Top 50 underrated western movies

01.
Urban Cowboy
132 min | 1980 |
6.4 (13985 votes)
|
8.04 (80 reviews)

Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

02.
The Frisco Kid
119 min | 1979 |
6.4 (10088 votes)
|
8.01 (51 reviews)

A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way, he is nearly burned at the stake by Native Americans and almost killed by outlaws.

03.
Almost Heroes
90 min | 1998 |
5.8 (16061 votes)
|
7.35 (76 reviews)

Two bumbling explorers hope to beat Lewis & Clarke to the Pacific Ocean as they race across America's western frontier in the early 1800's.

04.
Renegade
124 min | 2004 |
5.2 (11747 votes)
|
6.57 (119 reviews)

In 1870, after a brutal run-in with an outlaw in a brothel, Mike Blueberry becomes marshal in Arizona where he keeps the peace between Whites and Apaches but an influx of Indian gold treasure-hunters threatens to lead to violence.

05.
City Slickers
113 min | 1991 |
6.8 (51905 votes)
|
8.15 (87 reviews)

On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

06.
Shane
118 min | 1953 |
7.6 (37132 votes)
|
8.88 (261 reviews)

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

07.
Bad Girls
99 min | 1994 |
5.2 (12080 votes)
|
6.48 (41 reviews)

Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West.

08.
All the Pretty Horses
116 min | 2000 |
5.8 (14561 votes)
|
7.08 (129 reviews)

Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

09.
Blazing Saddles
93 min | 1974 |
7.7 (130268 votes)
|
8.91 (380 reviews)

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

10.
The Shootist
100 min | 1976 |
7.6 (23057 votes)
|
8.76 (149 reviews)

A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

11.
Three Amigos!
104 min | 1986 |
6.5 (68858 votes)
|
7.61 (146 reviews)

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

12.
The Horse Whisperer
169 min | 1998 |
6.6 (39936 votes)
|
7.71 (206 reviews)

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

13.
Of Mice and Men
115 min | 1992 |
7.5 (40366 votes)
|
8.54 (173 reviews)

A nomadic farm worker looks after his dimwitted, gentle-giant friend during the Great Depression.

14.
Forsaken
90 min | 2015 |
6.3 (10947 votes)
|
7.33 (84 reviews)

In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

15.
The Big Country
166 min | 1958 |
7.9 (16673 votes)
|
8.92 (168 reviews)

A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

16.
Support Your Local Sheriff!
92 min | 1969 |
7.5 (10691 votes)
|
8.52 (64 reviews)

In the old west, a man becomes a Sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

17.
The Salvation
92 min | 2014 |
6.7 (37561 votes)
|
7.69 (129 reviews)

In 1870s America, the fury of a notorious gang leader is unleashed when a peaceful American settler avenges the death of his family. Then as his cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he is forced to hunt down the outlaws alone.

18.
Casa de mi Padre
84 min | 2012 |
5.5 (20572 votes)
|
6.49 (76 reviews)

Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.

19.
Der Schuh des Manitu
87 min | 2001 |
6.7 (17847 votes)
|
7.69 (46 reviews)

The hilarious adventures of two best friends, Apachi Indian chief Abahachi and cowboy Ranger, in the Wild West.

20.
Geronimo: An American Legend
115 min | 1993 |
6.5 (10118 votes)
|
7.45 (46 reviews)

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

21.
The Ridiculous 6
119 min | 2015 |
4.8 (46119 votes)
|
5.73 (259 reviews)

An outlaw who was raised by Native Americans discovers that he has five half-brothers. Together the men go on a mission to find their wayward, deadbeat dad.

22.
They Call Me Trinity
115 min | 1970 |
7.5 (20473 votes)
|
8.41 (47 reviews)

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen.

23.
Lucky
88 min | 2017 |
7.3 (17750 votes)
|
8.21 (103 reviews)

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town.

24.
Blackthorn
102 min | 2011 |
6.5 (9315 votes)
|
7.4 (50 reviews)

In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

25.
The Hunt
90 min | 2020 |
6.5 (84670 votes)
|
7.39 (972 reviews)

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.

26.
The Outlaw Josey Wales
135 min | 1976 |
7.8 (68575 votes)
|
8.69 (207 reviews)

Missouri farmer Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

27.
Dead Birds
91 min | 2004 |
5.6 (10201 votes)
|
6.48 (130 reviews)

A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.

28.
The Ox-Bow Incident
75 min | 1942 |
8.0 (21836 votes)
|
8.88 (133 reviews)

When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

29.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
90 min | 1949 |
7.3 (16565 votes)
|
8.16 (96 reviews)

Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

30.
Lonely Are the Brave
107 min | 1962 |
7.6 (8548 votes)
|
8.45 (105 reviews)

A fiercely independent cowboy gets himself locked up in prison to escape with an old friend.

