Best Western Movies of 1972


Jeremiah Johnson

7.6/10 IMDB

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

Starring: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquín Martínez, Allyn Ann McLerie, Stefan Gierasch, Richard Angarola, Paul Benedict, Charles Tyner ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1972-09-10

The Cowboys

7.4/10 IMDB

When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Starring: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr., Nicolas Beauvy, Steve Benedict, Robert Carradine, Norman Howell, Stephen R. Hudis ..
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1972-01-13

Joe Kidd

6.4/10 IMDB

A band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all the records destroyed in a courthouse fire. Their leader, Louis Chama, encourages them to use force to regain their land. A wealthy landowner wanting the same decides to hire a gang of killers with Joe Kidd to track Chama.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia, James Wainwright, Paul Koslo, Gregory Walcott, Dick Van Patten, Lynne Marta ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1972-07-19

Ulzana's Raid

7.0/10 IMDB

Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana has left his reservation with a band of followers. A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout, and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside; and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn from McIntosh and to confront his own naivity and hidden prejudices.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel, Joaquín Martínez, Lloyd Bochner, Karl Swenson, Douglass Watson, Dran Hamilton, John Pearce ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1972-10-27

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

6.9/10 IMDB

Outlaw and self-appointed lawmaker, Judge Roy Bean, rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town, while dispensing his his own quirky brand of frontier justice upon strangers passing by.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Ned Beatty, Anthony Perkins, Matt Clark, Roddy McDowall, Bill McKinney, Tab Hunter, Stacy Keach, Steve Kanaly ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1972-12-18

Chato's Land

6.6/10 IMDB

A posse pursues Pardon Chato (Charles Bronson) a mestizo indian after he killed a US marshal in self-defense. As they get deeper into Indian territory, just who is hunting who.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite, Richard Jordan, Victor French, Sonia Rangan, Roddy McMillan, Lee Patterson ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-05-25
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Kung Fu: The Way of the Tiger, the Sign of the Dragon

Kung Fu: The Way of the Tiger, the Sign of the Dragon

7.9/10 IMDB

After avenging the death of his teacher, a Shaolin monk flees China to the American West and helps people while being pursued by bounty hunters.

Starring: David Carradine, Barry Sullivan, Wayne Maunder, Keye Luke, Albert Salmi, James Hong, David Chow, Benson Fong, Richard Loo, Philip Ahn ..
Directed by: Jerry Thorpe
Release date: 1972-02-22
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Evil Roy Slade

Evil Roy Slade

7.1/10 IMDB

Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West"—so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin). There's also Nelson L. Stool (Mickey Rooney), a railroad tycoon, who, along with his dimwitted nephew Clifford (Henry Gibson), is trying to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for robbing him.

Starring: John Astin, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Henry Gibson, Dick Shawn, Dom DeLuise, Edie Adams, Pamela Austin, Arthur Batanides, Larry Hankin ..
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1972-02-18

Bad Company

6.9/10 IMDB

After Drew Dixon, an upright young man, is sent west by his religious family to avoid being drafted into the Civil War, he drifts across the land with a loose confederation of young vagrants.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, David Huddleston, Jerry Houser, Geoffrey Lewis, Ed Lauter, John Savage, Jim Davis, Damon Douglas, Joshua Hill Lewis ..
Directed by: Robert Benton
Release date: 1972-10-08

The Culpepper Cattle Co.

6.9/10 IMDB

Working as an assistant on a long cattle drive, the young Ben Mockridge contends between his dream of being a cowboy and the harsh truth of the Old West.

Starring: Gary Grimes, Billy Green Bush, Luke Askew, Bo Hopkins, Geoffrey Lewis, Wayne Sutherlin, John McLiam, Matt Clark, Raymond Guth, Anthony James ..
Directed by: Dick Richards
Release date: 1972-04-15

Junior Bonner

6.7/10 IMDB

With his bronco-busting career on its last legs, Junior Bonner heads to his hometown to try his luck in the annual rodeo. But his fond childhood memories are shattered when he finds his family torn apart by his greedy brother and hard-drinking father.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Mary Murphy, Sandra Deel, Dub Taylor, Bill McKinney ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-08-02

Buck and the Preacher

6.5/10 IMDB

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot, Tony Brubaker, Bobby Johnson, James McEachin, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1972-03-17
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

