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15 Best Western Movies On Netflix [June 2022]

Whether you want rattling spurs, struggling ranches, risky rodeos, gunfights, or just as many horses as you can possibly fit on a screen, Westerns have you covered. The Western is one of Hollywood's oldest genres, so there are plenty of classic, must-see films out there, and others are getting made — or getting rediscovered — all the time.

But with a lot of streaming services to juggle, it can be hard to figure out what's available where. We want to help you out by doing some of that research for you and keeping track of the 15 best movie Westerns currently on Netflix. Grab yourself a glass of sarsaparilla, put on a cowboy hat, and get ready to choose tonight's film.

Updated on June 1, 2022: As Netflix changes its selection, we'll keep this list updated to reflect the changes in its streaming catalog. Picture us riding herd on a bunch of Westerns and lassoing them for you so you'll always have a current account of the best Netflix has to offer.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is an anthology film that tells six separate Western stories, most darkly comedic and with brutal but sharply written punchlines. Over the course of the movie, we're introduced to a singing cowboy who's also a supernaturally good shot (and pretty blithe about the trail of carnage he leaves behind), a condemned man who can't seem to meet or escape the hangman's noose, a grim traveling show that's rivaled by a mathematically gifted chicken, an uncomfortable stagecoach ride where philosophical musings may drift into the supernatural, and more. None of the stories wear out their welcomes, and the twists of humor and viciousness add some seasoning to familiar story elements.

Concrete Cowboy

"Concrete Cowboy" offers an unusual and intriguing angle on the modern Western. Cole, a young teenager from Detroit, winds up finding a new purpose in life when his mom sends him to stay with his father in Philadelphia. Cole's dad, Harp, introduces him to riding and the joy of taking care of horses. The horses offer hope, and their loyal riders provide a sense of community, but the prickly and estranged relationship between father and son still needs work. And more pressingly, drug deals and the possibility of violence still lurk in the background, threatening to shatter everything.

Django Unchained

Freed from slavery by Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter who needs help identifying some fugitives, Django gets to enjoy liberty — and violent retaliation — for the first time. With Schultz's help, he makes plans to rescue his wife, Broomhilda, who is still enslaved by the sadistic Calvin J. Candie, lord of the "Candyland" plantation. "Django Unchained" brings touches of stylized Western gunslinging and outlaw heroism to the horrors of the antebellum South, creating what director Quentin Tarantino calls "a Southern." The result is vivid, engrossing, and brutally effective, though the bloody violence and horrific racism the film portrays mean this won't be for everyone.

  • Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Director: Quentin Tarantino

  • Year: 2012

  • Runtime: 165 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Geronimo: An American Legend

Geronimo reluctantly agrees to lead the Apaches to a reservation, but discontent quickly grows. There are a few white men he trusts — Lieutenant Gatewood and General Crook — but they're not often there; most of his day-to-day dealings are far more frustrating and controlling. When the U.S. Army cracks down on Apache spirituality and any teaching of resistance, Geronimo openly defies them and leads a rebellion, but he and his men are gravely outnumbered. "Geronimo: An American Legend" is a moving, nuanced tragedy and a fine portrait of Geronimo and some of the real U.S. officers he dealt with. While initial reviews were rocky, the film has notable defenders like Quentin Tarantino, and it's due for a critical revival.

  • Starring: Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall

  • Director: Walter Hill

  • Year: 1993

  • Runtime: 115 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

The Harder They Fall

"The Harder They Fall" brings together several iconic Black figures of the American West — cowboy criminal Nat Love, U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, trailblazing mail carrier Stagecoach Mary Fields, and outlaw leader Rufus Buck, among others — and puts them in the middle of a thrilling story. Nat Love wants revenge on Rufus Buck. Each man gathers a circle of charismatic allies, which eventually come together for the ultimate face-off. "The Harder They Fall" is a smart and well-executed spin on Western tropes, featuring an all-star cast.

The Hateful Eight

"The Hateful Eight" takes the coziness out of the locked-room mystery. Quentin Tarantino takes a cast of vicious, amoral characters and strands them in the middle of a snowstorm. The circumstances are suspicious, and post-Civil War tensions are running unbelievably high — and then people start dying. Someone in this isolated outpost isn't who they say they are. Instead, they're here to free outlaw Daisy Domergue, who's bound for the hangman's noose, and they don't mind leaving a trail of bodies behind them. Full of tense standoffs and visceral violence, "The Hateful Eight" is an exciting movie that also demonstrates the volatility — and surprising alliances — of frontier America.

  • Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

  • Director: Quentin Tarantino

  • Year: 2015

  • Runtime: 167 minutes (213 minutes in the "Extended Version")

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Hell or High Water

This gripping Western neo-noir pits two brothers — one careful and one reckless — against both the Texas Rangers and a chain of banks whose harsh policies threaten to trap them in a tragic cycle of poverty. They have all the makings of folk heroes, but even though their cause is sympathetic, their actions spin completely out of control. "Hell or High Water" is a gritty, nuanced update of classic Western lawmen-and-outlaws stories. Strong central performances from Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges keep viewers hooked and make it hard to pick a side.

