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List Rules Vote up your favorite Western films that were released in the 1980s.

On this list of the best ‘80s western movies, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of classic westerns, genre-bending mash-ups, and hilarious comedies, all set against a backdrop of dusty saloons, long horse rides, and lone guns.


One of the best and most interesting ‘80s western films is
Near Dark, acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow’s second feature film. A tale of a midwestern man and his involvement with a family of American vampires, Near Dark was part of a batch of darker vampire films released in the late ‘80s. Although it fared poorly at the box office, the film has since gone on to achieve cult status among critics and film fans alike.


Also on this list, you’ll find
Three Amigos! One of the most iconic comedy-westerns of all time, Three Amigos! stars Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short as the titular amigos. The film parodies both Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, as well as its American remake The Magnificent Seven. Did your favorite ‘80s western make the cut? Vote up the best 1980s western films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Pale Rider Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Lonesome Dove Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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The Tracker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Tracker Kris Kristofferson, Scott Wilson, Geoffrey Blake

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The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Long Riders Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest

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The Grey Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Grey Fox Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Wayne Robson

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Tom Horn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Tom Horn Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Slim Pickens

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Barbarosa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Barbarosa Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Gilbert Roland

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Silverado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Silverado Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

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Young Guns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Young Guns Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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Heaven's Gate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges

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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Quick and the Dead Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw, Tom Conti

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The Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Mountain Men Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover

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The Shadow Riders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Shadow Riders Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross

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Old Gringo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Old Gringo Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits

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The Last Days of Frank and Jes... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Marcia Cross

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Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Stagecoach Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

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The Legend of the Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Legend of the Lone Ranger Christopher Lloyd, Jason Robards Jr., Richard Farnsworth

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The Triumphs of a Man Called H... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies

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Windwalker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Windwalker Trevor Howard, James Remar, Billy Drago

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Red Headed Stranger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, Katharine Ross

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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
¡Three Amigos! Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

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Comin' at Ya! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Comin' at Ya! Victoria Abril, Ricardo Palacios, Luis Barboo

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Return to Snowy River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies

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Sunset is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Sunset Bruce Willis, Malcolm McDowell, James Garner

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Rustlers' Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Rustlers' Rhapsody Tom Berenger, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith

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Outland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Outland Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, John Ratzenberger

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Hard Country is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Hard Country Kim Basinger, Daryl Hannah, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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Straight to Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Straight to Hell Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper

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Malone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Malone Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Cliff Robertson

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Timerider: The Adventure of Ly... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Peter Coyote, Fred Ward, Ed Lauter