Best Western Movies of 1986


Houston: The Legend of Texas

6.6/10 IMDB

Sam Elliot stars as Sam Houston, the visionary who nearly single-handedly forged the state of Texas into a powerful entity in its own right. Refusing to forget the Alamo (as if anyone could), Houston led the military in Texas' rebellion against Mexico. G.D. Spradlin co-stars as President Andrew Jackson, with Michael Beck appearing as Jim Bowie, James Stephens as Stephen Austin, and Richard Yniguez as Mexican General Santa Anna. Lensed on location in the Lone Star state, this sweeping made-for-TV film originally occupied three hours' screen time on November 22, 1986. Its title at that time was Houston: The Legend of Texas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Starring: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne, Donald Moffat, John Quade, Ned Romero, William Russ, John P. Ryan, James Stephens ..
Directed by: Peter Levin
Release date: 1986-11-22
Best Western Movies of 1986 : The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil

The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil

6.3/10 IMDB

The short tells the story of a drunkard going through alcohol withdrawal, as personified by the Devil. Director Bob Stenhouse takes what could be a dark subject and makes it a funny madcap romp.

Starring: Grant Tilly ..
Directed by: Bob Stenhouse
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1986 : The Richest Cat in the World

The Richest Cat in the World

6.7/10 IMDB

Leo Kohlmeyer is a talking cat who inherits $5 million from his late owner and is looked after by the owner's in-laws whose two children, Bart and Veronica, learn Leo's secret that he can talk, while a bumbling, but devious, couple called the Rigsbys plot to kidnap Leo in order for them to gain the inheritance money for themselves.

Starring: Ramon Bieri, Steven Kampmann, Caroline McWilliams, Steve Vinovich, Jesse Wells, George Wyner, Brandon Call, Kellie Martin, Randy Oglesby, Joel Bennett ..
Directed by: Greg Beeman, Michael Kusley, Emmitt-Leon O'Neill, Dick Erickson
Release date: 1986-03-09


6.0/10 IMDB

Story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory. On board are a cavalry man's pregnant wife, a prostitute with a broken heart, a Marshal taking in his prisoner Johnny Ringo, a crooked gambler, and the infamous Doc Holliday

Starring: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, John Schneider, Elizabeth Ashley, Anthony Newley, Anthony Franciosa, Merritt Butrick, Mary Crosby ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1986-05-18
Best Western Movies of 1986 : The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James

The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James

6.5/10 IMDB

This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse's death at the hands of the "rotten little coward" Bob Ford and Frank's death in 1892.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Cross, Gail Youngs, David Allan Coe, Andy Stahl, June Carter Cash, Ed Bruce, Darrell Wilkins, Meg Gibson ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1986-02-17
Best Western Movies of 1986 : Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger

6.3/10 IMDB

Reverend Julian Shay (Willie Nelson) strode into the saloon, pulled out his six-shooter, and killed his adulterous wife (Morgan Fairchild) and the man she had left him for. It was the beginning of his violent transformation from God-Loving preacher to ruthless outlaw.

Starring: Willie Nelson, Katharine Ross, Morgan Fairchild, R.G. Armstrong, Royal Dano, Sonny Carl Davis, Paul English ..
Directed by: William D. Wittliff
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1986 : Kung Fu: The Movie

Kung Fu: The Movie

6.3/10 IMDB

In his travels, Caine meets up with an old man who has several surprises for him. The first being the destruction of the Shaolin order, the second being that the man is the father of the Emperor's nephew whom he killed in China, and the third is that he seeks his revenge using the son Caine never knew he had sired as the instrument of his death. It will take all of Caine's skill and wisdom to find a solution to this deadly predicament.

Starring: David Carradine, Kerrie Keane, Mako Iwamatsu, William Lucking, Luke Askew, Keye Luke, Benson Fong, Brandon Lee, Martin Landau ..
Directed by: Richard Lang
Release date: 1986-02-01

Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills

6.7/10 IMDB

1986 Western film Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills, directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Bruce Boxleitner.

Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Bo Hopkins, Don Shanks, Ed Bruce, Buck Taylor, Thomas Wilson Brown, Lisa MacFarlane, Jack Elam, Michael Wrenn ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1986-11-15
Best Western Movies of 1986 : The Aurora Encounter

The Aurora Encounter

4.4/10 IMDB

A tiny alien lands in the small town Aurora in Texas in the times of the Wild West. He flies around in his spaceship and checks out everything. While the kids are fascinated, their parents are rather sceptic and afraid. Ms. Peabels, teacher and new owner of the local paper, smells a good story and brings the alien into the headlines. When the governor hears of the rumors he sends a ranger to take action. Written by Tom Zoerner

Starring: Jack Elam, Carol Bagdasarian, Dottie West, Will Mitchell, Charles B. Pierce, Mickey Hays, George McFarland, Peter Brown ..
Directed by: Jim McCullough Sr.
Release date: 1986-08-01

The Return of Josey Wales

4.3/10 IMDB

Legend has it-he lives. In this Western drama, some friends of gunfighter Josey Wales (Michael Parks, who also directed) are killed South of the border, so he heads to Mexico to confront a crooked local chief of police and get a good buddy out of jail. After Josey arrives, he manages to free an Apache woman and two inmates, as well as his friend Ten Spot. But soon the going gets rougher for everyone concerned. This sequel to Clint Eastwood's classic The Outlaw Josey Wales is a rendering of good guys versus bad, with an emphasis on gunfights.

Starring: Michael Parks, Rafael Campos, Charles McCoy, Suzie Humphreys, John William Galt, Robert Magruder, Paco Vela, Everett Sifuentes ..
Directed by: Michael Parks
Release date: 1986-01-01

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