  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

  • Director: David Mackenzie

  • Year: 2016

  • Runtime: 102 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

In a Valley of Violence

"In the Valley of Violence" brings charismatic drifter Paul — and his adorable, spirited dog, Abbie — into a classic fix. He's gotten on the wrong side of some young troublemakers, and wouldn't you know it, the leader of the gang is the son of the local marshal. It pits Paul against the town, especially since venomous roughneck Gilly won't let their conflict go ... and escalates it in a horrific fashion. Luckily, Paul has at least one ally, a charming teenage widow who wants to find a better life. But will that be enough when the bullets start flying? A strong cast helps seal the deal.

The Long Riders

Outlaws get their due here as "The Long Riders" tells the story of the James-Younger Gang. These are their last days, when fame is tightening the prospective nooses around their necks and too many of their robberies are erupting into dangerous violence. One of the biggest draws is the casting, with real-life brothers like the Carradines and the Keaches playing fictional ones. It makes the movie's family trees instantly convincing. The film is loosely plotted but still stripped down, letting it move inexorably to the end that Old West aficionados will know is coming. And as a cherry on top, you get director Walter Hill's striking action sequences.

  • Starring: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine

  • Director: Walter Hill

  • Year: 1980

  • Runtime: 99 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher

This vivid, well-realized biopic tells the life story of Montford Johnson, a 19th-century Chickasaw man who — despite facing hard times and pervasive racism — built and maintained a successful, sprawling cattle ranch. The movie stays lean and compelling, providing plenty of action (from gunfights to cattle drives) while also enriching the Western genre by infusing it with a fresh, underseen perspective and real historical richness. Biopics can sometimes be staid, but the well-paced storytelling and a strong central performance from Martin Sensmeier keep this one light on its feet.

The Nightingale

A dark and gritty Western, "The Nightingale" focuses on Clare Carroll, a transported Irish convict forced to work for the British soldiers occupying Australia. After a shatteringly violent attack, Clare is left for dead ... but she survives. Determined to get back at the men who did this to her, she teams up with an Aboriginal tracker named Mangana (or Billy, as he's first introduced) who has his own wrongs in need of righting. Their partnership carries them, and the audience, through Australia's brutal past and all the damage caused by the country's colonization.

  • Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr

  • Director: Jennifer Kent

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 136 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Power of the Dog

Dark undercurrents in tangled family relationships are at the heart of this small-scale Western. When the emotionally fragile Rose marries ranch owner George, she and her son, Peter, step into a life of wealth and privilege — but they seemingly can't escape the resentment of George's brother, Phil, whose constant antagonism starts to send Rose into a decline. Phil's sudden friendliness with Peter only distresses her more. The complicated emotions and sense of impending tragedy give "The Power of the Dog" dramatic weight, and it also offers a beautifully detailed look at Western life.

  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons

  • Director: Jane Campion

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 127 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Professionals

An elite crew of hardened experts — they know explosives, tracking, weapons, and horses — agree to take on the job of retrieving a millionaire rancher's wife from Mexico, where she's ostensibly being held prisoner. Soon enough, however, they find out they don't have the whole story. These men don't appreciate being manipulated, but any potential payback hinges on getting out of Mexico alive ... and that means they have their hands full. "The Professionals" is gritty and exciting, with strong performances and an immortal last line.

  • Starring: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale

  • Director: Richard Brooks

  • Year: 1966

  • Runtime: 117 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

True Grit

14-year-old Mattie Ross is the most serious and competent girl you could imagine, and she's determined to find Tom Cheney, the man who murdered her father. She hires the "meanest" U.S. marshal she can find — the gruff and abrasive Rooster Cogburn. Together with a capable but initially buffoonish Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf, they track Cheney down and form an unlikely but close bond. "True Grit" has an excellent screenplay full of perfectly crafted, period-appropriate dialogue, but its biggest appeal may be the performances: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin all shine here, and they make their characters' budding relationship rich and emotionally textured.

  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon

  • Directors: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

  • Year: 2010

  • Runtime: 111 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Wind

Westerns are known for their lonely expanses of landscape. And what inspires awe can also create horror, as we see in "The Wind." Here, the isolation of a New Mexico homestead makes it vulnerable to supernatural forces, and Lizzy Macklin is plagued by the loneliness of her prairie and by unsettling horrors. (Or is she? Her husband doesn't believe the demons she fears are real.) The arrival of another couple, Gideon and Emma, only makes things worse. With all the paranoia, chloroform, adultery, jealousy, pregnancy, and the constantly howling sound of the wind, the film shows how many terrors — real or imagined — could lurk out on the frontier.

  • Starring: Caitlin Gerard, Ashley Zukerman, Julia Goldani Telles

  • Director: Emma Tammi

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 88 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%