1940 Western Movies

Public list by WPS with 121 movies or TV shows/series

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The Mark of Zorro(1940)

3.6/5 (with 85 votes)

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

Santa Fe Trail(1940)

1h 50min | Action, Western
3.0/5 (with 18 votes)

As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the abolitionist, John Brown following the Battle of Harper's Ferry.

The Westerner(1940)

| 1h 40min | Action, Western, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by claiming to be a friend of stage star Lillie Langtry, with whom the judge is obsessed, even though he has never met her. Tensions rise when Harden comes to the defense of a group of struggling homesteaders who Judge Bean is trying to drive away.

The Return of Frank James(1940)

1h 32min | Action, Drama, Western
3.2/5 (with 52 votes)

Farmer Frank and his ward hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.

Northwest Passage(1940)

| 2h 6min | Adventure, Drama, History, War, Western
3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Dark Command(1940)

| 1h 34min | Drama, Romance / Love, Western
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas he finds much to like about the place, especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker. Politics is in the air however. It's just prior to the civil war and there is already a sharp division in the Territory as to whether it will remain slave-free. When he gets the opportunity to run for marshal, Seton finds himself running against the respected local schoolteacher, William Cantrell. Not is what it seems however. While acting as the upstanding citizen in public, Cantrell is dangerously ambitious and is prepared to do anything to make his mark, and his fortune, on the Territory. When he loses the race for marshal, he forms a group of raiders who run guns into the territory and rob and terrorize settlers throughout the territory. Eventually donning Confederate uniforms, it is left to Seton and the good citizens of Lawrence to face Cantrell and his raiders in one final clash.

Boom Town(1940)

3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsy comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.


| 2h 5min | Western
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his journey and Phoebe is left alone and plenty busy with villains Jefferson Carteret and Lazarus Ward plotting at every turn to destroy her freighting company. She has not seen the last of Peter, however.

Kit Carson(1940)

| 1h 37min | Western, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

Frontiersman Kit Carson fights off Indian attacks on the trail to California.

Virginia City(1940)

2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.

North West Mounted Police(1940)

3.2/5 (with 14 votes)

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

When the Daltons Rode(1940)

1h 21min | Western
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie?

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Brigham Young(1940)

| 1h 54min | History, Romance / Love, Western
2.2/5 (with 7 votes)

Based on the story of the famous Mormon leader, it follows Brigham Young and his challenge to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two fictitious characters, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way.

Wagon Train(1940)

| 59min | Western
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

In his first starring Western for RKO, young Tim Holt must not only carry on his father's freight business but also hunt down his murderer. A certain Matt Gardner wants to corner the freight business to Pecos and persuades young Zack Sibley's wagon master to switch sides. Zack also earns the enmity of Gardner's son Coe, who takes umbrage to the youngster's flirtation with pretty Helen Lee. It all comes to a head during a food shortage in Pecos, a near-disaster that persuades the wagon master to switch sides once again. When the dust settles, Zack learns that old man Gardner is actually Carl Anderson, the man who murdered his father.

Directed by Edward Killy - With Tim Holt

Rangers of Fortune(1940)

1h 20min | Western
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Fred MacMurray stars as a US Army misfit who, with pals Albert Dekker and Gilbert Roland, roam the west in search of adventure. Arriving in a small town, they befriend the elderly newspaper editor (Arthur Allen) and his young granddaughter (Betty Brewer). The trio learns that the community is under the thumb of a covetous land baron (Joseph Schildkraut), who is endeavoring to push out the ranch owners and take over the territory.

Hidden Gold(1940)

1h | Western
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader.

