Best Western Movies of All Time

1.

Django Unchained (2012)

7.0
8.4/10

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2012-12-25
2.

Dances with Wolves (1990)

6.6
8.0/10

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman
Directed by: Kevin Costner
Release date: 1990-11-09
3.

Unforgiven (1992)

6.6
8.2/10

William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1992-08-07
4.

The Revenant (2015)

6.5
8.0/10

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release date: 2015-12-25
5.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

6.4
8.1/10

In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever and talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot 'Sundance Kid'. As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1969-09-23
6.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

6.3
7.8/10

Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2015-12-25
7.

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

6.1
7.7/10

In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Peter Fonda
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2007-09-06
8.

Hell or High Water (2016)

6.1
7.6/10

A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Release date: 2016-08-12
9.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

5.9
7.5/10

Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Release date: 2007-09-02
10.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

5.9
8.2/10

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-01-24
11.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

5.9
7.3/10

Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.

Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 2018-11-09
12.

Rio Bravo (1959)

5.8
8.0/10

The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1959-03-17
13.

Hostiles (2017)

5.8
7.2/10

A legendary Native American-hating Army captain nearing retirement in 1892 is given one last assignment: to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his Montana reservation.

Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Release date: 2017-12-22
14.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

5.8
8.1/10

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Starring: John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1962-04-22
15.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

5.7
8.0/10

Aging outlaw, Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them—resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1969-06-17
16.

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

5.7
8.0/10

Gil Carter and Art Croft ride into a small Nevada town plagued by cattle thieves. Initially suspected of being the rustlers themselves, Carter and Croft eventually join a posse out to get the criminals, who also may be involved in a recent shooting. When the posse closes in on a group that could be the fugitives, they must decide on a course of action, with numerous lives hanging in the balance.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, Jane Darwell
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1943-03-11
17.

Stagecoach (1939)

5.7
7.9/10

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-03-02
18.

The Searchers (1956)

5.6
8.0/10

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1956-03-13
19.

The Big Country (1958)

5.6
7.9/10

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1958-09-30
20.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

5.6
7.9/10

After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1976-06-30

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