In this true Sergio Leon spaghetti western, Clint Eastwood stars as “the Good,” facing off against Lee Van Clef as “the Bad,” and Eli Wallach as “the Ugly,” in a quest for recovering stolen gold. The epic’s gripping conflict takes unexpected turns, exposing the question of true morality in the Wildest.
Another classic Sergio Leon spaghetti western, Once Upon A Time in the West follows two simultaneous conflicts as they unfold in the fictional town of Flagstone. Each short film features the lives of a singing cowboy, a bank robber, an impresario, a prospector, the passengers of a wagon train, and a duo of bounty hunters.
An Indonesian-Singaporean martial arts western film (this is a very niche field), Buffalo Boys follows two transcontinental railroad workers on their voyage back to Indonesia, only to find a Javanese village has been overrun by cruel Dutch conquerors. Bill Pullman stars as Lefty Brown, a cowboy out for the vengeance of his murdered partner Edward Johnson, played by Peter Fonda.
Well, partner, if what yer looking’ for in these here parts of of’ town Netflix is some horse operas, you’ve sure got some slim picking. A lot of viewers turn a blind eye to the western canon thinking it’s nothing but an antiquated look into cowboys, old justice, and a bunch of white guys with guns.
Starring Clint Eastwood as the enigmatic loner Blondie in a race to seize a hoard of gold, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is arguably the definitive spaghetti western. While Blondie might be the “good” referenced in the title, it’s clear he boasts no more moral high ground than his ruthless opponents Tuck (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Clef).
Rotten Tomatoes: 79% Stars: Joshi Sugars, Trio Bay Director: Mike Wilson Rating: TV-MA Runtime: 103 minutes Jamie Foxx plays the titular hero, a man on a quest to reunite with his wife Brainchild (Kerry Washington) with the help of bounty hunter Schultz (Christoph Waltz).
Kurt Russell stars as John “The Hangman” Ruth, a bounty hunter escorting his prisoner, Daisy Emerge (Jennifer Jason Leigh), through hazardous weather. Along the way, Ruth encounters Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Man nix (Walton Noggins) before taking shelter from the storm alongside some very questionable characters.
Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Stars: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson Director: Quentin Tarantino Rating: R Runtime: 168 minutes Big Kill is a modern throwback to the Westerns of old, with writer and director Scott Martin stepping in front of the camera as rogue gambler Jake Logan.
Adkins’ Marshal Walker is a small-town sheriff who finds himself in morally darker territory when he’s forced to protect his son, James (Kiwi Lyman), from Jing’s wrath. Rotten Tomatoes: 50% Stars: Jon Foo, Trace Adkins, Sean Patrick Flannery Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Kevin Make stars as Matthias Breeches, a Pinkerton detective tasked to hunt down fugitive Confederate criminals after the Civil War. From the moment the bandit turned his gun toward the camera in 1903’s The Great Train Robbery, no genre of film has been more readily identified with quintessential American cinema than the Western.
Though the popularity of classic Western movies waned in the late 1960s, today’s filmmakers still approach the genre with enthusiasm, breathing new life into these cinematic archetypes. Highway robberies, assassination attempts, and a famous Mexican standoff make this a worthy entry on the action flicks list, plus it’s one of Eastwood’s most iconic roles.
After he oversaw a live script reading in Los Angeles later that year, Tarantino changed his mind and decided to put his latest vision on the big screen. No longer a Django sequel, The Hateful Eight became a standalone story about eight strangers who take shelter at a stopover during a blizzard, all with very different reasons as to why they don’t trust one another.
Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth reunite for this Western drama about a Texas Ranger dispatched to solve a string of murders/disappearances in a small, sleepy town in 1887. Hemsworth plays Kingston, the lawman in question, who tries to hide his identity and shared background from the town’s mayor, Brant (Harrelson), a shady figure who seems to have an iron grip on his constituents.
It stars Will Ferrell as Armando, a man who’d spent his life working on his father’s ranch, and soon finds himself caught up in an ordeal with a local drug lord. The film follows brothers Jamar (Trio Bay) and Sumo (Joshi Sugars), as they leave America after helping complete the Transcontinental Railroad and return home to Indonesia.
While riding a train home, they come against a group of white gangsters before arriving to their village and discovering Dutch administrator named Captain Van Track has enslaved their people for profit. The duo takes on Track’s outfit to help free their village and while the storytelling falls a bit flat, the action is worth watching.
Another Quentin Tarantino classic, this violent visit back in time to America’s era of slavery carries major Western vibes and gives Leonard DiCaprio a refreshing turn as the film’s big bad, a plantation owner named Calvin Candle. Tarantino favorite Christoph Waltz plays a German bounty hunter who teams up with Jamie Foxx’s Django, a former slave looking to free his wife (Kerry Washington) from Candle’s clutches.
Jodi Smit-McPhee plays a young Scottish man who travels from his home country to the dry, bleeding heart of the American West to find the woman he loves. Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges star in this neo-Western crime thriller about a pair of brothers who go on a bank-robbing spree to save their family’s ranch.
Bridges is the aging sheriff tasked with bringing them to justice, but his job is made harder by the locals, who have no love for the bank chain the boys are stealing from. The action follows a stone-faced gunman named Matthias William Breeches, a Pinkerton detective hired by a former-slave-turned-Senator to track down war criminals who fought for the Confederacy.
The best stretch of the movie comes when Breeches holes up there, talking about past mistakes with the general and getting close to Sarah, but there’s plenty of wild shootouts and horse-chases sprinkled in between to keep things interesting Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best westerns on Netflix regularly as new titles make it to the streaming service.
This 2016 movie comes from director Ti West, who previously made acclaimed and atmospheric horror films like House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, and The Sacrament. Ethan Hawks plays a drifter who wanders into a nearly abandoned Wildest town.
The year is 1892, and after decades of brutal fighting, Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) is given his final assignment: escort the Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) and his family back to their home in Montana. Not all westerns are lighthearted tales of train robberies and lone gunmen with hearts of gold.
In Texas, he gets some help from a bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs brings six short tales of a whimsical Wildest to Netflix.
Heck, Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) himself is only in the film for maybe 20 minutes. This is a great option for someone with a shorter attention span, or if you just want something built with bathroom breaks in mind.
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film brings us back to the Old West, but it’s very different to Django Unchained. Rather than a sweeping pastoral journey across the American countryside, The Hateful Eight confines its characters to a single room for almost the entire film.
In it, eight strangers from all walks of life are stuck in a Montana trading post waiting out a blizzard. It also has some of the most striking cinematography Tarantino’s done so far, with long static shots and wide panoramas.
The boys go with their uncle to the American West, and they grow up working on building the railroads and learning the cowboy life. Once they become adults, the brothers decide it’s time to go home and get revenge for their father’s death.
Hell on Wheels follows the plight of former confederate soldier Cullen Shannon (Anson Mount) as he becomes the foreman of the under-construction Union Pacific Railroad. Shannon is searching for the Union soldiers that killed his family in the Civil War and on his quest he has to help manage the progress of the railroad and keep the peace in Hell on Wheels, the traveling settlement where workers live.
Hell on Wheels features a number of fascinating characters, in addition to Shannon. A series of mysterious murders in small-town Helena leads to an investigation by a Texas Ranger.
Abraham, the local preacher and leader welcomes the Ranger warmly to his town, but things turn soon. In search of revenge, Frank Griffin and his gang are looking to eliminate Roy Goode.
This man seeks refuge in western town of La Belle, which is inhabited mostly by women due to a mining disaster that killed most men. This movie follows Tommy “White Knife” Dun son Stock burn (Adam Sandler) and his five step-brothers.