films The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Western films that were released in the 2000s.

As the western genre transitioned into the new millennium, Hollywood continued to play with old western tropes, stories, and characters. For instance, 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, is the second adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story of the same name. The film tells the story of a destitute rancher attempting to bring a notorious outlaw to justice. Similarly, another one of the best ‘00s western movies on this list is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The film deals with the actual historical killing of legendary Western gunman and train robber, Jesse James.


This isn’t to say that the top ‘00s western movies broke no new ground. There are plenty of inventive and completely novel premises on this list, including the comedy-western
Shanghai Noon. The title is of course a play on the Gary Cooper classic High Noon, but the plot is anything but similar. Starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, the film follows the pair as they traipse across the Old West, shooting, kicking, and tricking all the bad guys in their path. Vote up your favorite western movie from the 2000s below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Open Range Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

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3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
3:10 to Yuma Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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The Assassination of Jesse Jam... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

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Appaloosa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Appaloosa Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Alamo Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid

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Broken Trail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Broken Trail Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn

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Seraphim Falls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Seraphim Falls Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Angie Harmon

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Islava added There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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Into the West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century

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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Missing Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

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The Claim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Claim Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley

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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
anne flynn added Ned Kelly Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger

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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Proposition John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson

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The Last Confederate: The Stor... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
anne flynn added The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, Lee Majors

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Guest_16408677-90d2-42db-b457-4315e4e786d9 added Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added The Outsider Naomi Watts, David Carradine, John Noble

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Dead Birds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Dead Birds Michael Shannon, Isaiah Washington, Henry Thomas

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The Burrowers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Burrowers Clancy Brown, Laura Leighton, Sean Patrick Thomas

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Crossfire Trail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Crossfire Trail Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon, Christian Kane

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Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Monte Walsh Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Jack Palance

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September Dawn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Guest_71eff8e8-da28-4910-aa34-c02fee6d02a4 added September Dawn Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Dean Cain

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King of Texas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added King of Texas Patrick Stewart, Lauren Holly, Marcia Gay Harden

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American Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
American Outlaws Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Esavi added True Grit Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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Ghost Rock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
iknowwhatawesternis added Ghost Rock Gary Busey, Adrienne Barbeau, James Hong

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Texas Rangers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Texas Rangers Ashton Kutcher, Usher, Alfred Molina

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Undead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Undead or Alive Chris Kattan, Navi Rawat, Brian Posehn

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Bandidas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Bandidas Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Sam Shepard

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Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Shanghai Noon Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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Comanche Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Guest_22210346-562b-441b-9398-afa3ff8e2d06 added Comanche Moon

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The Legend of God's Gun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added The Legend of God's Gun Bobby Bones, Mike Bruce, Sally Fay Dalton

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The Three Burials of Melquiade... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Good, the Bad, the Weird Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Song Kang-Ho

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Dust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Dust Vera Farmiga, Joseph Fiennes, David Wenham

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Tears of the Black Tiger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tears of the Black Tiger Sombat Metanee, Philip Hersh, Nicole Dionne

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The American Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The American Astronaut James Ransone, Annie Golden, Tom Aldredge