31.
Midnight Cowboy
113 min | 1969 |
7.8 (102975 votes)
|
8.63 (338 reviews)

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

32.
Hombre
111 min | 1967 |
7.4 (11567 votes)
|
8.21 (93 reviews)

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

33.
The Cowboys
134 min | 1972 |
7.4 (13611 votes)
|
8.2 (86 reviews)

Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.

34.
Let the Bullets Fly
132 min | 2010 |
7.4 (9961 votes)
|
8.19 (34 reviews)

In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman.

35.
Hud
112 min | 1963 |
7.8 (20530 votes)
|
8.59 (140 reviews)

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

36.
3 Godfathers
106 min | 1948 |
7.1 (8857 votes)
|
7.89 (63 reviews)

Three outlaws on the run risk their freedom and their lives to return a newborn to civilization.

37.
Winchester '73
92 min | 1950 |
7.6 (18686 votes)
|
8.38 (82 reviews)

A cowboy's obsession with a stolen rifle leads to a bullet-ridden odyssey through the American West.

38.
Cat Ballou
97 min | 1965 |
6.8 (14048 votes)
|
7.58 (80 reviews)

A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

39.
The Wild Bunch
135 min | 1969 |
7.9 (80880 votes)
|
8.66 (283 reviews)

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

40.
The Warrior's Way
100 min | 2010 |
6.3 (25773 votes)
|
7.04 (108 reviews)

A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

41.
The Dark Valley
115 min | 2014 |
7.1 (12576 votes)
|
7.84 (62 reviews)

Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.

42.
Young Guns II
104 min | 1990 |
6.6 (31511 votes)
|
7.34 (70 reviews)

In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid.

43.
Destry Rides Again
95 min | 1939 |
7.7 (10778 votes)
|
8.42 (76 reviews)

Deputy sheriff Destry tames the town of Bottle Neck, including saloon singer Frenchy.

44.
Rooster Cogburn
108 min | 1975 |
6.8 (11365 votes)
|
7.52 (58 reviews)

Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down her father's murderers.

45.
My Name Is Nobody
116 min | 1973 |
7.4 (25590 votes)
|
8.11 (83 reviews)

A young, easy-going gunman worships and competes with an old gunfighter who only wants to retire.

46.
The Misfits
125 min | 1961 |
7.2 (19288 votes)
|
7.91 (120 reviews)

A divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

47.
Dances with Wolves
181 min | 1990 |
8.0 (248197 votes)
|
8.71 (443 reviews)

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

48.
El Dorado
126 min | 1966 |
7.6 (25354 votes)
|
8.3 (119 reviews)

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

49.
Young Guns
107 min | 1988 |
6.9 (57121 votes)
|
7.6 (133 reviews)

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

50.
High Plains Drifter
105 min | 1973 |
7.5 (51783 votes)
|
8.18 (189 reviews)

A gun-fighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Top 14 overrated western movies

01.
Heaven's Gate
219 min | 1980 |
6.8 (14324 votes)
|
5.19 (197 reviews)

During the Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, a sheriff born into wealth does his best to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

02.
Meek's Cutoff
104 min | 2010 |
6.6 (13189 votes)
|
5.04 (135 reviews)

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

03.
Brimstone
148 min | 2016 |
7.1 (38073 votes)
|
5.64 (316 reviews)

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

04.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
100 min | 2021 |
6.0 (38669 votes)
|
4.54 (839 reviews)

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him -- and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

05.
Django Unchained
165 min | 2012 |
8.4 (1408955 votes)
|
7.36 (1580 reviews)

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

06.
The Magnificent Seven
132 min | 2016 |
6.9 (195159 votes)
|
5.99 (500 reviews)

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

07.
El Topo
125 min | 1970 |
7.4 (26840 votes)
|
6.55 (111 reviews)

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

08.
First Cow
122 min | 2019 |
7.1 (13602 votes)
|
6.32 (134 reviews)

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

09.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
133 min | 2018 |
7.3 (130780 votes)
|
6.64 (758 reviews)

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

10.
The Sisters Brothers
122 min | 2018 |
6.9 (58861 votes)
|
6.5 (325 reviews)

Eli and Charlie Sisters, an infamous duo of gunslinging assassins, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally in 1850s Oregon.

11.
Slow West
84 min | 2015 |
6.9 (43923 votes)
|
6.52 (154 reviews)

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

12.
The Duel
110 min | 2016 |
5.8 (10450 votes)
|
5.45 (73 reviews)

A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.

13.
Johnny Guitar
110 min | 1954 |
7.6 (16392 votes)
|
7.26 (114 reviews)

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

14.
Red Hill
95 min | 2010 |
6.4 (8385 votes)
|
6.06 (59 reviews)

A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.