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1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.3
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79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 88,472

2. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 11,422

3. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

8.3
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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: 207,316 | Gross: $15.00M

4. Silverado (1985)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover

Votes: 33,936 | Gross: $33.20M

5. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 30,471

6. Dead Man's Walk (1996)

PG-13 | 272 min | Western

7.3
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In this prequel to "Lonesome Dove", two young men join the Texas Rangers unit that's on a mission to annex Santa Fe.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Patricia Childress, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 1,376

7. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 24,537 | Gross: $3.97M

8. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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78 Metascore

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III

Votes: 18,607 | Gross: $17.60M

9. The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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32 Metascore

A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Director: Martin Weisz | Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith, Cécile Breccia

Votes: 57,252 | Gross: $20.80M

10. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

7.7
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 576

11. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack

Votes: 6,356 | Gross: $3.56M

12. Beyond the Reach (2014)

R | 91 min | Thriller

5.6
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34 Metascore

A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti | Stars: Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Martin Palmer, Hanna Mangan Lawrence

Votes: 8,764 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Gargoyles (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror

6.3
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An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Grayson Hall, Bernie Casey

Votes: 2,179

14. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6,349 | Gross: $9.01M

15. Dual Survival (2010– )

60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

7.6
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Experts agree there are some very basic - and universal - rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there's not much they agree on. Meet ... See full summary »

Stars: Cody Lundin, Joe Teti, Grady Powell, Dave Canterbury

Votes: 2,717

16. Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best

Votes: 3,948

17. Silent Tongue (1993)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Western

5.3
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Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Talbot awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't burn her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with him.

Director: Sam Shepard | Stars: Alan Bates, Richard Harris, River Phoenix, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 992 | Gross: $0.06M

18. Bisbee '17 (2018)

PG | 112 min | Documentary, Western

6.7
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87 Metascore

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Director: Robert Greene | Stars: Mike Anderson, Charles Bethea, Ken Boe, Benjamin Joel Caron

Votes: 264 | Gross: $0.12M

19. Column South (1953)

Approved | 84 min | Western

6.4
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Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Audie Murphy, Joan Evans, Robert Sterling, Ray Collins

Votes: 402

20. Roswell (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Martin Sheen, Dwight Yoakam, Xander Berkeley

Votes: 2,203

21. Nightwing (1979)

PG | 105 min | Horror

4.8
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Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Nick Mancuso, David Warner, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Macht

Votes: 977

22. Southwest Passage (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Western

5.9
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The U.S. Cavalry is ordered to test the feasability of camels in the deserts of the Southwest.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Rod Cameron, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, John Dehner

Votes: 260

23. Dead of Night (2018– )

Crime

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Dead of Night features nail-biting, true stories of victims working the graveyard shift who are thrust into real life nightmares. A killer lies in wait to strike the most vulnerable, those ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Ratner, Marisol Correa, Brittney Aleah, James Jimmy Bacon

Votes: 47

24. A Thief of Time (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Mystery

7.1
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Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi

Votes: 564

25. Unearthed (2007)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.0
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An unknown creature terrorizes an archeological dig in the middle of a desolate New Mexico town.

Director: Matthew Leutwyler | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Luke Goss, Beau Garrett, Deborah Offner

Votes: 3,459

26. Dreamland (I) (2006)

R | 88 min | Drama

6.4
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57 Metascore

A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.

Director: Jason Matzner | Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, Justin Long, John Corbett

Votes: 2,329 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Off the Map (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.2
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68 Metascore

An eleven-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries, and comes to terms with love and loss.

Director: Campbell Scott | Stars: Valentina de Angelis, Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 3,129 | Gross: $1.31M

28. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | 92 min | Horror

5.1
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A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

Votes: 1,143

29. Two Men in Town (2014)

R | 120 min | Drama

5.7
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56 Metascore

A Muslim ex-con forms a friendship with his parole officer.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,820

30. Thunder (1983)

R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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A native America named Thunder returns home only to find that his ancestral burial ground is being destroyed by construction workers. He tries to put a stop to it, but the law is not only ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio De Angelis | Stars: Bo Svenson, Mark Gregory, Raimund Harmstorf, Valeria Ross

Votes: 388

31. UFO Hunters (I) (2008– )

Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

6.6
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Follows a group of experts as they scrutinize some of history's most intriguing UFO accounts.

Stars: William J. Birnes, Patrick Uskert, Ted Acworth, James Lurie

Votes: 853

32. Bearcats! (1971)

120 min | Adventure

7.9
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Two honorable men-for-hire look for adventure in the pre-World War I American southwest in their fancy Stutz Bearcat.

