1. Abilene Town (1946) – Randolph Scott:
Broadway To Cheyenne starts off with a bunch of big city gangsters fighting and killing each other with Detective Breezy Kildare (Rex Bell) caught in the middle. When Breezy goes out west to the ranch where he grew up he runs into the same bunch of crooks. The gangsters are offering "protection" to the local ranchers. For the rest of the movie it's cowboys and gangsters. One striking scene has the protective association gangsters mow down a bunch of innocent cattle with a machine gun! This was the first of the Bells that set up the novel precedent for his films that would start in the East and wind up out West.
3. Santa Fe Trail (1940) – Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan
It's 1854. Robert E. Lee is Superintendent of West Point, where J.E.B. Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George A. Custer (Ronald Reagan) are classmates. In the dormitory, one of the cadets (Van Heflin) reads aloud the secession-promoting pamphlets of abolitionist John Brown.
At graduation, the address is given by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. J.E.B. Stuart and Custer are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry in the Kansas territory, where they have to deal with John Brown.
4. Jack London’s Queen of the Yukon (1940) - Charles Bickford:
Sadie (Irene Rich) owns a riverboat that gold-miners are using to travel to their claims, while gambling and drinking on the way. The Yukon Mining Company sends Thorne (Melvin Lang) to take over Sadie's boat and then cheat the miners out of their claims.
Sadie turns to her trusted friend Ace (Charles Bickford) to sort out all the complications.
5. Only the Valiant (1951) – Gregory Peck:
Capt. Richard Lance (Gregory Peck) is unjustly held responsible, by his men and his girlfriend (Barbara Payton), for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway (Gig Young) is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison.
The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault.
Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive.
6. The Plainsman (1936) - Gary Cooper:
Epic C.B. DeMille production of the opening of the West stars Gary Cooper as Wild Bill Hickok and Jean Arthur as Calamity Jane. The pair fall in love while trying to put down an Indian uprising and ruthless gunrunners. With James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Gabby Hayes; look for Anthony Quinn as an Indian.
7. Kit Carson (1940) - Jon Hall - Trapper Kit Carson (Jon Hall) and his band of men join John C. Fremont (Dana Andrews) on his way to California. Enroute they are subjected to Indian attacks that are propagated by the Mexican Government, that does not want the contingency to reach California. Once in California, Fremont and Carson initiate a campaign to free the state from Mexican control.