Rangers in the Movies


Texas Rangers on the Silver Screen
(Movies and Television)

A List of Films and Shows by Year

Few organizations have been featured in more Hollywood movies over a longer period of time than the Texas Rangers. The “men in the white hats” first appeared in theaters in 1910 and continue to do so in the 21st century. During 98 of the last 109 years at least one movie a year has been released featuring an actor as a Texas Ranger.

It may never be possible to create a complete list of Texas Ranger films.Sadly, the Film Foundation estimates that 80% of films made from 1897 to 1930 are now lost.

The films listed below are

  • Feature-length movies,
  • “Shorts” (such as early movie serials),
  • Television Series (such as Walker: Texas Ranger)
  • Made-for-TV movies, or  mini series (such as Lonesome Dove)
  • Episodes of television series featuring Texas Ranger characters.

Detailed information about each film or television show is available from the Internet Movie Database.

Please e-mail us if you know of a film we have missed, and we will add it to the list.


 

1910

  • The Ranger’s Bride

1911

  • The Border Ranger

1912

  • The Ranger and His Horse

1914

  • The Ranger’s Romance

1916

  • The Ranger of Lonesome
  • Gulch
  • Liberty

1918

  • The Ranger
  • Heart of the Sunset
  • The Slient Rider

1919

  • The Lone Star Ranger
  • Last of the Duanes
  • Rider of the Law, a.k.a. Jim of the Rangers
  • When a Man Rices Alone
  • Speedy Meade

1920

  • The Unknown Ranger

1921

  • The Ranger and the Law
  • The Sky Ranger
  • Kingfisher's Roost
  • West of the Rio Grande

1922

  • The Ranger’s Reward
  • The Big Ranger
  • The Fighting Ranger

1923

  • The Lone Star Ranger
  • The Footlight Ranger
  • King’s Creek Law
  • Border Law
  • It Happened Out West

1924

  • The Whirlwind Ranger
  • The Last of the Duanes
  • Border Women
  • Trigger Fingers
  • The Loser's End

1925

  • The Fighting Ranger
  • Border Justice
  • Border Rangers
  • Ranger of the Big Pines
  • Ranger Bill
  • Rider of the Painted Horse
  • Riders of the Purple Sage
  • One Shot Ranger
  • Ranger Bill
  • The Trail Rider
  • The Son of Sontag
  • Border Justice
  • Unseen Enemies

1926

  • Daredevil’s Reward
  • Ahead of the Law
  • The Fighting Ranger

1927

  • Outlaws of Red River
  • The Rambling Ranger
  • The Fighting Texan
  • On Special Duty
  • The Law Rider
  • The Smiling Wolf
  • The Lone Ranger

1928

  • The Ranger’s Oath
  • Law of the Ranger
  • The Four-Footed Ranger
  • The Phantom Flyer
  • The Boss of Rustler's Roost
  • An Unexpected Hero
  • Horseman of the Plains
  • The Gauge of Battle
  • Fighting Destiny
  • The Card of Destiny
  • The Range Patrol

1929

  • Rio Rita
  • The Lawless Legion

1930

  • The Last of the Duanes
  • The Lone Star Ranger
  • Under a Texas Moon

1931

  • Border Law
  • The Cisco Kid
  • Lasca of the Rio Grande
  • The Texas Ranger
  • Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Alias: The Bad Man

1932

  • Come On, Danger!
  • Riders of the Desert
  • Hello Trouble
  • The Texas Bad Man
  • The Devil Horse
  • Mystery Ranch
  • The Western Code
  • Without Honor
  • The Texas Tornado
  • Border Devils
  • Riders of the Desert
  • The texas Bad Man
  • Mystery Ranch
  • The Western Code

1933

  • King of the Arena
  • The Ranger’s Code
  • Man of Action

1934

  • The Fighting Ranger
  • The Dude Ranger
  • Miracle Rider
  • Gun Justice
  • The Border Menace
  • Pals of the West
  • Outlaw's Highway

1935

  • Cyclone Ranger
  • Rough Riding Ranger
  • The Miracle Rider
  • Sagebrush Troubadour
  • Law Beyond the Range

