Best modern westerns (movies and tv-series)

by arosfors | created - 11 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

I have tried to watch what by many are considered to be the best of the old school westerns. But i just like the newer ones better. My first westerns to reach my eyes where the Clint Eastwood ones. I don't know how many times i saw "The good, the bad and the ugly" before the age of 15. So, here is what i consider to be the best from the 60s up'til the present. There are some Tom Selleck made for tv-movies i haven't seen yet, though i think they might be up my alley. But they don't seem to get any bluray-releases. You will find that some titles are left out. Well, probably because they're not what i look for in a western. For instance, none of Tarantinos contributions to the genre are included in this list - for a number of reasons.

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1. Silverado (1985)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover

Votes: 34,953 | Gross: $33.20M

Perhaps the best in my book.

2. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 118,105 | Gross: $56.51M

3. Wyatt Earp (1994)

PG-13 | 191 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

47 Metascore

The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews

Votes: 42,681 | Gross: $25.05M

4. Open Range (2003)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 63,413 | Gross: $58.33M

5. Centennial (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 1,256 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad

Votes: 2,661

6. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 225,889 | Gross: $184.21M

Get the long version.

7. Last Man Standing (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

Votes: 50,978 | Gross: $17.60M

A classic western - similar to Silverado - in every way but the time it is set in.

8. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 219 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

57 Metascore

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,691 | Gross: $3.48M

9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

69 Metascore

Missouri farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 61,518 | Gross: $31.80M

10. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Drama, Western

62 Metascore

When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

Votes: 32,606

11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 643,109 | Gross: $6.10M

12. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Drama, Western

61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 49,076 | Gross: $41.41M

13. Young Guns (1988)

R | 107 min | Action, Western

50 Metascore

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 51,451 | Gross: $45.66M

14. Young Guns II (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Western

47 Metascore

In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater

Votes: 29,148 | Gross: $44.14M

15. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 19,072

This entry stands for all five miniseries in the Lonesome Dove saga. I list them here in the order i think they should be seen, from the 1840s where the story begins, to the 1890s: 1. Dead man's walk. 2. Comanche moon. 3. Lonesome dove. 4. Return to Lonesome dove. 5. Streets of Laredo.

16. Monte Walsh (1970)

PG-13 | 106 min | Western

An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more--and that there will be no room for him, either.

Director: William A. Fraker | Stars: Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 2,245

17. Quigley Down Under (1990)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman, Chris Haywood

Votes: 18,327 | Gross: $21.41M

18. Broken Trail (2006)

Not Rated | 184 min | Western

A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 5,483

A gem.

19. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 22,907

Dark and depressing take on a piece of american history.

20. Wild Bill (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Biography, Western

The early career of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickock is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt, Diane Lane

Votes: 6,083 | Gross: $2.17M

21. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

75 Metascore

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe, and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee

Votes: 26,670 | Gross: $47.74M

22. Last of the Dogmen (1995)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Western

A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he ... See full summary »

Director: Tab Murphy | Stars: Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Kurtwood Smith, Steve Reevis

Votes: 4,661 | Gross: $7.40M

Not a western per se, allthough it includes a lost indian tribe. Really good adventure this. Sadly not available on bluray as of yet.

23. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 646,110 | Gross: $183.64M

24. Klondike (2014– )

274 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

The lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our ... See full summary »

Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

Votes: 5,619

25. The Quick and the Dead (1995)

R | 107 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

49 Metascore

A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio

Votes: 80,348 | Gross: $18.64M

26. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

Votes: 7,374 | Gross: $20.66M

27. Appaloosa (2008)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 56,407 | Gross: $20.21M

28. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 280,406 | Gross: $5.32M

This one makes the list by a narrow margin. There is something about it i don't like. Could be that you don't get to like anyone in particular in it. The cinematography is so nice though.

29. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 173,402 | Gross: $93.43M



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