Best Westerns of The Past 20 + Years

The Western is was a staple of cinema since its inception. However the past few years have seen a dramatic drop in the number of Oaters produced. Here are some of the best from the past few decades.
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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
“ Damn I love this movie. Costner's laid back acting is utilized well in his character of Charlie Waits and he brings enough pathos and when necessary to illustrate his character's troubled history. Duvall is great as usual and the supporting cast as well. Costner's knack for landscapes shown in Dances with Wolves is on display again, as well as for framing the exhilarating extended shootout at the films end.

Best Line: "Men are gonna get killed here today, Sue, and I'm gonna kill 'em." ” - korbinj2
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
“ A unique, meandering and haunting piece on two men's lives. Great music, great acting. Feels as much like a dusty window into another time period as it does a movie.

Best Line: Narrator-" He also had a condition that was referred to as "granulated eyelids" and it caused him to blink more than usual as if he found creation slightly more than he could accept." ” - korbinj2
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
“ A viscerally exciting remake that takes the concept of the original and injects enough action and the high caliber gravitas of Crowe and Bale to make the film its best in its small moments of personal discussion. Ben Foster steals the show though, as Crowe's Outlaw's loyal psychotic sidekick.

Best Line: "I hate posses" ” - korbinj2
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ Another Coens film. And another remake, this one is closer to both its novel's source material and the original film version than 3:10 to Yuma. An unconventional even if traditional western, from a young girls point of view, Hailee Steinfield is just as great as her more celebrated supporting actors. Its funny, and nostalgically sad in a lovely way often at the same time. Bridges and Damons exchanges are some of the funniest of any western odd couple.

Best Line:It astonishes me that Mr. LaBoeuf has been shot, trampled, and nearly bitten his tongue off, and yet not only does he continue to talk but he spills the banks of English. ” - korbinj2
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
“ Not a Western necessarily in location, but in themes, landscapes characters and time setting it is. A fine addition to the genre and one of the most brutal entries. Fine performances from Winstone to Pearce to Hurt and Huston abound.

Best Line: "Australia. What fresh hell is this?" ” - korbinj2
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
“ Eastwood's opus on the old west deconstructs, revises and then returns to its roots in a starkly unsettling denouement of violence and a man's history with it.

Best Line: "Its a hell of a thing killing a man...." ” - korbinj2
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.)
“ Only not ranked 1st because many won't see it as a western, and I'm not sure of it myself. More of a noir set in the 80's west. But its beautiful, well acted and leaves you thinking long after the credits.

Best Line, toss up between: "Whats the most you ever lost in a coin toss?" or "And then I woke up" ” - korbinj2
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
“ No better use of the Dakota landscape has been filmed, and for now, this ranks as the fairest retelling of the Native peoples time on the prairie, even with its odd caucasian love interest. Hopefully a movie with a Native main protagonist will come along soon that is as artfully done as this one. ” - korbinj2
Maverick (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ The Western genre needs more brevity and light-hearted fun, and this, along with the other entries of True Grit and Silverado are energetic and make for great rides. Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Garner and the cast make this old timey tale of double crossing and gambling along the Mississippi a western with broad appeal. ” - korbinj2
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.)
“ Poor direction can't stop this great ensemble cast and decent script from making the list. Kurt Russel is as always, the man and Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday kills every line.

Best Lines: Any one of Doc Holliday's ” - korbinj2
Silverado (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. (133 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Like Maverick farther up the list, this entry is one of the less serious, but no less entertaining Westerns to come along. It marked one of the first performances of Kevin Costner and no doubt his loosest, most unrestrained performance, a departure from his later more reserved and laconic roles. ” - korbinj2
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.)
“ Its weird turn towards mysticism and exposition in the third act not withstanding, this is an underrated gem with stellar performances from both the great Liam Neeson and the equally ferocious Brosnan who both are surprisingly good at an American accent.

Best Line: Gideon: What do you want?
Carver: I thought that would have been obvious the way I've been shootin' at ya. ” - korbinj2
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
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
“ Mortenson and Harris have the comraderie banter down for a classic western, but surprisingly underwhelming villain by the underused Jeremy Irons and Renne Zellweger's hard to pin down role keep this from being any higher for me. ” - korbinj2