The Dying Western - The Depression Era (1930s)

The 1930s is known as one of the worst decades for the Western genre. Between The Big Trail (1930) and Stagecoach (1939) there was barely any A-western made. Only between 10-15 westerns could be considered a big budget production. The big studios basically didn't want to touch them apart from a minor upswing in 1936, but the small studios without any money made a ton of them. Hardly any of them any good. Around 1000 westerns was created during the decade, and I've seen half of them. This is a list for those wondering what to track down from this semi-obscure wild west era.


Seen most of the important ones, so there won't be many changes at the top. I…

  • Stagecoach

    1

  • Dodge City

    2

  • Destry Rides Again

    3

  • The Big Trail

    4

  • Three Godfathers

    5

  • The Oklahoma Kid

    6

  • Jesse James

    7

  • The Emperor of California

    8

  • Frontier Marshal

    9

  • The Texas Rangers

    10

  • Union Pacific

    11

  • The Plainsman

    12

  • The Phantom Empire

    13

  • The Texans

    14

  • Zorro's Fighting Legion

    15

  • The Cisco Kid and the Lady

    16

  • Silver on the Sage

    17

  • The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

    18

  • Men Of America

    19

  • The Law West of Tombstone

    20

  • Wells Fargo

    21

  • Law and Order

    22

  • Allegheny Uprising

    23

  • Partners of the Plains

    24

  • Robin Hood of El Dorado

    25

  • Phantom Thunderbolt

    26

  • Wagon Wheels

    27

  • The Girl of the Golden West

    28

  • Borderland

    29

  • The Lash

    30

  • The Return of the Cisco Kid

    31

  • The Squaw Man

    32

  • Call of the Prairie

    33

  • Stand Up and Fight

    34

  • Hop-a-long Cassidy

    35

  • The Lone Ranger Rides Again

    36

  • The Oregon Trail

    37

  • The Telegraph Trail

    38

  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    39

  • Under Western Stars

    40

  • Range War

    41

  • Trail Dust

    42

  • The Red Rider

    43

  • North of the Rio Grande

    44

  • The Dude Ranger

    45

  • Cassidy of Bar 20

    46

  • The Painted Stallion

    47

  • Heritage of the Desert

    48

  • Heart of Arizona

    49

  • Hills of Old Wyoming

    50

  • Three on the Trail

    51

  • Bar 20 Justice

    52

  • Sunset Trail

    53

  • The Vigilantes Are Coming

    54

  • Gold Mine in the Sky

    55

  • The Vanishing Legion

    56

  • The Range Feud

    57

  • In Old Mexico

    58

  • Renegade Trail

    59

  • The Devil Horse

    60

  • Unknown Valley

    61

  • The Terror of Tiny Town

    62

  • Fighting Thru

    63

  • Rhythm of the Saddle

    64

  • Rustlers' Valley

    65

  • The Mysterious Rider

    66

  • Scarlet River

    67

  • The Light of Western Stars

    68

  • Flaming Frontiers

    69

  • Billy the Kid

    70

  • The Singing Vagabond

    71

  • The Cherokee Strip

    72

  • Outlaws of Sonora

    73

  • The Border Patrolman

    74

  • Zorro Rides Again

    75

  • The Renegade Ranger

    76

  • Hopalong Cassidy Returns

    77

  • The Lone Ranger

    78

  • Bar 20 Rides Again

    79

  • The Arizona Raiders

    80

  • Prairie Moon

    81

  • Haunted Gold

    82

  • Pals of the Saddle

    83

  • Westward Ho

    84

  • Western Jamboree

    85

  • Ghost-Town Gold

    86

  • Billy The Kid Returns

    87

  • Overland Stage Raiders

    88

  • Beyond the Rockies

    89

  • Rocky Mountain Mystery

    90

  • South of the Border

    91

  • Fighting Caravans

    92

  • The Purple Vigilantes

    93

  • Heritage of the Desert

    94

  • The Eagle's Brood

    95

  • Man from Music Mountain

    96

  • Red River Range

    97

  • Treachery Rides the Range

    98

  • Pride of the West

    99

  • Sunset Range

    100