The Way West is a 1967 American epic western (De Luxe) film based on the novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark, and features Sally Field in her first film role. The film was directed by veteran television director Andrew V. McLaglen and featured breathtaking on-location cinematography by William H. Clothier. Though reviews were mixed, critics such as Roger Ebert praised the film for its realistic portrayal of settlers and their motivations.