Cowboy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cowboy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, talky, harsh, interesting and suspense films and TV shows about / with cowboy, storytelling, horse, dialogue, culture clash, mentor, runaway, gunfight, redemption and violence plots mostly in Western, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
cowboy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cowboy: True Grit (2010), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Rider (2017), The Outlaws (1985), Blazing Saddles (1974), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Shanghai Noon (2000), True Grit (1969), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Open Range (2003).

List of cowboy movies

True Grit (2010)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, tense, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, track down, gunfight, bounty hunter, partners, adventure, revenge, tough heroes, vengeance, murder, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: melancholic, emotional, touching, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, forbidden love, gay, gay slur, cowboy, homosexual, tragic love, love and romance, love affair, lovers ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 70s ...
Place: texas, usa, wyoming, mexico
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The Rider (2017)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives ...
Style: touching, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, rough
Plot: cowboy, rodeo, horse, riding accident, head injury, disabled person, rodeo cowboy, lasso, human animal relationship, unhappiness, pain, horse trainer ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: south dakota
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The Outlaws (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting ...
Style: realistic, exciting, feel good, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cowboy, gunfight, good versus evil, small town, group of criminals, friendship, old west, kidnapping, horse, wagon train, sheriff, gunslinger ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico, california
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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is ...
Style: humorous, exciting, not serious, light, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, small town, sheriff, ceremony, african american, desert, old west, interracial relations, misfit, nothing goes right, convict, buddies ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, clever, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, cowboy, mysterious character, gunfight, duel, tragic hero, harmonica, villain, warrior, death, massacre ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
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Shanghai Noon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, light, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: rescue, cowboy, princess, chinese, martial arts, travel, adventure, old west, save the day, friends, odd couple, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 18th century
Place: china, nevada, hong kong
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True Grit (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he ...
Style: stylized, exciting, harsh, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: cowboy, bounty hunter, murder, manhunt, on the road, hanging, vengeance, adventure, wanted, odd couple, partners, reward ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, usa, california
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: friendship, cowboy, fish out of water, homosexuality, prostitute, dancer, male bonding, society, fighting illness, eviction, homosexual, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
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Open Range (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: old west, vengeance, gunfight, cowboy, doctor, friendship, horse, small town, murder, civil war veteran, love and romance, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.
Style: touching, feel good, inspirational, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: freedom, friendship, animal life, reunion, getting home, wildlife, adventure, rivalry, family, old west, wild horse, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1850s
Place: usa, united states
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, obsession, cowboy, frustration, dreams, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Lone Ranger (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Texas Rangers chase down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish, but the gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, ...
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, buddy comedy, scenic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cowboy, survivor, horse, native american, texas ranger, escape, lawyer, adventure, vengeance, danger, fighting crime, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, mine
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Tombstone (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, sheriff, gunfight, vengeance, murder, cowboy, dying, crimes, gang, against the odds, criminal, outlaw ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
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The Cowboy Way (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar who went missing there.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cowboy, friendship, chase, missing person, odd couple, fish out of water, crimes, rivalry, buddies, disorder, gunfight, outlaw gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new mexico, usa, cuba, latin america ...
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspense, meditative, gloomy ...
Plot: funeral, cowboy, politics, small town, lawyer, outlaw, gunslinger, senator, robbery, old west, society, success ...
Time: 19th century
Place: kindergarten
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Broken Trail (2006)
Genre: Western
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 184 min.
Story: Broken Trail is a 2006 Western miniseries directed by Walter Hill and starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. Written by Alan Geoffrion, who also wrote the novel, the story is about an aging cowboy and his nephew who transport 500 horses ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, epic, sincere ...
Plot: cowboy, old west, prostitute, widow, brothel, corral, nephew, gang, escapades, oldtimer, fall in love, immigrants ...
Time: 19th century
Place: wyoming, usa, oregon
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Rango (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Rango, a lost family pet, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, offbeat, stylized ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: desert, sheriff, friendship, cowboy, adventure, gunfight, identity crisis, duel, heroic mission, mayor, robbery, chase ...
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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Deadwood (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: small town life, old west, crimes, prostitute, power struggle, sheriff, shooting, violence, rivalry, gold rush, cowboy, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, south dakota, mine
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A Town Called Panic (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to ...
Style: surreal, not serious, humorous, absurd, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, cowboy, human animal relationship, birthday, village, animal life, adventure, friends, buddies, village life, farm, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, france, japan
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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, India
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, ufo, alien, sheriff, spacecraft, cowboy, escape, small town, chaos, abduction, outlaw, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: arizona, usa
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Longmire (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A Wyoming sheriff rebuilds his life and career following the death of his wife. Based on the “Walt Longmire” series of mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Plot: sheriff, native americans, cowboy, small town life, crimes, peril, machismo, fighting crime, law enforcement, small town, gunfight, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, usa
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: An anthology film weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War.
Plot: cowboy, bank robbery, wagon train, stagecoach, american indian, anthology, singing cowboy, parody, prostitute, pianist, card playing, absurdism ...
Place: arizona, new mexico, oregon
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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Style: touching, exciting, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, adventure, train, cowboy, adventurer, train ride, farm, young heroes, parents and children, on the road, loneliness, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: montana, usa, cross country, washington d.c., chicago illinois
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Flicka (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A headstrong 16 year old Katy McLaughlin desires to work on her family's mountainside horse ranch, although her father insists she finish boarding school. Katy finds a mustang in the hills near her ranch. Katy then sets her mind to tame a ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, road movie, talky ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: cowboy, horse, family, self discovery, family life, hopes, love and romance, parents and children, siblings relations, animal life, family relations, farm ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, wyoming
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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.
Style: realistic, brutal, harsh, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: american civil war, murder, cowboy, loss of son, war crime, horse, vengeance, native americans, tough heroes, civil war, deadly, massacre ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 161 min.
Story: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Style: tense, exciting, epic, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, gunfight, gold, cons and scams, lone wolves, good versus evil, greed, army, outlaw, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona ...
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Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Howard Spence has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, reunion, redemption, haunted by the past, parents and children, hopes, family relations, actor's life, human nature, small town, father son relationship, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana, nevada, texas, california ...
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Dead Man (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, captivating, tense, offbeat ...
Plot: native americans, gunfight, sheriff, wilderness, transformation, bounty hunter, murder, cowboy, journey, small town, runaway, new job ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, england, pacific ocean
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Hidalgo (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Sport, Western
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: desert, horse, horse race, adventurer, cowboy, adventure, racehorse, underdog, rivalry, human spirit, contests and competitions, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, iraq, syria
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