Stars: Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Henry Darrow, John Anderson

Votes: 130

33. Linewatch (2008)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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Michael Dixon is a seasoned agent working linewatch on the US/Mexico Border. Well respected by his peers at US Border Patrol, and well loved by his family (wife Angela and 5 year old ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Bray | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Omari Hardwick, Evan Ross, Dean Norris

Votes: 2,503

34. Buffalo Dreams (2005 TV Movie)

G | 89 min | Family

6.0
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Schoolboy Josh Townsend has to move again with his father, astrophysics researcher Dr. Nick Townsend, to a New Mexico small town. To escape the copy-boy job dad arranged, Josh volunteers ... See full summary »

Director: David Jackson | Stars: Simon Baker, Duy Beck, Roy J. Cohoe, Tatiana Galindo

Votes: 425

35. Thunder III (1988)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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Pacifist Native American warrior, Thunder, takes on a racist militia in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after they refuse to pay $53.000 in damages for attacking and abusing him and his people and destroying their property.

Director: Fabrizio De Angelis | Stars: Mark Gregory, John Phillip Law, Horst Schön, Werner Pochath

Votes: 124

36. Nakia (1974– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Nakia Parker is a Native American serving as a deputy to Sam Jericho in New Mexico. Choosing an old truck or a horse over a police vehicle, he also combines tribal traditions with modern crime techniques.

Stars: Robert Forster, Arthur Kennedy, Taylor Lacher, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 43

37. Thunder II (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Drama

5.9
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Indian sheriff Thunder is transferred to a small town in the desert. He learns that the corrupt deputy is paid by the drug mob. To protect himself, the deputy sets a trap for Thunder and ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio De Angelis | Stars: Mark Gregory, Raimund Harmstorf, Karen Reel, Bo Svenson

Votes: 176

38. Wild Youth (1960)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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Three teenage criminals break out of juvenile prison and head south to Mexico.

Director: John F. Schreyer | Stars: Robert Hutton, John Goddard, Carol Ohmart, Clancy Cooper

Votes: 86

39. Taos (2008)

89 min | Drama

7.1
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A young attorney works round-the-clock to meet his fiancée's desires and avoid his own. When an unexpected detour throws a wrench in his non-stop schedule, old wounds are unearthed as new ... See full summary »

Director: Brandon Schmid | Stars: Frederick Aragon, Robert Deane, Julie Dorris, Rib Hillis

Votes: 12

40. The Dark Rider (2012)

29 min | Short, Western

7.0
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A lone rider makes his way through the desert in hopes to bring death to the bandits responsible for his brothers demise. Will vengeance be his or will he suffer the same fate as his brother?

Director: Aaron Alviso Stephenson | Stars: Andy Fernuik, Roger Benally, Mike Gaba, Jim Martin

Votes: 5

41. Remembered Earth: New Mexico's High Desert (2005 TV Movie)

G | 27 min | Documentary

9.3
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New Mexico's high desert is a captivating land of hallowed mountains, red rock canyons and vast, sere plateaus. In Remembered Earth, filmmaker John Grabowska and Indian author N. Scott ... See full summary »

Director: John Grabowska | Star: Irene Bedard

Votes: 23

42. La maison vide (2009)

52 min | Documentary

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A glimpse at life in a rural Hispanic-American community located in New, Mexico.

Director: Stéphane Breton

43. The Fugitive (1963–1967)
Episode: All the Scared Rabbits (1965)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A woman hires Kimble to drive her daughter and herself to California. The young girl has a rabbit with her that had been a test subject in a research study and is infected with meningitis.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: David Janssen, Suzanne Pleshette, R.G. Armstrong, Liam Sullivan

Votes: 73

44. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Anasazi (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

9.3
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Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life and becomes a target. Scully takes him to a Navajo family that unearthed a buried secret to decipher the disk.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Donat, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Votes: 3,481

45. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
Episode: Desert Flight (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.3
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Mike Brenner is a wily bank robber. In an effort to lose a posse, he leads his cohorts into the desert.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Dick Powell, James Coburn, Ben Cooper, John Pickard

Votes: 13

46. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
Episode: Knight of the Sun (1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.2
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Henry Jacob Hanley is a wanderer always seeking his next drink. He stumbles upon a fort and a supply of whiskey. There he meets a woman who is on a mission to help the confederacy.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Dan Duryea, Constance Towers, Dick Powell

Votes: 9

47. Warrior Women with Lucy Lawless (2003– )
Episode: Lozen (2003)

46 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The story of Lozen, 19th-century female warrior of the Apaches.

Stars: Shannon Dictson, Harlyn Geronimo, Bruce Klinekole, Lucy Lawless

Votes: 22

48. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hitch-Hiker (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams, Lew Gallo, Leonard Strong

Votes: 2,929

49. The Invaders (1967–1968)
Episode: The Leeches (1967)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.5
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David Vincent meets with the president of an electronics company, a man who believes aliens have kidnapped various heads of their fields and are planning to kidnap him as well.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Peter Mark Richman, Diana Van der Vlis, Arthur Hill

Votes: 122

50. UFO Hunters (2008– )
Episode: The Real Roswell (I) (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

6.9
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On July 8, 1947 at 5:26 EDT, an Associated Press news wire announced that soldiers from Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico recovered a "flying disk" from a nearby rancher's property. The ... See full summary »

Stars: William J. Birnes, Patrick Uskert, Ted Acworth, James Lurie

Votes: 16



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