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The Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Other characters include Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, soldiers (especially mounted cavalry), settlers, both farmers and ranchers, and townsfolk. Westerns often stress the harshness of the wilderness and frequently set the action in an arid, desolate landscape of deserts and mountains. Often, the vast landscape plays an important role, presenting a "...mythic vision of the plains and deserts of the American West". Specific settings include ranches, small frontier towns, saloons, railways and isolated military forts of the Wild West. Common plots include: The construction of a railroad or a telegraph line on the wild frontier. Ranchers protecting their family ranch from rustlers or large landowners or who build a ranch empire. Revenge stories, which hinge on the chase and pursuit by someone who has been wronged. Stories about cavalry fighting Native Americans. Outlaw gang plots. Stories about a lawman or ... [Wikipedia]

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Django Unchained(2012)

R
| 2h 45min | Drama, Western
4.0/5 (with 6,194 votes)

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

Directed by Quentin Tarantino - With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, ...

The Revenant(2015)

R
| 2h 36min | Western, Drama, Adventure, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 4,141 votes)

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, ...

The Hateful Eight(2015)

R
| 2h 47min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western
3.8/5 (with 2,863 votes)

Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino - With Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly(1966)

R
| 2h 41min | Western
4.1/5 (with 1,515 votes)

While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

Directed by Sergio Leone - With Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Mario Brega, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, ...

The Lone Ranger(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Western
3.0/5 (with 1,478 votes)

The Texas Rangers chase down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish, but the gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.

Directed by Gore Verbinski - With Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, ...

The Magnificent Seven(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 12min | Adventure, Action, Western
3.0/5 (with 1,445 votes)

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua - With Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Luke Grimes, ...

Rango(2011)

3.3/5 (with 1,290 votes)

When Rango, a lost family pet, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt.

Directed by Gore Verbinski

Cowboys & Aliens(2011)

PG-13
| 1h 59min | Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Western
2.7/5 (with 1,248 votes)

A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival.

Directed by Jon Favreau - With Daniel Craig, Abigail Spencer, Matthew Taylor, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, Adam Beach, ...

True Grit(2010)

PG-13
| 1h 50min | Drama, Adventure, Western
3.6/5 (with 1,048 votes)

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and adventure on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen - With Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson, ...

The Dark Tower(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 35min | Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Western
2.8/5 (with 957 votes)

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, Ron Howard - With Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee Kershaw, ...

Hell or High Water(2016)

R
| 1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
3.6/5 (with 902 votes)

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

Directed by David Mackenzie - With Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Buck Taylor, ...

A Million Ways to Die in the West(2014)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Western
2.9/5 (with 889 votes)

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

Directed by Seth MacFarlane - With Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, ...

Once Upon a Time in the West(1968)

PG-13
| 2h 55min | Western
4.1/5 (with 744 votes)

This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.

Directed by Sergio Leone - With Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa, ...

3:10 to Yuma(2007)

R
| 2h 2min | Western
3.5/5 (with 741 votes)

In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.

Directed by James Mangold - With Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, ...

Unforgiven(1992)

R
| 2h 11min | Western
3.9/5 (with 719 votes)

William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, Anna Thomson, ...

Dances with Wolves(1990)

PG-13
| 3h 1min | Adventure, Drama, Western
3.9/5 (with 711 votes)

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide – and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

Directed by Kevin Costner - With Mary McDonnell, Rodney A. Grant, Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, Maury Chaykin, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, ...

Wild Wild West(1999)

2.6/5 (with 682 votes)

Legless Southern inventor Dr. Arliss Loveless plans to rekindle the Civil War by assassinating President U.S. Grant. Only two men can stop him: gunfighter James West and master-of-disguise and inventor Artemus Gordon. The two must team up to thwart Loveless' plans.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld - With Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek, M. Emmet Walsh, Musetta Vander, ...

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron(2002)

3.8/5 (with 643 votes)

As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

Directed by Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook

For a Few Dollars More(1965)

R
| 2h 12min | Western
4.0/5 (with 632 votes)

Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio," one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.

Directed by Sergio Leone - With Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli, Klaus Kinski, ...

A Fistful of Dollars(1964)

R
| 1h 39min | Western
3.9/5 (with 621 votes)

The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit.

Directed by Sergio Leone, Monte Hellman - With Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, ...

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

R
| 2h 40min | Action, Drama, Western
3.5/5 (with 498 votes)

Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.

Directed by Andrew Dominik - With Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Sam Shepard, ...

Shanghai Noon(2000)

PG-13
| 1h 50min | Adventure, Action, Comedy, Western
3.1/5 (with 483 votes)

Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, and tries to spring the princess from her imprisonment.

Directed by Tom Dey - With Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Roger Yuan, Xander Berkeley, Walton Goggins, ...

Shanghai Knights(2003)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western
3.0/5 (with 455 votes)

The dynamic duo of Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon return for another crazy adventure. This time, they're in London to avenge the murder of Chon's father, but end up on an even bigger case. Chon's sister is there to do the same, but instead unearths a plot to kill the royal family. No one believes her, though, and it's up to Chon and Roy (who has romance on his mind) to prove her right.

Directed by David Dobkin - With Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Donnie Yen, Fann Wong, Aidan Gillen, Aaron Johnson, ...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969)

PG
| 1h 50min | Crime, Drama, History, Western
3.7/5 (with 409 votes)

In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever and talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot 'Sundance Kid'. As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.

Directed by George Roy Hill - With Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Henry Jones, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, ...

The Beguiled(2017)

R
| 1h 33min | Drama, Western
2.9/5 (with 378 votes)

During the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school, young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Directed by Sofia Coppola - With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, ...

Blazing Saddles(1974)

R
| 1h 33min | Western, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 376 votes)

A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west.

Directed by Mel Brooks - With Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Harvey Korman, Cleavon Little, ...

Tombstone(1993)

R
| 2h 10min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Western
3.7/5 (with 374 votes)

Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.

Directed by George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre - With Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, ...

Bone Tomahawk(2015)

R
| 2h 12min | Horror, Western, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 332 votes)

During a shootout in a saloon, Sheriff Hunt injures a suspicious stranger. One of the villagers takes care of him in prison. One day they both disappear – only the spear of a cannibal tribe is found. Hunt and a few of his men go in search of the prisoner and his nurse.

Directed by S. Craig Zahler - With Patrick Wilson, Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, ...

The Magnificent Seven(1960)

2h 8min | Western
3.8/5 (with 300 votes)

An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Directed by John Sturges - With Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, ...

Maverick(1994)

PG
| 2h 7min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
3.3/5 (with 298 votes)

Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous southern accent as the two both try and enter the game.

Directed by Richard Donner - With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina, ...