We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 movie westerns released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Gambler (1980) 58% at Rotten Tomatoes
After receiving a letter, Brady Hawkes sets out to help the son he never knew he had. He does some (spoiler alert) gambling along the way to confronting his son’s stepfather to rescue him.
Director: Dick Lowry
Starring: Kenny Rogers, Christine Belford, Bruce Boxleitner
9. Silverado (1985) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Four men head to the town of Silverado to find it’s been besieged by a corrupt sheriff and a wealthy rancher. Now they must face their personal enemies and rescue the town from the iron fist that rules it.
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner
8. ¡Three Amigos! (1986) 44% at Rotten Tomatoes
Three silent movie actors are invited to a Mexican village for what they believe is a performance. Unfortunately for them, the villagers think they’re legitimate cowboys and are hoping they’ll save them from a gang of real outlaws with real guns.
Director: John Landis
Starring: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short
7. Urban Cowboy (1980) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
Bud Davis is a cowboy who moves to the city with his aunt and uncle. Soon he must enter a mechanical bull contest to save both his marriage and the nightclub he loves.
Director: James Bridges
Starring: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn
6. The Long Riders (1980) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jesse James and his gang are injured during an unsuccessful bank robbery, forcing James and his brother to abandon them. Soon he’s gunned down by the coward Robert Ford.
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid
5. Barbarosa (1982) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes
A farm boy teams up with a gunman as they both try to survive the vengeance of people they’ve wronged in the past.
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Isela Vega
4. Tom Horn (1980) 68% at Rotten Tomatoes
A former Army scout find himself on trial for murder after being hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers.
Director: William Wiard
Starring: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth
3. Young Guns (1988) 42% at Rotten Tomatoes
Billy the Kid joins a band of gunmen called the Regulators and avenge the murder of the rancher who took them in. Instead of arresting the killers, they gun them down and find themselves on the wrong side of the law themselves.
Director: Christopher Cain
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefter Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips
2. The Grey Fox (1982) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Gentleman Bandit is released from prison and finds the world is a much different place. Struggling to adjust, he heads to Canada to revert back to his old stagecoach-robbing ways.
Director: Phillip Borsos
Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue
1. Pale Rider (1985) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a California gold mining camp is under attack by a neighboring landlord, a mysterious preacher takes it upon himself to stop him.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress