American actors Robert Redford (right) as The Sundance Kid, and Paul Newman (1925 - 2008) as Butch Cassidy in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', directed by George Roy Hill, 1969
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The 20 Best Western Movie Performances of All Time

From Wayne to Eastwood.

From the reigning days of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood gunslinging their way through the Wild West to the current obsession with the TV series Yellowstone, Western films have been around for over a century. The unlawful time of the Western frontier is a fascinating time period in American history and always makes for dramatic and thrilling stories on the big screen, centered around the battle between good and evil, cowboys and their outlaw opponents.

Countless talented actors have appeared in Western movies over the years, so it was hard to narrow down the best performances of all time. Initially, I had plans to rank this list, but honestly? It's too hard. These actors (Wayne and Eastwood obviously included) have all made serious contributions to the entertainment industry with their incredible skills that helped make their characters iconic and stand the test of time. Especially for some of the more recent performances from the likes of actors like Kurt Russell and DiCaprio, they have helped keep the Western genre relevant for a new generation of fans.

Here are the 20 best performances by an actor in a western movie. These memorable roles range from the classic films of the 50s to modern Oscar-winning hits.

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