Best Western Movies of 1988

1.

Young Guns

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp, Jack Palance, Terry O'Quinn, Sharon Thomas Cain ..
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Release date: 1988-02-17
2.

The Man From Snowy River II

3.6
6.5/10 IMDB

After a few years trying to earn money to marry Jessica Harrison, Jim Craig returns to Snowy River. But he finds that a lot of things have changed.

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy, Nicholas Eadie, Mark Hembrow, Bryan Marshall, Rhys McConnochie, Peter Cummins, Cornelia Frances, Tony Barry ..
Directed by: Geoff Burrowes
Release date: 1988-03-24
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Cowboys Don't Cry
3.

Cowboys Don't Cry

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

A father and son struggle to make ends meet on the rodeo circuit.

Starring: Janet-Laine Green, Zachary Ansley, Rebecca Jenkins, Ron White ..
Directed by: Anne Wheeler
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1988 : BraveStarr: The Legend
4.

BraveStarr: The Legend

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Marshall Bravestarr is the lawman of the wild-west planet "New Texas" with help from Thirty-Thirty, his cybernetic talking horse and Deputy Fuzz, his sidekick and Shaman, his mentor. Bravestarr with his special powers fights the outlaw Tex-Hex, the leader of the Carrion Bunch, who are after the mineral Kerium, Bravestarr sets out to set things right and enforce peace and justice on "New Texas".

Starring: Charlie Adler, Susan Blu, Pat Fraley, Alan Oppenheimer, Ed Gilbert ..
Directed by: Tom Tataranowicz
Release date: 1988-03-18
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Bonanza: The Next Generation
5.

Bonanza: The Next Generation

3.5
5.6/10 IMDB

This is the continuing saga of the Cartwrights, only none of the original Cartwrights are here anymore but their sons. Ben and Hoss have passed on, and Little Joe is MIA; he went with Teddy Roosevelt and is currently missing. Ben's brother, Aaron is now in charge of the Ponderosa, and Little Joe's wife Annie also lives there. His son, Benjamin has come back fom the East. Charlie Poke is a man who owes his life to Ben Cartwright and is now the ranch foreman, and is not exactly on good terms with Aaron. Aaron has allowed a mining company access to mine on the Ponderosa, but the man in charge has other ideas. And Hoss' son Josh whom no one has seen before, has come to the Ponderosa to kill Hoss cause he thinks Hoss deserted him and his mother not knowing that Hoss died before he could go back to bring his mother back to the Ponderosa.

Starring: Robert Fuller, John Ireland, Peter Mark Richman, John Amos, Michael Landon Jr., Barbara Anderson, Dabbs Greer, Richard Bergman, Jack O'Leary ..
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Release date: 1988-03-22
Best Western Movies of 1988 : The Cowboy and the Frenchman
6.

The Cowboy and the Frenchman

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A grizzled, hard-of-hearing cowboy, Slim, and his two friends, Dusty and Pete, capture a mysterious, well-dressed Frenchman.

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Frederic Golchan, Tracey Walter, Michael Horse ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1988-01-01
7.

Sunset

3.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Starring: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Patricia Hodge, Richard Bradford, M. Emmet Walsh, Jennifer Edwards, Jeris Poindexter ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1988-04-29
Best Western Movies of 1988 : War Party
8.

War Party

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

One hundred years after the Battle of Milk River, both sides agree to reenact it. The cavalry are supposed to shoot blanks & the Indians weren't supposed to fight back....

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Billy Wirth, Tim Sampson, Jerry Hardin, R. D. Call, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Peggy Lipton ..
Directed by: Franc Roddam
Release date: 1988-09-15
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Alamo: The Price of Freedom
9.

Alamo: The Price of Freedom

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Starring: Casey Biggs, Enrique Sandino, Merrill Connally, Derek Caballero, Don Swayze, Martin Cuellar, Steve Sandor, Steve Abolt, Robert Wade Baker, Michael T. Boyd ..
Directed by: Kieth Merrill
Release date: 1988-03-06
10.

Ghost Town

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

Deputy Langley tracks a kidnapped girl to an abandoned ghost town. However, the town is not abandoned, but haunted by the spirits of an outlaw, Devlin, and his gang, who hold the equally deceased townspeople hostage until the outlaws can be killed by a lawman.

Starring: Franc Luz, Catherine Hickland, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Penelope Windust, Bruce Glover, Zitto Kazann, Laura Schaefer, Michael Alldredge ..
Directed by: Richard Governor
Release date: 1988-05-26
11.

The Tracker

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

After a series of vicious crimes by a renegade group of cowboys, led by "Red Jack" Stilwell, a legendary tracker, Noble Adams is pulled out of retirement to capture Stilwell, dead or alive. Reluctantly, needing more men, he allows his son, Tom to tag along, revealing to Tom a whole brutal side of ruthlessness Noble thought he left behind.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Scott Wilson, Mark Moses, Karen Kopins, David Huddleston, John Quade, Don Swayze, Geoffrey Blake, Leon Rippy, Ernie Lively ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1988-03-26
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Red River
12.

