Best Western Movies of 1979


The Frisco Kid

6.3/10 IMDB

Rabbi Avram arrives in Philadelphia from Poland en route to San Francisco where he will be a congregation's new rabbi. An innocent and inexperienced traveller, he is tricked by con men to pay for the trip to go west, then they leave him and his belongings scattered along a deserted road. He is befriended by a stranger, Tommy, who is a bank robber and have many adventures during their journey.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio, George DiCenzo, Leo Fuchs, Penny Peyser, William Smith, Vincent Schiavelli, Jack Somack ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1979-07-06

The Electric Horseman

6.4/10 IMDB

A former champion rodeo rider is reduced to using his saddle skills to promote a breakfast cereal in a gaudy Las Vegas show. When he's asked to perform with a $12 million horse that he discovers is being doped to remain docile, he flees into the desert astride the beast in an act of defiance. A story-hungry female reporter gives chase.

Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson, John Saxon, Wilford Brimley, Allan Arbus, Nicolas Coster, Brendan Kelly, Basil Hoffman ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Western Movies of 1979 : The Sacketts

The Sacketts

7.6/10 IMDB

Two part TV adaptation of Louis L'Amour's third novel in the Sackett series. The story follows the three Sackett brothers out west from their Tennessee home. Along the way the oldest, Tell, prospects for gold, while the two younger Orin and Tye herd cattle and later help bring order to a racially divided Santa Fe.

Release date: 1979-05-08


7.3/10 IMDB

Widowed Elinor Randall and her young daughter Jerrine arrive in a barren stretch of Wyoming in 1910 after Elinor's application for work as a housekeeper is accepted by Clyde Stewart, a rancher. The work is back-breaking and the isolation is brutal, particularly as winter arrives. Elinor begins to think about homesteading her own property near Stewart's ranch, but Stewart tries to dissuade her with explanations about the killing conditions and poor rewards, especially for a woman with no man to help her ranch. Although their temperaments are different and little affection exists, Elinor and Stewart agree to marry and combine homesteads. What lies ahead is the severest test of all.

Starring: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Megan Folsom, Lilia Skala, Amy Wright, Jerry Hardin, Mary Boylan, Bob Sirucek, Marvin Berg ..
Directed by: Richard Pearce
Release date: 1979-09-22

The Villain

5.3/10 IMDB

Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money, and hires notorious outlaw Cactus Jack to ambush Charming. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks, Ruth Buzzi, Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Ray Bickel, Robert Tessier ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1979-07-26
Best Western Movies of 1979 : Kate and the Indians

Kate and the Indians

6.0/10 IMDB

Kate, a sexy young student, agrees to join her professors on a lengthy jaunt into the desert. Their expedition leads them into a whole host of surrealistic sexual encounters as they come across the most whacked-out tribe of Indians you've ever seen.

Starring: Kay Parker, Kandi Barbour, Mike Ranger, Jack Shute, Holly Joy, Corn Hole Wallace, R.J. Reynolds, Jennifer West, Bobby Dee, Bobby Reed ..
Directed by: Allen Swift
Release date: 1979-09-20
Best Western Movies of 1979 : The Paradise Trail

The Paradise Trail

5.8/10 IMDB

In a small western town in the late 1800?s, two outlaws take a blind preacher, his wife and an Indian girl as hostages in their flight from the law. Excitement mounts when Dan, one of the outlaws makes a shocking discovery. The last train to Cortez lays bare the agony that torments Dan but the train brings an unexpected surprise.

Starring: Burt Douglas, Robert L. Somers, Gene Otis, Teri Hernandez, Deborah Trissell, Richard Jury, Russell Porter, John Isaacs, Roy Kaye, Jim Koch ..
Directed by: Donald W. Thompson
Release date: 1979-01-01

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

6.0/10 IMDB

Amos and Theodore, the two bumbling outlaw wannabes from The Apple Dumpling Gang, are back and trying to make it on their own. This time, the crazy duo gets involved in an army supply theft case -- and, of course, gets in lots of comic trouble along the way!

