Best Western Movies of All Time

#50

The Homesman (2014)
81%

#50
Adjusted Score: 86.432%
Critics Consensus: A squarely traditional yet somewhat progressive Western, The Homesman adds another absorbing entry to Tommy Lee Jones' directorial résumé.
Synopsis: When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Lee Jones

#49
Adjusted Score: 86.427%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A former friend betrays a legendary outlaw in Sam Peckinpah's final Western. Holed up in Fort Sumner with his gang... [More]
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 87.048%
Critics Consensus: A grand, sweeping epic with inarguably noble intentions and arresting cinematography, but one whose center, arguably, is not as weighty as it should be.
Synopsis: A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Costner

#47

Meek's Cutoff (2011)
86%

#47
Adjusted Score: 89.201%
Critics Consensus: Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier.
Synopsis: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#46

The Proposition (2005)
86%

#46
Adjusted Score: 89.675%
Critics Consensus: Brutal, unflinching, and violent, but thought-provoking and with excellent performances, this Australian western is the one of the best examples of the genre to come along in recent times.
Synopsis: An outlaw is goaded into taking on justice at its most brutal in this hard-edged Western set in rural Australia... [More]
Directed By: John Hillcoat

#45

The Shootist (1976)
90%

#45
Adjusted Score: 91.518%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: About ten minutes into The Shootist, Doctor Hostetler (James Stewart) tells aging Western gunfighter John Bernard Books (John Wayne), "You... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 91.668%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John... [More]

#43
Adjusted Score: 92.023%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Originally titled Giù la Testa, Duck, You Sucker! is a Mexican-revolution yarn, filmed in Italy by spaghetti Western maven Sergio... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#42

Bone Tomahawk (2015)
90%

#42
Adjusted Score: 92.499%
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
Synopsis: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,... [More]
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler

#41

The Revenant (2015)
79%

#41
Adjusted Score: 93.078%
Critics Consensus: As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man's epic adventure of survival... [More]

#40

Pale Rider (1985)
92%

#40
Adjusted Score: 93.358%
Critics Consensus: Nearly a decade after The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood returns as a director to the genre that made his name with this elegant, spiritual Western that riffs on the classic Shane.
Synopsis: Director Clint Eastwood draws on his experience to put together a western with winning components: the bad guys are corporate... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 93.882%
Critics Consensus: McCabe & Mrs. Miller offers revisionist Western fans a landmark early addition to the genre while marking an early apogee for director Robert Altman.
Synopsis: In a small American frontier village, a stranger named McCabe builds a brothel with the help of experienced madame Mrs.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 94.3%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This fact-based western stars Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan as drifters who attempt to stop a lynching of three men... [More]
Directed By: William Wellman

#37
Adjusted Score: 96.045%
Critics Consensus: With its iconic pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, jaunty screenplay and Burt Bacharach score, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has gone down as among the defining moments in late-'60s American cinema.
Synopsis: Opening with a silent "movie" of Butch Cassidy's Hole in the Wall Gang, George Roy Hill's comically elegiac Western chronicles... [More]
Directed By: George Roy Hill

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 93.142%
Critics Consensus: The Magnificent Seven transplants Seven Samurai into the Old West with a terrific cast of Hollywood stars -- and without losing any of the story's thematic richness.
Synopsis: A Mexican village is being terrorized by the bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his gun blazing goons. Seven American mercenaries... [More]
Directed By: John Sturges

#35

Blazing Saddles (1974)
90%

#35
Adjusted Score: 95.655%
Critics Consensus: Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks' storied career.
Synopsis: Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features... [More]
Directed By: Mel Brooks

#34

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
89%

#34
Adjusted Score: 96.003%
Critics Consensus: This remake of a classic Western improves on the original, thanks to fiery performances from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as well as sharp direction from James Mangold.
Synopsis: Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#33

Django Unchained (2012)
87%

#33
Adjusted Score: 96.64%
Critics Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.
Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#32

True Grit (1969)
88%

#32
Adjusted Score: 94.632%
Critics Consensus: True Grit rides along on the strength of a lived-in late-period John Wayne performance, adding its own entertaining spin to the oft-adapted source material.
Synopsis: In fine Hollywood tradition, John Wayne had to play a "one-eyed fat man" before the Motion Picture Academy considered him... [More]
Directed By: Henry Hathaway

#31

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
95%

#31
Adjusted Score: 96.879%
Critics Consensus: Jeremiah Johnson's deliberate pace demands an investment from the viewer, but it's rewarded with a thoughtful drama anchored by a starring performance from Robert Redford.
Synopsis: Years before Kevin Costner danced with wolves, Robert Redford headed to the mountains to escape civilization in Sydney Pollack's wilderness... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#30
Adjusted Score: 97.113%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a trio of classic leading men and a rich story captured by a director at the peak of his craft, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is one of the finest Westerns ever filmed.
Synopsis: Eastern attorney Ranson Stoddard (James Stewart) heads to the wild West in search of a new life. He settles in... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#29

Slow West (2015)
92%

#29
Adjusted Score: 96.373%
Critics Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.
Synopsis: At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of... [More]
Directed By: John M. Maclean

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 97.65%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#27
Adjusted Score: 98.143%
Critics Consensus: With Clint Eastwood in the lead, Ennio Morricone on the score, and Sergio Leone's stylish direction, For a Few Dollars More earns its recognition as a genre classic.
Synopsis: This pulse-pounding follow-up to Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars brings back Clint Eastwood as the serape-clad, cigar-chewing "Man With... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 98.155%
Critics Consensus: Clint Eastwood's sophomore outing as director sees him back in the saddle as a mysterious stranger, as the result is one of his most memorable Westerns.
Synopsis: "Who are you?" the dwarf Mordecai (Billy Curtis) asks Clint Eastwood's Stranger at the end of Eastwood's 1973 western High... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

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