Best Western Movies of 1976


The Outlaw Josey Wales

7.8/10 IMDB

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, Paula Trueman, Sam Bottoms, Geraldine Keams, Woodrow Parfrey, Joyce Jameson ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1976-07-14

The Shootist

7.6/10 IMDB

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, Hugh O'Brian, Bill McKinney, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1976-08-11

The Missouri Breaks

6.5/10 IMDB

When vigilante land baron David Braxton hangs one of the best friends of cattle rustler Tom Logan, Logan's gang decides to get even by purchasing a small farm next to Braxton's ranch. From there the rustlers begin stealing horses, using the farm as a front for their operation. Determined to stop the thefts at any cost, Braxton retains the services of eccentric sharpshooter Robert E. Lee Clayton, who begins ruthlessly taking down Logan's gang.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, John McLiam, John P. Ryan, Steve Franken, Richard Bradford ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1976-05-19
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Quest

The Quest

6.1/10 IMDB

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, Morgan Woodward, Neville Brand ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1976-05-13

From Noon Till Three

6.5/10 IMDB

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, Hector Morales, Bert Williams, Davis Roberts, Betty Cole, William Lanteau ..
Directed by: Frank D. Gilroy
Release date: 1976-08-13

The Last Hard Men

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade's life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come gunning for Burgade.

Starring: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Barbara Hershey, Jorge Rivero, Michael Parks, Larry Wilcox, Thalmus Rasulala, Christopher Mitchum, Morgan Paull, John Quade ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1976-04-22

Mad Dog Morgan

6.1/10 IMDB

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, Michael Pate, Wallas Eaton, John Hargreaves, Robin Ramsay, Graeme Blundell ..
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Release date: 1976-07-09
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Dynasty


5.0/10 IMDB

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, Granville Van Dusen, Charles Weldon, Stanley Bennett Clay, Tony Swartz, John Carter ..
Directed by: Lee Phillips
Release date: 1976-03-13
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

5.7/10 IMDB

A female hustler is chasing after rich men, but becomes repeatedly mixed up with a suave con man and card shark through a series of misadventures before falling in love with him.

Starring: George Segal, Goldie Hawn, Conrad Janis, Thayer David, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Sid Gould, Richard Farnsworth, Glynn Rubin, Pat Ast, E.J. André ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1976-04-01

The Return of a Man Called Horse

6.0/10 IMDB

Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the tribe's land only to discover that they've been decimated by ruthless, government-backed fur traders. Led by Horse, they fight to repossess their land.

Starring: Richard Harris, Gale Sondergaard, Geoffrey Lewis, Jorge Luke, Jorge Russek, Claudio Brook, Enrique Lucero, William Lucking, Regino Herrera, Pedro Damián ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1976-06-28

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

6.1/10 IMDB

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, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Bert Remsen, Denver Pyle ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1976-06-24

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday

6.1/10 IMDB

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 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, Sylvia Miles, Strother Martin, Letícia Robles, Howard Platt, Jac Zacha ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1976-06-23
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Young Pioneers

Young Pioneers

6.9/10 IMDB

Pilot for TV series of the same name released in 1978. The film told the tale of Molly and David Beaton, two teenage newlyweds, in the Dakota Territory in the 1870s.

Starring: Roger Kern, Linda Purl ..
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy
Release date: 1976-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Young Pioneers' Christmas

Young Pioneers' Christmas

6.9/10 IMDB

A young couple and their neighbours celebrate Christmas in 1874 on the Dakota prairie. Despite tragedy and an ongoing battle with the Railway company, Christmas is a homespun and overly sentimental affair.

