Forget Yellowstone: 10 Best Westerns to Watch on Prime Video

Forget Yellowstone: 10 Best Westerns to Watch on Prime Video
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Grab your coats, cowboys: we’re going for a wild, wild ride in the Wild, Wild West.

10. A Man Called Horse (1970)

There must not always be struggle and hate between those forced to co-exist. When a young British aristocrat passes the trials of a Native American tribe, he becomes one of them. As time passes, he earns his new comrades’ respect and becomes one of the tribe’s chiefs, dedicating his life to protecting those who care about him.

9. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

For many people, familial bonds stand beyond anything else. After their mother’s death, her four young sons return to their hometown in Texas. None of them are particularly successful, but the recent events give them a new purpose in life: they join forces to avenge their father and mother, and no one should stand in their way.

8. The Outlaw (1943)

Choosing between your friends is never easy, but it’s somewhat simpler when guns are not involved. A doctor befriends a notorious young outlaw who stole his horse and travels alongside him. When his other friend, the sheriff, hunts the young man down, the doc stays by his side and decides to save the outlaw no matter what.

7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not every success story is built on a true and honest legacy. A popular senator returns to a small Western town to bury his old friend and meets a curious journalist there. Saddened by his friend’s death, the senator shares his life story with him — how many years ago, it all started with the lie about his shooting Liberty Valance.

6. True Grit (2010)

You don’t truly know someone until you see them cornered: that’s when they show their true colors. Despite being only 14, a young girl is hellbent on avenging her father. To succeed in her mission, she recruits a tough US Marshal, and the unlikely duo starts following the trail. It leads them to the most dangerous land they know…

5. Big Jake (1971)

When someone threatens you, you don’t simply give up and give them what they want. Big Jake returns home after a long absence and learns that bandits kidnapped his young grandson and expect a large ransom. Big Jake doesn’t like that, so he takes the needed sum, his sons, and a bunch of guns to settle the business for good.

4. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Apart from other things, “to each their own” also means, “If you want to eat people, eat your own people.” As a group of cannibalistic cave dwellers kidnaps a local town doctor, the sheriff calls together his posse and sets off to rescue the man. No one will eat people on his watch, especially, the rare kind of people who cure his town folks.

3. Angel and the Badman (1947)

It’s never too late to change your ways — at least if you genuinely wish to. A typical bad guy outlaw type gets caught up in his typical bad guy outlaw type business and gets shot. A young and charming Quaker girl nurses him back to life and takes care of him, and her way influences the man: he wants to change and be with her.

2. The Alamo (1960)

Not everyone is capable of sacrificing themselves for a noble cause, but those who are are treated like heroes. To prevent a large army of Mexican rebels from destroying the young Republic of Texas, a small group of soldiers must hold Fort Alamo. Their fight is hopeless, but they have to hold on until their forces arrive.

1. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Noble men don’t accept their losses well. A small town suffers from the local bandits’ terror and oppression for years, but once, they decide to hire seven professional gunslingers. They defeat the bandits quickly enough, but as their leader escapes, it becomes a matter of honor for the bounty hunters to find and bring him to justice.