Starring: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars, Elyssa Davalos, Jack Elam, Robert Pine, Harry Morgan, Ruth Buzzi, Audrey Totter ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1979-06-27

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

5.7/10 IMDB

Before the adventures that made them legends, they were charming mastermind Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy, and crack-shot outlaw Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, soon to be known as The Sundance Kid. This is the 'prequel' of how they met, their first clumsy robberies, the heroic dangers that abound them together, the secret that nearly tore them apart, and the impossible train heist that made them notorious for life. Saddle up and ride with the showdowns, shootouts, bad guys and good times in the days before the fame when fun was the name of the game.

Starring: William Katt, Tom Berenger, Jeff Corey, John Schuck, Michael C. Gwynne, Peter Weller, Brian Dennehy, Christopher Lloyd, Jill Eikenberry, Vincent Schiavelli ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1979-06-15
Best Western Movies of 1979 : The Whole Shootin' Match

The Whole Shootin' Match

7.2/10 IMDB

Lloyd and Frank, two lifelong friends and self-styled entrepreneurs in Austin, try to find the get-rich-quick scheme that will actually get them rich. Lloyd has developed a new invention that he's sure will finally lead to the success he and Frank have been chasing their whole lives. Their golden ticket is a combination mop, vacuum cleaner and floor polisher, but before prosperity arrives, reality intrudes on their plans.

Starring: Lou Perryman, Sonny Carl Davis, Doris Hargrave, Eric Henshaw, David Weber, James N. Harrell, Margaret Becker, Wayne Bell, Martin Boozer, Sue Dahlman ..
Directed by: Eagle Pennell
Release date: 1979-03-16

The Wild Wild West Revisited

6.5/10 IMDB

The intrepid team of Old West government intelligence agents are brought out of retirement after 10 years to hunt down a cunning new adversary, the son of their former archenemy, who is suspected of cloning imposters to be substituted for the crowned heads of Europe and perhaps even the President of the United States.

Starring: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Paul Williams, Harry Morgan, René Auberjonois, Jo Ann Harris, Wilford Brimley, Joyce Jameson, Skip Homeier, Trisha Noble ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1979-05-09
Best Western Movies of 1979 : Heavenly Desire

Heavenly Desire

5.7/10 IMDB

In 1879 Wild West California, prostitute Mary Lou and her friend Rosebud are accidentally gunned down after witnessing the death of Mary Lou's dim-witted lover Ralph. 100 years later, the Devil recruits the limbo-state souls of Mary Lou and Rosebud to return to their brothel, now a Los Angeles college sorority, to try to bring two newcomers to the place, Ellen and Sue, to make them lose their virginity to their boyfriends in order for them to gain access into swinging Hell.

Starring: Johnny Harden, Mike Ranger, Jamie Gillis, Johnnie Keyes, Jon Martin, Michael O'Leary, Serena, Seka, Hillary Summers, Dani Williams ..
Directed by: Jaacov Jaacovi
Release date: 1979-06-27
Best Western Movies of 1979 : Eagle's Wing

Eagle's Wing

5.9/10 IMDB

Two men, an aging Native American and a ne'er-do-well trapper from North America, race to claim the stallion Eagle's Wing in antebellum Mexico, meeting marauded stagecoach travelers and garrisoned Mexicans along the way.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Harvey Keitel, Stéphane Audran, John Castle, Caroline Langrishe, Jorge Russek, Manuel Ojeda, Jorge Luke, Pedro Damián ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1979-07-26
Best Western Movies of 1979 : Sweet Savage

Sweet Savage

4.7/10 IMDB

A young Indian girl falls in love with a local white cowboy. The racist element in town doesn't approve of that, so they kidnap the girl and gang-rape her. The girl's brother hears about it, and he and other members of the tribe kidnap a white girl from town and gang-rape her. Things go downhill from there.

