Best Western Movies of 1976


The Outlaw Josey Wales


After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1976-06-30

The Shootist


Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a boarding house run by a widow and her son.However, it is not Brooks' fate to die in peace, as he becomes embroiled in one last valiant battle.

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1976-08-11


Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell, an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make matters worse, Keoma's three half-brothers have joined forces with Caldwell, and make it painfully clear that his return is an unwelcome one. Determined to break Caldwell and his brothers' grip on the town, Keoma partners with his father's former ranch hand to exact violent revenge.
Starring: Franco Nero, Woody Strode, Olga Karlatos, Orso Maria Guerrini, Gabriella Giacobbe
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
Release date: 1976-11-25

The Missouri Breaks


Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1976-05-19

The Last Hard Men


In the early 20th century, some convicts while on a road gang escape and one of the convicts is Zach Provo, a half Indian, who was sent to prison during the latter part of the 19th century. He escapes with 6 others to exact vengeance on Sam Burgade the lawman who not only captured him but was also responsible for the death of Provo's wife, at least in Provo's mind. Part of his plan is to kidnap Burgade's daughter, which prompts him to strap on his guns and go after him on horseback. Can Burgade who has been retired for sometime still have what it takes to track Provo down?

Starring: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Barbara Hershey, Jorge Rivero, Michael Parks
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1976-04-22

From Noon Till Three


Bank robber Graham Dorsey spends a few hours with beautiful widow Amanda Starbuck, in which time his gang takes part in a disastrous holdup. Learning of his comrades' demise, Dorsey goes on the lam. Believing her short-term lover was killed by the law, Amanda decides to make the most of having had a liaison with the supposedly deceased desperado by writing a book about him. Much to his confusion, the still-living Dorsey watches as his name becomes legendary.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Douglas Fowley, Stan Haze, Damon Douglas
Directed by: Frank D. Gilroy
Release date: 1976-08-13

Mad Dog Morgan

Mad Dog Morgan
The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Bill Hunter, Frank Thring
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Release date: 1976-07-09

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday


Sam Longwood, a frontiersman who has seen better days, spies the gold-mine partner, Jack Colby, who ran off with all the gold from a mine they were prospecting fifteen years earlier. He tells his other partners from that time, Joe Knox and Billy, and they confront Colby demanding not only the thousand dollars he took but an addition fifty-nine thousand for their trouble. After being thwarted in this attempt, they, and a would-be whore named Thursday, hatch a plan to kidnap Colby's wife, Nancy Sue, who is coincidently Sam's old flame, but find that Nancy Sue is not the sweet girl that Sam remembers.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Robert Culp, Kay Lenz, Elizabeth Ashley
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1976-06-23

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson


Buffalo Bill plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it. However, Sitting Bull has his own hidden agenda, involving the President and General Custer.

Starring: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Harvey Keitel, Kevin McCarthy, Allan F. Nicholls
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1976-06-24

Treasure of Matecumbe

Treasure of Matecumbe
In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnic becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret, a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe.
Starring: Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov, Vic Morrow, Johnny Doran
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1976-07-01


A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother.
Starring: Fred Williamson, Cal Bartlett, Brenda Venus, Isela Vega, Bud Stout
Directed by: Larry G. Spangler
Release date: 1976-12-01

The Quest

The Quest
Eight years ago, Cheyenne Indians attacked the Baudine Family wagon and captured Morgan (Kurt Russell), whom they renamed Two Persons. Now Two Persons, raised in the ways of the Indians, has been reunited with his brother Quentin (Tim Matheson), a doctor and a stranger to frontier ways. Together the brothers set out in search of their sister Patricia, who was also captured and who Two Persons believes is still alive.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson, Brian Keith, Keenan Wynn, Cameron Mitchell
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1976-05-13


The story of a pioneer family in the early 1800s that seeks its fortunes on the Ohio frontier.
Starring: Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin, Sarah Miles, Amy Irving, Gerrit Graham
Directed by: Lee Phillips
Release date: 1976-03-13

The Invasion of Johnson County

The Invasion of Johnson County
A free-spirited Bostonian recently arrived in the West teams up with a crusty Wyoming cowboy to stop a land baron's attempts to drive out a group of small ranchers and take over their property.
Starring: Bill Bixby, Bo Hopkins, John Hillerman, Billy Green Bush, Stephen Elliott
Release date: 1976-07-31

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