Can You Name the Western From a List of Characters?

By: Heather Cahill
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About This Quiz

The first Western movie was a silent film released in 1903,  called "The Great Train Robbery," featuring Broncho Billy Anderson, played by Justus D. Barnes. Who knew at that time that the Western genre would become one of the most popular film genres of all time, producing thousands of movies with several production explosions throughout history, the last occurring in the '50s, which really just hasn't seemed to have stopped yet?  

You've seen Western quizzes before. They might ask you about famous movie quotes, or the history of the Wild West that has been replayed in modern films, but this quiz is a little different. This quiz is all about the characters and the films they appeared in. For example, can you remember which movie featured the characters Mattie Ross, Ned Pepper and Rooster Cogburn? We'll give you a hint in that it's been remade a couple of times. How about a movie that's a little more difficult and featured the characters Younger Bear, Caroline Crabb and Louise Pendrake? From the insanely popular to iconic classics familiar in their time but perhaps lesser known now, we will take you through some of the greatest Westerns you've ever seen - or clue you in to movies you need to see. 

Take this quiz to see if you can figure out these Westerns from their characters. Good luck partner, you've got a rough road ahead. 


Which Western are the characters Mattie Ross, Ned Pepper and Rooster Cogburn from?

This movie is about a girl who goes after her father's murderer with the help of Rooster Cogburn and La Beouf.

Which Western are the characters Lieutenant Dunbar, Ten Bears, and Kicking Bird from?

This movie is about a soldier who joins a Lakota Tribe. He received the name "Dances With Wolves" from the tribe.

Which Western are the characters Buddy Bizarre, Hedley Lamarr and Sheriff Bart from?

This movie was directed by Mel Brooks, who also played two roles. The movie was a comedy that poked fun at conventional Westerns.

Which Western are the characters Younger Bear, Caroline Crabb and Louise Pendrake from?

This movie is about the oldest man in the world telling a story about his life. James Anderson performed his last movie role in this film.

Which Western are the characters Kate Nelson, Chihuahua and Clementine Carter from?

This is another tale involving the Earp clan and Doc Holliday. It also involves the gunfight at O.K. Corral.

Which Western are the characters Colorado Ryan, Stumpy and Dude from?

John Wayne plays the role of the sheriff, Dean Martin plays a drunk, and Ricky Nelson plays a gunslinger. Walter Brennan plays Stumpy, who watches over the jail.

Which Western are the characters Sergeant Hench, Olivia Dandridge and Abbey Allshard from?

John Wayne played Captain Nathan Brittles, who has one last assignment before he retires.

Which Western are the characters Trooper Tim Ryan, Sergeant Chillum and Teresa Santiago from?

This movie is about an officer who assembles an army to fight the Apache. This took place during the Civil War.

Which Western are the characters Angel Eyes, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez and Blondie from?

This movie is about three men who go after $20,000 hidden in a grave. When the trio arrives, they battle for the money.

Which Western are the characters Susan McSween, John Tunstall and Richard Brewer from?

After the murder of a rancher, a group of men go after the murderers. The name of their group is "The Regulators."

Which Western are the characters Sims Reeves, Buster McGee and Matt Garth from?

"Red River" follows Thomas Dunson and Matt Garth as they drive cattle to Kansas. The two don't get along very well.

Which Western are the characters Jay Cobb, Hezekiah Beckum and Bond Rogers from?

This movie is about a gunfighter named J.B. Books, who is dying. He finds his fate inside of a bar.

Which Western are the characters Lieutenant Blanchard, Hank Plummer and Doc Boone from?

This movie is about a bunch of strangers who leave Arizona to go to New Mexico. John Wayne plays Ringo the Kid.

Which Western are the characters Charlie McCorry, Mose Harper and Ethan Edwards from?

This movie is about a group of men who go out in search of two girls who were kidnapped by the Comanche people.

Which Western are the characters Sarah Colton, Jesse Hooker and Caleb Colton from?

This movie is a Western horror about a group of vampires who pursue a man and his sister to turn them into vampires.

