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List of Films Based On Westerns

A list of films that are based on western fiction.

Geographically, this page encompasses the frontiers of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as Australia and South America.
At present, South Africa and Siberia are not included.

16th century

Explorers

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cabeza de Vaca 1991 Nicolás Echevarría Mexico, Spain, USA, UK La Relación
Naufragios
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca 1542 Memoir

17th and 18th centuries

Missionaries

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Black Robe 1991 Bruce Beresford Canada & Australia Black Robe Brian Moore 1985 Novel

Settlers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Penn of Pennsylvania 1942 Lance Comfort UK William Penn C.E. Vulliamy 1933[1] Biography

19th century

(and the Edwardian age)

Unclassified

  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: Riders of the Purple Sage

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Riders of the Purple Sage 1931 Hamilton MacFadden USA Riders of the Purple Sage Zane Grey 1912 Novel

Bushrangers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Ned Kelly 2003 Gregor Jordan Australia Our Sunshine Robert Drewe 1991 Novel

Cavalrymen

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Hallelujah Trail 1965 John Sturges USA Hallelujah Train William Gulick 1963[1] Novel

Cowboys

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Four Faces West 1948 Alfred E. Green USA Pasó por aquí (?) Eugene Manlove Rhodes 193? Novel

Entertainers and mythmakers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Annie Get Your Gun 1950 George Sidney USA Annie Get Your Gun Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields (book),
Irving Berlin (lyrics)
1946 Musical - - -
2 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson 1976 Robert Altman USA Indians Arthur Kopit 1969 Play - - -

Explorers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Far Horizons 1955 Rudolph Maté USA Sacajawea of the Shoshones Della Gould Emmons 1943[1] Novel
2 Passage + 2008 John Walker Canada Fatal Passage Ken McGoogan 2001 Non-fiction
  • + Dramatized documentary.

Forty-niners and goldseekers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Hanging Tree 1959 Delmer Daves & Karl Malden (uncredited) USA The Hanging Tree Dorothy M. Johnson 1957 Stories (?)

California Gold Rush

1848-1855

Gauchos, charros y vaqueros

Frequently filmed: Martín Fierro

Gunfighters

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Open Range 2003 Kevin Costner USA The Open Range Men Lauran Paine 1990 Novel

Hunters

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Last Hunt 1956 Richard Brooks USA The Last Hunt Milton Lott 1954 Novel

Indians

  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: "A Man Called Horse"

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 A Man Called Horse 1970 Elliot Silverstein USA "A Man Called Horse (short story)"
from Indian Country
Dorothy M. Johnson 1950/1968 Story

Lawmen

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 High Noon[3] 1952 Fred Zinnemann USA "The Tin Star" John W. Cunningham 1947 Story
2 Wild Bill 1995 Walter Hill USA Deadwood Peter Dexter 1986 Novel
2 Fathers and Sons Thomas Babe 1978 Play

Frequently filmed: Destry Rides Again

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Destry Rides Again[7] 1939 George Marshall USA Destry Rides Again "Max Brand" 1930[1] Novel

Lumberjacks

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954 Stanley Donen USA "The Sobbin' Women" Stephen Vincent Benét 195? Story

Missionaries

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Hawaii 1966 George Roy Hill USA Hawaii James Michener 1959 Novel

Mountain men

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Jeremiah Johnson 1972 Sydney Pollack USA Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (uncredited) Raymond Thorp &
Robert Bunker
1969[1]¤ Non-fiction
1 Mountain Man (uncredited) Vardis Fisher 1965 Novel

Mounties

Twice filmed: Tiger Rose

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Tiger Rose 1923 Sidney Franklin USA Tiger Rose Willard Mack & David Belasco 191? Play

Outlaws

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Great Train Robbery[5] 1903 Edwin S. Porter USA The Great Train Robbery Scott Marble 1896 Play
2 3:10 to Yuma 1957 Delmer Daves USA "Three-Ten to Yuma" Elmore Leonard 1953 Story
3 Catlow 1971 Sam Wanamaker USA Catlow Louis L'Amour 1963 Novel

Railroaders and railwaymen

(The USA has railroads. Canada has railways, as did the rest of the British Empire.)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Union Pacific 1939 Cecil B. DeMille USA Trouble Shooter Ernest Haycox 1936 Novel
2 The National Dream * 1974 Eric Till & James Murray Canada The National Dream Pierre Berton 1970 Non-fiction
2 The Last Spike Pierre Berton 1971 Non-fiction
  • * TV miniseries.

Schoolmarms

Frequently filmed: The Rainmaker

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Rainmaker ? 1956 Joseph Anthony USA The Rainmaker N. Richard Nash 1954 Play
  • ? A spinster smart enough to be a schoolmarm falls for a con man.

Sertanejos, cangaceiros e jagunços

Settlers and sodbusters

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Cimarron 1931 Wesley Ruggles USA Cimarron Edna Ferber 1929 Novel

Outback

("The Never-Never", "the back of beyond", "the back of Bourke")

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 We of the Never Never 1982 Igor Auzins Australia We of the Never Never Mrs Aeneas Gunn 1908 Novel/Memoir

Sourdoughs and cheechakos

Stage drivers

Teamsters and muleskinners

Telegraphers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Western Union 1941 Fritz Lang USA Western Union Zane Grey 1939 Novel

Temperance crusaders and teetotallers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Hallelujah Trail 1965 John Sturges USA Hallelujah Train William Gulick 1963[1] Novel

Vigilantes

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Ox-Bow Incident[8] 1943 William A. Wellman USA The Ox-Bow Incident Walter Van Tilburg Clark 1940 Novel

Whalers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The White Dawn 1974 Philip Kaufman USA The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga James Houston 1971 Novel

20th century

Explorers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Journals of Knud Rasmussen 2006 Zacharias Kunuk Canada & Denmark Across Arctic America: Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition Knud Rasmussen 1927 Memoir

Indians

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Lost in the Barrens * 1990 Michael Scott Canada Lost in the Barrens[9][10] Farley Mowat 1956 Children's novel
  • * television film.

Individualists

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Mosquito Coast 1986 Peter Weir USA The Mosquito Coast[11] Paul Theroux 1982 Novel
2 At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 Hector Babenco USA At Play in the Fields of the Lord Peter Matthiessen 1965 Novel

Missionaries

Prospectors

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre[5] 1948 John Huston USA Der Schatz der Sierra Madre "B. Traven" 1927 Novel

19th century warfare

Certain wars are considered to fall under the general category of Western.
For these, see the corresponding sections in the List of films based on war books.

Texas Revolution

1835-1836

Mexican-American War

1846-1848

Eureka Stockade

1854

Utah War

1857-1858

Franco-Mexican War

1861-1867

Cypress Hills massacre

1 June 1873

American Indian Wars

Sand Creek Massacre

29 November 1864

Black Hills War

1876-1877

Battle of the Little Bighorn

25-26 June 1876

North-West Rebellion

1885

Johnson County War

1892

Early 20th century warfare

Philippine-American War

1899-1913
US participants in this conflict were often experienced Indian fighters.

Mexican Revolution

1910-1920

Yaqui-Mexican War

1916-1927

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  2. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1993.
  3. ^ a b Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1989.
  4. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1995.
  5. ^ a b c Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1990.
  6. ^ "The Last of his Tribe". ahafilm. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1996.
  8. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1998.
  9. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1956.
  10. ^ Recipient of the CLA Book of the Year Award in 1958.
  11. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981.

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