5.9/10 IMDB

John Thornton, is a fearless man who's after more than gold; he wants to do what's right. Thornton works for the U.S. mail and is the only person daring and smart enough to figure out how to travel the deadly 600 miles from Skagway to Dawson, Alaska in the icy winter. His incredibly dog Buck is by his side and part of how he survives.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Raimund Harmstorf, George Eastman, Maria Rohm, Juan Luis Galiardo, Sancho Gracia, Friedhelm Lehmann, Horst Heuck, Rik Battaglia, Alf Malland ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1972-11-30

The Revengers

6.0/10 IMDB

The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Roger Hanin, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Jorge Luke, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Arthur Hunnicutt, Warren Vanders, Larry Pennell ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1972-06-21

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

6.1/10 IMDB

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, but things do not go as planned.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R. G. Armstrong, Dana Elcar, Donald Moffat, John Pearce, Matt Clark, Wayne Sutherlin, Robert H. Harris ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1972-05-12

The Wrath of God

6.0/10 IMDB

Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth, John Colicos, Victor Buono, Ken Hutchison, Paula Pritchett, Gregory Sierra, Frank Ramírez, Enrique Lucero ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1972-07-14
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Bounty Man

The Bounty Man

6.0/10 IMDB

Kinkaid is a rugged, hard-driving bounty hunter, determined to find outlaw Billy Riddle. He tracks Billy, takes him captive, and starts the long trek to justice. However, this journey may lead him to dire consequences... a gang of cut-throats headed by Angus Keough is pursuing them, after the bounty for themselves.

Starring: Clint Walker, Margot Kidder, Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Arthur Hunnicutt, John Ericson, Rex Holman, Wayne Sutherlin, Paul Harper, Dennis Cross ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1972-10-31
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Greaser's Palace

Greaser's Palace

5.9/10 IMDB

A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting.

Starring: Allan Arbus, Albert Henderson, Luana Anders, Michael Sullivan, Hervé Villechaize, Toni Basil, Don Calfa, Robert Downey Jr., Elsie Downey, Michael Sullivan ..
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Release date: 1972-07-31

The Magnificent Seven Ride!

5.6/10 IMDB

Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes.The last in the original series of four "Magnificent Seven" movies.

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Mariette Hartley, Luke Askew, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Ralph Waite, Melissa Murphy, William Lucking, James B. Sikking ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1972-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Justin Morgan Had a Horse

Justin Morgan Had a Horse

6.7/10 IMDB

This is the story of the foundation sire of the Morgan Horse Breed.

Starring: Don Murray, R. G. Armstrong, Lana Wood, Whit Bissell, Gary Crosby, E.W. Firestone, James Hampton, John Hubbard, Mike Road, John Smith ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1972-02-06

Pocket Money

5.4/10 IMDB

Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers, Hector Elizondo, Christine Belford, Gregory Sierra, Fred Graham, Matt Clark, Kelly Jean Peters ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1972-02-01

The Legend of Nigger Charley

5.9/10 IMDB

A trio of runaway slaves evade authorities in the Old West.

Starring: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, Don Pedro Colley, Thomas Anderson, Jerry Gatlin, Alan Gifford, Will Hussung, Gertrude Jeannette, Fred Lerner, Marcia McBroom ..
Directed by: Martin G. Goldman
Release date: 1972-03-16
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Daughters of Joshua Cabe

The Daughters of Joshua Cabe

6.7/10 IMDB

Due to a home-steading law, a fur trapper schemes to keep his land by hiring a hooker, a pickpocket and a thief to pose as his family.

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Karen Valentine, Lesley Ann Warren, Sandra Dee, Don Stroud, Henry Jones, Jack Elam, Leif Erickson, Michael Anderson Jr., Paul Koslo ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1972-09-13
Best Western Movies of 1972 : J.W. Coop

J.W. Coop

6.5/10 IMDB

After losing eight years to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost 'prime' years of his career, he doggedly goes forward, and learns that not only has the business of rodeo changed during his incarceration but society as a whole has made dramatic changes as well.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R. G. Armstrong, R. L. Armstrong, John Crawford, Wade Crosby, Marjorie Durant, Mary-Robin Redd, Sandy Dempsey ..
Directed by: Cliff Robertson
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Run, Cougar, Run

Run, Cougar, Run

6.0/10 IMDB

In this nature adventure, a courageous cougar must struggle to survive after a cruel human hunter kills her mate.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Frank Aletter, Lonny Chapman, Douglas Fowley, Harry Carey, Jr., Alfonso Aráu, Ian Tyson ..
Directed by: Jerome Courtland
Release date: 1972-10-18
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Bravos

The Bravos

6.0/10 IMDB

The commander of an isolated frontier cavalry post tries to stop an Indian war and find his son, who has been kidnapped.

