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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 with movie trailers when available. 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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Among those that have directed a Western R movie are Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner.

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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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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#1 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #174 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #45 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

Released: 1992

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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 ...more

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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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 ...more

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#6 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #12 of 99 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time #14 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

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Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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 ...more

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#8 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #819 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #143 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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 ...more

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#10 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #328 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

Released: 1973

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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. ...more

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Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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. ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

Released: 1985

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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 ...more

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#965 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #392 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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 ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more

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Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Mangold

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 ...more

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#35 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #8 of 99 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time #206 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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) ...more

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Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1957

Directed by: Delmer 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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Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Slim Pickens

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Wiard

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.

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#60 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #331 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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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#35 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #106 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1988

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Young Guns is a 1988 Western action film directed by Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco. The film was the first to be produced by Morgan Creek Productions. The film stars Emilio Estevez, ...more

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#38 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #116 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest

Released: 1980

Directed by: Walter Hill

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 ...more

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#65 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #4 of 40 The Best '80s Western Movies #33 of 75 The Best Dennis Quaid Movies

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Western Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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#63 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #515 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega

Released: 1967

Directed by: Giulio Petroni

This film is a 1967 Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.
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Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Desperado is a 1995 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. A sequel to the 1992 film El Mariachi, it is the second installment in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico ...more

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Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

Released: 1970

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

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", ...more

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Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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 ...more

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Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Altman

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. ...more

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#1,524 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #3 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s

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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Sayles

Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.

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#326 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #3 of 16 The Greatest Westerns That Don't Take Place In The Old West

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January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

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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