Which Western are the characters Butler, Ida Coyle and Eunice from?

"McCabe and Mrs. Miller" become business partners and find themselves avoiding gunmen who were hired to kill them.

Which Western are the characters Squirrel, Honest John and False Barber from?

Beauregard is idolized by a man who calls himself "Nobody." When Beauregard wants to retire, Nobody urges him to finish his career by fighting the Wild Bunch.

Which Western are the characters Calvin Stanhope, Rae Johnson and Paden from?

"Silverado" is about a group of men who unexpectedly run into each other, and help the people in the town of Silverado.

Which Western are the characters Dora Hawkins, Charlie Gant and Jethro Stuart from?

In this movie, we see a family through four generations. It shows many important moments through history, such as railroad construction and the Civil War.

Which Western are the characters Strawberry Alice, Skinny Dubois and Davey Bunting from?

Clint Eastwood plays the role of William Munny, who retreated to a quiet life of farming after retiring from gunfighting. He took on one last job in order to provide for his children.

Which Western are the characters Liz Hammond, Annie MacLean and Joe Booker from?

Robert Redford plays Tom Booker, a horse whisperer. Grace and her horse were involved in a tragic accident with her friend and her horse. Grace and her horse had to overcome their loss and fear of riding again.

Which Western are the characters Sylvus Hammond, Abner Sampson and Steve Judd from?

This movie is about a man who is transporting gold. In the United Kingdom, the movie is known as "Guns in the Afternoon."

Which Western are the characters Deke Thornton, Wainscoat and Tector Gorch from?

"The Wild Bunch" is about an outlaw who wants to rob a train station as his gang's last accomplishment. This film has received many accolades for it's cinematography.

Which Western are the characters Redhead, Louisa and Rio from?

This film was directed by Marlon Brando and it was the only movie he ever directed. It is about two men who rob a bank in Mexico.

Which Western are the characters John Vermillion, Sherman McMaster and Johnny Behan from?

This movie is about the city of Tombstone, Arizona and the conflict between the Cowboys and the Earps and Doc Holliday.

Which Western are the characters Rufus Ryker, Sam Grafton and Joe Starrett from?

"Shane" is about a man who arrives in Wyoming and attempts to settle down. He finds himself fighting to rid all the guns in the land.

Which Western are the characters Agnes, Woodcock and Percy Garris from?

This movie is about a gang leader and his friend, who execute train robberies in the 1800s.

Which Western are the characters Frank Miller, Helen Ramírez and Mayor Jonas Henderson from?

This movie is about a marshall who is ready to retire, but hears news about a man he put in jail being released. He completes one last duty before leaving town.

Which Western are the characters Petra, Wallace and Chris Adams from?

Yul Brenner plays the leader of the group, Chris Adams. "The Magnificent Seven" protect and defend a small village in Mexico.

Which Western are the characters Danny Padilla, Mercedes Cruz and Charlie Wade from?

Kris Kristofferson played the role of Charlie Wade, who was murdered. The sheriff investigated Wade's murder.

Which Western are the characters Jacko, Two Bob and Charlie Burns from?

This movie is set in Australia, and Guy Pearce plays the role of Charlie Burns. Charlie has nine days to kill his brother.

Which Western are the characters Cuchillo, Old Prophet and Manco from?

Clint Eastwood plays the role of Manco, who is also known as "the man with no name." Mortimer and Manco go after a gang in the area.

Which Western are the characters Coy LaHood, Deputy Mather and Spider Conway from?

Clint Eastwood plays the preacher, who protects the town and later rides away. Eastwood also directed the film.

Which Western are the characters Callie Travers, Lewis Belding and Mordecai from?

In this movie, Clint Eastwood plays another character with no name. He is known as "The Stranger" and plays a gunfighter.

Which Western are the characters Jennifer, Matt Stone and Rachel Warren from?

This movie is about Jed Cooper, who is rescued from being hung after an incident involving cattle. He becomes a Deputy U.S. Marshal.

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