old west The Best '90s Western Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Western films that were released in the 1990s.

Fans of western movies will know that the genre had fallen from prominence by the beginning of the 1990s. On this list of the best ‘90s western films, you will see a diverse and uncompromising group of films that helped spark a renewed interest in tales of the American West.


Released in 1990, and still considered one of the most iconic western movies of all time,
Dances with Wolves kickstarted the trend of classic ‘90s westerns. Directed by, and starring, Kevin Costner, the film won 7 Academy Awards and has since been preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for its cultural significance. Also on this list of the greatest ‘90s western movies is the sweeping epic Tombstone. With a monster cast, including Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Bill Paxton, Tombstone portrayed many significant events of the history of the American West, such as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.


At the top of this list, you’ll find one of the most gripping western movies ever made -
Unforgiven, directed by, and starring, Clint Eastwood. The film is really a movie about westerns, as it portrays the myths of the Old West as being far more complicated and blood-soaked than Hollywood would have you believe. The final scene of the movie is the stuff of legends.Vote up the best '90s western film below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer ...more

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael ...more

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The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 during the French and Indian War and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James ...more

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Geronimo: An American Legend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman Geronimo: An American Legend is a 1993 film, directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John Milius and starring Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Matt Damon. It was ...more

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Wyatt Earp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Téa Leoni Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Kasdan. It stars Kevin Costner in the title role as lawman Wyatt Earp, and ...more

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Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel Ride with the Devil is a 1999 American Civil War film directed by Ang Lee. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by James Schamus, based on a book entitled Woe to Live On, by ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Gettysburg is a 1993 epic war film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil ...more

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

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Black Robe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo Black Robe is a 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay was written by Irish Canadian author Brian Moore, who adapted it from his novel of the same name. The film's main character, ...more

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The Ballad of Little Jo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Heather Graham, Ian McKellen, Melissa Leo The Ballad of Little Jo is a 1993 American western film inspired by the true story of a society woman who tries to escape the stigma of bearing a child out of wedlock by going out to the West, ...more

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Purgatory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg Purgatory is a 1999 western fantasy film directed by Uli Edel.

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The Last Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi, Keith David The Last Outlaw was a western released in 1994 starring Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Levine, Daniel Quinn, Gavan O'Herlihy, Keith David, John C. McGinley, and Steve Buscemi, along with a ...more

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The Avenging Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added The Avenging Angel

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Pharaoh's Army is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Pharaoh's Army

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Two for Texas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt, Peter Coyote Two for Texas is a 1998 television movie written by James Lee Burke and directed by Rod Hardy.

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Silent Tongue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
River Phoenix, Richard Harris, Dermot Mulroney Silent Tongue is a Western written and directed by Sam Shepard. It was filmed in Spring 1992, but not released until 1994. It was filmed near Roswell, New Mexico and features Richard Harris, ...more

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Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo, it was directed by Simon Wincer.

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Young Guns 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel ...more

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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a ...more

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Streets of Laredo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Cameron Finley

James Garner, Sam Shepard

Streets of Laredo is a 1995 Western directed by Joseph Sargent, starring James Garner, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard. The third installment in the Lonesome Dove saga follows the adventures of ...more

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Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Danny Glover, Clifton Powell, Bob Gunton Buffalo Soldiers is a 1997 TNT television film starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Tom Bower, Timothy Busfield, Clifton Powell, and Bob Gunton. It features the Buffalo Soldiers, black ...more

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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Christopher Walken, Glenn Close A four-character drama set in 1910 Kansas, which revolves around a withdrawn, widowed father, his children Anna and Caleb, ages 9 and 6, and Sarah Wheaton, a compassionate yet feisty single ...more

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Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Ned Beatty, Peter Horton, August Schellenberg Crazy Horse is a 1996 TV film based on the true story of Crazy Horse, a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota and the Battle of Little Bighorn. It is directed by John Irvin and stars ...more

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Last Stand at Saber River is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Tom Selleck, Haley Joel Osment, David Carradine Last Stand at Saber River is a 1997 American Western television film directed by Dick Lowry and starring Tom Selleck, Suzy Amis, Haley Joel Osment, and Rachel Duncan. The film also features ...more

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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more

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Posse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Pam Grier, Big Daddy Kane, Isaac Hayes Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. Featuring a large ensemble cast, the film tells the story of a posse of African-American soldiers and one ...more

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Bad Girls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell, Madeleine Stowe Bad Girls is a 1994 western film starring Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Drew Barrymore. It was directed by Jonathan Kaplan from a screenplay by Ken Friedman and ...more

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Grey Owl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Pierce Brosnan, Graham Greene, Serge Houde Grey Owl is a 1999 biopic directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Pierce Brosnan in the role of real life British schoolboy turned Indian trapper "Grey Owl," Archibald Belaney, ...more

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Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob Dolman, and stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon, with a music score by ...more

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Wild Bill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Christina Applegate, Diane Lane, Jeff Bridges Wild Bill is a 1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. It stars Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt and Diane Lane. The film was distributed by United ...more

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Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Ed Harris, Robin Tunney Riders of the Purple Sage is a 1996 film directed by Charles Haid.

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Sommersby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, James Earl Jones Sommersby is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones. Set in the Reconstruction period following the U.S. ...more

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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance ...more

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Buffalo Girls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
anne flynn added Liev Schreiber, Melanie Griffith, Anjelica Huston Buffalo Girls is a 1995 television film adapted from the 1990 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Directed by Rod Hardy, the film starred Gabriel Byrne, Anjelica Huston, and Melanie ...more

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The Jack Bull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
John Goodman, John Cusack, Drake Bell The Jack Bull is a television western movie, produced for HBO, and directed by John Badham. It is loosely based on Michael Kohlhaas, a novel by Heinrich von Kleist, with the script by Dick ...more

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City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
carlybobarly added Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal, Danielle Harris City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, ...more

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more

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Lightning Jack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly DAngelo, Paul Hogan Lightning Jack is a 1994 Western comedy film written by and starring Paul Hogan, as well as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beverly D'Angelo.

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Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
daniel-claeys added Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more

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Wagons East! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
John Candy, John C. McGinley, Charles Rocket Wagons East! is a 1994 western comedy film directed by Peter Markle and starring John Candy and Richard Lewis. The film was notable for its leading actor Candy dying of a heart attack during the ...more

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City Slickers II: The Legend o... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Billy Crystal, Jon Lovitz, Jack Palance City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold is a 1994 comedy film directed by Paul Weiland. It is the sequel to City Slickers and stars Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Jon Lovitz and Daniel Stern. ...more

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Another Pair of Aces is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Another Pair of Aces Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Severance

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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
daniel-claeys added Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by ...more

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
daniel-claeys added Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. The ...more

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An American Tail: Fievel Goes ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Thomas Richardson added James Stewart, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An ...more

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Texas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
William Holden, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan Texas is a 1941 Western film directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford and William Holden.

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The Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
daniel-claeys added Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian ...more

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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
daniel-claeys added Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, ...more