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Wild West Steampunk Movies – Our Top 18 Picks

Explore the best Wild West steampunk movies, where rustic charm meets futuristic innovation in visually stunning, narratively rich films.

By Mahad Hussain Last updated

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Wild West steampunk is a movie genre that blends the rustic charm of Wild West with the innovative flair of steampunk, creating films that are not only visually captivating but also rich in their narrative.

Our article today features the best gems of this cinematic treasure.

From dusty old towns with steam-powered machines to the harsh life of the frontier with futuristic innovations, each film on our list represents the creative possibilities when two seemingly disparate worlds collide.

As we prepare to unveil our top Wild West steampunk movies, one can't help but wonder: What does it take to blend the past with a futuristic imagination?

Ready to find out?

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

"Time Travel Meets Wild West"
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Rotten tomatoes80%
iMBD55
Metacritic7.4
Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart

Pat Buttram

Pat Buttram

Harry Carey, Jr.

Harry Carey, Jr.

Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

James Tolkan

James Tolkan

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

A delightful blend of time travel and Wild West adventure, "Back to the Future Part III" strikes a unique balance.

It's fascinating to see how it merges the futuristic elements of time travel with the rustic charm of the 19th-century American West. This clever convergence of genres, warmly received by the audience, offers a refreshing take on science fiction and Western themes.

It stirs up a mix of nostalgia and excitement, appreciating the innovative approach to blending genres.

The movie's ability to marry the quirkiness of steampunk gadgets with the dusty trails of the Wild West is both ingenious and entertaining.

The Rocketeer (1991)

"Sky-High Steampunk Adventure"
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Rotten tomatoes67%
iMBD58
Metacritic6.6
Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin

Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton

Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Jon Polito

Jon Polito

James Handy

James Handy

William Sanderson

William Sanderson

Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Directed by Joe Johnston

"The Rocketeer" is a hidden gem in retro-futuristic cinema.

Its unique aspect combines a classic hero's journey with the aesthetic appeal of early 20th-century steampunk elements.

The Rocketeer, with his iconic rocket pack, becomes a symbol of adventure, resonating deeply with audiences who love a blend of nostalgia and innovation.

The viewers are treated to a charming blend of old-world heroism and imaginative technology.

The film's relationship with our central theme is more implicit, with its vintage feel and inventive gadgets, offering a subtle nod to the steampunk culture.

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Gadgets Galore in the Old West"
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Rotten tomatoes16%
iMBD40
Metacritic4.9
Will Smith

Will Smith

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Salma Hayek Pinault

Salma Hayek Pinault

M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh

Ted Levine

Ted Levine

Frederique van der Wal

Frederique van der Wal

Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander

Sofia Eng

Sofia Eng

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

Bai Ling

Bai Ling

Rodney A. Grant

Rodney A. Grant

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

"Wild Wild West" is an outright celebration of the Wild West steampunk genre.

Its distinctive quality lies in its remarkable fusion of over-the-top steampunk aesthetics with classic Western elements.

And as a cherry on top, it's a visual feast!

Each and every frame bursts with imagination, and you can see the Western landscape through a lens of whimsical, steam-powered innovation.

While some relished its dramatic style, others found it a bit too far-fetched.

Nevertheless, its contribution to the steampunk genre is undeniable!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

"Victorian Heroes in a Steampunk Saga"
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Rotten tomatoes17%
iMBD30
Metacritic5.8
Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah

Shane West

Shane West

Peta Wilson

Peta Wilson

Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend

Jason Flemyng

Jason Flemyng

Tony Curran

Tony Curran

Richard Roxburgh

Richard Roxburgh

Max Ryan

Max Ryan

Tom Goodman-Hill

Tom Goodman-Hill

David Hemmings

David Hemmings

Terry O'Neill

Terry O'Neill

Directed by Stephen Norrington

Here's a film that stands out for its ambitious crossover of literary characters, each bringing a unique flavor to the steampunk genre.

You'll find yourself in a world where Victorian literature collides with steampunk fantasy.

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is a mosaic of literary legends and imaginative technology, creating an experience that's both familiar and wonderfully alien.

While it may have received a mix of reviews, its thematic exploration of heroism and technology in an alternate historical setting is surely thought-provoking, aligning well with the essence of steampunk.

It's a testament to the power of blending classic tales with a new, steam-infused aesthetic.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

"Gothic Whimsy Meets Steampunk"
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Rotten tomatoes72%
iMBD62
Metacritic6.8
Emily Browning

Emily Browning

Liam Aiken

Liam Aiken

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Jude Law

Jude Law

Kara Hoffman

Kara Hoffman

Shelby Hoffman

Shelby Hoffman

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Luis Guzmán

Luis Guzmán

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge

Jane Adams

Jane Adams

Directed by Brad Silberling

This movie takes viewers on a whimsical yet dark journey.

