The American frontier, also known as the Wild West, is a setting that sparked the imagination of people all around the world for decades. Unsurprisingly, this lead to the creation of many movies based around this time period and even gave birth to an entirely new film genre known as the western. Hollywood still produces westerns to this day, however, most of the best ones were created between the 40’s and the 70’s. Because of their age, it can be hard to find physical copies of these movies nowadays but luckily there are many free western movies on YouTube that you can even download if you have the right tool.
Brimstone is a 2016 western thriller starring Dakota Fanning as main protagonist Liz. After being wrongly convicted for a crime she didn’t commit, Liz is forced to leave everything behind and become a fugitive. Regardless of how far she runs, however, her nemesis known simply as The Reverend (played by Guy Pearce) is always just one step away from capturing her.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
This should be one of the first western movies to watch on YouTube if you want to get a taste of how films were made back in the 60’s. The movie stars legendary actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the titular pair of outlaws. You have train robbers, horseback chases, and a daring escape across the border. In short, the classic ingredients for any good western movie.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a whole lot of western movies on YouTube from 2018 but this one is a rare exception. Gone Are the Days tells the story of Taylon Flynn, a notorious outlaw played by Lance Henriksen. Flynn is old and doesn’t see much reason to continue living but he finds new hope when he encounters his estranged daughter.
One of the best western movies on YouTube from the 90’s, Lone Star tells the story of a Texas sheriff’s quest to find a murderer. Lone Star is part western part mystery so it’s a bit different compared to most other entries on this list. Still worth watching, though.
One of the most recent western movies available on YouTube, True Grit is a remake of the 1969 movie of the same name. It’s rare to see a remake that’s better than the original, if only by a small margin, but it does happen occasionally. The story is virtually the same, with Jeff Bridges playing the role of a U.S. Marshal helping a teenage girl find her father’s murderer.
Likely the best western movie on YouTube from 2017, The Rider follows young Brady Blackburn on his quest to learn what it means to be a cowboy. Blackburn is no stranger to the ways of the cowboy but forgets everything he knew after a near-fatal head injury and must now start almost from scratch.
The movie follows a group of western outlaws in 1913 that are hanging on to the old ways while the world around them changes at a rapid pace. The amount of blood and violence on display here are truly unusual for a western movie but The Wild Bunch should be right up your alley if you enjoy Quentin Tarantino films.
One of the better western movies on YouTube from 2017, Wind River tells the story of a young FBI agent who teams up with a hunter while investigating a murder. The movie stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as the hunter and FBI agent, respectively.
Pretty much any Clint Eastwood western movie can be considered a classic but this one really takes the cake. The fact that it also stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris should be reason enough to check it out on YouTube. But if that’s not enough, it’s worth noting that Unforgiven won no less than 4 Oscars among dozens of other awards.
The Dark Tower is one of the most unusual western movies on YouTube from 2017 but there’s a reason for that. The movie is based on the series of the novels of the same name written by Stephen King so there are plenty of action and fantasy elements to go along with the western theme. The movie isn’t the best Stephen King adaptation we’ve ever seen but it’s pretty good at what it does.
Sheriff John T. Chance played by John Wayne enlists the help of a group of misfits in order to prevent a bad guy from escaping prison. A major selling point of this movie is that it also features the legendary Dean Martin as one of the main characters.
Hands down one of the best western movies on YouTube starring John Wayne. This is in no small part thanks to the great actor’s monumental performance as the anti-hero Ethan Edwards. Wayne is well known for his heroic roles so it’s unusual to see him as an anti-hero but he pulls it off beautifully.
Very few YouTube western movies can even come close to the quality of Django Unchained. This modern western masterpiece by Quentin Tarantino won two Oscars and countless other awards. The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, and is a must-see for any fan of western movies.
A Fistful of Dollars is perfect if you’re looking for YouTube western movies with Clint Eastwood in his prime. Here the legendary actor plays a mysterious gunslinger who pits two rival families against each other in a bid to get rich once the dust settles.
Last but not least we have what many would consider the absolute best western movie on YouTube. The Good, the Bad and The Ugly needs no introduction at this point as it’s one of the most memorable movies of all time and stars Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef at the height of their glory.
A lot of these movies are split into multiple parts on YouTube due to copyright issues so it’s a good idea to download all the parts and stitch them together. DVDFab YouTube Video Downloader makes it very easy to grab all the parts thanks to its batch conversion feature and it’s also free to use. The videos will be automatically converted to MP4 files so you can easily play them on pretty much any device. Here’s how it works:
1. Open DVDFab and then go to the Utilities module. Scroll down a bit to find the YouTube video downloader tool.
2. Type in the name of the movie in the search bar, much like you would with any other video on YouTube.
3. With the movie now playing, look for the blue Download button in the top left corner of the screen. Use this button to select the video quality of the output file and press it to begin your download.
4. You can check on the progress in the Download tab (located next to Online Video. Choose the destination folder and navigate to it once the download is complete in order to watch the movie.