Best Western Movies of 1971



7.0/10 IMDB

While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill an old man with a stray shot. They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death. Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone involved on a charge of murder. Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot, who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North, Albert Salmi, Richard Jordan, John McGiver, Ralph Waite, John Beck ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1971-03-11
Best Western Movies of 1971 : Support Your Local Gunfighter

Support Your Local Gunfighter

6.9/10 IMDB

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Starring: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, Henry Jones, Dub Taylor, Kathleen Freeman ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1971-05-26
Best Western Movies of 1971 : The Hired Hand

The Hired Hand

7.0/10 IMDB

Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties and priorities.

Starring: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom, Robert Pratt, Ann Doran, Robert Pratt, Severn Darden, Rita Rogers, Ted Markland, Owen Orr ..
Directed by: Peter Fonda
Release date: 1971-08-11

Man in the Wilderness

6.8/10 IMDB

In the early 1800s, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilization and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down.

Starring: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert, Dennis Waterman, Sheila Raynor, Norman Rossington, James Doohan, John Bindon, Bryan Marshall ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-11-24

Wild Rovers

6.5/10 IMDB

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their fellow cowboys is killed in a corral accident, Post suggests a way into a better life for himself and his friend: robbing a bank. Bodine reluctantly joins in the plan and the two contrive to rob the local bank. They make good their escape initially, but Walt Buckman and his two sons, John and Paul, are incensed at this betrayal by their own trusted employees. John and Paul set out to bring Bodine and Post to justice.

Starring: William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Lynn Carlin, Tom Skerritt, Joe Don Baker, Geoffrey Edwards, James Olson, Leora Dana, Moses Gunn ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1971-06-23


6.2/10 IMDB

A revisionist western, "Doc" is Frank Perry's attempt to accurately portray the lives and persons of Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, and the now-legendary events that took place in the town of Tombstone, starring Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway and Harris Yulin.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin, Michael Witney, Denver John Collins, Dan Greenburg, John Scanlon, Richard McKenzie, John Bottoms, Philip Shafer ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1971-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1971 : A Gunfight

A Gunfight

6.4/10 IMDB

Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two aging, famous gunfighters, both in need of money. Cross rides into town, having failed as a gold prospector. His reputation is such that everyone expects him to shoot it out with Tenneray, who capitalizes on his legend by working at the saloon to "sucker fools into buying drinks." To the town's surprise, Tenneray and Cross take a liking to one another. There is no hostility between them whatsoever.Tenneray is desperate for money, however. He comes up with the idea to stage a duel to the death in a bullfight arena, with the ticket proceeds going to the winner. Unfortunately, by killing Cross, he reasons to Nora, his wife, "I could lose my best friend." The actual gunfight is shot in a low-key and unromanticised fashion, and is over in a couple of seconds. In an extended fantasy sequence near the end, the widow of the defeated gunfighter imagines what might have happened if her husband had won.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Jane Alexander, Karen Black, Dana Elcar, Robert J. Wilke, Keith Carradine, Eric Douglas ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1971-08-25

The Hunting Party

6.3/10 IMDB

A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Simon Oakland, Ronald Howard, Mitchell Ryan, L.Q. Jones, G. D. Spradlin, Rayford Barnes, Bernard Kay ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1971-07-16
Best Western Movies of 1971 : Shoot Out

Shoot Out

6.2/10 IMDB

Clay Lomax, a bank robber, gets out of jail after an 7 year sentence. He is looking after Sam Foley, the man who betrayed him. Knowing that, Foley hires three men to pay attention of Clay's steps. The things get complicated when Lomax, waiting to receive some money from his ex-lover, gets only the notice of her death and an 7 year old girl, sometimes very annoying, presumed to be his daughter.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Pat Quinn, Robert F. Lyons, Susan Tyrrell, Jeff Corey, James Gregory, Rita Gam, Dawn Lyn, Paul Fix, John Davis Chandler ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1971-08-16

The Last Movie

6.3/10 IMDB

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are interrupted when the local priest asks him to help stop the villagers killing each other by re-enacting scenes from the film for real because they don't understand movie fakery...

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Toni Basil, Stella Garcia, Julie Adams, Peter Fonda, Henry Jaglom, Kris Kristofferson, Michelle Phillips, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn ..
Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Release date: 1971-09-29

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