Westerns for Kids and Teens

Looking for the best of the Wild West to share with your kids? This list of top picks recreates the era of cowboys, cattle drives, and the open terrain, from classics like Shane and High Noon to comedies like Blazing Saddles and City Slickers to newly adapted faves like True Grit and Slow West. So grab some popcorn and giddyup! 

Browse Westerns for Kids and Teens

Sheriff Callie's Wild West TV Poster Image
Friendly frontier town teaches kids about strong character.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
Horse Crazy Movie Poster Image
Modern-day Western for the whole family; some mild violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
Continue reading
The Apple Dumpling Gang Movie Poster Image
Rollicking Old West ride lassos some stereotypes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1975)
Continue reading
 
The Good Dinosaur Movie Poster Image
Young dino braves nature in lovely but intense adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
Continue reading Watch Review
The Lone Ranger Movie Poster Image
Hi-ho, Silver! '50s-style Western gunplay abounds.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1956)
Continue reading
Long Road Home Movie Poster Image
Slow-paced rural coming-of-age tale tackles prejudice.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
Continue reading
Back to the Future Part III Movie Poster Image
Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
Continue reading
Cat Ballou Movie Poster Image
Wild West satire with strong heroine, but drinking humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1965)
Continue reading
The Man from Snowy River Movie Poster Image
Family-friendly Western with moments of harsh conflict.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
Continue reading
Rango Movie Poster Image
Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
Continue reading Watch Review
The Shakiest Gun in the West Movie Poster Image
Wacky Don Knotts Western spoof has lots of drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
Continue reading
The Gunfighter Movie Poster Image
Good movie about the consequences of our choices.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1950)
Continue reading
My Darling Clementine Movie Poster Image
Slow-paced tale of Old West shoot-out has violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1946)
Continue reading
Shane Movie Poster Image
"Come back, Shane!" Classic Western for the ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1953)
Continue reading
A Fistful of Dollars Movie Poster Image
Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
Continue reading
High Noon Movie Poster Image
Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1952)
Continue reading
Outlaw Trail Movie Poster Image
Unique take on Western legend has gun violence, bullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
Continue reading
Stagecoach Movie Poster Image
Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1939)
Continue reading
Three Amigos! Movie Poster Image
Spoofy send up of Western films is OK for mature tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
Continue reading
True Grit (1969) Movie Poster Image
Classic Western has memorable characters, some gun violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1969)
Continue reading
Maverick Movie Poster Image
'90s Western offers a few laughs and so-so adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
Continue reading
American Outlaws Movie Poster Image
Silly western revisits Jesse James.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
Continue reading
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Movie Poster Image
Classic tale of two famous outlaws; violence, cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1969)
Continue reading
Cowboys & Aliens Movie Poster Image
Cool but predictable sci-fi Western has lots of violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
Continue reading Watch Review
Hang 'Em High Movie Poster Image
High-minded Eastwood Western weighs mercy vs. justice.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
Continue reading
The Cowboys Movie Poster Image
Classic action-packed Western has lots of cursing, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1972)
Continue reading
The Magnificent Seven (1960) Movie Poster Image
Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1960)
Continue reading
Meek's Cutoff Movie Poster Image
Lyrical Western is OK for kids ... if they're interested.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
Continue reading
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Movie Poster Image
Melancholy saga of twilight of the American Indian.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
Continue reading
City Slickers Movie Poster Image
'90s midlife-crisis comedy has cursing, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
Continue reading
Dances with Wolves Movie Poster Image
A grand, sweeping journey with graphic violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
Continue reading
Hidalgo Movie Poster Image
Formulaic, overly simple, too violent for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
Continue reading
Will Penny Movie Poster Image
Cowboy character study mixes violence and depth; some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
Continue reading
Once Upon a Time in the West Movie Poster Image
Leone's violent epic Western is an essential masterpiece.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1969)
Continue reading
3:10 to Yuma (2007) Movie Poster Image
Western remake with plenty of shoot-outs and bloodshed.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
Continue reading
Appaloosa Movie Poster Image
Old-fashioned Western features great performances.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
Continue reading
Blazing Saddles Movie Poster Image
Kids may not get all of Brooks' classic Old West parody.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1974)
Continue reading
Broken Trail Movie Poster Image
Lauded miniseries doesn't glamorize the old West.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
Continue reading
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Movie Poster Image
Potent Italian-Western shoot-'em up/war drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1967)
Continue reading
Open Range Movie Poster Image
Some killing, shooting violence in old-fashioned Western.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
Continue reading
True Grit Movie Poster Image
Coen brothers tackle classic Western with wit and brutality.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
Continue reading Watch Review
Young Guns Movie Poster Image
Violent '80s Western with teen appeal.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
Continue reading
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Movie Poster Image
Pitt stars in beautiful -- but brutal -- Western.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
Continue reading
Hatfields & McCoys Movie Poster Image
Tense, violent epic finds human side of legendary conflict.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
Continue reading
The Quick and the Dead Movie Poster Image
Frequent gun violence in quirky '90s Western.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
Continue reading
Slow West Movie Poster Image
Very good, very strange, and very bloody absurdist Western.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
Continue reading
Tombstone Movie Poster Image
Very popular and very violent Wyatt Earp story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
Continue reading
Unforgiven Movie Poster Image
Violent Oscar winner shatters myths of the Old West.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1992)
Continue reading

Other great lists from our editors