The 15 Most Historically Accurate Westerns of All Time

The 15 Most Historically Accurate Westerns of All Time
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Even though many fans hate westerns today, calling them cheesy and trite, the genre itself has a century-long history and should still be highly regarded in 2024.

In fact, westerns are the only truly American movie genre, and anyone who wants to learn more about the United States and its culture should watch at least some of them.

However, it is also true that a large number of westerns are quite difficult to watch due to the abundance of soap opera-like subplots, historical inaccuracies, and cheesy characters. Luckily, there are still some westerns that take their setting seriously and look both realistic and entertaining.

Here are 15 of the best authentic westerns ever made:

As you can see, there are almost no modern westerns on this list, but if you're looking for authenticity in your movies, that shouldn't put you off. Yes, the movies mentioned above are old, and some of them are even black and white, but the thing is that in the past, directors cared a lot more about realism, and spent more time painstakingly researching little period details to make their projects look as authentic as possible.

What's more, these 15 Westerns are not only true to their settings, but they're also incredible movies, with great acting, excellent writing, and assured directing.