Starring: Linda Purl, Roger Kern, Robert Hays, Kay Kimler, Robert Donner, Britt Leach, Arnold Soboloff, Brendan Dillon, Rand Bridges, Brian Melrose ..
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy
Release date: 1976-12-17

Treasure of Matecumbe

6.1/10 IMDB

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, Billy 'Pop' Atmore, Jane Wyatt, Virginia Vincent, Robert DoQui, Don Knight ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1976-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Invasion of Johnson County

The Invasion of Johnson County

5.8/10 IMDB

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, Lee de Broux, M. Emmet Walsh, Mills Watson, Alan Fudge, Edward Winter ..
Release date: 1976-07-31
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Quest: The Longest Drive

The Quest: The Longest Drive

5.9/10 IMDB

To save an old friend's ranch, the Beaudine brothers round up a gang of misfits to drive a huge herd to market.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson, Dan O'Herlihy, Keenan Wynn, Woody Strode, Erik Estrada, Cooper Huckabee, Richard Davalos, John Rubinstein, Gary Lockwood ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Wanted: The Sundance Woman

Wanted: The Sundance Woman

5.5/10 IMDB

Katharine Ross repeats her portrayal of Etta Place (from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid") in this adventure of the fugitive who, alone and desperate following the deaths of Butch and Sundance, seeks help from Pancho Villa in exchange for guns and ammunition.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Steve Forrest, Hector Elizondo, Stella Stevens, Michael Constantine, Katherine Helmond ..
Directed by: Lee Phillips
Release date: 1976-10-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Winds of Autumn

The Winds of Autumn

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1884, an eleven-year-old Quaker boy sets out on his own to seek revenge against a gang of outlaws who senselessly murdered his family.

Starring: Jack Elam, Jeanette Nolan, Andrew Prine, Earl E. Smith, Chuck Pierce Jr., Jimmy Clem, Belinda Palmer, Charles B. Pierce, Dub Taylor, Steve Lyons ..
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Release date: 1976-06-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Baker's Hawk

Baker's Hawk

5.8/10 IMDB

When a young boy nurses an injured hawk back to health, he gains newfound courage and confidence on his own.

Starring: Clint Walker, Diane Baker, Lee Montgomery, Burl Ives, Alan Young, Barry Hostetler, John Parish ..
Directed by: Lyman Dayton
Release date: 1976-12-12
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Mustang Country

Mustang Country

6.1/10 IMDB

A rancher and former rodeo star comes across a runaway boy while he is hunting a wild stallion.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Robert Fuller, Patrick Wayne, Nika Mina ..
Directed by: John C. Champion
Release date: 1976-03-29
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Pony Express Rider

Pony Express Rider

5.2/10 IMDB

A young Texas Man who saw his father get killed by a group of bandits, decides years later to go to work for the Pony Express. But he is not just working around the country to deliver mail, he is actually finding the bandits who murdered his father.

Starring: Stewart Petersen, Henry Wilcoxon, Buck Taylor, Maureen McCormick, Ken Curtis, Slim Pickens, Dub Taylor, Joan Caulfield, Ace Reid, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1976-11-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Joshua


4.4/10 IMDB

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, Henry Kendrick, Ralph Willingham, Kathryn Jackson ..
Directed by: Larry G. Spangler
Release date: 1976-12-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Wackiest Wagon Train In The West

The Wackiest Wagon Train In The West

3.6/10 IMDB

This comical western chronicles the silly adventures of a bumbling wagonmaster and his clutzy assistant as they attempt to take seven passengers across the prairie. Among the passengers are two wealthy Bostonians, an aspiring showgirl, a teacher, and bachelor. The story is adapted from Dusty's Trail, a television sitcom.

Starring: Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker, Jeannine Riley, Lori Saunders, Ivor Francis, Lynn Wood, William Cort, Eddie Little Sky, Ernest Esparza III, Don Barry ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold, Earl Bellamy, Bruce Bilson, Oscar Rudolph
Release date: 1976-08-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

7.3/10 IMDB

A Western-genre narrative, loosely woven from old clips from B-Western features.