Starring: Carol Connors, Aldo Ray, Bethanna, John Hollabaugh, Eileen Wells, Jack Birch, Jesse Adams, John Seeman, Tyler Reynolds, Desiree West ..
Directed by: Ann Perry, Charles Samples
Release date: 1979-09-01
Best Western Movies of 1979 : Up River

Up River

4.4/10 IMDB

A young man meets with violent hostility as he attempts to fulfil his dream of making a life for himself in the wilds of British Columbia at the turn of the 20th Century.

Starring: Morgan Stevens, Jeff Corey, Dale Wilson, John Bear Curtis, David L. Crowley, Mikal Dughi, Deborah Au Luce ..
Directed by: Carl Kitt
Release date: 1979-06-01
Best Western Movies of 1979 : The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang

The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang

5.6/10 IMDB

A light-hearted view of the Dalton Gang's legendary raid on Coffeyville, Kansas and the years leading up to it as the brothers form themselves into a gang of horse thieves and train and bank robbers with their arch enemy, Detective Will Smith, constantly on their heels.

Starring: Cliff Potts, Randy Quaid, Larry Wilcox, Mills Watson, Sharon Farrell, Matt Clark, Royal Dano, Julie Hill, John Karlen, Elliott Street ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1979-11-20

The Sweet Creek County War

6.7/10 IMDB

In this western, a sheriff gets tired of upholding the law and retires to a quiet ranch. Unfortunately, he ends up saving his homesteader neighbors from a corrupt Wyoming land grabber.

Starring: Richard Egan, Albert Salmi, Nita Talbot, Slim Pickens, Robert J. Wilke, Joe Orton, Ray Cardi, Tom Jackman ..
Directed by: J. Frank James
Release date: 1979-01-25

Mr. Horn

6.4/10 IMDB

Western saga based on the legend of frontier folk hero Tom Horn, including his role in the trackdown of Geronimo in the 1880s with his mentor and pal, Al Sieber, the fabled Indian scout, his later days as a Pinkerton detective, and the way he was used by both sides in turn-of-the-century cattle wars, leading to his tragic death.

Starring: David Carradine, Richard Widmark, Karen Black, Richard Masur, Clay Tanner, Pat McCormick, Jack Starrett, John Durren, Jeremy Slate, Enrique Lucero ..
Directed by: Jack Starrett
Release date: 1979-02-01

The Legend of the Golden Gun

5.2/10 IMDB

In Kansas during the middle of the Civil War, John Golden is left for dead and his family has been killed by the ruthless Confederate outlaw William Quantrill. Rescued by runaway slave Joshua Brown, Golden is determined to get revenge. With the help of a legendary gunfighter and a special gun, Golden must not only deal with Quantrill and his men, but has to dodge General Custer and his army, as well.

Starring: Jeff Osterhage, Carl Franklin, Robert Davi, Keir Dullea, Michele Carey, Hal Holbrook, John McLiam, Elissa Leeds, R.G. Armstrong, William Bryant ..
Directed by: Alan J. Levi
Release date: 1979-07-05
Best Western Movies of 1979 : She Came To The Valley

She Came To The Valley

4.4/10 IMDB

Based on the book by Cleo Dawson, this film follows the struggle of a female settler as she becomes involved in a political conflict during the Spanish-American War.

Starring: Ronee Blakley, Dean Stockwell, Scott Glenn, Freddy Fender, Anna Jones, Jennifer Jones, Rafael Flores Jr., Les Brecht, Frank Benedetto, Sol Marroquin ..
Directed by: Albert Band
Release date: 1979-01-01

The Sacketts

0.0/10 IMDB

A two-part film, "The Sacketts" follows the three Sackett brothers west from their Tennessee home. Along the way, oldest brother, Tell, prospects for gold, while the two younger, Orin and Tye, herd cattle and help bring order to a racially divided Santa Fe. (Combination of the Louis L'Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts)

Release date: 1979-05-15

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