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The Best Black Western Movies

Updated May 14, 2021 345 votes 100 voters 7.7k views43 items

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Many people today may not realize that a lot of African Americans moved out west following Emancipation. There aren’t a ton of Black Western movies with a predominantly Black cast or Black protagonist. However, there are a few interesting ones. Here are the greatest Black Western films.

A few films probably come to mind when thinking about a list of Black western movies. Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist western Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx as the titular character certainly tops any list of Black westerns. Additionally, Mel Brooks' satire Blazing Saddles, which takes aim at the blatant racism of the American frontier, features Cleavon Little as a black sheriff in a town full of white people.

But those are just two of the best Black Westerns. There are so many other noteworthy films that explore both the romanticism and the reality of moving out west from the African American perspective. Let us know what you think by voting up or down on your favorite Black western movies on this list.

  • 1
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
    33
    14

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to rescue...  more
  • 2
    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
    20
    5

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman...  more
  • 3
    Pam Grier, Big Daddy Kane
    22
    9

    Released1993

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

    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 ostracized...  more
  • 4
    Danny Glover, Clifton Powell
    17
    6

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Haid

    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 members...  more
  • 5
    Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef
    12
    1

    Released1975

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

    Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Italian-American Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with...  more
  • 6
    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte
    14
    5

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and Harry Belafonte as the Preacher. Buck is a trail guide leading groups of former slaves trying to homestead in...  more
  • 7
    Vonetta McGee, Glynn Turman
    8
    0

    Released1974

    Directed byGordon Parks, Jr.

    Thomasine & Bushrod is a 1974 blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., written by and starring Max Julien and Vonetta McGee . The title song was written by Arthur Lee and performed by his...  more
  • 8
    David Carradine, Kenya Moore
    18
    14

    Released2005

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Brothers in Arms is a 2005 western film written by Jean-Claude La Marre and Antonio Olivas and directed by Jean-Claude La Marre....  more
  • 9
    David Gyasi, Ron Perlman
    7
    0

    Released2019

    Directed byWes Miller

    Hell on the Border is a 2019 American biographical Western film directed by Wes Miller. Former slave Bass Reeves becomes the first black deputy United States Marshal west of the Mississippi River in...  more
  • 10
    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell
    6
    1

    Released2015

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a cabin...  more
  • 11
    Lil' Kim, Stacey Dash
    7
    4

    Released2003

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Gang of Roses is a 2003 Western action drama film written and directed by Jean-Claude La Marre. It starred Monica Calhoun, Lil' Kim, Lisa Raye, Charity Hill, Bobby Brown, Stacy Dash, and Marie...  more
  • 12
    Christopher Reeve, Tony Todd
    4
    0

    Released1995

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

    Black Fox is a 1995 TV film directed by Steven Hilliard Stern....  more
  • 13
    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle
    4
    0

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 in Florida, when a white mob takes out blacks and destroyed their town, the film introduces fictional...  more
  • 14
    Rob Morgan, Amber Havard
    4
    0

    Released2019

    Directed byAnnie Silverstein

    Bull is a 2019 American drama film directed by Annie Silverstein. In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an...  more
  • 15
    Sam Neill, Bryan Brown
    4
    0

    Released2018

    Directed byWarwick Thornton

    Sweet Country is a 2017 Australian western film directed by Warwick Thornton. When an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense, he goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him...  more
  • 16
    Idris Elba, Method Man
    4
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byRicky Staub

    Concrete Cowboy is a 2021 American Western drama film directed by Ricky Staub. A 15-year-old boy from Detroit is sent to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia and learns about the local...  more
  • 17
    Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul
    4
    0

    Released2020

    Directed byStephen Johnson

    High Ground is a 2020 Australian meat pie Western action adventure war drama film directed by Stephen Maxwell Johnson. After fighting in World War I as a sniper, Travis (Simon Baker), now a policeman...  more
  • 18
    Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page
    5
    3

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Goth

    Gallowwalkers is a 2012 American western horror film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and starring Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix Patrick Bergin and Diamond Dallas Page....  more
  • 19
    Herbert Jeffreys, Spencer Williams
    4
    1

    Released1939

    Directed byRichard C. Kahn

    Harlem Rides the Range is a 1939 American black cowboy film directed by Richard C. Kahn....  more
  • 20
    Raquel Welch, Jim Brown
    3
    0

    Released1969

    Directed byTom Gries

    100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on the 1966 novel The Californio by Robert MacLeod. The film stars Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Fernando Lamas and was shot in...  more
  • 21
    Sidney Poitier, James Garner
    3
    0

    Released1966

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Duel at Diablo is a 1966 western film starring James Garner in his first Western since leaving Maverick and Sidney Poitier in his first Western. Based on Marvin H. Albert's 1957 novel Apache Rising,...  more
  • 22
    Jim Brown, Edmond O'Brien
    3
    0

    Released1964

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Rio Conchos is a 1964 Cinemascope Western starring Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman, Tony Franciosa, Edmond O'Brien, and in his motion picture debut, Jim Brown, based on Clair Huffaker's novel of the...  more
  • 23
    Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter
    3
    0

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Sergeant Rutledge is a 1960 Western and military courtroom drama starring Woody Strode and Jeffrey Hunter. It was directed by John Ford and shot on location in Monument Valley, Utah. The film starred...  more
  • 24
    Fred Williamson, Isela Vega
    3
    0

    Released1976

    Directed byLarry G. Spangler

    Joshua is a 1976 American film directed by Larry G. Spangler. The film is also known as Black Rider, Joshua the Black Rider or Revenge....  more
  • 25
    Wiz Khalifa, Rocsi Diaz
    3
    0

    Released2012

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation is a 2012 western film written and directed by Jean-Claude La Marre....  more