1936

  • Ride, Ranger, Ride
  • The Unknown Ranger
  • Drift Fence, a.k.a. Texas Desperadoes
  • Whistling Bullets
  • The Kid Ranger
  • I’m Much Obliged
  • The Texas Rangers
  • The Traitor
  • Fast Bullets
  • Desert Patrol
  • The Phantom Rider
  • The Gun Ranger
  • The Big Show
  • Without Honor
  • The Mysterious Avenger
  • Everyman's Law
  • The Lion's Den
  • The Gun Ranger
  • Lawless Land
  • Rio Grande Ranger

1937

  • Law of the Ranger
  • Reckless Ranger
  • Galloping Dynamite
  • Ranger Courage
  • Guns of the Pecos
  • The Rangers Step In
  • Heart of the Rockies
  • Lawless Land
  • Borderland
  • Border Cafe
  • Ranger Courage
  • Outlaws of the Prairie

1938

  • The Renegade Ranger
  • Phantom Ranger
  • The Little Ranger
  • Desert Patrol
  • The Ranger’s Round-Up
  • Come On, Rangers!
  • Man’s Country
  • Code of the Rangers
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Billy the Kid Returns
  • Starlight Over Texas
  • Code of the Fearless
  • West of Rainbow's End
  • Two Gun Justice
  • Desert Patrol
  • Man's Country
  • Rollin' Plains
  • The Renegade Ranger

1939

  • The Lone Ranger Rides Again
  • The Man from Sundown

1940

  • Buzzy Rides the Range
  • The Man from Tumbleweeds
  • Northwest Mounted Police
  • Two-fisted Rangers
  • Rangers of Fortune
  • Rocky Mountain Rangers
  • Texas Rangers Ride Again
  • The Ranger and the Lady
  • Three Men from Texas
  • Hi Yo Silver

1941

  • Dead or Alive
  • Desert Bandit
  • Dynamite Canyon
  • Desert Patrol
  • Dynamite Canyon
  • Last of the Duanes
  • Rawhide Rangers
  • Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Rollin’ Home to Texas
  • Riders of the Badlands
  • Ridin’ the Cherokee Trail
  • Saddlemates
  • Desert Bandit
  • Son of Davy Crockett
  • Outlaws of the Cherokee Train
  • King of the Texas Rangers

1942

  • Lone Star Ranger
  • Come On, Danger
  • Riders of the Northland
  • Bandit Ranger
  • Down Texas Way
  • Down Rio Grande Way
  • Rio Rita
  • Lone Star Vigilantes
  • Undercover Man
  • The Rangers Take Over

1943

  • Thundering Trails
  • Border Buckaroos
  • The Fighting Buckaroo
  • West of Texas
  • Hail to the Rangers
  • The Return of the Rangers
  • The Rangers Take Over
  • Beyond the Last Frontier
  • Fighting Valley
  • Bad Men of Thunder Gap
  • Death Valley
  • West of Texas
  • Rangers
  • Trail of Terror
  • Boss of Rawhide
  • Border Patrol
  • Idaho
  • Riders of the Deadline
  • Hail to the Rangers
  • Overland Mail Robbery

1944

  • Gangster of the Frontier
  • Dead or Alive
  • Guns of the Law
  • Outlaw Roundup
  • Trail of Terror
  • Along the Navajo Trail
  • The Whispering Skull
  • Spook Town
  • Gunsmoke Mesa
  • Cyclone Prairie Rangers
  • Brand of the Devil
  • The Pinto Bandit
  • Brand of the Devil
  • Sundown Riders

1945

  • Enemy of the Law
  • Frontier Fugitives
  • Flaming Bullets
  • Three in the Saddle
  • Marked for Murder
  • Lone Texas Ranger
  • Bandits of the Badlands
  • Both Barrels Blazing
  • The Navajo Trail (a.k.a. Navajo Trails)
  • Renegades of the Rio Grande

1946

  • Roaring Rangers
  • Alias Billy the Kid
  • The Fighting Frontiersman

1947

  • Ridin’ Down the Trail
  • Red Hot Rangers
  • Bandits of Dark Canyon
  • The Fabulous Texan
  • Song of the Wasteland
  • Riders of the Lone Star

