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
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.
Votes: 34,953 | Gross: $33.20M
Perhaps the best in my book.
2. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 118,105 | Gross: $56.51M
6. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
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.
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
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.
Votes: 12,691 | Gross: $3.48M
9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
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.
Votes: 61,518 | Gross: $31.80M
11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 643,109 | Gross: $6.10M
12. Pale Rider (1985)
R | 115 min | Drama, Western
A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.
Votes: 49,076 | Gross: $41.41M
13. Young Guns (1988)
R | 107 min | Action, Western
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.
Votes: 51,451 | Gross: $45.66M
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 6,083 | Gross: $2.17M
21. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
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.
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 »
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
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.
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 »
25. The Quick and the Dead (1995)
R | 107 min | Action, Romance, Thriller
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.
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.
Votes: 7,374 | Gross: $20.66M
27. Appaloosa (2008)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 56,407 | Gross: $20.21M
28. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 165 min | Western
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.
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
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.
Votes: 173,402 | Gross: $93.43M