Red River

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Remake of the 1948 John Wayne feature about a man who rebels against his tyrannical guardian during a crucial cattle drive.

Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness, Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw, Ray Walston, Ty Hardin, Robert Horton, John Lupton, Guy Madison, Laura Johnson ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1988-04-10
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Angel River
13.

Angel River

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

It's love on the old frontier in this western adventure set in Arizona in the 1870s. It centers on a beautiful, young blonde girl whose peaceful life on her parents' isolated ranch is permanently disrupted when she is abducted and raped by a drunken Mexican bandit. Later, she finds herself drawn to her tormentor and romance ensues.

Starring: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Salvador Sánchez, Peter Matthey, Janet Sunderland, Joey Shea ..
Directed by: Sergio Olhovich
Release date: 1988-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Once Upon a Texas Train
14.

Once Upon a Texas Train

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Captain Hayes of the mighty law enforcement squad named the Texas Rangers reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the notorious John Henry, an outlaw cowboy, and put him behind bars. Twenty years later, upon his release, Henry is older but unrepentant. Within six hours after leaving his jail cell, he evens the score with Hayes by holding up the Bank of Texas for $20,000 in gold. Hayes, in his fury, gets himself out of retirement to take up the chase once more.

Starring: Willie Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Richard Widmark, Shaun Cassidy, Chuck Connors, Stuart Whitman, Jeb Stuart Adams, Hank Worden, Ken Curtis, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1988-10-12
15.

Death Collector

1.7
4.2/10 IMDB

In a future time, when things have reverted back to the days of the Old West, a man goes after the gang that murdered his brother.

Starring: Daniel Chapman, Ruth Collins, Loren Blackwell, John Pierce, Karen Rizzo, Frank Stewart, Philip Nutman, Tom Garrett ..
Directed by: Tom Garrett
Release date: 1988-10-09
Best Western Movies of 1988 : The Return of Desperado
16.

The Return of Desperado

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Duell McCall is in New Mexico running afoul of local land baron. McCall pauses long enough in his escape flight to come to the aid of black homesteader who is being victimized by the diabolical Foxworth.

Starring: Alex McArthur, Robert Foxworth, Billy Dee Williams, Marcy Walker, Victor Love, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Shelby Leverington, Charles Boswell, Danny Kamin, Hal Havins ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1988-02-15
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge
17.

Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Duell McCall is an outlaw on the run for a crime he didn't commit. Captured by the law and coerced into helping rescue the daughter of the evil local land baron, he finds himself drawn into an ever-deepening web of lies that threatens to cost him his life.

Starring: Alex McArthur, Rod Steiger, Hoyt Axton, Alice Adair, Dwier Brown, Lise Cutter, Lee Paul ..
Directed by: Richard Compton
Release date: 1988-05-24
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Saddletramp
18.

Saddletramp

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

In the Old West, Indian girl works in a bordello, but is a victim of prejudice: she earns less than the other girls. But everything changes when a masked man kidnaps her. Together, they become a couple of bandits.

Starring: Hyapatia Lee, Randy West, Shanna McCullough, Nina Hartley, Eva Allen, Gina Gianetti, Scott Irish, J.T. James, Peter North, Zachary Strong ..
Directed by: Jack Remy
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Alias Will James
19.

Alias Will James

0.0
7.4/10 IMDB

This feature-length documentary tells the incredible story of Ernest Dufault, a.k.a. Will James, a French-Canadian man who became one of the most legendary cowboys of the American West. For over 30 years, as he went from cattle rustler to ex-convict, he managed to keep his secret. And when he took up the pen, he became a Hollywood legend. Watch this compelling exploration of the powerful attraction the West still holds for young adventurers.

Starring: Michael Benard ..
Directed by: Jacques Godbout
Release date: 1988-08-28
Best Western Movies of 1988 : Martini Ranch: Reach
20.

Martini Ranch: Reach

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An outlaw biker (Paxton), having recently robbed a train depot, arrives in the post-apocalyptic boom town of Martini Ranch. He parties with his crew (Reinhold, Cort, Pasdar, Reiser, Hendricksen, etc.) and enjoys the charms of a local girl (Louise Paxton). Meanwhile, close on his trail is a posse of female bounty hunters (led by Bigelow). They capture Paxton, hog-tie him and brand him, while hanging one of his cohorts (Todd). Paxton escapes, rounds up his crew and confronts the cowgirls in the street. After being deserted by his crew, Paxton shoots it out with the women alone, but is hopelessly outnumbered.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold, Jenette Goldstein, Lance Henriksen, Dorothy Herndon, Brian Thompson, Bud Cort, Philip Granger ..
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1988-01-16

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