralli, Raf Vallone, Pete Duel, Don Gordon, Gabriele Tinti, Nico Minardos, John Larch, Francine York, John Russell ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1970-10-01
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Intruders

The Intruders

5.8/10 IMDB

The James and Younger outlaw gangs ride into town, and it is up to the local marshal, who has lost both his nerve and his gun skills, to stop them.

Starring: Don Murray, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien, John Saxon, Gene Evans, Edward Andrews, Shelly Novack, Harry Dean Stanton, Stuart Margolin, Zalman King ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1970-11-10
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Wild Bill Hiccup

Wild Bill Hiccup

5.8/10 IMDB

Wild Bill Hiccup chases Woody around a haunted house.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1970-05-31
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Madron


5.3/10 IMDB

A nun, the only survivor of an Indian massacre of a wagon train, is taken in by a cantankerous old gunfighter.

Starring: Richard Boone, Leslie Caron, Gabi Amrani, Paul L. Smith, Mosko Alkalai, Chaim Banai, Ya'ackov Banai, Willy Gafni, Aharon Ipalé, Avraham Pelta ..
Directed by: Jerry Hopper
Release date: 1970-12-01
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again

5.6/10 IMDB

Walter Brennan is back as the clever and funny over the hill Texas Ranger Nash Crawford. This time the gang must face corruption in their own home town. The gang put their heads together to clean up their town, take back the rule of law and rehabilitate the town lush (played by Fred Astaire) along with way.

Starring: Walter Brennan, Fred Astaire, Kelly Williams, Edgar Buchanan, Chill Wills, Andy Devine, Paul Richards, Lana Wood, Parley Baer, Walter Burke ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1970-11-16

Dirty Dingus Magee

5.2/10 IMDB

Ass-breaker Dingus Magee is looking for a gold train when he comes upon old acquaintance Hoke Birdsill on stage to San Francisco, and robs him of his money. Hoke goes to the nearby town of Yerkey's Hole, where Belle Knops is both mayor and bordello-mistress. She appoints Hoke Town Sheriff and tries to get him to stir up the Indians so the soldiers at the nearby fort (the main customers) won't go to Little Big Horn. Dingus tries to stir up more trouble and get involved with the pale, baby-talking Indian, Anna. The film is a send-up of the oft-repeated phrase "the Code of the West" and exaggerates it and what it stands for into the ridiculousness that it is.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Anne Jackson, Lois Nettleton, Jack Elam, Michele Carey, John Dehner, Henry Jones, Harry Carey, Jr., Paul Fix ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1970-11-18
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Song of the Loon

Song of the Loon

5.4/10 IMDB

The journey of 19th-century frontiersman Ephraim MacIver and the adventures, stories, and homosexual relationships he had with other men in the American wilderness.

Starring: John Iverson, Morgan Royce, Lancer Ward, Jon Evans, Brad Fredericks, John Kalfas, Martin Valez, Michael Traxon, Lucky Manning, Brad Della Valle ..
Directed by: Andrew Herbert, Scott Hanson
Release date: 1970-03-11
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Cain's Cutthroats

Cain's Cutthroats

5.0/10 IMDB

Following the Civil War, Confederate Captain Justice Cain has retired to a quiet life with his young son and black wife. However, the men of his old outfit, known as Cain's Cutthroats, have turned to lives of murder, torture and robbery. They attempt to convince Cain to ride with them once more. He refuses, and the Cutthroats murder his family. Swearing vengeance, Cain teams up with a colorful preacher/bounty hunter, and hunts down his family's killers one at a time.

Starring: John Carradine, Scott Brady, Robert Dix, Don Epperson, Darwin Joston, Adair Jameson, Bruce Kimball, Russ McCubbin, Tereza Thaw, Valda Hansen ..
Directed by: Ken Osborne
Release date: 1970-02-28
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The McMasters

The McMasters

6.0/10 IMDB

When a black Civil War veteran becomes co-owner of the southern McMasters ranch, the incensed local Confederate veterans come gunning for him and his Indian wife.

Starring: Burl Ives, Brock Peters, David Carradine, Jack Palance, Nancy Kwan, John Carradine, Dane Clark, Richard Alden, L.Q. Jones, R. G. Armstrong ..
Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Release date: 1970-08-01

Macho Callahan

5.4/10 IMDB

A man tricked into enlisting in the Confederate army is later thrown into a hellish stockade on desertion charges. He eventually breaks out of the prison camp, reunites with his old partner and sets out to kill the man who was responsible for his being in the camp in the first place. However, after accidentally killing a Confederate officer, he finds himself pursued by a gang of vicious bounty hunters intent on collecting the reward put up by the dead officer's widow.

Starring: David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, James Booth, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., David Carradine, Bo Hopkins, Anne Revere, Richard Anderson, Diane Ladd ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1970-08-17
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Phantom Gunslinger

The Phantom Gunslinger

3.4/10 IMDB

The Phantom Gunslinger is set in the town of "Tucca Flats." The peaceful life of the town is disrupted by the arrival of a gang of bandits, including Algernon, Big Sam, Cookie, and some others. The sheriff leaves town, but not before naming Bill as his successor. Bill, unfortunately, doesn't carry or even know how to use a gun, and the outlaws take over Tucca Flats. But with the help of some Indians, a suit of armor, and springs on his shoes, Bill manages to run the gang out of town.

Starring: Troy Donahue, Sabrina, Elizabeth Campbell, Emilio Fernández, Carlos Rivas, Germán Robles, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1970-04-30
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Prudence and the Chief

Prudence and the Chief

8.3/10 IMDB

A young widow takes her two children and mother and opens a school in the untamed West and immediately comes into conflict with the local Indians

Starring: Sally Ann Howes, Rick Jason, Kathryn Givney, Teddy Quinn, Johnny Lee, Rhodes Reason, Mac Krell, Troy Melton ..
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Release date: 1970-08-26
Best Western Movies of 1970 : Cry Blood Apache

Cry Blood Apache

3.4/10 IMDB

Telling the story of his early life in flashback, a former prospector (Joel McCrea, with flashback sequences featuring son Jody) explains his brutal massacre of a tribe of Indians. The only survivor (Marie Gahua) agrees to lead him to a secret gold mine.

Starring: Jody McCrea, Marie Gahva, Dan Kemp, Robert Tessier, Jack Starrett, Don Henley, Carolyn Stellar, Rick Nervick, Joel McCrea, Don Henley ..
Directed by: Jack Starrett
Release date: 1970-09-01

The Red, White, and Black

5.3/10 IMDB

Told by a U.S. Army colonel and his wife, this vintage Western set in post-Civil War Texas chronicles the exploits of the all-black 10th cavalry regiment, which was formed in 1871. Cesar Romero plays the unit's commander.

Starring: Robert DoQui, Isaac Fields, Barbara Hale, Rafer Johnson, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Isabel Sanford, Barbara Brown, Robert Dix, Cesar Romero ..
Directed by: John "Bud" Cardos
Release date: 1970-12-16
Best Western Movies of 1970 : The Killer of Fossil Gulch

The Killer of Fossil Gulch

0.0/10 IMDB

In the shadow of Dinosaur Cliff lies Fossil Gulch and Ghost Ranch. Will someone on the ranch be an innocent victim?

Starring: Lance Reventlow, Cary Grant ..
Directed by: Betsy Drake
Release date: 1970-12-31

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