We’ve all heard some kind of tales about the Old Wild West: gunslingers, robbing banks and trains, cowboys and outlaws. It may all seem long dead, but you’re wrong. Many still very much enjoy a good ol’ fashioned genre like itself. If you’re one of those people who claim not to like them, give it another try!
Even though Netflix range of Western movies isn’t as extensive as the rest of its catalog of movies and TV shows, D360. So let’s indulge, kick up our spur-adorned shoes, and queue up some good ol’ fashioned frontier entertainment!
Exec. Producers: Steven Soderbergh, Casey Silver
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy
Godless was supposed to be a movie, but the producers decided to turn it into a mini-series of 7 episodes. Featuring Frank Griffin and his gang of outlaws after a revenge mission against Roy Goode, a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. The chase leads Roy to La Belle, New Mexico and seeks refuge with Alice Fletcher, who is an outcast herself too, in a town mainly governed by women. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a chance because it is one of the best Western on Netflix you’ll be able to find!
Director: John Maclean
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki
Sundance Film Festival Award Winner of World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Slow West, features Jay Cavendish, a 16-year-old, traveling to the West in search of the woman he loves. During his journey, he encounters Silas, a bounty hunter, who offered to be his bodyguard and guide, while keeping his true motive a secret from the naïve teenager.
The Ridiculous 6
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner
We know what you’re thinking, what kind of Western movie includes Adam Sandler, a comedian actor?? Well, this Netflix Original does. The Ridiculous 6 goes by six strangers in the Wild West who discover that they all share the same father. *gasp* together, they go on a mission to find their dad.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie where both Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio are in?? or more importantly, a movie that was directed by the Tarantino, one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation.
Django Unchained follows by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner.
Bonnie & Clyde
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Sarah Hyland
If you’re a fan of the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie, you will also like this mini-series that was released in 2013. For those who haven’t watched the classic film, this is a story of a couple who are very in love, Bonnie and Clyde, embarking on one of most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history during the Great Depression, and kill when cornered or confronted.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
If you didn’t know, this is the movie that finally let Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Oscar. Hallelujah! It was about time. The Revenant delivers a genuinely immersive Wild West experience – with the always-moving cinematography, amazing landscapes and most importantly the raw acting. And by raw acting, we don’t mean by just acting, but DiCaprio took such dedication to his role that he even actually slept in the dead animal body. Now that’s called devotion. The Revenant is definitely one of the best western films you can’t miss out on Netflix.
3:10 to Yuma
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster
A remake of the original 3:10 to Yuma released in 1957 features a small-time rancher agreeing to transport a captured outlaw on a train to Yuma. But things don’t go exactly as planned. A battle follows along the way.
King of Texas
Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden, Lauren Holly
Shakespeare’s well-known play “King Lear” plays out in the Old Wild West as King of Texas. The self-made ranch John Lear divides his assets among his three daughters. Upon receiving everything, the daughters reject their father.
Hell or High Water
Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
You know how the saying “hell or high water” goes like. Well, in this case, the two brothers from this movie are precisely the definition of the phrase. The two, together, plan a series of robberies against the bank in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. Call that determination!
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Unlike your typical western style movie, Gangster Squad blends noir, western, and war genre altogether. The film takes place in 1949 Los Angeles, where gangsters run the city. John O’Mara, however, is determined to end the corruption with his team of cops. This movie isn’t just great because of the mixtures of genres, but because our favorite Ryan Gosling is in it! Who wouldn’t want to watch him kick some ass!
The Hateful Eight
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell
The Hateful Eight is a western movie written and directed in 2015 by Quentin Tarantino, who is famous for many good films such as ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.
The movie was initially announced to be a sequel to Tarantino’s 2013 western flick ‘Django Unchained’, but it was cancelled and produced as a standalone film after the script leaked in January 2014.
Casa De Mi Padre
Director: Matt Piedmont
Cast: Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Génesis Rodríguez
Casa De Mi Padre is a Telemundo telenovela meets Mexican Western American comedy. Will Ferrell will make you fall out of your chair with his exaggerated Mexican drama. Who says Westerns cannot be funny?
Hatfields & McCoys
Director: Piedmont Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe
Hatfields & McCoys is a western Docudrama based on the infamous family feud between both families in the 1880’s that almost brought the states of West Virginia and Kansas to civil war. This feud was started when a Hatfield murdered a McCoy, and Randall McCoy’s daughter and Devil Anse Hatfield’s son began a forbidden love affair.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
Unforgiven is the movie that marked a turning point in Clint Eastwood’s career! With outstanding performances by the spectacular cast of Clint himself, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, it is no surprise Unforgiven won four Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Film Editing! It is also the third Western to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep
Set in the 1850s, The Homesman is a historical era western drama directed by Tommy Lee Jones. A devout woman hires a drifter to help her take three women who went mad due to the harsh frontier life to Iowa
Director: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins
Cold Mountain is an epic war film based on a bestselling novel with the same name by Charles Frazier. The western set movie is about a Confederate deserter who towards the end of the war walks for months to be reunited with the love of his life.
Director: Kristian Levring
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
The Salvation is a Danish western movie set in the 1860s about two brothers who migrate to the United States from Denmark. It is a vivid and violent western flick, so if you are looking for a dose, this is definitely for you.
Director: Marcelo Galvão
Cast: Diogo Morgado, Nill Marcondes, Deto Montenegro, Maria de Medeiros
The Killer or O Matador as this Brazilian western film is known outside the United States is about an assassin who went to town to search for his adopted father who had disappeared. Instead, he finds a tyrant rules the city.
Director: Mel Brooks
Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks directed this satirical western in 1974. It is about a western town standing in the way of the railroad expansion and a black sheriff sent to dissuade its citizens from leaving. It focuses on racial discrimination, and it has the 6th position on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.