Top 50 History, Western Movies and TV Shows



1. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.0
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76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 657,933 | Gross: $183.64M

2. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 119,152 | Gross: $56.51M

3. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.6
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 89,116

4. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 47,642 | Gross: $20.76M

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

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 161,519 | Gross: $3.90M

6. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.0
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Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 23,155

7. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 24,811 | Gross: $0.07M

8. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.5
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A former outlaw is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.

Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 21,329

9. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $0.06M

10. The Alamo (1960)

Passed | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.9
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 13,644 | Gross: $17.26M

11. Into the West (2005)

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 6,237

12. Texas Rising (2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Western

6.7
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The story of how the Texas Rangers were created.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane

Votes: 3,525

13. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

6.0
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47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

Votes: 19,033 | Gross: $22.41M

14. Mafia III (2016 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.0
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After the murder of his surrogate family at the hands of the Italian mafia, Vietnam War veteran Lincoln Clay seeks vengeance on those who took away the only thing that mattered to him.

Stars: Alex Hernandez, Lane Compton, Gordon Greene, Rick Pasqualone

Votes: 2,469

15. In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.1
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43 Metascore

An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez

Votes: 3,414

16. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 133 min | Drama, History, Western

7.1
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A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin

Votes: 5,792

17. The Gettysburg Address

Documentary, Biography, History | Post-production

The complete story of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Director: Sean Conant | Stars: Kevin Conway, Sam Elliott, Neal McDonough, Michael C. Hall

18. Sweet Country (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.9
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87 Metascore

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Hamilton Morris, Shanika Cole, Ewen Leslie, Sam Neill

Votes: 6,384 | Gross: $0.10M

19. Extreme Prejudice (1987)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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51 Metascore

A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso

Votes: 5,788 | Gross: $11.31M

20. Mohawk (2017)

91 min | Action, Drama, History

4.5
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70 Metascore

Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

Director: Ted Geoghegan | Stars: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren, Justin Rain

Votes: 1,150

21. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

PG | 154 min | Drama, History, Western

6.8
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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo

Votes: 4,755

22. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western

6.5
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi

Votes: 8,355 | Gross: $18.64M

23. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 9,694

24. Comanche (1956)

Approved | 87 min | Action, History, Romance

5.6
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Common efforts of the U.S. government and the Comanche nation to negotiate a peace treaty are sabotaged by renegade Indians and by the short-sighted Indian Commissioner.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Dana Andrews, Kent Smith, Nestor Paiva, Henry Brandon

Votes: 454

25. For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)

R | 145 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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35 Metascore

A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.

Director: Dean Wright | Stars: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera

Votes: 4,349 | Gross: $5.67M

26. The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.6
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As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 1,097

27. Geronimo (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Biography, History

5.8
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In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre

Votes: 958

28. Rough Riders (1997– )

240 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

Votes: 1,739

29. Walker (1987)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 3,061 | Gross: $0.26M

30. Unconquered (1947)

Passed | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff

Votes: 1,971

31. The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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57 Metascore

The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, owing to their good planning and minimal violence.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 9,991 | Gross: $10.30M

32. The American West (2016– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, History, Western

7.3
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This series will provide unprecedented access to the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Lee Gardner, Bert Thomas Morris, David H. Stevens, Will Strongheart

Votes: 1,153

33. Ned Kelly (1970)

GP | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.0
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Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Mick Jagger, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Ken Goodlet

Votes: 1,045 | Gross: $0.25M

34. The Pinkertons (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Biography, Crime, History

6.7
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A father and son team up with America's first female detective to solve crimes in the Wild West.

Stars: Martha MacIsaac, Jacob Blair, David Lawrence Brown, Jennifer Pudavick

Votes: 710

35. True Women (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.8
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Covering nearly fifty years of mid-19th-century turmoil, from the tumultuous Texas Revolution to the early women's suffrage movement, "True Women" is a gripping tale of endurance, love, and above all, gritty female determination.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, Angelina Jolie, Michael York

Votes: 2,030

36. The Legend of Ben Hall (2017)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.8
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Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

Director: Matthew Holmes | Stars: Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, William Lee, Joanne Dobbin

Votes: 1,917

37. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 5,295 | Gross: $1.00M

38. The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | 98 min | History, Romance, Western

6.5
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A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,331

39. Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.3
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In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 3,010

40. The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, History, Western

6.6
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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,698

41. The Furnace (2020)

History, Western | Post-production

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Director: Roderick MacKay | Stars: Jay Ryan, David Wenham, Mahesh Jadu, Goran D. Kleut

42. They Came to Cordura (1959)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.4
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommend soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,787

43. The Jade Pendant (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, History, Western

5.4
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A tragic love story set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, in 1871. Filmed in Utah.

Director: Po-Chih Leong | Stars: Godfrey Gao, Clara Lee, Tzi Ma, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 187

44. Custer of the West (1967)

G | 143 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 1,187

45. And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 2,992

46. Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws (2019)

TV-PG | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, History

3.1
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A movie company comes to Oklahoma to convince legendary lawman Bill Tilghman to star in a bank robbery silent film featuring real outlaws. Tilghman reluctantly agrees, not realizing everyone's lives will never be the same.

Director: Wayne Shipley | Stars: Robert Carradine, Johnny Crawford, Lana Wood, Don Collier

Votes: 102

47. Pony Express (1953)

Approved | 101 min | History, Romance, Western

5.9
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Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock work to establish the Pony Express and fight Indians and California Separatists who seek to destroy it.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Jan Sterling, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 1,009

48. Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History

6.4
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Following an ambush in his visit to America, Wong Fei-hung becomes separated from his fellow travelers and suffers memory loss.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong, Kwok-Pong Chan

Votes: 3,369

49. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings | Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

Votes: 3,752

50. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Frank Thring

Votes: 1,207


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