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The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century 

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Updated June 14, 2019 34.8k votes 3.9k voters 208.1k views 59 items

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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Mangold

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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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Walter Hill

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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The Assassination of Jes... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

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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Appaloosa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ed Harris

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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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Esavi added Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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Bury My Heart at Wounded... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn

Released: 2007

Directed by: Yves Simoneau

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

Released: 2003

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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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Crossfire Trail is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon, Christian Kane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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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Seraphim Falls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Angie Harmon

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Von Ancken

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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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Diaz Diana added Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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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Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Jack Palance

Released: 2003

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Gregor Jordan

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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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Hillcoat

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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The Claim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley

Released: 2000

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

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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The Last Confederate: Th... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2005

Directed by: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller

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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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added Naomi Watts, David Carradine, John Noble

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randa Haines

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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The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lswood added Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2015

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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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Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Tom Dey

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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Texas Rangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Ashton Kutcher, Usher, Alfred Molina

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steve Miner

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