films The Best '80s Western Movies  

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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 Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role. This movie bears a striking similarity to the classic Western Shane, as well ...more

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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 Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more

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The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Long Riders Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest The Long Riders is a 1980 western film directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the ...more

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
anne flynn added Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, ...more

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Tom Horn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Tom Horn Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Slim Pickens Tom Horn is a 1980 Western film about the legendary lawman, outlaw, and gunfighter. It starred Steve McQueen as the title character and was based on Horn's own writings.

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The Grey Fox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Grey Fox Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Wayne Robson The Grey Fox is a 1982 Canadian Biographical-Western film directed by Phillip Borsos and written by John Hunter. It is based on the true story of Bill Miner, an American stagecoach robber who ...more

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Silverado is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Silverado Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The screenplay was written by Kasdan and his brother Mark. It features an ensemble cast, including Kevin ...more

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Young Guns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Young Guns Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez Young Guns is a 1988 Western action film directed by Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco. The film was the first to be produced by Morgan Creek Productions. The film stars Emilio Estevez, ...more

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Barbarosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Barbarosa Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Gilbert Roland Barbarosa is a 1982 motion picture starring Willie Nelson and Gary Busey, about a young cowboy on the run from the law who partners with a famous bandito and learns about life from him. ...more

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Heaven's Gate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. Loosely based on the Johnson County War, it portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and ...more

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Old Gringo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Old Gringo Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits Old Gringo is a 1989 film directed by Luis Puenzo and co-written with Aída Bortnik, based on the novel Gringo Viejo by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The film stars Jane Fonda, Gregory ...more

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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 The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L'Amour, directed by Robert Day and starring Sam Elliott, Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Kenny Morrison and Matt

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The Tracker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
gerard flynn added The Tracker Kris Kristofferson, Scott Wilson, Geoffrey Blake

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Billy the Kid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Billy the kid Val Kilmer, Wilford Brimley, Duncan Regehr Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid, also known as Billy the Kid, is a 1989 American western film about famed gunman Billy the Kid. One of many depicting the events surrounding the outlaw during his ...more

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The Shadow Riders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Shadow Riders Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, and Katharine Ross. Based on the novel of the ...more

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The Last Days of Frank and Jes... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
anne flynn added The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Marcia Cross The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James is a 1986 tv film directed by William A. Graham.

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Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
anne flynn added Stagecoach Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson Stagecoach is a 1986 made-for-TV film. It is a remake of the classic 1939 film Stagecoach and stars Kris Kristofferson as the Ringo Kid, the part originally played by John Wayne. Willie Nelson ...more

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added North and South North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they ...more

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The Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Mountain Men Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover The Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.

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Where the Hell's That Gold? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Where the Hell's That Gold? Willie Nelson, Delta Burke, Jack Elam Where the Hell's That Gold? is a Western film starring Willie Nelson and Jack Elam.

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Once Upon a Texas Train is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Once Upon a Texas Train Willie Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Richard Widmark Once Upon a Texas Train is 1988 made-for-TV movie directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Willie Nelson as John Henry Lee and Richard Widmark as Captain Oren Hayes. The movie opens with a train ...more

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Down the Long Hills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
john greyflinn added Down the Long Hills Jack Elam, Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor Barry Bostwick is top-billed in the made-for-TV western Down the Long Hills, but the largest role in the film goes to Thomas Wilson Brown, playing Bostwick's teenaged son. Travelling westward by ...more

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Gone to Texas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
john greyflinn added Gone to Texas Sam Elliott, Donald Moffat, Bo Hopkins Gone to Texas is a 1986 biography drama history war western film written by Frank Q. Dobbs and John Binder and directed by Peter Levin.

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The Young Riders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
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Comin' at Ya! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Comin' at Ya! Victoria Abril, Ricardo Palacios, Luis Barboo Comin' at Ya! is a 3-D Western film, featuring Tony Anthony, Victoria Abril and Gene Quintano and directed by Ferdinando Baldi. It was produced as a co-production between American company ...more

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Red Headed Stranger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, Katharine Ross Red Headed Stranger is a 1986 American western drama film written and directed by William D. Wittliff. The film stars Willie Nelson and Morgan Fairchild. It is based on Nelson's album Red Headed ...more

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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
¡Three Amigos! Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film ...more

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The Legend of the Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Legend of the Lone Ranger Christopher Lloyd, Jason Robards Jr., Richard Farnsworth The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film directed by William A. Fraker and starring Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd. It is based on the story of The ...more

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The Triumphs of a Man Called H... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse Richard Harris Triumphs of a Man Called Horse is a 1983 American Western film directed by John Hough and starring Richard Harris, Michael Beck and Ana De Sade. Harris reprised his role as British aristocrat ...more

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Windwalker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Windwalker Trevor Howard, James Remar, Billy Drago Windwalker is a 1981 western adventure film, based on a novel by Blaine M. Yorgason, starring Trevor Howard and Nick Ramus. It was shot in various outdoor locations in Utah. To maintain ...more

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Return to Snowy River is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies

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Rustlers' Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Rustlers' Rhapsody Tom Berenger, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith Rustlers' Rhapsody is an American comedy-Western film. It is a parody of many Western conventions, most visibly of the singing cowboy films that were prominent in the 1930s and the 1940s. The ...more

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Sunset is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Sunset Bruce Willis, Malcolm McDowell, James Garner Sunset is a 1988 American action comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bruce Willis as legendary Western actor Tom Mix and James Garner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. ...more

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Hard Country is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Hard Country Kim Basinger, Daryl Hannah, Jan-Michael Vincent Hard Country is a 1981 American drama film directed by David Greene and starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Kim Basinger, and Michael Parks. Written by Michael Kane and Michael Martin Murphey, the ...more

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Outland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Outland Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, John Ratzenberger Outland is a 1981 British science fiction thriller film written and directed by Peter Hyams. The film stars Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, and Frances Sternhagen. Set on Jupiter's moon Io, it has ...more

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Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes ...more

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Straight to Hell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Straight to Hell Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper Straight to Hell is a 1987 independent action-comedy film directed by Alex Cox, and starring Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, and Courtney Love. The film also features cameos by Dennis ...more

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Malone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Malone Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Cliff Robertson Malone is a 1987 film adaptation of William P. Wingate's novel, written by Christopher Frank and directed by Harley Cokeliss It stars Burt Reynolds as ex-CIA agent Richard Malone, Cliff ...more

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Timerider: The Adventure of Ly... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Western Movies
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Peter Coyote, Fred Ward, Ed Lauter Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, directed by William Dear, is a 1982 time travel-influenced action film starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The movie was ...more