10 Best Western Movie Quotes

Wednesday, January 26 by Romilly West

Westerns are great fun for adventurous spirits and the 10 best western movie quotes give a taste of what you can expect from the films. So, what are you waiting for?  Saddle up and enjoy.

  1. “I'm your huckleberry.” In the movie “Tombstone,” Doc Holliday delivers this line, one of the best western movie quotes with a gleeful glint in his eye. Doc means that he's the right man for the job. He's a great shot with his pistols and he knows it.  
  2. “Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way.” Rooster Cogburn, the tough-minded and independent-spirited US Marshal in “True Grit,” could be likened to Popeye. Cogburn is what he is and he doesn't pretend anything different.
  3. “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.” Sounds like a great philosophy and that's why it's one of the best western movie quotes of all time. It comes from John Bernard Books, an aging gunfighter in “The Shootist.”  
  4. “It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.” Will Munny would know. He's killed many men in his time before he went straight for the benefit of his young wife. In “Unforgiven” he's a widower and dusts off his pistols for one last job.
  5. “You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.” One of the best western movie quotes of all time, these words are spoken by Blondie, the Man Wit No Name, to Tuco near the final showdown of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”  
  6. “To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.”  In “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Josey guns down a couple of attackers. The young man riding with him says he wishes they had time to bury the men. In reply, Josey makes his famous remark, one of the best western movie quotes of all time.
  7. “A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an ax, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.” In “Shane,” the gunslinger reassures his friend's wife, who is afraid of guns.
  8. “I had never really known who John Dunbar was. Perhaps because the name itself had no meaning. But as I heard my Sioux name being called over and over, I knew for the first time who I really was.” One of the best western movie quotes, it sums up the transformation of John Dunbar in the film “Dances With Wolves.”
  9. “Well, if you're waitin' for a woman to make up her mind, you may have a a long wait.” In “Pale Rider,” this line is spoken by the preacher to his new buddy, whose lady friend is reluctant to marry him. "Pale Rider" is one of those rare westerns that features a love story as a subplot.
  10. “Yoohoo. I'll make you famous!” In “Young Guns II,” William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) says this line, one of the best western movie quotes of all time, to anybody he's setting out to kill. Not only is “Young Guns II” a great western, but it also has a rocking soundtrack.

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