Westerns 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.

Featuring some of the greatest western films of all time, this is a list of best new western movies made after 2000. 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 present and 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. Other good westerns released since 2000 include Bone Tomahawk, Django Unchained, True Grit, and Tbe Hateful Eight.

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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening
Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. ...more
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1,000 437
3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman
3:10 to Yuma is a 2007 western film directed by James Mangold and produced by Cathy Konrad, and stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the lead roles, with supporting performances by Peter ...more
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816 408
Broken Trail is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi
Broken Trail is a 2006 Western miniseries directed by Walter Hill and starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. Written by Alan Geoffrion, who also wrote the novel, the story is about an ...more
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902 480
The Assassination of Jesse Jam... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner
This film is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adaptated from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between ...more
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769 411
Appaloosa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons
Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by writer Robert B. Parker. Directed by Ed Harris and co-written by Harris and Robert Knott, Appaloosa stars Harris alongside ...more
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771 420
The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid
The Alamo is a 2004 American film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark ...more
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665 404
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn
This film is a 2007 television film adapted from the book of the same name by Dee Brown. The film was written by Daniel Giat, directed by Yves Simoneau and produced by HBO Films. The book on ...more
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929 611
True Grit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Esavi added Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more
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611 382
There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Islava added Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more
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225 88
The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Diaz Diana added Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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566 363
The Missing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer
The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more
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553 367
Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more
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487 317
Crossfire Trail is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon, Christian Kane
Crossfire Trail is a 2001 Western film directed by Simon Wincer and starring Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, and Wilford Brimley. Based on the 1954 Louis L'Amour Western novel of the same name, ...more
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197 88
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more
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560 408
Seraphim Falls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Angie Harmon
Seraphim Falls is a 2006 American revenge film directed by television producer and director David Von Ancken in his first feature film. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by ...more
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203 106
Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more
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450 338
Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Jack Palance
Monte Walsh is a 2003 Western television film directed by Simon Wincer and starring Tom Selleck, Isabella Rosellini, and Keith Carradine. Loosely based on the 1963 Western novel Monte Walsh by ...more
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467 370
Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
anne flynn added Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger
Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film directed by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by John Michael McDonagh. The film portrays the life of Ned Kelly — a legendary bushranger in ...more
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431 365
The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson
The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny ...more
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436 371
The Claim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley
The Claim is a 2000 British Western/romance film directed by Michael Winterbottom. The screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce is loosely based on the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. ...more
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402 351
The Last Confederate: The Stor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
anne flynn added Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, Lee Majors
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams is a 2007 film starring Julian Adams, Amy Redford, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Joshua Lindsey, and Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren about the ...more
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119 68
The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lswood added Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a ...more
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378 345
The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added Naomi Watts, David Carradine, John Noble
The Outsider is a 2002 Western film starring Tim Daly and Naomi Watts. The film is based on Penelope Williamson's novel. Similar to Angel and the Badman where John Wayne plays a wounded outlaw ...more
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335 354
Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson
Shanghai Noon is a 2000 American-Hong Kong action comedy western film starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. The film, marking the directorial debut of Tom Dey, was written by Alfred Gough and ...more
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335 362
Dead Birds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Michael Shannon, Isaiah Washington, Henry Thomas
Dead Birds is a 2004 American horror film directed by Alex Turner.