Highest-Rated Movies about 'Cattle Drive'

Red River (1948), Open Range (2003), The Cowboys (1972), The Furies (1950), Timbuktu (2014), Dodge City (1939), Oklahoma! (1955), The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Cattle Drive movies.

#1. Red River (1948)

Storyline: Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him.

Plot Keywords: cattle drive, cowboy, cattle, held at gunpoint, musket, flintlock rifle, outlaw ...

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#2. Open Range (2003)

Storyline: Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.

Plot Keywords: rifle, directed by star, prayer, coward, frontier town, cigar smoking, hired gun ...

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#3. The Cowboys (1972)

Storyline: When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Plot Keywords: main character dies, long underwear, based on novel, coming of age, rancher, horse riding, saved from hanging ...

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#4. The Furies (1950)

Storyline: The 1870s, New Mexico territory: T.C. Jeffords (Walter Huston) is a cattle baron who built his ranch, the Furies, from scratch. He borrows from banks, pays hired hands with his own script ("T.C.'s"), and carries on low-level warfare with the Mexicans who settled the land, but are now considered squatters. He has enemies, including Rip Darrow (Wendell Corey), a saloon owner whose father T.C. took land from. His headstrong daughter, Vance (Barbara Stanwyck), has a life-long friend in one of the Mexicans, her heart set on Rip, and dad's promise she'll run the Furies someday. Her hopes are smashed by Rip's revenge, a gold-digger who turns T.C.'s head, and T.C.'s own murderous imperialism. Is Vance to be cursed by fury and hatred?—<jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Keywords: domineering father, san francisco california, cattle drive, derringer, brother brother relationship, reference to napoleon, family relationships ...

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#5. Timbuktu (2014)

Storyline: Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.

Plot Keywords: desert, oppression, religious fanatic, adultery, jail, judge, trial ...

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#6. Dodge City (1939)

Storyline: Dodge City. A wide-open cattle town run by Jeff Surrett. Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do. What the place needs is a fearless honest Marshal. A guy like Wade Hatton, who helped bring the railroad in. It may not help that he fancies Abbie Irving, who won't have anything to do with him since he had to shoot her brother. But that's the West.—Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Keywords: chorine, dancing, bartender, singing, cowboy, hanging, frontier town ...

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#8. The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972)

Storyline: Teenager Ben Mockridge feels life in a Wild West farm town has nothing better to offer than horse-cart racing with other hicks, so he naively begs cattle company owner Frank Culpepper to engage him as the youngest cowboy for a long cattle trail to a fort. His mother barely notices. Ben doesn't even seem to get it when he's told to report as 'little Mary' to the old cook, whose words, "Cowboy is something you do only if you have nothing better." gradually become clear. Instead of an exciting heroic macho life, it's endless hard work, dumb chores and embarrassment, even getting literally caught with his pants down, robbed of his horse, and witnessing unpunished crimes...—KGF Vissers

Plot Keywords: teenage boy, gunfighter, settler, grave, sheep, laundry, six gun ...

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#10. The Alamo (1960)

Storyline: In 1836, General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can.

Plot Keywords: title spoken by character, sword fight, shootout, gunfight, infantry, fistfight, sword ...

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#11. The Last Sunset (1961)

Storyline: Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy.—Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Keywords: rancher, mexico, texas, fugitive, cattle drive, romantic rivalry, shot in the back ...

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#12. Guns and Guitars (1936)

Storyline: Gene joins in the fight against Morgan and his men who are trying to run infected cattle to the railroad. When Morgan's man shoots the Sheriff, Gene runs in the election to replace him. Morgan accuses Gene of the murder but Gene wins anyway and it's not long before he gets the chance to nab Morgan and his gang.—Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

Plot Keywords: ruse, quarantine, election, murder, gang, cattleman, ambush ...

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#13. City Slickers (1991)

Storyline: Mitch is a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman. He and his friends Ed and Phil are having mid-life crisis. They decide the best birthday gift is to go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There they meet cowboy Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life in the open air of the west.

Plot Keywords: knife, school teacher, buttocks, cable car, fireworks, airliner, festival ...

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#14. Australia (2008)

Storyline: In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Plot Keywords: prejudice, year 1942, year 1939, drink, running, fishing, fish ...

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#15. The Overlanders (1946)

Storyline: It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a disparate group decides to drive them overland half way across the continent.—Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Keywords: australia, cattle drive, river crossing, laughter, crocodile, scotsman, looking out a window ...

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