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100 best Western films of all time, according to critics

Stacker Logo By Jane Garfinkel of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: When someone heads to the movie theater in 2018, they’ll likely be seeing an adventure, action, drama, or comedy. During the first half of the 20th century, however, the most popular movie genre was the Western. Stories about the American frontier, gun-toting cowboys, and horse-riding outlaws dominated cinemas and drew in huge crowds. In fact, more Westerns were produced in the 1950s than all other movie genres combined.Despite their decrease in popularity over the last 60 years, Westerns still have plenty of defenders and enduring appeal. If you’re new to the genre and don’t know where to start—or if you’re a long-time fan looking for inspiration—check out Stacker’s list of the 100 best Western films of all time. Stacker compiled this list using data from Metacritic, a site which collects reviews from respected critics and uses them to determine the average rating.Read through Stacker's list of the 100 best Western films to find something new to watch tonight.ALSO: Best Western film from the year you were born

100 best Western films of all time, according to critics

When someone heads to the movie theater in 2018, they’ll likely be seeing an adventure, action, drama, or comedy. During the first half of the 20th century, however, the most popular movie genre was the Western. Stories about the American frontier, gun-toting cowboys, and horse-riding outlaws dominated cinemas and drew in huge crowds. In fact, more Westerns were produced in the 1950s than all other movie genres combined.

Despite their decrease in popularity over the last 60 years, Westerns still have plenty of defenders and enduring appeal. If you’re new to the genre and don’t know where to start—or if you’re a long-time fan looking for inspiration—check out Stacker’s list of the 100 best Western films of all time. Stacker compiled this list using data from Metacritic, a site which collects reviews from respected critics and uses them to determine the average rating.

Read through Stacker's list of the 100 best Western films to find something new to watch tonight.

ALSO: Best Western film from the year you were born

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