“Blackthorn” follows an older Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) who now goes by the alias James Blackthorn. Having been hiding out in Bolivia, Blackthorn decides to return to the U.S., but on his way out of Bolivia, he is almost killed by Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega).
The two actually become partners with Apodaca offering to share the $50,000 he stole from a local mine owner. The pair spend the rest of the film narrowly escaping from gang members who are in pursuit of Apodaca. The entire film becomes a sort of reminiscence for Blackthorn as he looks back on his past as Butch Cassidy.
Appaloosa (Ed Harris, 2008)
Directed by Ed Harris, Appaloosa was based on a novel written by Robert B. Parker. After a New Mexico town is overtaken by the malicious rancher, Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons), lawman Virgil Cole (Ed Harris), and deputy Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) come to the town’s rescue.
A love triangle involving widow Allison French (Rene Zellweger) threatens the righteous goals of the duo, but Cole and Hitch manage to keep both their loyalty and their purpose at the forefront of their friendship.
Dodge City (Michael Curtiz, 1939)
"Dodge City" may be one of the most traditional western films in the genre. Swashbuckling leading man Errol Flynn stars as Wade Hatton, the main protagonist who had been involved in bringing the railroad to the Dodge City region.
He later encounters interpersonal drama and unrest amongst his contemporaries which leads to him being offered the position of sheriff. Although reluctant at first, Hatton is looked at as a stable, capable figure and eventually accepts the new position. Along the way, he finds love with Abbie Irving and eventually manages to win both her heart and become a traveling sheriff, cleaning up different crime-laden cities.
In The Valley of Violence (Ti West, 2016)
"In The Valley of Violence" is actually considered a remake of the film "High Plains Drifter." In the film, Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog are wandering through Mexico when they are held at gunpoint by a priest ( Burn Gorman).
Paul has his dog attack the priest, he takes the priest’s gun, and canteen and the two continue on into town. The rest of the film chronicles the strange, violent situations that surround the mysterious Paul as he encounters the townspeople.
Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 2017)
Set in the late 1800s, "Hostiles" follows army captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) as he escorts Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), who is dying of cancer, and his family back to their land in Montana. The history between the two men is complicated as Yellow Hawk had killed a number of Blocker’s friends.
While the film, of course, has the usual elements of a western, the story also explores the deep wounds between white settlers and Native Americans and the possibility of reconciliation.