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The 30+ Best Modern Western Movies

Updated March 31, 2021 11.4k votes 1.6k voters 63.1k views77 items

List RulesOnly western films released since 1990.

The Western is a classic film genre full of grit, action, and life or death situations. While many of our favorite Western tropes are historically inaccurate, its films represent America at its most mythological. The top modern western movies build upon this tradition while amping up situations with current technology and cutting edge storylines. This is a list of recent western movies featuring everything from Django Unchained to 3:10 to Yuma to Dances with Wolves.

What new movies will you find on this list of the best modern westerns? Tombstone offers a modern twist on one of the most famous stories of the western genre. Wyatt Earp and his brothers – with a little help from Doc Holliday – star in this exciting tale of lawmen versus unruly cowboys who are terrorizing the land. Sukiyaki Western Django is another great modern western. Like that film, many ostensible Westerns have gone far beyond the Old West setting while still remaining true to the genre's roots.

Other good movies featured on this list of the top modern western films include The Proposition, Unforgiven, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Which modern western is the best? Decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up, and add any great movies that are missing.

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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a...  more

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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin...  more

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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring...  more

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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on...  more

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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring...  more

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    3:10 to Yuma

    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Mangold

    3:10 to Yuma is a 2007 western film directed by James Mangold and produced by Cathy Konrad,...  more

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    Hell or High Water

    Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

    Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David...  more

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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino....  more

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    Appaloosa

    Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen

    Released2008

    Directed byEd Harris

    Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by writer Robert B....  more

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    Wyatt Earp

    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

    Released1994

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and...  more

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    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2015

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G....  more

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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

    Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario,...  more

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    Released2007

    Directed byAndrew Dominik

    This film is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik....  more

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    The Magnificent Seven

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt

    Released2016

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua and...  more

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    Lawless

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy

    Released2012

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

    This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene...  more

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    Hatfields & McCoys

    Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger

    Released2012

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    Hatfields & McCoys (History, 2012) is an American three-part Western television miniseries...  more

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    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

    Released2015

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming...  more

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    The Proposition

    John Hurt, Ray Winstone

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by...  more
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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more

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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based...  more

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    Slow West

    Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Maclean

    Slow West is a 2014 action thriller western film written by John Maclean and directed by John...  more

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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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

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    Broken Trail

    Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church

    Released2006

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Broken Trail is a 2006 Western miniseries directed by Walter Hill and starring Robert Duvall...  more
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    Silverado

    Kevin Costner, John Cleese

    Released1985

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The...  more

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