While the Western genre isn't as well represented in either film or television as it was back in the mid-20th century, there are certainly plenty of recent western shows and movies that are worth watching. In fact, some of the new western movies are incredible films, regardless of their genre. Most people familiar with westerns remember fondly the years when movies like Pale Rider and The Outlaw Josey Wales were released, but there are some recent additions to the genre dating back only a few years.
If you're a fan of westerns and enjoy watching them on television, you probably already know all about HBO's Westworld, which is more of a sci-fi/action/thriller that just so happens to reside in a western setting. Other series like Deadwood tell the story of a small western town as the inhabitants work to establish themselves legitimately within the country... while also doing just about every cliched nuance of western life. Of course, we can't forget the newer westerns in film, such as instant hits like The Revenant and The Hateful Eight, among others. Whatever your interest in the genre, there are hundreds of amazing examples of modern westerns in movies and TV shows to enjoy. This list compiles the best of them all.
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- Photo: NetflixBased on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime drama stars Australian actor Robert Taylor in the title role, the charismatic and dedicated sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Longmire patrols the county with a brave face and sense of humor, but deep inside he hides the pain of his wife's recent death. With the urging of his daughter, Cady, and the help of Vic, a new female deputy, Longmire gains a new appreciation of his job and decides to run for re-election. He's committed to putting his life back together, one piece at a time, and he often calls on best friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear for support. ...moreDoes this do the classics justice?
- Photo: Buena Vista PicturesBoss Spearman (Robert Duvall) and his cowhands Charley (Kevin Costner) and Mose (Abraham Benrubi) are driving cattle across a large expanse of country. When Mose ventures into a sparse village to buy a few necessities, he is met with violent hostility from Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), an affluent landowner, and his right-hand man, Poole (James Russo). When Mose doesn't come back, Boss and Charley realize he's in trouble, so they plot to get him back and get revenge on those who captured him. ...moreDoes this do the classics justice?
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DeadwoodDeadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. Set in 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets. ...moreDoes this do the classics justice?
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YellowstoneYellowstone (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television series created by Taylor Sheridan. Led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), the Dutton family controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, but it's under constant attack by those it borders, including land developers, an Indian reservation, and America's first National Park. ...moreDoes this do the classics justice?