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 PicturesOpen Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. The film was the final on-screen appearance of Michael Jeter and the film was dedicated to Jeter's memory, and to that of Costner's parents, Bill and Sharon. The film was a box office success, and was critically favored. ... moreDoes this do the classics justice?
- Photo: Deadwood / HBODeadwood (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?