Starring: George Peppard, Pernell Roberts, Belinda Montgomery, L.Q. Jones, George Murdock, Barry Brown, Dana Elcar, John Kellogg, Bo Svenson, Vincent Van Patten ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1972-01-09
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Honkers

The Honkers

6.0/10 IMDB

An over-the-hill rodeo champion is so self-centered that he ignores his wife, son, and best friend.

Starring: James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Anne Archer, Richard Anderson, Joan Huntington, Jim Davis, Ramon Bieri, Ted Eccles, Mitchell Ryan ..
Directed by: Steve Ihnat
Release date: 1972-05-17

Dirty Little Billy

6.2/10 IMDB

Clearly influenced by the darker, more sinister style of spaghetti westerns, Dirty Little Billy offers a unique insight into the beginnings of the notorious outlaw Billy The Kid.

Starring: Michael J. Pollard, Lee Purcell, Richard Evans, Gary Busey, Ed Lauter, Len Lesser, Dran Hamilton, Willard Sage, Dick Van Patten, Mills Watson ..
Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Release date: 1972-11-01

When the Legends Die

6.4/10 IMDB

An elderly rodeo rider becomes mentor to a young man attempting to make his own name in the business.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Frederic Forrest, Luana Anders, Vito Scotti, Herbert Nelson, John War Eagle, John Gruber, Garry Walberg, Jack Mullaney, Malcolm Curley ..
Directed by: Stuart Millar
Release date: 1972-10-19
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Bull of the West

The Bull of the West

5.3/10 IMDB

Two episodes of the TV series "The Virginian" edited together: "Duel at Shiloh" (2 Jan. 1963) and "Nobility of Kings" (10 Nov. 1965).

Starring: Charles Bronson, Geraldine Brooks, Gary Clarke, Lee J. Cobb, James Drury, Clu Gulager, Ben Johnson, Brian Keith, DeForest Kelley, George Kennedy ..
Directed by: Jerry Hopper, Paul Stanley
Release date: 1972-05-04
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Hardcase


6.7/10 IMDB

A man thought-dead comes home to find that his wife has sold their ranch and married a Mexican revolutionary.

Starring: Clint Walker, Stefanie Powers, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Alex Karras, E. Lopez Rojas, Luis Mirando, Martin LaSalle ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1972-02-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Cry for Me, Billy

Cry for Me, Billy

5.8/10 IMDB

Drifter falls in love with Native American girl, with tragic results.

Starring: Cliff Potts, Maria Potts, Harry Dean Stanton, Don Wilbanks, Woody Chambliss, James Gammon, Roy Jenson, Floyd Baze, Wayne McLaren, John Bellah ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1972-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Marshal of Windy Hollow

The Marshal of Windy Hollow

7.7/10 IMDB

The Texas Rangers are called in to investigate a string of attacks on wagon trains.

Starring: Sunset Carson, Ken Maynard, Tex Ritter, Tex Barr ..
Directed by: Jerry Whittington
Release date: 1972-08-09
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Proud and Damned

The Proud and Damned

4.4/10 IMDB

A group of five Confederate mercenaries led by Sergeant Will Hansen must choose sides carefully in a small village where they find themselves trapped in the middle of a rebellion. The group is torn as to whether they should honor the powerful military dictator who forces them to spy for him or help the local village fight for its independence. Follow Sergeant Hansen and his men as they make a decision that could cost them their lives.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Aron Kincaid, Cesar Romero, José Greco, Smokey Roberds, Henry Capps, Peter Ford, Andres Marquis, Maria Grimm, Nana Lorca ..
Directed by: Ferde Grofé Jr.
Release date: 1972-07-01

The Trap on Cougar Mountain

3.9/10 IMDB

A mountain boy takes it upon himself to protect wild animals from hunters and trappers.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Karen Steele ..
Release date: 1972-09-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Dust Unto Dust

Dust Unto Dust

7.5/10 IMDB

A white child is orphaned in the desert by his dying parents, grows up alone, and is found by a Native American and his half breed brother, from whom he finally learns about love. The two men are outcasts from their own tribe, having rejected making love to women and enjoying only male-to-male sex.

Starring: Olin, Poco Allen, Damon Rosi ..
Directed by: Tom DeSimone
Release date: 1972-05-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Molly and Lawless John

Molly and Lawless John

5.3/10 IMDB

Molly, the shy, romance-starved wife of an arrogant frontier sheriff, finds herself drawn to a prisoner in her husband's jail. This prisoner, a handsome young man named Johnny, plays on Molly's sympathy and convinces her to help him escape. Molly then accompanies Johnny on his cross-country flight but soon learns he's simply been using her. Molly makes the best of the situation, however, and by the time the sheriff's posse catches up with them, Molly shows that she's learned how to assert herself.

