The American Western in Transition- 1963-1968

by CountElvisIV | created - 22 May 2018 | updated - 22 May 2018 | Public

An exploration of how the American Western Changed from the release of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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1. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Drama, Western

62 Metascore

When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

Votes: 35,954

2. The Christmas Kid (1967)

90 min | Western

A corrupt sheriff, who was born on Christmas Day, decides to change his ways and go against the powerful man who runs the gambling establishments in town.

Director: Sidney W. Pink | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Louis Hayward, Gustavo Rojo, Perla Cristal

Votes: 45

3. The Wicked Die Slow (1968)

R | 75 min | Western

"The Kid," a notorious gunfighter, and his Mexican sidekick Armadillo ride through the post-Civil War West looking for four Indians who raped the Kid's girl friend.

Director: William K. Hennigar | Stars: Gary Allen, Steve Rivard, Jeff Kanew, Susannah Campbell

Votes: 42

4. Fort Courageous (1965)

Approved | 72 min | Action, Western

An ex-cavalry sergeant, being escorted to prison after being convicted of a crime he didn't commit, finds himself leading the remnants of a unit that has been under Indian attack at a fort.... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Fred Beir, Don 'Red' Barry, Hanna Landy, Harry Lauter

Votes: 111

5. He Rides Tall (1964)

Approved | 84 min | Western

A rancher is pressured by his cheating wife and a gang leader, into trying to cripple a marshal's gun hand, after that marshal killed his murderous son in self defense.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Tony Young, Dan Duryea, Jo Morrow, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 115

6. Three Guns for Texas (1968)

G | 89 min | Western

Several episodes of the TV series "Laredo" edited together and released as a feature.

Directors: Earl Bellamy, David Lowell Rich, Paul Stanley | Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Martin Milner

Votes: 87

7. The Ballad of a Gunfighter (1964)

84 min | Western

A former Confederate robs stagecoaches to be able to give money to the local poor people. He soon runs into a gang of robbers who don't have the same good intentions he does.

Director: Bill Ward | Stars: Marty Robbins, Traveler, Joyce Redd, Robert Barron

Votes: 68

8. An Eye for an Eye (1966)

Approved | 106 min | Western

A former bounty hunter teams up with a younger one, to track down and kill the wanted gang leader who murdered his wife and little boy.

Director: Michael D. Moore | Stars: Robert Lansing, Patrick Wayne, Slim Pickens, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 273

9. Gunfight in Abilene (1967)

Approved | 86 min | Western

A sheriff, haunted by the accidental killing of his best friend, refuses to wear a gun. But when the brother of his best friend is murdered, the lawman must make a choice.

Director: William Hale | Stars: Bobby Darin, Emily Banks, Leslie Nielsen, Donnelly Rhodes

Votes: 385

10. Cattle King (1963)

Passed | 88 min | Western

A rich landowner of Wyoming fights to prevent the Texas herds from trampling his rich meadows.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Taylor, Robert Loggia, Joan Caulfield, Robert Middleton

Votes: 432

11. The Bounty Killer (1965)

Approved | 92 min | Western

A tenderfoot becomes a bounty hunter in the hopes of making a better future for himself and his new love.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Audrey Dalton, Richard Arlen

Votes: 328

12. Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)

Approved | 87 min | Romance, Western

A Confederate spy takes the sheriff job in a lawless Union town where people are hostile to him and where a crooked saloon owner peddles rifles to the renegade Indians.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Howard Keel, Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland, Marilyn Maxwell

Votes: 261

13. The Texican (1966)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

A former Texas sheriff, living in Mexico, goes to Arizona to investigate the murky circumstances under which his brother, a peaceful newspaperman, was killed.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys, Aldo Sambrell

Votes: 699

14. Hot Spur (1968)

91 min | Western

A deranged stablehand kidnaps the wife of a ranch owner to avenge the rape of his sister.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: James Arena, Virginia Gordon, Joseph Mascolo, Wes Bishop

Votes: 136

15. Gunpoint (1966)

Not Rated | 86 min | Western

A young, determined sheriff and his posse chase a gang of murderous train robbers, and a kidnapped woman into New Mexico.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Audie Murphy, Joan Staley, Warren Stevens, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 531

16. Bullet for a Badman (1964)

Approved | 80 min | Western

Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Audie Murphy, Darren McGavin, Ruta Lee, Beverley Owen

Votes: 742

17. The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Western

The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate ... See full summary »

Director: Michael D. Moore | Stars: Roy Orbison, Sammy Jackson, Maggie Pierce, Joan Freeman

