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The 10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch Like 'Yellowstone'


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If you're like us, you simply can't get enough of Yellowstone. From the iconic cast ranging from western veteran Kevin Costner to Cole Hauser, Kelly Reilly, and Luke Grimes, it's quickly become one of the most popular dramas on television over its four (and counting) seasons. The time for the highly anticipated Yellowstone season 5 has finally arrived, but how are you going to fill the time once you make it through the season?

Luckily creator Taylor Sheridan has his fair share of spinoffs in the works. His first prequel series, 1883, featured Yellowstone's iconic Dutton family first settling down in Montana in the late 1800s, and he has a second series, 1923, following the family a few decades later coming soon. Not to mention there's a modern Texas spinoff coming in 2023 set at the Four Sixes Ranch in Texas, where everyone's favorite ranch hand Jimmy just moved. But once you've made it through the greater Yellowstone universe, you might find yourself needing more gritty western drama to fill the void.

We've rounded up all of the best westerns from modern-day to dramatic period pieces that are sure to fill the Dutton-sized hole in your heart once the latest season ends. Not to mention additional projects from Taylor Sheridan. This is the ultimate watch list of all of the best options out there like Yellowstone for new and die-hard fans. So pop some popcorn, put on your favorite Dutton Ranch button-down and enjoy your next round of binge-watching!

Hell or High Water (2016)

Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham in Hell or High Water (2016)

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Hell or High Water is one of my absolute favorite movies of the last decade. Written by Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, the film is a gripping story of two brothers, played by Ben Foster and Chris Pine, who carry out a series of heists against the bank that's about to foreclose on their family home. On their tail is a pair of Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and Yellowstone star Gil Birmingham). This one is a must-watch.

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If you're a fan of Sheridan's work, be sure to check out his other films Wind River and Those Who Wish Me Dead

Where to watch: Netflix

The Last Cowboy (2019-2022)

Craig Schmersal in The Last Cowboy (2019)

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Another Taylor Sheridan project, The Last Cowboy is an inside look at the life of real cowboys and cowgirls as they take part in the sport of horse reining, a competition in which riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops. You definitely get a bit of a glimpse of this on Yellowstone, especially with Sheridan's recurring character Travis, but this show is interesting because it's the real thing.

Where to watch: Paramount+

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Open Range (2003)

Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Open Range (2003)

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Directed by Yellowstone star Kevin Costner, Open Range follows Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) and his cowhand Charley (Costner), who are tasked with rescuing their fellow ranch hand after he's met with hostility in a small village.

Where to watch: AMC+

Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Kevin Costner in mini series 'Hatfields & McCoys'

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If you're a Costner fan (and who isn't?), add the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys to your watch list. Costner and Bill Paxton play the historic feuding patriarchs, William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield and Randolph "Randall" McCoy, respectively.

Where to watch: Hatfields & McCoys is available to purchase on Amazon

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Justified (2010-2015)

Timothy Olyphant in Justified (2010)

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If you love Rip Wheeler, allow me to introduce you to Raylan Givens, the protagonist of Justified. Sure, Givens, played perfectly by Timothy Olyphant, is an Eastern Kentucky lawman and not a ranch hand, but his tough-guy swagger and cowboy attitude is enough to rival our favorite Dutton ranch fixer.

When you factor in brilliant writing and stunning performances from Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and more, Justified is a perfect recommendation for Yellowstone fans.

Where to watch: Hulu

Westworld (2016-2022)

James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld (2016)

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If you like a little sci-fi in your western, give Westworld a whirl. The HBO series, based on the 1973 Michael Chrichton film of the same name, centers on an Old West-themed park known as Westworld. The series has delivered captivating performances and some truly wild storylines. Saying more would spoil too much. Let's just say if you can handle some of the more sinister parts of Yellowstone, Westworld is definitely worth your consideration.

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Where to watch: HBO Max

Longmire (2012-2017)

Katee Sackhoff, Robert Taylor, and Adam Bartley in Longmire (2012)

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The hit modern western Longmire follows Sheriff Walt Longmire, who solves crimes in a Wyoming town. The show, based on a series of mystery novels by Craig Johnson, is a great match for fans of Yellowstone especially since it takes place in a modern setting.

Where to watch: Netflix

Godless (2017)

Michelle Dockery in Godless (2017)

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The Netflix miniseries Godless centers on the mining town of La Belle, New Mexico, which is governed by women. When the chilling criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) heads to town, the residents team up to defend themselves against Griffin and his crew. Michelle Dockery, Merritt Wever and Tantoo Cardinal also star in the series.

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Where to watch: Netflix

Deadwood (2004-2006)

Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown, Ian McShane, and Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood (2004)

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Set in 1870s Deadwood, South Dakota, the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood features many real historical figures, such as Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert). The Emmy-winning show has all the drama and intrigue of Yellowstone, and like the Dutton saga, characters who'll stop at nothing to hold on to power.

Where to watch: HBO Max

Dances With Wolves

Kevin Costner holding an American flag in a scene from the film 'Dances With Wolves', 1990

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Okay, so if you're a Yellowstone fan, you've probably already seen the 1990 classic Dances With Wolves. But we'd be remiss not to include it on this list. The film, which earned Costner an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, is credited with helping to revive the western genre.

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Costner plays Lieutenant John Dunbar, a Union soldier who moves to the American frontier and forms a connection with the local Sioux tribe. Whether you're watching for the first time or the 50th, Dances With Wolves is worth viewing while you're waiting for the next season of Yellowstone.

Where to watch: HBO Max

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