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Top 10 Westerns

Our Favorite Tales of the Wild, Wild West

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in True Grit, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Westerns

The Best Westerns of All Time

There's something endlessly alluring about the American West. The wide open plains, the desolate steppes, the magnificent rock formations shaped by centuries of exposure to the elements — they ignite the imagination and whet our thirst for adventure. GAYOT's Top 10 Westerns capture this sense of wanderlust shared by the homesteaders, outlaws and wayward travelers that populated the frontier of days gone by. However, the restless spirit of the West also carries with it a darker side that our favorite films are apt to explore. You can forget the cliché of yodeling cowboys in ten-gallon hats and chaps — the lonesome anti-heroes depicted in classic movies like The Searchers and Unforgiven are complex, morally ambiguous characters who often harbor violent pasts. Check out our list to find films new and old that transcend the western genre to give us an accurate look not only at the Old West, but also into the untamed side of the human spirit.

No Country for Old Men
The Coen Brothers get deadly serious and deeply philosophical with this adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel.
No Country for Old Men stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly stars Clint Eastwood and was directed by Sergio Leone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Sergio Leone, this spaghetti western is sure to enthrall fans with its beautiful cinematography, brilliant score and epic ending.

Rio Bravo
Director Howard Hawks and his star John Wayne loathed "High Noon" (one of our Top 10!), so they made a more feel-good, less artsy film.

Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne and directed by Howard Hawks

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