Best Western Films for Binge Watching

It’s almost the holiday season everyone! We all know that means being surrounded by family, eating more than you thought possible and lots of spare time to binge watch those movies you have been dying to see on Netflix. We picked five of the top-rated western movies currently available on Netflix. Kick back, relax and check out these binge-worthy films.

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1) Unforgiven – Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece about retired gunslinger William Munny who reluctantly takes one last job, and even more reluctantly accepts a boastful young man as a partner. The movie features Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor, which went to Gene Hackman for his fearsome portrayal of Little Bill Daggett. It is considered the greatest western of the modern era and an essential American film about violence and redemption.


2) The Hateful Eight - The story centers on two bounty hunters and a prisoner who take shelter one night with a group of five other suspicious characters in a Wyoming haberdashery to escape a blizzard. Pasts are explored, secrets are unveiled, and soon bodies start to drop. Tarantino’s mix of provocation and exploitation doesn’t work as well here as it does in some of his other films, and the three-hour runtime makes it a tough sit, even if you saw the roadshow version that contained an intermission. It is still a fantastic movie to watch!


3) Blazing Saddles – This gleefully satirical take on Hollywood Westerns follows the tortured trail of a freed slave who’s elected as the sheriff of a racist town. The film features Celavon Little, Gene Wilder and Slip Pickens. It you want a good laugh this is the movie for you.


4) Down the Fence – Inspiring documentary that propels the unique and challenging sport of reined cow horse, in which dedicated trainers compete for the national championship. This movie follows many of our endorsees and is a great film for the whole family.


5) Unbranded – Four recent Texas A&M graduates take a herd of mustangs on a journey from Mexico to Canada to inspire adoptions for wild horses and burros in government captivity. This documentary is filled with beautiful views of our country and shows the friendship between four men and their horses.


~ Courtney Hall