Starring: Pat Buttram, Ralph James, Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Don Barry, Robert Blake, William Boyd, Johnny Mack Brown, Smiley Burnette, Buster Crabbe ..
Directed by: Richard Patterson
Release date: 1976-05-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Surrender in Paradise

Surrender in Paradise

7.0/10 IMDB

Around 1900, bushranger Rusty Swan receives a message that his mother is dying. He sets off with his partner Cecil and girlfriend Valda to see her, chased by a posse led by Sergeant Rutter. They travel through time and wind up in modern-day Surfers Paradise.

Starring: Carolyn Howard, Errol O'Neill, ross gilbert, rod wissler, robby ireland ..
Directed by: Peter Cox
Release date: 1976-04-10
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free

Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free

6.6/10 IMDB

A traveling horse trader and his young nephew travel the west in search of the boy's prize Arabian horse, who has been stolen by a bounty hunter.

Starring: Don Meredith, Jeff Corey, Gloria DeHaven, L. Q. Jones, Jan Murray, Dan O'Herlihy, Jennifer Warren, David Young, Richard Young, Ike Eisenmann ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1976-05-03
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Captive: The Longest Drive 2

The Captive: The Longest Drive 2

6.6/10 IMDB

During a Cavalry massacre at an Indian village, two brothers, searching for their captured sister, rescue a white woman long ago kidnapped by the Cheyenne. They ride for their lives, haunted by the chant of the tribal Death Song.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson, Richard Egan, Dennis Cole, Russ Tamblyn ..
Release date: 1976-09-22
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe

The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe

6.0/10 IMDB

Three young women who posed as the daughters of an elderly homesteader find out that he has been falsely accused of murder, convicted, and sentenced to hang. They hatch a plot to smuggle him out of prison.

Starring: John McIntire, Jack Elam, Jeanette Nolan, Louise Williams, Renne Jarrett, Lezlie Dalton, John Dehner, Geoffrey Lewis, Sean McClory, Joel Fabiani ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1976-05-29
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Blazing Zippers

Blazing Zippers

5.2/10 IMDB

A young woman who lives in the city has recurring dreams of a cowboy who sweeps her off her feet and carries her away. Her psychiatrist advises her to "follow her dream", so she moves to a rural cowtown to find her dream cowboy.

Starring: Sonya Spizer, Sandy Pinney, John Seeman, Suzannah French, Yvonne Green, Rock Steadie, Ken Scudder, Carl Regal, Mick Jones, Lois O'Hara ..
Directed by: Boots McCoy
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Legend of Cougar Canyon

Legend of Cougar Canyon

5.3/10 IMDB

There are many wonderful and dangerous legends about Cougar Canyon, a sacred Navajo terrain. Two young boys must face the legends and dangers when they go to rescue a lost goat.

Starring: Holger Kasper, Steven Benally Jr., Johnny Guerro, Rex Allen ..
Directed by: James T. Flocker
Release date: 1976-04-19
Best Western Movies of 1976 : The Winter of 1849

The Winter of 1849

4.9/10 IMDB

Three escaped convicts lost in a blizzard come upon a cabin inhabited by a widowed woman and her two young sisters.

Starring: Andrea True, Rik Taziner, Dede Bond, Chrissy Sherif, Julie Cotton, Anita Dalon, Zizi Israk, Sunny Summers, Ken Scudder, John Seeman ..
Directed by: Rik Taziner
Release date: 1976-01-01


0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: David S. Cass Sr., Moosie Drier, Robert Forster, Mary Beth Hurt, Eddie Little Sky, Michael Parks, Terri Lynn Wood ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1976-05-21
Best Western Movies of 1976 : Territorial Men

Territorial Men

0.0/10 IMDB

The story of Sara Yarnell, a schoolteacher who moves from Philadelphia to the Western frontier to start a new life. She becomes the only teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Independence, Colorado.

Starring: Brenda Vaccaro, Bert Kramer, Mariclare Costello, Louise Latham, Sam Groom, Albert Stratton, Ron Soble, Robert Donner, Kim Richards, Molly Dodd ..
Directed by: Lawrence Dobkin, William F. Claxton
Release date: 1976-07-30

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