The Best Westerns Of The 90s, You Need To See All 10

By Rick Gonzales | Updated

10. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

You might be looking at the title of this one and saying, “Wait a second here,” but yes, the third part of the Back to the Future trilogy was most definitely a Western.

9. Young Guns II (1990)

Following up on the 1988 western hit, Young Guns II brings back the survivors from the first film which includes Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Christian Slater. The sequel followed the life of Billy the Kid (Estevez) in the years after the Lincoln County War where he was part of the Regulators – a group of six skilled gunmen who were seeking revenge for the death of John Tunstall.

8. Dead Man (1995)

If there is one word to describe the 1995 Jim Jarmusch western film, Dead Man, it would be “different.” Different in look, different in style, though it is still a Western. The ‘90s Western stars Johnny Depp as William Blake, a timid man who finds himself on the run for – you guessed it – murder.

7. Maverick (1994)

There is simply nothing wrong with having a good time at the movie theater and this ‘90s Western was certainly a good time. Maverick stars Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick and is based on the 1957 television series of the same name that ran for five seasons.

6. Legends of the Fall (1994)

While not a traditional Western, Legends of the Fall tells the story of a father and his three sons as they are living in the wilds and plains of Montana in the early 1900s. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, and Henry Thomas.

5. Wyatt Earp (1994)

Kevin Costner got his first taste of Westerns in the 1985 Western Silverado and since that time, he has been hooked. In this ‘90s western, Costner plays famed lawman, Wyatt Earp.

4. The Quick and the Dead (1995)

The Quick and the Dead is a simple revenge tale that stars Sharon Stone as the mysterious Ellen, a gunfighter with a past who is looking for some payback. Also putting on the spurs is Gene Hackman, who plays the deliciously evil John Herod, Russell Crowe as Cort the Preacher, and Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his earlier performances as The Kid.

3. Dances with Wolves (1990)

Before Kevin Costner thrilled audiences with his rendition of Wyatt Earp, he hit it out of the park with Dances with Wolves. This epic ‘90s western was directed by Costner, who also stars in the film.

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2. Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone was an instant classic when it arrived in 1993. The film was loosely based on the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, though that incident in the film was not the most realistically told version of the incident.

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1. Unforgiven (1992)

When Clint Eastwood began resurrecting the western with the 1985 film, Pale Rider, the thought then was that more westerns from him would follow. The truth of the matter was that after Pale Rider, Eastwood starred in five more films, including his final Dirty Harry film The Dead Pool, before he hit the big screen with the Academy Award-winning Unforgiven.