2000s 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
Open Range 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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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Diaz Diana added The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
3:10 to Yuma 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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Broken Trail is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Broken Trail 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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The Assassination of Jesse Jam... is listed (or ranked) 5 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 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adaptated from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name, ...more

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Alamo Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid The Alamo is a 2004 American war 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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Appaloosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Appaloosa Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by crime writer Robert B. Parker. Directed by Ed Harris and co-written by Harris and Robert Knott, Appaloosa stars Harris ...more

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 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 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 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 ...more

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Esavi added True Grit 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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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 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 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) 11 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Missing 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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Crossfire Trail is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Crossfire Trail 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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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war 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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Seraphim Falls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Seraphim Falls 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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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Diaz Diana added The Revenant 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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Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Monte Walsh 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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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
anne flynn added Ned Kelly 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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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
No Country for Old Men 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. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Django Unchained 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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The Claim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Claim 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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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Proposition 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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The Last Confederate: The Stor... is listed (or ranked) 22 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 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) 23 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added The Outsider 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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The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lswood added The Hateful Eight Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find ...more

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Texas Rangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Texas Rangers Ashton Kutcher, Usher, Alfred Molina Texas Rangers is a 2001 United States drama/western film directed by Steve Miner. It is about a group of Texas Rangers set in the post-American Civil War era.

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Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Shanghai Noon 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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Dead Birds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Dead Birds Michael Shannon, Isaiah Washington, Henry Thomas Dead Birds is a 2004 American horror film directed by Alex Turner.

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American Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
American Outlaws Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates American Outlaws is a 2001 Western film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, and Ali Larter.

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The Burrowers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Burrowers Clancy Brown, Laura Leighton, Sean Patrick Thomas The Burrowers is a 2008 horror/thriller film with a Western theme. The film is based on an original short film, Blood Red Earth, from director J. T. Petty.

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King of Texas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
gerard flynn added King of Texas Patrick Stewart, Lauren Holly, Marcia Gay Harden King of Texas is a 2002 drama western film written by Stephen Harrigan and directed by Uli Edel.

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September Dawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
September Dawn Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Dean Cain September Dawn is a 2007 Canadian-American Western drama film directed by Christopher Cain, telling a fictional love story against a controversial historical interpretation of the 1857 Mountain ...more

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Bandidas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Bandidas Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Sam Shepard Bandidas is a 2006 French/Mexican/American Western action comedy starring Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz directed by Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and ...more

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Ghost Rock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
iknowwhatawesternis added Ghost Rock Gary Busey, Adrienne Barbeau, James Hong Ghost Rock is a 2003 western film directed by Dustin Rikert. In 1882, 20 years after an almost forgotten massacre took place, the only living witness to the crime, John Slaughter, returns to the ...more

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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Lswood added Hell or High Water Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more

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Undead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Undead or Alive Chris Kattan, Navi Rawat, Brian Posehn Undead or Alive: A Zombedy is a 2007 comedy-horror film of the Western genre. Directed by Glasgow Phillips, and written by Phillips and Scott Pourroy, the film stars Navi Rawat, Chris Kattan and ...more

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Cowboys & Aliens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
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The Three Burials of Melquiade... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It also stars Barry Pepper, Julio ...more

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited, cinematographied, scored, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the third and final film in Rodriguez's ...more

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Hostiles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Hostiles Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi Hostiles is a 2017 American period western film directed by Scott Cooper. In 1892, a legendary Army captain (Christian Bale) reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through ...more

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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Wind River Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more

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All the Pretty Horses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
All the Pretty Horses Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon, Bruce Dern All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 American romance western film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same name by author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon as John Grady ...more

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A Million Ways to Die in the W... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
A Million Ways to Die in the West Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman A Million Ways to Die in the West is a 2014 American western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. As a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) begins to fall for the mysterious new woman (Charlize ...more

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
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Wyatt Earp's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Wyatt Earp's Revenge Val Kilmer, Trace Adkins, Matt Dallas Wyatt Earp's Revenge is a 2012 American Western film about the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. It is a fictionalized account of an interview with Earp conducted by a reporter from the Kansas City ...more

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Bone Tomahawk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Bone Tomahawk Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox Bone Tomahawk is a 2015 American Western horror film directed by S. Craig Zahler. Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

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Rango is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls. Rango was a critical and commercial ...more

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Jonah Hex is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Jonah Hex Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, John Malkovich Jonah Hex is a 2010 American post-Civil War science fiction Western film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by ...more

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Jane Got a Gun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
Jane Got a Gun Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro Jane Got a Gun is a 2016 American action western film directed by Gavin O'Connor. A woman (Natalie Portman) asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Noah ...more

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird is listed (or ranked) 49 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 The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a 2008 South Korean western film, directed by Kim Jee-woon, starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung. It was inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, ...more

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The Homesman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century
The Homesman Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman is a 2014 American period drama film set in the 1850s midwest produced and directed by Tommy Lee Jones and co-written with Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley Oliver, based on the 1988 ...more