The outlaw and the sheriff, revolvers and duels, horseback riding and robbing a train. This is what makes the western film we know and love. But don’t think there’s no drama.
There are hundreds of TV shows and films taking place in the old west and we have them presented here, listed and ready to be streamed on stream platforms such as HBO, Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime and many more.
Feeling like saddling up and watching a classic spaghetti western? Or a modern, western-influenced sci-fi show? Either way, with our help you will find exactly what you are searching for. We are like a treasure of gold, but with movies and TV series. With the western genre being the most popular in the middle of the 20th century, both by the public and Hollywood, there is certainly a lot to dig through to find the nuggets.
Below, in our well-compiled lists of the best classics and the modern westerns, you will be guided directly to the precious gems in this genre of movies and TV shows.
How does this work? one way is to find a great western to watch if you are not sure what exactly to stream. For example, you can watch the biggest achievement of the western genre 'the Man Without a Name Trilogy', commonly known as 'the Dollar Trilogy'. Directed and written by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and music by legendary soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone. The main character is played by Clint Eastwood who is the face of the cowboy cinema and we have a page dedicated to him on FILMANDTV.com. Eastwood portrays an outlaw, riding from town to town, always with trouble following him. Lee van Cleef, who is also a familiar actor in westerns and has a full profile dedicated to him with a list of all his movies, plays the villain in two of the three films. The first film in the series, “A Fistful of Dollars”, was a complete re-make of Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo”. In the following year of 1965 and 1966, Leone delivered two more in the trilogy, “For A Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, respectively.
You can go further on this genre and check out Sergio Leone's page on our website. He continued making American westerns. In 1968, with a much different style than what he had brought to the trilogy, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, was released. A spaghetti western epic starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, with a run-time of almost three hours, it was the first of its kind. The main plot surrounds a railway baron with his eyes set on a piece of land that he wants, no matter what means necessary. Scored by Ennio Morricone, Leone transforms the classic western to a masterpiece in this film, with astonishing landscape visuals and a multitude of characters. Coupled with "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", they became the pillars of the genre.
And we have them all with the guide to where to watch them online.
Maybe you already know what you want to watch. For example, you ask yourself: What would western films be without John Wayne? We don’t even want to imagine such a world. Director John Ford and John Wayne would make many movies together. Among them was “Stagecoach”, which premiered in 1939. Little did they know what importance this film would come to have. A stagecoach traveling from Arizona to New Mexico, the depths of native American country, is boarded by a group of strangers. A prostitute, an alcoholic doctor, a pregnant woman, a whiskey salesman, a banker on the run, a sheriff and his newly released prisoner. Along the journey, the looming threat that the Apache could strike at any moment is constantly present in their minds. This movie and its diverse group of characters would go on and become the template for how a western is made. So having all of these in mind you want to know where to stream this masterpiece? Then you are a click away to get linked directly to watch it online.
These are only a handful of movies and series in this exciting genre. Luckily, we have several lists from some of the greatest minds in cinema, with their favorites from the genre. With that said, grab a can of beans and pot of strong coffee, browse through the free-to-use lists below and start watching, no matter if it's on iTunes, Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime, we guarantee you will have an ad-free, good ol' time!