The movie appeals through its ability to craft a visually rich universe.

It is filled with curious inventions and an unmistakable Victorian-esque charm. It weaves a gothic tale with steampunk aesthetics, creating an intriguing and visually captivating world.

The charm of the narrative lies in its clever storytelling and the visually striking representation of an alternative, steam-powered world.

"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a rollercoaster through a fantastical landscape.

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

"Steampunk Journey Around the Globe"
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iMBD49
Metacritic5.9
Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

Cécile de France

Cécile de France

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

Ewen Bremner

Ewen Bremner

Karen Mok Man-Wai

Karen Mok Man-Wai

Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice

Roger Hammond

Roger Hammond

David Ryall

David Ryall

Mark Addy

Mark Addy

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

John Cleese

John Cleese

Directed by Frank Coraci

Have you ever dreamt of circling the globe in a steam-powered wonder?

"Around the World in 80 Days" spins a classic tale into a vivid steampunk journey.

This film is like a hot air balloon of fun — it lifts you up and takes you on a familiar yet fantastical trip.

It's a delightful blend of historical settings and imaginative, mechanical wonders that seem to leap straight from the pages of Jules Verne.

The audience embarks on a vibrant tour that's as much about the journey as the destination.

Although a bit stereotypical at times, the film's portrayal of various cultures adds a global flavor to its narrative. Its unique blend of humor and adventure makes it an entertaining watch, especially for those who relish a fantastical twist on historical settings.

It's a celebration of adventure, innovation, and the unbridled spirit of exploration.

Van Helsing (2004)

"Gothic Monsters and Steampunk Gadgets"
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iMBD35
Metacritic6.1
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Richard Roxburgh

Richard Roxburgh

David Wenham

David Wenham

Shuler Hensley

Shuler Hensley

Elena Anaya

Elena Anaya

Will Kemp

Will Kemp

Kevin J. O'Connor

Kevin J. O'Connor

Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong

Silvia Colloca

Silvia Colloca

Josie Maran

Josie Maran

Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher

Directed by Stephen Sommers

"Van Helsing" is a cinematic experience that plays like an eerie symphony — one moment, you're in the grip of a gothic tale; the next, you're marveling at the ingenious machines.

The film marries the dark allure of gothic horror with the mechanical wonders of steampunk.

Additionally, the movie's visual style is as bold as its narrative. It stands out for its dark, brooding atmosphere, infused with the energy of a world where science and superstition clash.

Although it might not have been a critical wonder, it certainly found its niche among fans who appreciate a daring and visually captivating take on classic horror tales.

The movie offers an intriguing blend of action and fantasy.

Steamboy (2004)

"A Steam-Powered Coming-of-Age"
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Rotten tomatoes60%
iMBD66
Metacritic6.8
Keiko Aizawa

Keiko Aizawa

Aiko Hibi

Aiko Hibi

Manami Konishi

Manami Konishi

Anne Suzuki

Anne Suzuki

Sanae Kobayashi

Sanae Kobayashi

Katsuo Nakamura

Katsuo Nakamura

Masane Tsukayama

Masane Tsukayama

Satoru Sato

Susumu Terajima

Susumu Terajima

Kiyoshi Kodama

Kiyoshi Kodama

Tetsu Inada

Tetsu Inada

Ikki Sawamura

Ikki Sawamura

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo

"Steamboy" is a steampunk spectacle in the world of animation.

This film offers a visual feast that captivates both young and old. It's like watching history being rewritten with a steam pen. The movie stands out for its stunning animation and the vivid portrayal of a world powered by steam and ingenuity.

It delves into themes of progress, responsibility, and the human spirit's relentless pursuit of innovation.

"Steamboy" is not just a film; it's an experience that makes you ponder the boundaries between science, morality, and the future.

Ever wondered what it would be like if steam was the source of all power?

This film has the answer!

The Prestige (2006)

"Magical Rivalries in a Steampunk World"
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Rotten tomatoes77%
iMBD66
Metacritic8.5
Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

David Bowie

David Bowie

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Piper Perabo

Piper Perabo

Jim Piddock

Jim Piddock

Samantha Mahurin

Samantha Mahurin

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan

Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris

Directed by Christopher Nolan

"The Prestige" is a mesmerizing journey into the world of magic, where the allure of the stage meets the intrigue of steampunk.

