5 MOVIES SIMILAR TO SHANE
Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett’s (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane’s growing attraction to Starrett’s wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker’s plan.
1. THE BIG LAND
Civil War veteran Chad Morgan (Alan Ladd) and alcoholic ex-architect Joe Jagger (Edmond O’Brien) are taken in by kindly Kansas farmer Sven (John Qualen) and his widowed daughter-in-law, Kate (Julie Bishop). To repay their kindness, Chad and Joe concoct a plan to create a market town for cattle and grain, with the help of Joe’s sister, Helen (Virginia Mayo), and her railroad executive fiancé (Don Castle). But the violent boss of a nearby market (Anthony Caruso) will kill to keep his monopoly.
2. DAY OF THE OUTLAW
In the quiet frontier town of Bitters, Wyo., a dispute between cattleman Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan) and farmer Hal Crane (Alan Marshal) is about to boil over into a bloody feud. But the fighting takes a back seat to a new threat when a rogue cavalry captain, Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives), rides into town with his band of thugs. Now, with the citizens of Bitters held hostage by Bruhn and his men, Starrett must somehow rescue his town and restore his broken reputation.
3. THE SHOOTIST
J.B. Books (John Wayne, in his final film role) is an aging gunfighter diagnosed with cancer who comes to Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a room from widowed Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her son Gillom (Ron Howard), Books is confronted by several people of questionable motives, including a man seeking to avenge his brother’s death and a few who are looking to profit from Books’ notoriety. Not wanting to die a quiet, painful death, Books devises a plan to go out with a bang.
4. THE SEARCHERS
In this revered Western, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother’s family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory.
5. THE LONELY MAN
A gunfighter (Jack Palance) turns rancher at the mercy of a son (Anthony Perkins) who hates him and a gambler (Neville Brand) who wants to kill him.