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The Best R-Rated Western Movies

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List of R-Rated western movies, ranked from best to worst. This list takes the best R-Rated western movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated western movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated western movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated western movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated western films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated western film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    RatedR (USA)

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman...  more

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    10

    Tom Horn

    Steve McQueen, Linda Evans

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Wiard

    RatedR (USA)

    Tom Horn is a 1980 Western film about the legendary lawman, outlaw, and gunfighter. It starred Steve McQueen as the title character and was based on Horn's own writings....  more

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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    RatedR (USA)

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on one...  more

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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    RatedR (USA)

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn,...  more

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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    RatedR (USA)

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of the...  more

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    RatedR (USA)

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age &...  more

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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    RatedR (USA)

    Open 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...  more

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    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1965

    Directed bySergio Leone

    RatedR (USA)

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a...  more

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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Altman

    RatedR (USA)

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, and directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is based on Edmund Naughton's 1959 novel McCabe. Altman...  more

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    Pale Rider

    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn

    Released1985

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    RatedR (USA)

    Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role. This movie bears a striking similarity to the classic Western Shane, as well as...  more

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    The Long Riders

    Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid

    Released1980

    Directed byWalter Hill

    RatedR (USA)

    The Long Riders is a 1980 western film directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the Best...  more

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    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

    January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2005

    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    RatedR (USA)

    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It also stars Barry Pepper, Julio...  more

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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    RatedR (USA)

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is notable for...  more

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    High Plains Drifter

    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

    Released1973

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    RatedR (USA)

    High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Studios. Eastwood...  more

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    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1964

    Directed bySergio Leone

    RatedR (USA), G

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch,...  more

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    A Man Called Horse

    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson

    Released1970

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    RatedR (USA)

    A Man Called Horse is a 1970 American Western film starring Richard Harris and directed by Elliot Silverstein. Based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, "A Man Called Horse", published in 1950 in...  more

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    The Ballad of Cable Hogue

    Stella Stevens, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1970

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    RatedR (USA)

    The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a 1970 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens and David Warner. Set in the Arizona desert during a period when the frontier was...  more

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    A Man Called Sledge

    James Garner, Dennis Weaver

    Released1970

    Directed byVic Morrow, Giorgio Gentili

    RatedR (USA)

    A Man Called Sledge is a 1970 spaghetti western starring James Garner in an extremely offbeat role as a grimly evil thief, and featuring Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, and Wayde Preston. The film was...  more
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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    RatedR (USA)

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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    RatedR (USA)

    The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers. A lone man sets off to fight his way across America in order to protect a sacred book...  more

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    3:10 to Yuma

    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Mangold

    RatedR (USA)

    3:10 to Yuma is a 2007 western film directed by James Mangold and produced by Cathy Konrad, and stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the lead roles, with supporting performances by Peter Fonda,...  more

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    The Proposition

    John Hurt, Ray Winstone

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    RatedR (USA)

    The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny...  more
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    RatedR (USA)

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) stumbles...  more

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    3:10 to Yuma

    Glenn Ford, Van Heflin

    Released1957

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    3:10 to Yuma is a 1957 American western film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and directed by Delmer Daves. The film was based on a 1953 short story by Elmore Leonard. In 2012, the film was...  more
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    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1969

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    RatedR (USA), NC-17 (USA), UK: 18

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of 1913. The...  more

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