Westerns for Kids and Teens

Looking for the best of the Wild West to share with your kids? This list of top picks brings to life the era of cowboys, cattle drives, and the open range, from classics like Shane and High Noon to newer adaptations like True Grit and Slow West. Some of these movies may even start important family conversations about outdated cultural depictions and language. So grab some popcorn and a ten-gallon hat, because it's time to giddyap! For more ideas, check our Horse Movies for Kids and Adventure Movies.

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Home on the Range

age 6+

Not a classic, but cute and fun for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Horse Crazy

age 6+

Modern-day Western for the whole family; some mild violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Old Yeller

age 8+

Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1957)
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Back to the Future Part III

age 9+

Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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Cat Ballou

age 9+

Wild West satire with strong heroine, but drinking humor.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1965)
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The Man from Snowy River

age 9+

Family-friendly Western with moments of harsh conflict.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Rango

age 9+

Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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The Shakiest Gun in the West

age 9+

Wacky Don Knotts Western spoof has lots of drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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The Gunfighter

age 10+

Good movie about the consequences of our choices.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1950)
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Shane

age 10+

"Come back, Shane!" Classic Western for the ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1953)
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A Fistful of Dollars

age 11+

Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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High Noon

age 11+

Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1952)
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Outlaw Trail

age 11+

Unique take on Western legend has gun violence, bullying.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Stagecoach

age 11+

Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1939)
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Three Amigos!

age 11+

Spoofy send up of Western films is OK for mature tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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True Grit (1969)

age 11+

Classic Western has memorable characters, some gun violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1969)
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Maverick

age 12+

'90s Western offers a few laughs and so-so adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1994)
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

age 13+

Classic tale of two famous outlaws; violence, cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1969)
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The Cowboys

age 13+

Classic action-packed Western has lots of cursing, violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1972)
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Cowboys & Aliens

age 13+

Cool but predictable sci-fi Western has lots of violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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