Heaven's Gate

Lists: Drama, Westerns

Brief Synopsis: "Heaven's Gate is Michael Cimino's infamously ambitious epic western based on events in 1890s Wyoming. Sheriff James Averill attempts to protect immigrant farmers from wealthy cattle interests, and also clashes with a hired gun, Nathan Champion, over the woman they both love, Ella Watson. Both men find themselves questioning their roles in the furious conflict between wealthy landowners and European immigrants attempting to build new lives on the American frontier, which culminates in a brutal pitched battle."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1980: # 0)

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  • Kris Kristofferson (James Averill)
  • Christopher Walken (Nathan D. Champion)
  • John Hurt (Billy Irvine)
  • Isabelle Huppert (Ella Watson)
  • Sam Waterston (Frank Canton)
  • Brad Dourif (Mr. Eggleston)
  • Jeff Bridges (John L. Bridges)
  • Joseph Cotten (The Reverend Doctor)
  • Ronnie Hawkins (Major Wolcott)
  • Paul Koslo (Mayor Charlie Lezak)
  • Geoffrey Lewis (Trapper Fred)
  • Richard Masur (Cully)
  • Mary Catherine Wright (Nell)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (Small man)
  • Terry OQuinn (Capt. Minardi)
  • Jack Conley (Morrison)
  • Robin Bartlett (Mrs. Lezak)
  • Tom Noonan (Jake)
  • Caroline Kava (Stefka)
  • Mickey Rourke (Nick Ray)
  • T-Bone Burnett ()
  • Willem Dafoe ()
  • Michael Cimino (Director)