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: NetflixLongmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming, long-time sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) investigates crimes and protects the innocent. ...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?
- Photo: Hell On Wheels / AMCHell on Wheels (AMC, 2011) is an American/Canadian Western television series created by Joe and Tony Gayton. Hell-bent on revenge, a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) joins the Union Pacific Railroad to track down the people who killed his family. ...moreDoes this do the classics justice?