This film is a magic trick in itself — it captivates, misdirects, and astounds.

It stands apart for its intricate narrative and the seamless theatrical and technological blend.

The film explores the darker side of obsession and the lengths to which people will go for the sake of wonder. It's a story that weaves elements of mystery, drama, and a touch of the mechanical marvels of steampunk.

It features a narrative that questions reality and illusion, leaving you slightly puzzled.

Also, be ready to be amazed by the magic tricks!

The Golden Compass (2007)

"Fantasy Adventure with a Steampunk Twist"
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Rotten tomatoes42%
iMBD51
Metacritic6.1
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Dakota Blue Richards

Dakota Blue Richards

Ben Walker

Ben Walker

Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

Eva Green

Eva Green

Jim Carter

Jim Carter

Tom Courtenay

Tom Courtenay

Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Directed by Chris Weitz

"The Golden Compass" explores a world where fantasy collides with the mechanical wonders of steampunk.

This film is like a northern light, illuminating a magical world grounded in an industrial reality.

Well… that's odd, right?

It stands out for its blend of mythical creatures and a universe powered by an alternative version of science. The movie weaves a tale of adventure and discovery set against a backdrop that's both otherworldly and familiar.

It's a cinematic expedition that questions the nature of freedom and destiny.

And it enchants the viewers with its imaginative steampunk-inspired world.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Detective Genius in a Steampunk London"
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Rotten tomatoes70%
iMBD57
Metacritic7.6
Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

Jude Law

Jude Law

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Eddie Marsan

Eddie Marsan

Robert Maillet

Robert Maillet

Geraldine James

Geraldine James

Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly

William Houston

William Houston

Hans Matheson

Hans Matheson

James Fox

James Fox

William Hope

William Hope

Directed by Guy Ritchie

"Sherlock Holmes" serves up gritty realism with a touch of steampunk, wry humor, and thrilling action.

Though not overtly Wild West, its steampunk elements resonate with that era's ingenuity. The movie's Victorian London is a character in itself, teeming with mechanical wonders and shadowy intrigue, offering a delightful visual feast.

Audiences are charmed by the dynamic between the cerebral Holmes and his more grounded partner, Watson.

Unique?

Absolutely!

It's a film that winks at traditionalism while embracing the fantastical, creating a unique viewing experience that is both familiar and refreshingly original.

Hugo (2011)

"A Heartwarming Steampunk Journey"
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iMBD83
Metacritic7.5
Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley

Chloë Grace Moretz

Chloë Grace Moretz

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

Ray Winstone

Ray Winstone

Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg

Frances de la Tour

Frances de la Tour

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths

Jude Law

Jude Law

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Now, let's board a time machine to 1930s Paris with "Hugo."

Ever thought about the magic of movies and the mechanics behind it?

This film is a heartfelt ode to the early days of cinema, wrapped in a cozy blanket of steampunk aesthetics. The movie is a delightful journey, with gears, clocks, and automatons adding a whimsical touch to the story of a young boy's adventure.

It's like peeking into a world where the wonders of cinema merge with the marvels of mechanical inventions.

The audience gets to experience a blend of historical nostalgia and mechanical innovation.

Hugo stands out for its ability to make you feel both the excitement of a child and the awe of an inventor. It's a story that celebrates creativity and dreams, with a steampunk twist that makes it all the more enchanting.

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"Extraterrestrial Showdown in the Old West"
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Rotten tomatoes44%
iMBD50
Metacritic6
Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell

Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Noah Ringer

Noah Ringer

Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer

Ana de la Reguera

Ana de la Reguera

Directed by Jon Favreau

"Cowboys & Aliens" takes the classic cowboy trope and flips it on its head, introducing extraterrestrial elements that challenge the characters in unprecedented ways.

Cowboys, armed with their trusty lassos, face off against aliens wielding futuristic laser guns!

The movie seamlessly blends the rough-and-tumble world of cowboys with the high-tech world of alien technology. Composing traditional Western elements with futuristic technology creates a unique cinematic experience.

While it received mixed reviews, the film undoubtedly stands out for its audacious genre fusion.

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Masked Vigilante in a Steampunk West"
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Rotten tomatoes31%
iMBD37
Metacritic6.4
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson

William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

Barry Pepper

Barry Pepper

James Badge Dale

James Badge Dale

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

Leon Rippy

Leon Rippy

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Matt O'Leary

Matt O'Leary

James Frain

James Frain

Directed by Gore Verbinski

"The Lone Ranger" revisits the iconic American Western genre with a fresh perspective, infusing it with elements that echo the daring spirit of steampunk.

