Movies in the Western genre

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3:10 To Yuma

Once upon a time, the Western served the function that currently resides within the purview of Science Fiction: use an allegorical approach to explore themes and ideas that might not fit well within the scope of a traditional motion picture. It ha...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: WESTERN
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, ...
Appaloosa

One of the most evident signs of the shift in movie-goers' tastes over the years has been the decline of the Western. Once among the most popular of film genres, it now ranks near the bottom. If there's a benefit to this downturn, it's that mode...

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2008-09-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: WESTERN
Director: Ed Harris
Cast: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons, ...
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The

One of the longest films of the fall (both in terms of title length and running length) is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It seems every bit as long or longer than its 160 minutes. Parts of the movie are brilliant in a ...

Run Time: 2:40
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Situations)
Genre: WESTERN
Director: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Mary-Louise Parker, ...
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The

Those wacky Coens are at it again. And those serious Coens. And those loquacious Coens. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a paean to pre-revisionist Westerns, allows the Oscar-winning brothers to try out nearly every weapon in their considerable ...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Western
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, Saul Rubinek, ...
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Despite arriving during the era when this kind of movie was beginning a slow but inexorable fall from public favor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remains one of the best crafted and most beloved of all the Westerns. In addition to launching R...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence )
Genre: WESTERN
Director: George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, ...
Cimarron

Cimarron, the recipient of the 1931 Best Picture Oscar, is an excellent study of how tastes have changed over the years. Critically lauded at the time of its release, Cimarron was beloved by most who saw it. Eight decades later, it is frequently ...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: WESTERN
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Cast: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, ...
Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is a mashup of a mediocre Western and a mediocre science fiction story. The resulting film is far better than the sum of its two seemingly disparate parts. Although a little overlong, the production will find favor not only with l...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2011-07-29
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/WESTERN
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, ...
Dances with Wolves

There was a time when the western was one of Hollywood's most popular genres. Whether it was Gary Cooper standing tall in High Noon, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas taking out the Clantons in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, John Wayne fighting the Apa...

Run Time: 3:03
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: WESTERN
Director: Kevin Costner
Cast: Maury Chaykin, Jimmy Herman, Charles Rocket, ...
Django Unchained

One of the great strengths of Quentin Tarantino's films is the way his love of cinema permeates every frame. From subtle, throw-away lines and in-jokes to more obvious nods (such as the "old fashioned" Columbia logo at the beginning or the '70s-sty...

Run Time: 2:45
U.S. Release Date: 2012-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: ACTION/WESTERN
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, ...
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Despite embracing the tropes one associates with the Western, Michael Matthews’ Five Fingers of Marseilles transpires in an atypical locale: post-Colonial South Africa. Matthews reaffirms what Sergio Leone identified – the Western doesn’...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2018-09-07
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: Western
Director: Michael Matthews
Cast: Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo, Warren Masemola, ...