1948

  • The Gallant Legion
  • The Rangers Ride
  • The Fighting Ranger
  • Fighting Mustang
  • The Tioga Kid
  • Whirlwind Raiders
  • Return of the Bad Men

1949

  • The Lone Ranger (TV Series 1949-1957; 221 Episodes)
  • Riders of the Whistling Pines
  • Streets of Laredo
  • South of Rio
  • Ranger of Cherokee Strip
  • Masked Raiders
  • Crashing Thru
  • Bandits of El Dorado
  • The Pecos Pistol

1950

  • Guns of Justice
  • Law of the Badlands
  • Colorado Junction
  • Border Rangers
  • Prairie Roundup
  • Holiday Rythm
  • Battling Marshal
  • The Eagle and the Hawk
  • Lightning Guns

1951

  • Ridin’ the Outlaw Trail
  • My Outlaw Brother
  • The Texas Rangers: The Lone Wolf
  • Watchdogs of the Lone Star State
  • Texans Never Cry
  • Prairie Roundup
  • The Texas Rangers
  • Lawless Cowboys

1952

  • Night Stage to Galveston
  • The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • Dead Man’s Trail
  • Waco
  • The Lawless Breed

1953

  • Winning of the West
  • Star of Texas
  • On Top of Old Smoky
  • The Lawless Breed
  • Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series 1951–1959) Episode: No Compromise (1953)

1954

  • Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series, 1951–1959) Episode: The Long Trail (1954)

1955

  • Texas Rangers Ride Again
  • Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series 1955–1956) Episode: The Fight for Texas (1955)
  • Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series 1955–1959; 52 Episodes)
  • Stage 7 (TV Series 1955– ?)
    Episode: Fox Hunt (1955)
  • Texas Lady

1956

  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Searchers
  • Judge Roy Bean (TV Series 1955– 1956?)  Various Episodes.
  • The Lone Ranger and the
    Lost City of Gold

1957

  • Gun Duel in Durango
  • Trackdown ( TV Series 1957–1959)
  • The Hard Man

1958

  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp TV Series 1955–1961)  (Episode: Three) (1958)

1959

  • Frontier Rangers
  • The Wonderful Country

1960

  • Seven Ways from Sundown

1961

  • The Last Rebel
  • Return of the Lone Ranger
  • The Comancheros

1962

  • Rocky and His Friends (TV Series  Animated Cartoon 1959–1963)  Episode: Banana Formula: Parts 9-10 (1962)

1964

  • Bullet for a Badman
  • Texas Ranger

1965

  • Laredo (TV series 1965-67)
  • The Virginian: We've Lost a Train (TV series 1962-1971;  season 3 episode 30)
  • The Drifter (TV Series  965–1966)  Episode: The Texas Rangers (1965)

1966

  • Lonesome Ranger

1967

  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Rango (TV Series, Comedy Episodes: 17)
  • Death Valley Days (TV Series 1952–1970)  Episode: The Informer Who Cried (1967)

1968

  • Three Guns for Texas
  • Texas Rangers and Us
  • The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde

1969

  • The Great Bank Robbery
  • Backtrack!
  • The Over-the-Hill Gang
  • True Grit

1970

  • Death Valley Days (TV Series 1952–1970);  Episode: The King of the Uvalde Road (1970)
  • Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.
  • The Over-the-Hill-Gang Rides Again

1971

  • To Kill a Jackal
  • Big Jake

1972

  • Code of the Rangers

1973

  • The Three Musketeers of the West (Italian)

1974

  • The Sugarland Express
  • The Rangers (TV movie)
  • Kung Fu (TV Series 1972–1975)
    Episode: Empty Pages of a Dead Book (1974)

1976

  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • The Quest (TV Series 1976; 15 Episodes) Episode: Shanklin (1976)

1980

  • The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series 1979-1985)  Episode Jude Emery Season 2 episode 19

1981

  • The Texas Rangers (TV movie)
  • The Legend of the Lone Ranger

1982

  • American Playhouse (TV Series 1981– ?)  Episode: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

1983

  • Lone Wolf McQuade
1986

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • Singapore Sling (R-rated)
  • The Aurora Encounter
  • Miami Vice: El Viejo (TV series season 3 episode 7)

