Best Western Movies of 1971

1.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

5.3
7.7/10

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1971-06-24
2.

Big Jake

4.4
7.2/10

An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson.

Starring: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1971-05-26
3.

Lawman

3.6
7.0/10

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
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1971-01-01
4.

The Hired Hand

3.6
7.0/10
The Hired Hand
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
Directed by: Peter Fonda
Release date: 1971-08-11
5.

Support Your Local Gunfighter

3.5
6.9/10
Support Your Local Gunfighter
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
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1971-05-26
6.

Man in the Wilderness

3.4
6.8/10

In the early 1800's, 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
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-11-24
7.

Wild Rovers

3.4
6.5/10

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
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1971-06-23
8.

Doc

3.4
6.1/10

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
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1971-08-01
9.

Hannie Caulder

3.4
6.3/10

Hannie enlists the aid of bounty hunter Tom Price to teach her how to be a gunfighter so she can hunt down the 3 men who killed her husband and raped her.

Starring: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam, Strother Martin
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1971-11-08
10.

Valdez Is Coming

3.3
6.8/10

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, Jon Cypher, Richard Jordan
Directed by: Edwin Sherin
Release date: 1971-04-09
11.

A Gunfight

3.2
6.4/10
A Gunfight
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
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1971-08-25
12.

The Last Movie

3.1
6.3/10

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
Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Release date: 1971-09-29
13.

Quick Billy

3.0
6.9/10
Quick Billy
An experimental film by San Francisco Bay area avant-garde filmmaker, Bruce Baillie. A montage of images of film making is followed by a silent western story.
Directed by: Bruce Baillie
Release date: 1971-01-28
14.

Blindman

2.8
6.4/10

A blind, but deadly, gunman, is hired to escort fifty mail order brides to their miner husbands. His business partners double cross him, selling the women to bandit Domingo. Blindman heads into Mexico in pursuit.

Starring: Tony Anthony, Ringo Starr, Lloyd Battista, Magda Konopka, Raf Baldassarre
Directed by: Ferdinando Baldi
Release date: 1971-11-15
15.

Man and Boy

2.5
5.7/10

At the beginning of the 19th century a man and his son settle in Arizona which used to be a frontier state and full of criminals at that time.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Leif Erickson, Henry Silva, Dub Taylor
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1971-06-23
16.

A Town Called Bastard

2.3
4.9/10
A Town Called Bastard
A group of Mexican revolutionaries murders a town priest and a number of his christian followers. Ten years later, a widow arrives in town intent to take revenge from her husband's killers.
Starring: Telly Savalas, Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Fernando Rey, Michael Craig
Directed by: Robert Parrish, Irving Lerner
Release date: 1971-10-27
17.

Catlow

2.2
5.6/10

Catlow is a 1971 western based on a story by Louis L'Amour. It stars Yul Brynner as a outlaw determined to pull off a gold robbery and co-stars Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy, Daliah Lavi, Jo Ann Pflug
Directed by: Sam Wanamaker
Release date: 1971-10-01
18.

Vendetta

2.2
4.8/10
Vendetta
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is double-crossed in an arms deal planned by his comrade Scotty. Villa and Scotty plot a raid on a U.S. cavalry fort in retaliation.
Starring: Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors, Anne Francis, José María Prada
Directed by: Eugenio Martín
Release date: 1971-01-01
19.

One More Train to Rob

2.2
5.8/10
One More Train to Rob
Harker Flet and compatriots Timothy X. Nolan and Katy, along with three other men, steal $40,000 in money and jewelry from a California train in the gold-mining country of the 1880's. The six split up and while they are hiding out awaiting the rendezvous to divide the loot, Hark is cornered, framed and sent to prison. He is released after two-and-a-half years and sets out to find Katy and Nolan and get his share of the loot.
Starring: George Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John Vernon, France Nuyen, Steve Sandor
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1971-02-12
20.

Something Big

2.2
5.7/10
Something Big
Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker kidnaps a woman off of the stagecoach, only to find that she is the wife of the commandant of the local Cavalry detachment. Things get further complicated when a girl named Dover McBride shows up. She has come to force Baker to marry her and return east, as he promised to do four years earlier
Starring: Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Carol White, Honor Blackman, Ben Johnson
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1971-11-19

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