* AwesomeMusic: The score by Musci/DimitriTiomkin.
** Creator/HowardHawks realised that he had Creator/DeanMartin and MusicCreator/RickyNelson in his film, so he put a musical number in. Martin sings "My Rifle, My Pony and Me", while Nelson leads a singalong of "Come Along Home, Cindy".
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film was a huge success in Italy, laying the groundwork for the following decade's Spaghetti Western boom.
* HeReallyCanAct: Despite appearing to call for nothing more than Creator/JohnWayne's typical performance, the film lets him show more range than usual, as Chance has quite a few vulnerable moments where it's clear how worried he really is about making it through the standoff. He also gets really flustered in his scenes with Feathers.
** The film allso showed people that Creator/DeanMartin could do more than sing or be straight man to former comedy team partner Creator/JerryLewis. The scenes where recovering alcoholic Dude is going through withdrawal and has the "shakes" proved how good a dramatic actor he could be.
* MoralEventHorizon: If you didn't think Joe Burdette was a {{Jerkass}} for tossing a coin in a spittoon for Dude or forcing a kiss on a woman, you will when he murders a man for absolutely no reason other than he tried to break up his fight with Dude.
* TheWoobie: Dude.