The Western logo and illustration of the silhouette of a cowboy

40 Movies Referenced in The Western

Through September 10, 2017

The Denver Art Museum exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film covers the genre over the course of 100 years of filmmaking (1903-2012). Below are the 40 movies referenced in this exhibition, which is on view through September 10. The Western is free for youth 18 and younger. Adult tickets include general admission to the museum.

  • A Fistful of Dollars, 1964
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007
  • 3 Bad Men, 1926
  • The Big Sky, 1952
  • The Big Trail, 1930
  • Blazing Saddles, 1974
  • Brokeback Mountain, 2005
  • Buck and the Preacher, 1972
  • Bucking Broadway, 1917
  • The Covered Wagon, 1923
  • Devil's Doorway, 1950
  • Django Unchained, 2012
  • Easy Rider, 1969
  • For a Few Dollars More, 1965
  • Fort Apache, 1948
  • Giant, 1956
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, 1966
  • The Great Train Robbery, 1903
  • High Noon, 1952
Stagecoach movie poster
Theatrical release poster for John Ford’s Stagecoach, 1939. Offset lithograph; 104.1 x 68.9 cm (41 x 27 in.). Private collection.
  • The Iron Horse, 1924
  • Jesse James, 1939
  • Johnny Guitar, 1954
  • Lonesome Cowboys, 1968
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962
  • Midnight Cowboy, 1969
  • My Name is Nobody, 1973
  • Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968
  • Paris, Texas, 1984
  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, 1973
  • Rio Bravo, 1959
  • The Searchers, 1956
  • Shane, 1953
  • Silverado, 1985
  • Stagecoach, 1939
  • Thelma and Louise, 1991
  • Tombstone, 1993
  • Union Pacific, 1939
  • The Virginian, 1929
  • The Wagon Master, 1950
  • The Wild Bunch, 1969

Meg Erickson is the curatorial assistant in the western American art department at the Denver Art Museum. Meg has been at the DAM since 2015 and her favorite western movie featured in The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is Once Upon a Time in the West.