Directed by Lesley Selander - With William Boyd

20 Mule Team(1940)

1h 24min | Western
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

It is 1892 in Death Valley and the yields from the Borax ore are getting so small that refining it is a losing proposition. The only thing that will save the company is a new deposit of high grade Borax, and Skinner Bill Bragg has a pouch of it that he got from a dead prospector he buried on the road. Stag Roper knows the value of the strike could be worth millions, but he needs Bragg to find the prospector's claim so they can record it and become rich partners. While Roper has no intention of cutting Bragg in on the millions, he also has his eye on young Jean Johnson. Josie Johnson, Jean's mother, sees Roper as the scalawag he is, and that means trouble in Furnace Flat.

Texas Terrors(1940)

| 57min | Western
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A lawyer by training, Bob Millburne (Don "Red" Barry) believes in relying on the legal system to exact justice. But he can no longer sate his thirst for vengeance, fueled by the death of his parents at the hands of a bloodthirsty mine jumper. Frustrated and fed up, Bob decides it's time to dust off his guns and holsters.

Directed by George Sherman - With Don "Red" Barry

The Fargo Kid(1940)

| 1h 3min | Western
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

The Fargo Kid is mistaken for a killer and is hired to kill another man...

Directed by Edward Killy - With Tim Holt

Ghost Valley Raiders(1940)

Donald Barry, not yet Donald "Red" Barry, heads the cast of the Republic western Ghost Valley Raiders. A federal marshal, Barry is assigned to put an end to the activities of a stagecoach-robbery gang. That's why he spends most of the film pretending to be an outlaw himself. Stunt specialist Yakima Canutt plays a secondary villain, and also doubles for Barry in the dicier action scenes.

The Carson City Kid(1940)

| 54min | Action, Western
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The Carson City Kid and partner Laramie are outlaws. When his partner is caught the Kid, his identity being unknown, takes a job in Jessup's saloon. Here he see Jessup cheat Waren out of his money. Warren then robs Jessup posing as the Kid but gets caught. To gain his freedom, Laramie identifies Warren as the Kid. Realizing Jessup is the man that killed his brother, the Kid must find a way to clear Warren and get Jessup.

Young Bill Hickok(1940)

| 54min | Action, Western
2.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Bill Hickok, assisted by Calamity Jane, is after a foreign agent and his guerrilla band who are trying to take over some western territory just as the Civil War is coming to a close.

Directed by Joseph Kane - With Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Monte Blue, John Elliott

Santa Fe Marshal(1940)

1h 8min | Western
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

U.S. Marshal Hopalong Cassidy is called when a town becomes overun with bad guys. Disguised as a member of a medicine show, Hoppy discovers that the ringleader is none other than sweet li'l ol' Ma Burton.

Directed by Lesley Selander - With William Boyd

Adventures of Red Ryder(1940)

| 3h 25min | Action, Western
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Calvin Drake employs a group of low-lifes to drive away land owners along the path of a new railroad; Red Ryder opposes this strategy.

The Texas Rangers Ride Again(1940)

| 1h 8min | Western
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Directed by James P. Hogan - With Ellen Drew

The Light of Western Stars(1940)

| 1h 4min | Western, Romance / Love
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Easterner Madeline Hammond buys a ranch not knowing Hayworth is using it to smuggle ammunition across the border. When trouble starts, she brings back Gene Stewart ex-foreman who left the country after fighting with the Sheriff.

Directed by Lesley Selander - With Victor Jory

The Man from Tumbleweeds(1940)

| 59min | Western
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Bill Saunders recruits a team of paroled convicts to subdue a lawless gang.

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Viva Cisco Kid(1940)

1h 5min | Western
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Cisco saves a stagecoach from being robbed and takes a shine to one of the passengers whose father is in cahoots with a vicious criminal who plans to murder him.

Directed by Norman Foster - With Cesar Romero

Hi-Yo Silver(1940)

| 1h 8min | Western

Edited version of the 1938 Republic serial "The Lone Ranger.".

Directed by William Witney - With Lee Powell

Boss of Bullion City(1940)

1h 1min | Western, Crime

A lawman sets out to disrupt the operations of a crooked town boss.

Directed by Ray Taylor - With Johnny Mack Brown
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