The Western genre is more or less set in the American Frontier or around the people who belong there. Essentially, the American Frontier is the culture that was followed by the English settlements towards the west of the Mississippi River, the area comprising of North Central America, Texas, The Rocky Mountain, Southwest and the Western Coast of the present-day U.S. From a cinematic standpoint, we’ve observed that the western genre is more centred around the western and midwestern culture and people, like how we’ve seen cowboys, often trotting guns and riding horses, with many of them being the Native Americans or bounty hunters (in cinema pop-culture), wanted outlaws, ranchers or farmers in countless movies and television shows. Sometimes also referred to as the Wild West, these Western movies have mostly been set in the far-flung areas with scarce population, comprising lawlessness and violence. It all began with a few commonly found premises in the Western genre – gun trotting men visiting saloons, the confrontations between rival gangs, bounty hunters looking for a lead, Native Americans and the tales surrounding them, outlaws who’re looking for a recluse or young, intriguing, beautiful women amongst a bunch of violent, vicious, outlawed cowboys.
Typically, most of the westerns are set in the 1870s, apparently, most of the action happened back then. More recently, we’ve been seeing a drastic change in the movies of the genre, i.e. the advent of contemporary westerns, with movies like ‘Wind River’, ‘Hell or High Water’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ etc., which went a few steps ahead of the cliched western movies and showcased the other side which mostly remained subtle through the years. These Neo-Westerns have also been coupled with the epics, also known as the epic-westerns, the movies which do have a dash of fiction and are set on an epic scale. ‘The Revenant’ is one good example. Over the years, filmmakers have tried to club the western genre with others, thus creating a near-perfect mashup which would still be known as a western movie. Some examples are horror movies such as ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’, ‘Ravenous’ etc. or space movies like ‘Serenity’, which had a pinch of the Wild West in them. As far as Netflix is concerned, while there’s no doubt about the fact that it does have a good collection of movies, ranging from extremely engaging to about average, passable movies, the westerns are only limited to a few best. We, at The Cinemaholic, have conjured up this list exclusively for Netflix viewers, a list comprising really good westerns on Netflix that you can stream right away. You may also be able to find a few of these westerns on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
A passable affair at best, ‘The Ridiculous 6’ is on this list only because it qualifies as a western flick nevertheless. Tommy, nicknamed “White Knife” is a laid-back young man who’s been raised by the Native American Apaches. He’s about to get io wedlock with “Smoking Fox”. One fine day, a man shows out of nowhere claiming to be White Knife’s father Frank. Frank is soon kidnapped by a gang of bounty hunters who ask for a ransom of $50,000 to free Frank. White Knife feels obliged to save his dad and on his quest, he meets five other men, all of who claim to be Frank’s sons. Given the newly established relationship between the half-brothers, they set off on the “dangerous” mission as ‘The Ridiculous 6’. While there’s nothing good about the movie, it still is so bad that it is good, all thanks to the consistently inconsistent Adam Sandler.
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14. Casa de mi Padre (2012)