1987

  • Extreme Prejudice
  • Phantom Soldiers

1988

  • Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie)

1989

  • Lonesome Dove (TV miniseries)
  • Phantom Soldiers

1990

  • Pair of Aces (TV movie)

1991

  • Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind (TV movie)
  • Blood River (TV movie)

1993

  • Walker, Texas Ranger (TV movie)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series ; 1993 -2001; 196 Episodes)
  • A Perfect World
  • Return to Lonesome Dove (TV miniseries)
  • Ranger: Muerte in Texas
  • The Old West Cowboy (Documentary)

1994

  • One Riot, One Ranger
  • Texas Payback
  • Texas (TV movie)
  • Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV series)
  • Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion

1995

  • Ranger!
  • Streets of Laredo (TV miniseries)
  • Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (TV series)
  • Hard Bounty

1996

  • Dead Man’s Walk (TV miniseries)
  • Riders of the Purple Sage (TV movie)
  • From Dusk ’til Dawn
  • Last Man Standing
  • Lone Star

1997

  • Buffalo Soldiers

1998

  • Border Wars
  • The Newton Boys
  • Perfect Prey (TV movie)
  • Point Blank (TV movie)

1999

  • From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
  • Sons of Thunder (TV series)

2000

  • Martial Law: Honor Among Strangers (TV series season 2 episode 16)

2001

  • Texas Rangers

2003

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Martial Law (1TV Series 998–2000) Episode: Honor Among Strangers
  • Wild West Tech (TV Series 2003–2005)  Episode: The Gunslingers: Pilot 2

2004

  • Wild West Tech (TV Series 2003–2005) Episode: Execution Tech

2005

  • Man of the House
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (TV movie)
  • Medium: Pilot (TV series season 1 episode 1)
  • Carnivàle (TV Series 2003–2005)  Episode: Los Moscos

2006

  • Renegade Gun

2007

  • No Country for Old Men
  • Grindhouse
  • Death Proof
  • Planet Terror
  • The Great Debaters
  • Ghost Rider
  • Crime Stories (TV Series 1998– ?)
    Episode: The Railcar Killer
  • The Investigators (TV Series 2000– ?)  Episode: Interview with the Devil

2008

  • Comanche Moon (TV miniseries)
  • Palo Pinto Gold
  • Forensic Files (TV Series 1996–2011)  Episode: Brotherly Love
  • W.

2009

  • Luke and Lacy: the Texas Rangers (Animated movie) - Suske en Wiske: De Texas Rakkers (original title - Belgium)
  • Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas

2010

  • True Grit (remake)
  • Frontera
  • F2: Forensic Factor (TV Series 2003– ) Episode: Million Dollar Murder

2011

  • Cowboy & Lucky: Bad Ranger (TV series season 1 episode 11)

2012

  • Dawn Rider
  • How the States Got Their Shapes (TV Series 2011–2012)  Episode: Rebels & Outlaws

2013

  • The Lone Ranger
  • Bonnie & Clyde (TV miniseries)
  • Revolution (TV series, second season)
  • Strong Arm of the Law (Short)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series 2010– )
    Episode: A'ale Ma'a Wau
  • Episode: A'ale Ma'a Wau
  • A Man Called McClane (Short)

2014

  • Killer Women (TV series; 8 Episodes)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (TV series 2014-2016) Episodes: Pilot and others
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown (remake)

2015

  • Texas Rising (TV miniseries)
  • Wild Horses

2016

  • The Duel
  • Hell or High Water
  • Vengeance Is the Lord's (Short movie - UK)

2017

  • Lethal Weapon: Lawmen (TV series season 1 episode 11)
  • Timeless (TV Series 2016–2018)
    Episode: The Murder of Jesse James
  • Leatherface

2019

  • NCIS New Orleans: Vindicta (TV series season 5 episode 11)
  • The Duel (NETFLIX)
  • The Highwaymen (NETFLIX)

FILMS ANNOUNCED - No Date

  • Morgan Kane
  • The Gunslinger
  • Crimson Saints
  • The Last Duane
  • Law Dogs

*Updated June, 2019

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