Firecreek is a 1968 western movie directed by Vincent McEveety and starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda in his second role as an antagonist that year. The film is similar to High Noon in that it features an entire town of cowards refusing to help a peace officer against outlaws. Stewart plays an unlikely hero, forced into action when his conscience will not permit evil to continue. Wikipedia
Evelyn Pittman: It's obvious you and your men are hired killers down from the northern range wars. Bob Larkin: We work in the open. We eat and drink with the ranchers who hire us... and are as much respected as anyone in the country. Evelyn Pittman: Don't quibble any fine line with me, Mr. Larkin. You're as dishonest as any common road bandit. Bob Larkin: I'm not ashamed of the part I play. There's not a territorial border we cross where there's men waiting... hoping I can take them on... waiting to call themselves Larkin men. Evelyn Pittman: You're admitting your only importance is collecting men who don't care whether they live or die... who only live for the moment. Bob Larkin: It's been a long road to make a name men will follow. You'll get no apology out of me. Evelyn Pittman: It won't be long before you'll be running out of borders. You'll come full circle against the law that made you move on. Bob Larkin: You tie me up pretty good, Evelyn. Evelyn Pittman: Why fight against times changing? Why not join in changing them. Bob Larkin: Then I'll be like all the rest. Today I'm one of the few. I lead. That's important to me.