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Doyle Brunson Outlines His Top Ten Country Westerns of All Time

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  • WATCH: Doyle Brunson talks about the ten Westerns that make the top ten cut for him.

One of the original Texas road gamblers, it's no surprise that Doyle Brunson has accumulated loads of experience and knowledge on plenty of topics other than poker over the years.

His signature cowboy hat and Texas roots would indicate that one of those topics is Country Westerns, and it turns out he is indeed very knowledgeable on the genre. The godfather of poker sat down with Nolan Dalla at his son Todd Brunson’s Italian restaurant, Roma Deli, to share his top ten picks.

The just over 33-minute long video is the third of a series that goes over Brunson’s top 60 Westerns of all time. In this final video, Brunson talks about the ones that made his top ten list, as well as some flicks that didn’t make the cut. For “Texas Dolly,” it’s the poignant, memorable moments that make the top Westerns the best in his eyes.

*Video produced by Andrew Geber via 5thStreetSports.com

Doyle Brunson’s Top Ten Westerns All-Time

RankMovie TitleYearDirectorNotable Actors
1Hell or High Water2016David MackenzieChris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
2Shane1953George StevensAlan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin
3Red River1948Howard Hawks, Arthur RossonJohn Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru
4Appaloosa2008Ed HarrisEd Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger
5Hombre1967Martin RittPaul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone
6Jeremiah Johnson1972Sydney PollackRobert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton
7The Big Country1958William WylerGregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker
8Unforgiven1992Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
9The Searchers1956John FordJohn Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles
10The Professionals1966Richard BrooksBurt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan

While Brunson may have played in his last tournament ever this summer in the 2018 World Series of Poker, he continues to be an expert source for all things poker — and also Country Westerns, as it turns out.

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