Starring: Vera Miles, Sam Elliott, Clu Gulager, John Anderson, Cynthia Myers, Charles Pinney, Bob Westmoreland, Melinda Chavaria, Pasqualita Baca ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1972-12-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Indio


6.2/10 IMDB

A greedy land developer steals the land from an Apache Indian tribe. His plan involves shooting most of the Apaches but an Apache warrior survives and gets revenge.

Starring: Jorge Rivero, Mario Almada, Jorge Russek, Monica Favel, Pascual García Peña, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ..
Directed by: Rodolfo de Anda
Release date: 1972-09-07
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Bloody Trail

Bloody Trail

3.8/10 IMDB

A Union soldier travels through the South right after the Civil War ends, and runs up against angry ex-slaves, murderous former Confederates and desperate women.

Starring: Paul Harper, Rance Howard, John Mitchum, Rickey Richardson, Hagen Smith, Eve York ..
Directed by: Richard Robinson
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Uprising at Box Canyon

Uprising at Box Canyon

5.0/10 IMDB

Four women in a wagon are on their way to service the miners at Box Canyon. They get attacked by bandits and are rescued by the miners. The women show their appreciation.

Starring: Andy Bellamy, Sandy Dempsey, Nora Wieternik, Jim Frost, Henry Ferris, Wild Bill ..
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Dr. Carstair's 1869 Love-Root Elixir

Dr. Carstair's 1869 Love-Root Elixir

4.9/10 IMDB

A couple of thugs rob gold from the peaceful miners, then they steal their women.

Starring: William Guhl, Marsha Jordan, Tony Vorno, Jay Scott, Kathy Hilton, Steven Sommers, Norman Fields, Paul Dickens, Ralph Thomas, Jim Hopewell ..
Directed by: Henning Schellerup
Release date: 1972-01-01

A Man for Hanging

5.0/10 IMDB

A mentally and physically scarred monster rampages through the old west, killing and raping as he seeks to meet up with his cohorts in a bank robbery. He is pursued by a vengeful posse who have no thoughts of bringing him back for justice.

Starring: Peter Breck, Paul Carr, Brooke Bundy, David Macklin, Walker Edmiston, Virginia Wood, Michael Pataki, Victoria Thompson, Robert F. Hoy, Lesley Woods ..
Directed by: Joseph Mazzuca
Release date: 1972-09-29
Best Western Movies of 1972 : Fair Play

Fair Play

3.1/10 IMDB

A young man arrives at the town of Fair Play to see his uncle. What he finds upon arriving is a town hiding a secret from any outsiders. The young man must uncover the truth the townspeople wish to keep hidden in order to save his uncle.

Starring: Paul Ford, Robert Middleton, Terry Wilson, Paul Glaser, Phillip Alford, Barbara Hancock, Charlie Dell, Bill Thurman, Richard Webb, Hugh Feagin ..
Directed by: James A. Sullivan
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Marshal of Madrid

The Marshal of Madrid

0.0/10 IMDB

A gang of smugglers headed by an oil dealer are brought to justice by a lawman.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Peter Ustinov, Edgar Buchanan, James Gregory, Victor Campos, Betty Ann Carr, Sandra Ego, Peter Ford, Taylor Lacher ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1972 : The Last Escape of Billy the Kid

The Last Escape of Billy the Kid

0.0/10 IMDB

Formerly lost western starring Jack Elam

Starring: Jack Elam, Steve Railsback ..
Directed by: Larry G. Spangler
Release date: 1972-01-01

The Women's Happy Time Commune

0.0/10 IMDB

The first all-women Western. Set in a fictional 1850, the movie is about one woman's attempt to recruit others for an all-women commune. "..a Warholesque frolic" -- Daphne Davis, Women's Wear Daily " Some great comments about women, men and the pros and cons of living with either." -- Women & Film: International Festival, 1973 "A group of wonderfully idiosyncratic women improvise characters close to their real lives and fantasy lives. Funny, ambling, off-handedly lyrical, the above all excellent for sharing warm feelings in a group." -- Ms. magazine

Starring: Roberta Hodes, Frances Cima, Judy March, Marylyn Landers, Kathryn McHargue, Frances Jones, Dorothy Stensland, Rosalie Triplett, Satia Block ..
Directed by: Sheila Paige
Release date: 1972-11-01

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