Votes: 388

18. Return of the Gunfighter (1966)

Not Rated | 98 min | Romance, Western

An aging gunman and a wounded drifter come upon a young Mexican girl, and agree to help her avenge the death of her father, who was murdered for their land.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Robert Taylor, Chad Everett, Ana Martín, Mort Mills

Votes: 535

19. Villa Rides (1968)

R | 125 min | War, Western

Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella, Charles Bronson

Votes: 1,847 | Gross: $2.64M

20. Apache Rifles (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Western

A young cavalry officer is assigned the job of bringing in a band of Apaches who have been terrorizing the countryside.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson, L.Q. Jones

Votes: 561

21. Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Romance, Western

In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.

Director: Richard Wilson | Stars: Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 1,848

22. Black Spurs (1965)

Approved | 81 min | Western

A man becomes a bounty hunter to earn enough to marry the woman he loves, but when he returns to their Kansas town, she has married the sheriff instead which prompts him to scheme revenge by ruining the town's reputation.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Terry Moore, Scott Brady

Votes: 348

23. The Scalphunters (1968)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Western

Forced to trade his valuable furs for a well-educated escaped slave, a rugged trapper vows to recover the pelts from the Indians and later the renegades that killed them.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas, Ossie Davis

Votes: 3,343

24. Texas Across the River (1966)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Western

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Joey Bishop

Votes: 1,417

25. The Stalking Moon (1968)

G | 109 min | Western

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster, Noland Clay

Votes: 2,414

26. Custer of the West (1967)

G | 143 min | Biography, Drama, History

George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 1,303

27. Arizona Raiders (1965)

Approved | 97 min | Western

When Quantrill's (Quantrell) gang is almost destroyed two of the captured members agree to join the Arizona Rangers to help finish the job.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Ben Cooper, Buster Crabbe

Votes: 1,006

28. The Rare Breed (1966)

Approved | 97 min | Western

An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome greedy criminals and the natural elements.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills

Votes: 3,257

29. The Night of the Grizzly (1966)

G | 102 min | Adventure, Western

Ex-lawman Jim Cole retires to Wyoming to farm his land, but a land-greedy neighbor, an ex-con turned bounty hunter, and a vicious grizzly bear upset his retirement plans.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Clint Walker, Martha Hyer, Keenan Wynn, Nancy Kulp

Votes: 1,133

30. The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Biography, Drama

A somewhat different take on Custer's motivation that changed him from a defender of Native-American rights into a politically-driven , headlines-seeker chastiser of the Sioux during the 1870s.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin, Philip Carey, Julie Sommars

Votes: 528

31. Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Approved | 116 min | Western

During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 2,197

32. Hour of the Gun (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Western

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,610

33. 4 for Texas (1963)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Western

Zack Thomas is a tough guy who hooks up with Joe Jarrett to open a casino.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress

Votes: 3,063

34. Major Dundee (1965)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western

62 Metascore

In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn

Votes: 7,201 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Western

In 1875 a murderous outlaw gang breaks criminals from jail, uses them to help in crimes, and then kills them for the reward, when it goes high enough.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, Colleen Miller, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 660

36. Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Western

A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Henry Fonda, Janice Rule, Keenan Wynn, Janis Paige

Votes: 1,438

37. 5 Card Stud (1968)

Approved | 103 min | Mystery, Romance, Western

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 3,487

38. Will Penny (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western

Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors

Votes: 4,276

39. Waco (1966)

Passed | 85 min | Western

A lawless town asks the state governor to pardon an imprisoned gunfighter in order to hire him as sheriff but various factions plan to kill the new sheriff and take over the town.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Howard Keel, Jane Russell, Brian Donlevy, Wendell Corey

Votes: 277

40. Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

60 Metascore

A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman

Votes: 13,749 | Gross: $20.67M

41. Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western

During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 8,033

42. The Professionals (1966)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western

75 Metascore

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode

Votes: 14,505 | Gross: $19.54M

43. Hombre (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Western

80 Metascore

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento

Votes: 11,496

44. Stagecoach (1966)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Western

On the stagecoach to Cheyenne, a mixed group of passengers must work together to survive the arduous journey and the Indian attacks.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Ann-Margret, Alex Cord, Red Buttons, Mike Connors

Votes: 1,618 | Gross: $8.72M

45. Duel at Diablo (1966)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

In Apache territory, a supply Army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to rejoin her Apache lover's tribe.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver

Votes: 3,090



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