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The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated June 15, 2020 2k votes 273 voters 5.8k views 25 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite westerns that were released on or after January, 1 2017.

It's time to vote for the best new western films. When most people think of this genre, they think of action westerns starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood made many years ago. A few older viewers might think of the western musicals starring the likes of Roy Rogers. While it's true that the genre was at peak popularity decades ago. Many of the latest westerns prove that it remains vibrant to this day. There have been more westerns made in the last few years than you may realize. 

Most interesting is that recent western movies have reshaped the genre a little bit. Some are traditional wild west tales with dark themes inserted into them. Others are set in modern times. These movies utilize the form and style of the classics to address contemporary life. The critically acclaimed Hell or High Water is a superb example of a new age western movie. The most current western movies are showing that the genre can transcend it's "horse opera" stereotype to become something deeply relevant to our modern world.

Vote up your favorites from this list of new western movies. If one of your favorites doesn't appear here, feel free to add the title so that other users can rank it. Don't forget to check back to see how it fares and for upcoming westerns as they are added to the list. 

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. It is a reimagination of the 1960 western film of the same ...more
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Hostiles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Hostiles is a 2017 American period western film directed by Scott Cooper. In 1892, a legendary Army captain (Christian Bale) reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through ...more
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The Ballad of Buster Scr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco

Released: 2018

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen brothers. Six chapters present a different story from the wild frontier.
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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker

Released: 2019

Directed by: Daniel Minahan

Deadwood: The Movie is a 2019 American western film directed by Daniel Minahan, based on the television series. In 1889, the residents of Deadwood are reunited to celebrate South Dakota's
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The Ballad of Lefty Brow... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Bill Pullman, Jim Caviezel, Peter Fonda

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jared Moshe

The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a 2017 American western directed by Jared Moshe. When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner - the newly-elected Senator ...more
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The Rider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Released: 2018

Directed by: ChloƩ Zhao

The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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In a Valley of Violence ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone

Directed by: Ti West

In a Valley of Violence is a 2016 American Western film written and directed by Ti West. A mysterious drifter (Ethan Hawke) and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into ...more
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Hickok is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Luke Hemsworth, Kaiwi Lyman, Cameron Richardson

Directed by: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Legendary gunslinger "Wild Bill" Hickok looks to leave the past behind him by settling in the small town of Abilene, Kan., and becoming the marshal. His unparalleled skills are soon ...more
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Little Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nia DaCosta

Little Woods is a 2018 American-Australian crime thriller western film directed by Nia DaCosta. After their mother dies, reformed drug runner Ollie (Tessa Thompson) returns to smuggling and ...more
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The Kid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt

Released: 2019

Directed by: Vincent D'Onofrio

The Kid is a 2019 independent biographical western action drama film directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The story of a young boy (Jake Schur) who reaches out to Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) to help ...more
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The Sisters Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
The Sisters Brothers John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

The Sisters Brothers is a 2018 western dark comedy directed by Jacques Audiard, based on the novel by Patrick deWitt. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector (Jake Gyllenhaal) is chased by the ...more
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Woman Walks Ahead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanna White

Woman Walks Ahead is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Susanna White. Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a ...more
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The Dark Tower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

The Dark Tower is a 2017 science fantasy western horror film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young ...more
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The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst
The Beguiled is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel The Beguiled (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas P. Cullinan. During the ...more
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Never Grow Old is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Paul Reid

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ivan Kavanagh

Never Grow Old is a 2019 Irish action film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. An Irish undertaker (Emile Hirsch) profits when an outlaw (John Cusack) takes over a peaceful American frontier town, but ...more
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Big Kill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Patric, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christoph Sanders

Released: 2018

Directed by: Scott Martin

Big Kill is a 2018 American western film directed by Scott Martin.
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The Ridiculous 6 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia

Directed by: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

The Ridiculous 6 is a 2015 American Western comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. It stars Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob ...more
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Five Fingers For Merseil... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Five Fingers For Merseilles

Released: 2017

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Dead Again in Tombstone ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Dead Again in Tombstone Danny Trejo, Jake Busey
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Cassidy Red is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Cassidy Red David Thomas Jenkins, Rick Cramer, Abby Eiland

Directed by: Matt Knudsen

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Damsel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Damsel is a 2018 western comedy period film directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner. While venturing across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), ...more
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Sweet Country is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris

Released: 2018

Directed by: Warwick 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 ...more
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Boonville Redemption is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Boonville Redemption Emily Hoffman, Pat Boone, Edward Asner

Directed by: Don Schroeder

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The Wind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Western Movies of the Last Few Years
Caitlin Gerard Ashley Zukerman Julia Goldani Telles Miles Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Emma Tammi

The Wind is a 2018 American supernatural western horror film directed by Emma Tammi. A plains-woman is driven mad by isolation, as a supernatural force haunts the untamed lands where she