Best Westerns

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1. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 343,904 | Gross: $101.16M

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 628,106 | Gross: $6.10M

3. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 115,743 | Gross: $56.51M

4. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

69 Metascore

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 60,392 | Gross: $31.80M

5. Open Range (2003)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 62,347 | Gross: $58.33M

6. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Learning about the death of Doc Brown in 1885, Marty travels back in time to save him. But when the fuel tank on the time machine is punctured, the two must figure out a way to escape the Old West before Emmet is murdered.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 362,229 | Gross: $87.73M

7. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 208,358 | Gross: $15.00M

8. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,219,556 | Gross: $162.81M

9. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 273,961 | Gross: $5.32M

10. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 179,071 | Gross: $14.50M

11. Three Burials (2005)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones

Votes: 37,141 | Gross: $5.02M

12. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 626,588 | Gross: $183.64M

13. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 221,832 | Gross: $184.21M

14. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 439,620 | Gross: $54.12M

15. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 178,165 | Gross: $26.86M

16. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

74 Metascore

Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 81,237 | Gross: $4.91M

17. Dead Man (1995)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western

62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange Native American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 84,111 | Gross: $1.04M

18. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 39,053 | Gross: $31.13M

19. Rosewood (1997)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

71 Metascore

A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill

Votes: 6,954 | Gross: $13.10M

20. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 285,616 | Gross: $171.24M

21. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 16,805

22. 7 Men from Now (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Western

A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed

Votes: 4,093

23. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 157,542 | Gross: $3.90M

24. Shanghai Noon (2000)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

A Chinese man travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped Princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Brandon Merrill

Votes: 112,382 | Gross: $56.94M

25. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 196,594 | Gross: $100.24M

26. Young Guns (1988)

R | 107 min | Action, Western

50 Metascore

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 50,493 | Gross: $45.66M

27. The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

63 Metascore

A young thief (Antonio Banderas), seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who also pursues vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, José María de Tavira

Votes: 157,274 | Gross: $94.10M

28. City Slickers (1991)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 44,502 | Gross: $124.03M

29. The Lone Ranger (2013)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Western

37 Metascore

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 209,638 | Gross: $89.30M

30. Young Guns II (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Western

47 Metascore

In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater

Votes: 28,572 | Gross: $44.14M

31. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

52 Metascore

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 63,138 | Gross: $39.25M

32. The Quick and the Dead (1995)

R | 107 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

49 Metascore

A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio

Votes: 79,012 | Gross: $18.64M

33. Shanghai Knights (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 94,526 | Gross: $60.48M

34. The Cherokee Kid (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Western

A child's parents are killed by a vicious land-grabber but years later the child grows into a man ready for revenge.

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Sinbad, James Coburn, Gregory Hines, A Martinez

Votes: 1,260

35. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 169,584 | Gross: $93.43M

36. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 8,573 | Gross: $14.00M

37. Geronimo (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Biography, History

In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre

Votes: 925

38. Tall Tale (1995)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Oliver Platt, Roger Aaron Brown, Nick Stahl

Votes: 3,062 | Gross: $8.25M

39. The Legend of Zorro (2005)

PG | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

47 Metascore

Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Alberto Reyes

Votes: 86,470 | Gross: $46.46M

40. Bandidas (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam

Votes: 32,416

41. City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

One year after their first western adventure, Mitch Robbins and his friends discover a treasure map that belonged to their late trail guide Curly and they set out to discover its secrets.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 17,023 | Gross: $43.62M

42. Posse (1993)

R | 111 min | Western

A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Stephen Baldwin, Charles Lane, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 3,698 | Gross: $18.29M

43. Wild Wild West (1999)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

The two best special agents in the Wild West must save President Grant from the clutches of a diabolical, wheelchair-bound, steampunk-savvy, Confederate scientist bent on revenge for losing the Civil War.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek

Votes: 144,910 | Gross: $113.81M

44. Jonah Hex (2010)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

33 Metascore

The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Director: Jimmy Hayward | Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 52,051 | Gross: $10.54M

45. Big Money Rustlas (2010)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Western

In the Wild West town of Mudbug, Sheriff Sugar Wolf arrives to confront an over-the-top villain, Big Baby Chips.

Director: Paul Andresen | Stars: Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Tony Borcherding, Blaze Ya Dead Homie

Votes: 844

46. Gang of Roses (2003)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Western

All all-female gang of Old West bank robbers comes out of retirement to rescue a sister in peril.

Director: Jean-Claude La Marre | Stars: Monica Calhoun, Lil' Kim, Stacey Dash, Marie Matiko

Votes: 934 | Gross: $0.03M



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