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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 who takes on ...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 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same ...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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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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 film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more
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Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel
Ride with the Devil is a 1999 American 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 author Daniel ...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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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Last Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Young Guns 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Young Guns 2
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The Avenging Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
gerard flynn added The Avenging Angel
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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe
This film 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 gunfighter who ...more
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Silent Tongue is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Pharaoh's Army is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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Streets of Laredo is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Last Stand at Saber River is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Bad Jim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Bad Jim James Brolin , Richard Roundtree, John Clark Gable