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The Best '90s Western Movies

Updated April 2, 2020 29.1k votes 2.2k voters 71.9k views58 items

List RulesVote 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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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a... more on Wikipedia
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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan... more on Wikipedia
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    Wyatt Earp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Wyatt Earp

    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

    Released1994

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and... more on Wikipedia

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    Geronimo: An American Legend is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Geronimo: An American Legend

    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall

    Released1993

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Geronimo: An American Legend is a 1993 film, directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John... more on Wikipedia

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    Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the... more on Wikipedia
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    Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Ride with the Devil

    Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire

    Released1999

    Directed byAng Lee

    Ride with the Devil is a 1999 American film directed by Ang Lee. The storyline was conceived... more on Wikipedia

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    Black Robe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Black Robe

    Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

    Released1991

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Black Robe is a 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay was written by Irish... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ballad of Little Jo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Ballad of Little Jo

    Heather Graham, Ian McKellen

    Released1993

    Directed byMaggie Greenwald Mansfield

    The Ballad of Little Jo is a 1993 American western film inspired by the true story of a... more on Wikipedia

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    Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Quigley Down Under

    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman

    Released1990

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and... more on Wikipedia

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    Maverick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William... more on Wikipedia

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    Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Christopher Walken, Glenn Close

    Released1991

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    A four-character drama set in 1910 Kansas, which revolves around a withdrawn, widowed father,... more on Wikipedia
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    Purgatory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Purgatory

    Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts

    Released1999

    Directed byUli Edel

    Purgatory is a 1999 western fantasy film directed by Uli Edel.
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    The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

    This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Last Outlaw

    Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi

    Released1993

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

    The Last Outlaw was a western released in 1994 starring Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Ted... more on Wikipedia
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    Two for Texas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Two for Texas

    Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt

    Released1998

    Directed byRod Hardy

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    The Avenging Angel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Avenging Angel

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    Silent Tongue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Silent Tongue

    River Phoenix, Richard Harris

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Shepard

    Silent Tongue is a Western written and directed by Sam Shepard. It was filmed in Spring 1992,... more on Wikipedia
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    Last Stand at Saber River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Last Stand at Saber River

    Tom Selleck, Haley Joel Osment

    Released1997

    Directed byDick Lowry

    Last Stand at Saber River is a 1997 American Western television film directed by Dick Lowry... more on Wikipedia
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    Pharaoh's Army is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Pharaoh's Army

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    Streets of Laredo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Streets of Laredo

    Cameron Finley

    James Garner, Sam Shepard

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    Wild Bill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    Wild Bill

    Christina Applegate, Diane Lane

    Released1995

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Wild Bill is a 1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. It... more on Wikipedia

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    The Jack Bull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Western Movies
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    The Jack Bull

    John Goodman, John Cusack

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Badham

    The Jack Bull is a television western movie, produced for HBO, and directed by John Badham. It... more on Wikipedia
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