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The Best Black Western Movies

Updated July 6, 2020 108 votes 43 voters 2.7k views15 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Black western movies.

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.

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    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino.... more on Wikipedia
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    Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Buffalo Soldiers

    Danny Glover, Clifton Powell

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Haid

    Buffalo Soldiers is a 1997 TNT television film starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Tom... more on Wikipedia
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    Posse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Posse

    Pam Grier, Big Daddy Kane

    Released1993

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

    Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. Featuring a... more on Wikipedia
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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Buck and the Preacher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Buck and the Preacher

    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and... more on Wikipedia
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    Brothers in Arms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Brothers in Arms

    David Carradine, Kenya Moore

    Released2005

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Brothers in Arms is a 2005 western film written by Jean-Claude La Marre and Antonio Olivas and...
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    Gallowwalkers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Gallowwalkers

    Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Goth

    Gallowwalkers is a 2012 American western horror film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Gang of Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Gang of Roses

    Lil' Kim, Stacey Dash

    Released2003

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Gang of Roses is a 2003 Western action drama film written and directed by Jean-Claude La... more on Wikipedia
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    Thomasine & Bushrod is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Thomasine & Bushrod

    Vonetta McGee, Glynn Turman

    Released1974

    Directed byGordon Parks, Jr.

    Thomasine & Bushrod is a 1974 blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Take a Hard Ride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Take a Hard Ride

    Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1975

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

    Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Italian-American Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Harlem Rides the Range is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Harlem Rides the Range

    Herbert Jeffreys, Spencer Williams

    Released1939

    Directed byRichard C. Kahn

    Harlem Rides the Range is a 1939 American black cowboy film directed by Richard C. Kahn.
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    Two-Gun Man from Harlem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Two-Gun Man from Harlem

    Herbert Jeffreys, Mantan Moreland

    Released1938

    Directed byRichard C. Kahn

    Two-Gun Man from Harlem is a 1938 American low-budget western directed by Richard C. Kahn. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Man and Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Man and Boy

    Bill Cosby, Yaphet Kotto

    Released1971

    Directed byE.W. Swackhamer

    Man and Boy is a 1971 American drama film directed by E.W. Swackhamer and starring Bill Cosby,... more on Wikipedia
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    Black Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Black Rodeo

    Archie Wycoff, Clarence Gonzalez

    Released1972

    Directed byJeff Kanew

    Black Rodeo is a 1972 documentary by filmmaker Jeff Kanew.
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     Adiós Amigo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Western Movies
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    Adiós Amigo

    Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor
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