Top 50 Western, History, Biography Movies and TV Shows



1. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.0
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 653,244 | Gross: $183.64M

2. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 118,690 | Gross: $56.51M

3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 160,873 | Gross: $3.90M

4. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 47,267 | Gross: $20.76M

5. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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51 Metascore

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.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 4,578 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 24,726 | Gross: $0.07M

7. And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 2,985

8. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 9,649

9. The Gettysburg Address

Documentary, Biography, History | Post-production

The complete story of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Director: Sean Conant | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sam Elliott, Cary Elwes, Michael C. Hall

10. The Legend of Ben Hall (2017)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.8
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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.

Director: Matthew Holmes | Stars: Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, William Lee, Joanne Dobbin

Votes: 1,903

11. True Women (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.8
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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.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, Angelina Jolie, Michael York

Votes: 2,022

12. The Pinkertons (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Biography, Crime, History

6.7
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A father and son team up with America's first female detective to solve crimes in the Wild West.

Stars: Martha MacIsaac, Jacob Blair, David Lawrence Brown, Jennifer Pudavick

Votes: 708

13. Walker (1987)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 3,049 | Gross: $0.26M

14. Custer of the West (1967)

G | 143 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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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.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 1,183

15. Geronimo (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Biography, History

5.9
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In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre

Votes: 950

16. Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.3
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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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 2,999

17. Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws (2019)

TV-PG | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, History

4.8
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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.

Director: Wayne Shipley | Stars: Robert Carradine, Johnny Crawford, Lana Wood, Darby Hinton

Votes: 97

18. Ned Kelly (1970)

GP | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.0
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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 »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Mick Jagger, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Ken Goodlet

Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $0.25M

19. The Chickasaw Rancher

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.

Director: Nathan Frankowski | Stars: Martin Sensmeier, Dermot Mulroney, Tommy Flanagan, James Landry Hébert

20. Son of the Morning Star (1991– )

PG-13 | 187 min | Biography, History, Western

7.4
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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.

Stars: Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Stanley Anderson, Edward Blatchford

Votes: 832

21. Crazy Horse (1996 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.4
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The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Victor Aaron, Nathaniel Arcand, Frankie Avina

Votes: 356

22. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings | Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

Votes: 3,731

23. The First Texan (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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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.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford

Votes: 365

24. The Wild West (2006– )

180 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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A recreation of the 30 seconds of the gunfight at the O. K. Corral based on court records, letters and newspaper reports.

Stars: Michael Praed, David Leon, Liam Cunningham, Toby Stephens

Votes: 86

25. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.1
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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.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 502

26. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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"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

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne

Votes: 349

27. Brigham Young (1940)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, History

6.4
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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.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 919

28. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.1
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True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 552

29. Escape from Stalin's Death Camp (2017)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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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 »

Director: Zaza Buadze | Stars: Mykola Bereza, Oleg Shulga, Aleksandr Mavrits, Lubov Tyshchenko

Votes: 812

30. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.3
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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.

Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller | Stars: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Amy Redford

Votes: 376

31. Custer (1967)

60 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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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 »

Stars: Wayne Maunder, Slim Pickens, Robert F. Simon, Peter Palmer

Votes: 81

32. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.79M

33. Bass Reeves (2010 Video)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A drama based on the life of Bass Reeves, the first African-American United States Deputy Marshal.

Directors: Brett William Mauser, James A. House | Stars: Wesley Blake, Leroy Branch, Ed Burlett, Ronald Bush

Votes: 35

34. The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved | 97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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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.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,779

35. Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.9
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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 »

Directors: Paul Landres, Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Bruce Boxleitner, Paul Brinegar, Harry Carey Jr.

Votes: 155

36. Seven Angry Men (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, History, Western

6.5
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Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Raymond Massey, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Larry Pennell

Votes: 300

37. The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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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.

Director: Michael James Rowland | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Ciarán McMenamin, Dan Wyllie, Don Hany

Votes: 606

38. Belle Starr (1980 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Belle Star is a bandit with an itch to ride with the outlaw legends, the James gang, the Youngers and the Dalton boys.

Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Cliff Potts, Michael Cavanaugh, Gary Combs

Votes: 92

39. The Plainsman (1936)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, History, Romance

6.9
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Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,859

40. Time Machine: Little Big Horn - The Untold Story (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Stars: Steve Alexander, Ron Garritson, Paul Hauser, Joe Medicine Crow

Votes: 5

41. Red Sunday: The Battle of the Little Bighorn (1975)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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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 »

Director: James B. Kelly | Star: John McIntire

42. Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988)

37 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Casey Biggs, Enrique Sandino, Merrill Connally, Derek Caballero

Votes: 152

43. Billy the Kid (1930)

Passed | 98 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.0
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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 »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson, Karl Dane

Votes: 328

44. The Iron Mistress (1952)

Passed | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.4
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The life of nineteenth-century pioneer Jim Bowie is portrayed.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, Joseph Calleia, Phyllis Kirk

Votes: 689

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.

Director: Chris Hoffert | Stars: Gary Stewart, Bill Rini, Tanajsia Slaughter, Stan Smith

46. Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs (2017)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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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 »

Director: Justin Koehler | Stars: Dayle Angyal, Baxter Black, Deb Copenhaver, Alex Cord

Votes: 5

47. Man of Conquest (1939)

Passed | 105 min | Biography, History, Romance

6.2
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The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Richard Dix, Gail Patrick, Edward Ellis, Joan Fontaine

Votes: 121

48. Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)

Approved | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.9
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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 »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot, Margo

Votes: 235

49. Cowboys & Outlaws (2009– )

42 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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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 »

Stars: Bray Poor, Aaron Kreltszheim, Roger McGrath, Lana Lasater

Votes: 22

50. Gold Rush: The Discovery of America (2016– )

Documentary, Adventure, Biography

5.5
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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

Votes: 10


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