Top 50 Western, History, Biography Movies and TV Shows
1. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Votes: 653,244 | Gross: $183.64M
2. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 118,690 | Gross: $56.51M
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 160,873 | Gross: $3.90M
4. Free State of Jones (2016)
R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 47,267 | Gross: $20.76M
5. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)
R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 4,578 | Gross: $0.06M
7. And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History
Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.
8. Viva Zapata! (1952)
Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
10. The Legend of Ben Hall (2017)
Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
11. True Women (1997 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
13. Walker (1987)
R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History
An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.
Votes: 3,049 | Gross: $0.26M
14. Custer of the West (1967)
G | 143 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
16. Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
17. Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws (2019)
TV-PG | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, History
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.
18. Ned Kelly (1970)
GP | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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 »
Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $0.25M
Biography, History, Western | Post-production
A remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford T. Johnson, a man who overcame great hardships to establish a ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisolm Trail.
20. Son of the Morning Star (1991– )
PG-13 | 187 min | Biography, History, Western
The story of George Custer, Crazy Horse and the events prior to the battle of the Little Bighorn, told from the different perspectives of two women.
21. Crazy Horse (1996 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.
22. Jesse James (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
23. The First Texan (1956)
Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History
Eastern lawyer Sam Houston moves to Texas. At the request of President Jackson, he leads the Texan independence movement and wins the decisive battle against the Mexican army to gain Texas independence.
25. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.
26. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History
"From personal heartbreak to the epic fight for liberation, the glory of the Old West is captured in this grand life story of Sam Houston, the man whose bravery and vision led to the creation of Texas." -- from back of box
27. Brigham Young (1940)
Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, History
In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.
29. Escape from Stalin's Death Camp (2017)
110 min | Biography, Drama, History
1947. Commander of UPA (or The Ukrainian Insurgent Army) Danylo Chervonyi gets into the terrible slaughter of Stalin's prison-camp Gulag, where he must go through hell and inhumane prison ... See full summary »
R | 96 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The true love story of the conflict between Captain Robert Adams' dedication to the south, and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written, and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country.
31. Custer (1967)
60 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In 1868, after the Civil War, Custer takes charge of a mix of ex-Confederates and criminals, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hays, Kansas. His boss General Terry doesn't like his methods ... See full summary »
32. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)
R | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.
Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.79M
34. The Baron of Arizona (1950)
Approved | 97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Master swindler James Reavis painstakingly spends years forging documents and land grants that will make his wife and him undisputed owners of the entire state of Arizona.
35. Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994 TV Movie)
100 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Combining colorized footage from the television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) with new scenes shot in Tombstone, Arizona, this film shows the return of the legendary ... See full summary »
37. The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)
60 min | Biography, Drama, History
Eight men escape from the most isolated prison on earth. Only one man survives and the story he recounts shocks the British establishment to the core. This story is the last confession of Alexander Pearce.
41. Red Sunday: The Battle of the Little Bighorn (1975)
26 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
On 25th June, 1876, the Sioux and the Cheyenne, under Chief Sitting Bull, defeated the U.S. 7th Cavalry, under Lieut. Col. George Armstrong Custer, in the battle of the Little Bighorn. Sent... See full summary »
42. Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988)
37 min | Short, Biography, Drama
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.
43. Billy the Kid (1930)
Passed | 98 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »
45. Custer's Strategy of Defeat (2020)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History | Post-production
Follows the narratives of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry and Native American warriors through the Battle of the Little Big Horn from June 25th through June 27th, 1876.
46. Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs (2017)
94 min | Documentary, Biography, History
American cowboy Casey Tibbs, a nine-time world champion who left home at the age of 13 in 1942 due to his father's disdain of rodeo, had a rags-to-riches life after his groundbreaking ... See full summary »
48. Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
Approved | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin ... See full summary »
49. Cowboys & Outlaws (2009– )
42 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Discover the legendary qualities of these amazing men in this visually stunning series from HISTORY. Combining dramatic reenactments of some of the era's most revealing moments, with ... See full summary »
50. Gold Rush: The Discovery of America (2016– )
Documentary, Adventure, Biography
The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of ... See full summary »
Star: Coby Batty