Westerns were once a staple of Hollywood studios. Most folks believe they no longer exist in this new century. The new cowboys are superheroes. With home entertainment getting better all the time they believe you need special powers and more special effects/explosions in order to get people into theater seats. They'd be mistaken though if they thought the Old west was dead.
Westerns have been kept alive on TV with shows like Deadwood, Hell on Wheels, and Kevin Costner's historic mini series The Hatfields and McCoys. Some folks believe that with Tarantino finally committing to making The Hateful 8 and the success of Django Unchained we could see a resurgence of the genre. But in case you hadn't noticed they never went away.
Who hasn't longed for some frontier justice? A lot of people long for simpler times when men lived by a code. Of course that's the stuff of "Rope operas". One of my favorite cowboy themes is revenge and this here list is for all those folks what said cowboy pictures is dead. They're still making them and all these are from this century. Now tweren't easy to say which was best, so theys ain't in no particular order.
#8 Cowboys vs Aliens (2011)
Come on now it's got Cowboys, aliens, Han Solo(space cowboy) and James Bond(Renegade secret agent). It was just a fun movie and what better way to start a list of westerns made after 2000?
#7 Open Range (2003)
When an unscrupulous land baron tries to run off some free grazers and kills their friend. Well Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner give 'em what fer! My advice, don't kill any of Kevin Costner's friends!
#6 The Proposition(2005)
Well it's the outback, down under, old west not America but Nick Cave's excellent script along with some stellar acting makes this one of the best cowboy movies
Ed Harris just chews it up as the "unusual" sheriff Calhoun Jackson but it's January Jones that's out for blood against a fanatical preacher when he kills her husband.
#4 3:10 to Yuma(2007)
This time it's the outlaw Ben Wade's vengeful gang that's out to get their leader back before Christian Bale can get him on that train to Yuma
#3 True Grit(2010)
This is one case where I can't decide which is better the original John Wayne classic or the remake If you think that's Bold talk for a one eyed fat man well then "Fill your hands you son of a B&^ch!"
Ed Harris directed this tale of a small town that wants revenge on Jeremy Irons. Of course Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen get a little tangled up with Renée Zellweger along the way
#1 Django Unchained(2012)
Tarantino is like a master chef combining spaghetti westerns and blaxploitation with a dash of Sam Peckinpah to create something to really chew on in this film
Now don't get yer bloomers in a bunch if I fergot to mention something like Seraphim Falls (2006) or The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford (2007) Just Go West! And commence to palaverin' 'bout it below!