The Best '90s Western Movies

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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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  • Tombstone
    1
    Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
  • Unforgiven
    2
    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Dances with Wolves
    3
    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Kevin Costner
  • The Last of the Mohicans
    4
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Michael Mann
  • Legends of the Fall
    5
    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Maverick
    6
    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Wyatt Earp
    7
    Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Gettysburg
    8
    Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
  • Quigley Down Under
    9
    Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • Geronimo: An American Legend
    10
    Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Walter Hill
  • The Quick and the Dead
    11
    Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • Black Robe
    12
    Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Bruce Beresford
  • Ride with the Devil
    13
    Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire, Jewel
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Ang Lee
  • City Slickers
    14
    Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Ron Underwood
  • The Ballad of Little Jo
    15
    Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Maggie Greenwald
  • The Mask of Zorro
    16
    Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Martin Campbell
  • Young Guns II
    17
    Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Geoff Murphy
  • Purgatory
    18
    Sam Shepard, Eric Roberts, Randy Quaid
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Uli Edel
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
    19
    Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Margaret Sophie Stein
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Glenn Jordan
  • Far and Away
    20
    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Back to the Future Part III
    21
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Last Stand at Saber River
    22
    Tom Selleck, Haley Joel Osment, David Carradine
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Dick Lowry
  • Two for Texas
    23
    Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt, Peter Coyote
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Rod Hardy
  • Buffalo Soldiers
    24
    Danny Glover, Clifton Powell, Bob Gunton
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Charles Haid
  • The Last Outlaw
    25
    Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi, Keith David
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Geoff Murphy