My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Kirk Douglas as

along the great divide

1951 – with Walter Brennan and Virginia Mayo – Kirk’s first Western – he was 35 years old.

The BIg Trees

1952 – Acted for free, in order to break up his contract with Warner Bros.

The Big Sky

1952 – Directed by Howard Hawkes – nominated for two Academy Awards

Man Without a Star

1955 – Rotten Tomatoes says Kirk “shines in the hyper-macho role …”
Jack Elam appears as a treacherous gunslinger.

The Indian Fighter 3

Rated at IMDB (Internet Movie Database) as “6.4” out of 10.
I rate Elsa Martinelli as a 10 out of 10.

Gunfight at the OK Corral

1957 – Directed by John Sturges
Considered by many to be one the top Western Classics of all time – including myself.

Last Train to Gun Hill

1959 – An under-rated and worthy follow-up to Gunfight at OK Corral

The Devil's Disciples

1959 – Written by Bernard Shaw
Lawrence Olivier – Kirk Douglas – Burt Lancaster

The Last Sunset

1961 – Directed by Robert Aldrich (Vera Cruz)
who never knew how to make an ordinary movie.

Lonely are the Brave

1962 – A Classic – and unusual Western
Kirk was nominated for a 1963 BAFTA Award as “Best Foreign Actor”.

The Way West

1961 – Three great actors
plus Sally Field in her first major film role

The War Wagon

– 1967 –
Douglas: “Mine hit the ground first”
Wayne: “Mine was taller.”

There was a Crooked Man

1970 – Also starring Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Warren Oates …
Never hide your loot in a rattlesnake pit …

A Gunfight

Two men who have paid their dues …


Douglas plays an ambitious politician … Dern plays himself.

The Villain

A comedy … what else could it be with Arnold as a cowboy?

The Man from Snowy River

A jewel in Kirk’s crown
Should have been nominated for Supporting role(s)


1984 – Two great actors – Westerns or otherwise – shining in their sunset

5 thoughts on “Kirk Douglas … Westerns Filmography

  1. Hey! Thanks for following my little blog! I thought I was following you back, but something must have gone wrong somewhere. Since I LOVE westerns, I’m returning the favour. Cheers mate! 😀

    1. jcalberta says:

      Thanks Mike .. just wish they made more of ’em. But there’s plenty I’ve never seen.

      1. They sure did! A lot of ‘B’ movies were westerns and they’re all pretty good viewing, except for the few that wanted to be “psychological” and not a real western. LOL 😀

  2. Teepee12 says:

    I love so many of these movies I don’t even know where to start. They are the stuff of my youth and often of Garry and my late nights. Michael look so much like him now, minus the dimple.

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