Best Western Films Since 1990

Ranked best to worst. According to an English instructor at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
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1.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
 
2.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
3.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
4.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
5.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
 
6.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
7.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
8.
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
9.
Open Range (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman. (139 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
10.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
11.
Appaloosa (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow. (115 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
12.
Wyatt Earp (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. The movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's most famous individuals. (191 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
13.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
14.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
15.
Wild Bill (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The early career of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickock is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane. (98 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
16.
Ravenous (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal. (101 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
 
17.
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter. (116 mins.)
 
18.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
 
19.
Seraphim Falls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge. (115 mins.)
 
20.
The Missing (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo. (137 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
21.
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West... (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
22.
Blackthorn (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike. (102 mins.)
Director: Mateo Gil
 
23.
The Jack Bull (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on a treacherous rancher. (116 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
24.
The Claim (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later... (120 mins.)
 
25.
Gold (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In the summer of 1898, a small group of German compatriots head into the hostile northern interior of British Columbia in search for gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. (101 mins.)
Director: Thomas Arslan
 
26.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights... (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
27.
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
28.
Dead Man (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
29.
Hidalgo (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race. (136 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
30.
Sweetwater (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory. (95 mins.)
Director: Logan Miller
 
31.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
32.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
 
33.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
34.
The Burrowers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In the Wild West a rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers that has vanished from their home under mysterious circumstances. (96 mins.)
Director: J.T. Petty
 
35.
A Night in Old Mexico (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Forced to sell his family ranch to developers, a financially strapped but proud senior citizen, finally meets his grandson and gets involved with drug dealers. (103 mins.)
Director: Emilio Aragón
 
36.
The Warrior's Way (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission. (100 mins.)
Director: Sngmoo Lee
 
37.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
38.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament. (107 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
39.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown. (133 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
 
40.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
41.
Shanghai Noon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss. (110 mins.)
Director: Tom Dey
 
42.
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
43.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. (116 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
 
44.
Dead in Tombstone (2013 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A gang overruns a small mining town murdering their own leader Guerrero (Trejo) in a cold-blooded power grab... (100 mins.)
Director: Roel Reiné
 
45.
Jonah Hex (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth. (81 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Hayward