These 21st Century Westerns Will Change Your Mind About The Genre

Contrary to popular belief, Western films and television shows are alive and well on multiple platforms in the 21st century, including Netflix as well as various cable networks. The thing is, the genre is a bit different from the stereotypical John Wayne films from way back when.

Now, films such as The Magnificent Seven and True Grit show just how violent, adventurous, and female-dominated modern Westerns can be, without taking out some traditional aspects, such as beautiful cinematography. To highlight the ever-growing genre of Western entertainment, we wrangled together this list of noteworthy 21st-century films and series for you to explore. Enjoy!

The Missing

The Missing
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

Ron Howard’s western The Missing is harrowing, dramatic, and full of action. After Maggie Gilkeson witnesses her teenage daughter being kidnapped by Apache Rebels, she has no choice but to ask for the help of her estranged father, Samuel. The two have to work together if they hope to rescue Lily before she is sold into slavery south of the border.

The film garnered positive reviews. It’s said to be one of Ron Howard’s best films to date, with fantastic acting and a thrilling plot that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats.