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‘Going West’ US Historical Movie List

Revisit the days of cowboy hats and six-shooters with this ‘Going West' US Historical Movie List, featuring some of the best US history movies set in the American West. Get lost in a world of daring outlaws, rugged pioneers, and epic landscapes, as each movie takes you on a journey through the untamed wilds of the frontier.

‘Going West' US Historical Movie List

Going West
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Benjamin Helstad, Ingar Helge Gimle, Iben Akerlie (Actors)

Going West

An unemployed music teacher takes his estranged transsexual father on a road trip to the west coast of Norway, in order to honor his late mother's excellent quilting skills. Going West is a warm and touching feel-good film about life, loss, and love.

The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden (Actors)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (Disney) (NR)*

To restore his family's lost wealth, a young Boston lad named Jack stows away on a ship bound for the California gold rush. Fearful that the boy may not fare well way out West, the family's very proper butler gives chase.

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Once the two reunite in San Francisco, the duo is destined for nonstop adventure, wild and woolly characters and a lucky punch that leads to a bonanza of belly laughs. | Stream on Disney+

Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael (Actors)

Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier (Disney) (G)*

Climb aboard for a rip-roaring adventure with Davy Crockett. | Stream on Disney+

Dodge City
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan (Actors)

Dodge City (NR)

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star in this classic Western about a cowboy who takes on the task of cleaning up wild and lawless Dodge City.

The Shakiest Gun in the West
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades, Jackie Coogan (Actors)

Shakiest Gun in the West (Don Knotts) (NR)*

Don Knotts stars as a timid dentist who is forced to switch from gums to guns when he moves to the Old West and is duped into marrying a statuesque redhead (and reformed stagecoach bandit).

The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts (Actors)

Apple Dumpling Gang (G)*

A bachelor inherits three orphans and two Wild West bumbling outlaws.

Little House on the Prairie Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle (Actors)

Little House on the Prairie (movie TS) (G)*

Little House on the Prairie,” based on the young adult book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, was one of the most beloved shows on television when it ran from 1974 to 1983. “Little House” told the story of the Ingalls family's life on a Minnesota farm in the late 1800s.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Melisa King, David Williams, Daniel Rowland (Actors)

Sacagawea: Heroine of the Lewis and Clark Journey (TS) (G)*

She was an expectant mother, but she endured every hardship these seasoned soldiers experienced. Without her, the Corps of Discovery would have failed. This program re-enacts her journey in her words.

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Sacagawea will save Lewis and Clark time and time again on their expedition by negotiating for horses and showing them which plants are edible.

Follow the River (True Story) (PG)

Ellen Burstyn stars in this inspirational saga of a pioneer woman who is abducted by Shawnee Indians. Also stars Sheryl Lee. | Stream on Philo

Alone Yet Not Alone
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jenn Gotzon, Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin (Actors)

Alone Yet Not Alone (True Story)

Alone Yet Not Alone is based on the inspirational, true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, two immigrant sisters forced to embark on a journey of faith that will lead them through the darkness of war into the light of freedom.

The Mountain Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Victoria Racimo (Actors)

The Mountain Men (R)

Two old-time Wyoming fur trappers try to protect a runaway Indian from her angry ex-mate.

Annie Oakley
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins (Actors)

Annie Oakley Seasons*

A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

One Little Indian
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Garner, Andrew Prine, Clay O'Brien (Actors)

One Little Indian (Disney)(G)*

On the run from the Cavalry, a man tries to disappear while accompanied by two camels and a runaway boy. His escape is made harder when he meets a widow and her daughter who may turn him in.

Lonesome Dove
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover (Actors)

Lonesome Dove

The revival of interest in Westerns can be traced to the 1989 premiere of the television mini-series Lonesome Dove. Adapted by Larry McMurtry from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the story of a mismatched pair of old cowboys setting out on a hazardous cattle drive continues to capture the imagination of audiences.

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An American Tail (1986) (cartoon) (G)*

A family of Russian mice emigrate by boat to America – but young son Fievel is lost overboard, washes ashore, and experiences thrilling adventures traveling to find his parents in this animated family classic.

Fighting Kentuckian
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Oliver Hardy (Actors)

Fighting Kentuckian 

The Duke battles land grabbers in Kentucky while courting a French general's lovely daughter.

Into The West (MIRAMAX)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciarán Fitzgerald (Actors)

Into the West

Two kids receive a gift beyond their wildest dreams – a magical horse. But when a rich breeder tries desperately to take the horse away from them, their only hope is to escape and become the coolest outlaws ever to ride. Into the West!

Men That Built America: Frontiersmen (Revolution-Gold Rush)(TS) (PG)

Follow in the steps of the iconic figures whose westward expansion transformed us from Europeans to Americans.

Texas Rising
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Actors)

Texas Rising (History Channel) (1836) (Texas Territory)(TE) (TV14)

Picking up right after the Alamo, this gritty historical drama reveals the origins of the Texas Rangers through the eyes of soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

This true-story Western features an all-star cast, including Bill Paxton (“Aliens”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”), Crispin Glover (“Back to the Future”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”).

Across The Great Divide
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robert Logan, Heather Rattray, Mark Edward Hall (Actors)

Across the Great Divide (G)*

In this family classic, two orphans cross the Rocky Mountains on a quest to claim their inheritance, a 400-acre Oregon ranch. On their journey, the pair forms an uncertain alliance with a drifter and together they go on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Alamo
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey (Actors)

The Alamo (TS) (NR)

In 1836, a group of brave Texans sacrifice their lives at the famous Alamo in hopeless combat against the ruthless General Santa Ana and the massive Mexican Army.

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