If you like to see love in a western you should definitely watch our picks for the best Cowboy Romance movies.
The following ranking focuses on movies that are primary about the romantic relationships of cowboys and their love interests.
10. Urban Cowboy (1980)
The romantic drama film, Urban Cowboy, explores the relationship between Bud and Sissy as they realize that love and relationships are never easy. The film was released in 1980 and stars John Travolta as Bud and Debra Winger as Sissy. The film successfully manages to bring a fresh perspective to the good old love-hate relationships. The director, James Bridges, manages to entertain and hook the audience until the end with his interesting plot and phenomenal directing. Urban Cowboy is a definite must-watch for all the romantics out there.
Romantic, Western | Director: James Bridges
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9. Hidalgo (2004)
Hidalgo is a biographical film that tells the story of Frank Hopkins, a horse rider, known as the greatest in the west. When Frank is invited to participate in the ocean of fire of Arabia, he must prove his worth and defend his pride as he prepares for the battle of his life with his mustang, Hidalgo. The film, directed by Joe Johnston, was released in 2004. It stars Viggo Mortensen in the lead role, who manages to portray Frank Hopkins beautifully
Biography, Western | Director: Joe Johnston
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8. Murphy’s Romance (1985)
Things start to turn around for Emma Moriarty, when she moves to Arizona with her teenage son and starts her horse ranch business. She meets and befriends with Murphy, but soon everything gets complicated, when Emma’s ex-husband moves back in with her. The romantic comedy, Murphy’s Romance was released in 1985 and casts Sally Field as Emma and James Garner as Murphy. Directed by Martin Ritt, the movie turns out to be a nice surprise and is definitely worth watching.
Romantic, Comedy, Western | Director: Martin Ritt
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7. Pure Country (1992)
The musical drama film, Pure Country follows the story of Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler, a successful singer who gets tired of all the smoke and light and wanders off to explore and find his voice again. Directed by Christopher Cain, the movie was released in 1992 and stars George Strait as Wyatt Chandler. While the movie didn’t perform exceptionally well at the box office, the soundtrack of the film turned out to be a critical success and is worth watching for the soundtrack alone.
Drama, Musical, Western | Director: Christopher Cain
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6. The Man from Snowy River (1982)
The Man from Snowy River tells the story of Jim Craig and his transformation from a boy to a man. Jim is forced to accept the harsh realities of life, when his father passes away unexpectedly and he is left alone to earn money to run the family farm. The music score of the movie alone makes it worth watching. Director George T. Miller manages to beautifully explain the hardships and the challenges faced by Jim Craig. Released in 1982, the film stars Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton in lead roles.
Drama, Western | Director: George T. Miller
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5. The Horse Whisperer (1998)
The life of teenage Grace falls apart when she injures herself and her horse in a terrible accident. Determined to help her daughter, Annie enlists the help of a horse whisperer, who starts to heal the horse. Things get complicated when Annie realizes her life is not as good as she thought. The movie was released in 1998 and was directed by Robert Redford. Starring Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas in lead roles, the movie is definitely worth watching.
Drama, Western | Director: Robert Redford
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4. Open Range (2003)
The life of four cattlemen is suddenly changed, when they encounter a corrupt sheriff in the nearby town of Harmonville. The friends must find a way to end the tyranny of the corrupt sheriff or abandon their lifestyle of freedom and harmony forever. The movie manages to engage the audience till the end with its interesting and rapidly progressing plot. Directed by Kevin Costner and released in 2003, the movie stars Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner in lead roles.
Drama, Western | Director: Kevin Costner
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3. The Longest Ride (2015)
Young couple Luke and Sophia soon realize that their vastly different lifestyles and career choices are getting in way of their romance. However, they soon meet Ira, a widower, who reminisces the days of romance with his wife and manages to inspire the couple through his love letters. The movie released in 2015 and stars Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in lead roles. Directed by George Tillman Jr. the movie is definitely worth watching if you are a fan of romantic dramas.
Romance, Drama, Western | Director: George Tillman Jr.
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2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain follows the forbidden love story of two young cowboys. Set in 1963, the film follows the lives of Ennis and Jack as they try to hide their true selves and continue with their normal lives. The film was directed by Ang Lee and received critical and commercial acclaim. The film was released in 2005 and starred Heath Ledger as Ennis and Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack.
Romance, Drama, Western | Director: Ang Lee
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1. Legends of the Fall (1994)
Legends of the Fall follows the story of a man and his three sons, who come face to face with tragedy and grief. Just when they think their life is getting better, two brothers fall in love with the same woman and must now face each other to win her love. The director Edward Zwick manages to beautifully express the emotions of grief, envy, rivalry and love. The film was released in 1994 and stars Brad Pitt and Aiden Quinn in lead roles.
Historical, Drama, Western | Director: Edward Zwick
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