While not explicitly steampunk, the film's inventive use of technology and action sequences nod towards this aesthetic. The movie endeavors to redefine the Wild West, offering a blend of humor, adventure, and spectacle.

Despite its polarizing reception, there's no denying that it attempted to push the boundaries of the traditional Western narrative.

This film asks its audience to saddle up for a journey that's as much about rediscovering the past as it is about reimagining it.

April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

"Alternate History, Steampunk Style"
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iMBD85
Metacritic7.2
Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

Philippe Katerine

Philippe Katerine

Jean Rochefort

Jean Rochefort

Olivier Gourmet

Olivier Gourmet

Marc-André Grondin

Marc-André Grondin

Bouli Lanners

Bouli Lanners

Anne Coesens

Anne Coesens

Macha Grenon

Macha Grenon

Benoît Brière

Benoît Brière

Gérard Dessalles

Gérard Dessalles

Jean-Claude Donda

Jean-Claude Donda

Damien Laquet

Damien Laquet

Directed by Franck Ekinci

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if it were powered by steam and gears?

"April and the Extraordinary World" drops us into such an imaginative world — an alternate history where electricity is but a dream.

Due to its imaginative storytelling, this animated gem is a world of its own.

It takes us on a journey filled with intrigue and wonder.

We explore a world where technological advancements took a different turn, creating a visually attractive landscape. Another thing that sets this movie apart is its ability to weave a narrative as thought-provoking as visually stunning.

And it's not just about aesthetics; the film delves into themes of innovation, resilience, and the quest for knowledge.

It's a treat for the eyes and for the mind.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Classic Western with a Steampunk Edge"
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Rotten tomatoes64%
iMBD54
Metacritic6.9
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio

Lee Byung-hun

Lee Byung-hun

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Martin Sensmeier

Martin Sensmeier

Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard

Haley Bennett

Haley Bennett

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer

Luke Grimes

Luke Grimes

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Ah, "The Magnificent Seven" — a title that evokes images of rugged cowboys and daring adventures.

Just throw in a steampunk twist, and you've got yourself a film that redefines the genre. This 2016 rendition captivated audiences with its fresh take on the classic Western tale, integrating steampunk elements that add a unique flair to the scene.

The audience reception was a mix of admiration for its bold stylistic choices and nostalgia for the traditional Western genre.

What's remarkable about this film is how it balances the essence of a Western with the inventive quirks of steampunk. It's a movie that doesn't just entertain; it invites viewers to ponder the fascinating blend of old and new, tradition and innovation.

The steampunk elements aren't just for show — they enrich the narrative, giving it a distinctive edge.

The Dark Tower (2017)

"Fantasy Frontier in a Parallel World"
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Rotten tomatoes15%
iMBD34
Metacritic5.6
Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Claudia Kim

Claudia Kim

Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz

Abbey Lee

Abbey Lee

Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick

Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert

Michael Barbieri

Michael Barbieri

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Alex McGregor

Alex McGregor

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel

When you mix the mystique of the Wild West with the imaginative world of steampunk, you get "The Dark Tower."

It's a world that feels as vast as the plains and as intricate as a well-crafted pocket watch.

The movie's unique aspect lies in its daring blend of Western and fantasy elements, creating a universe that's both eerily familiar and intriguingly otherworldly. The journey with this film is as varied as the landscapes it portrays — some find it a thrilling ride through uncharted territories, while others wish for clearer paths.

It's a cinematic journey that takes you through landscapes filled with mechanical wonders and gritty showdowns, all while grappling with themes of destiny, heroism, and the eternal battle between good and evil.

It's like a dream where every turn brings a new surprise, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

"Six Tales of the Steampunk West"
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Rotten tomatoes89%
iMBD79
Metacritic7.2
Tim Blake Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson

Willie Watson

Willie Watson

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Danny McCarthy

Danny McCarthy

David Krumholtz

David Krumholtz

Tim DeZarn

Tim DeZarn

E.E. Bell

E.E. Bell

Alejandro Patiño

Alejandro Patiño

Tom Proctor

Tom Proctor

Clinton Roberts

Matthew Willig

Matthew Willig

Directed by Joel Coen

Last stop, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

This film is a harmonious blend of genres that strikes a chord with its audience. The steampunk elements are subtle yet impactful, adding a layer of whimsy to the rugged western backdrop.

This film stands out because of its anthology-style storytelling, where each tale is a unique fusion of Western lore and steampunk innovation. That's how it seamlessly integrates steampunk elements into the Western narrative.

You'll find it filled with humor, tragedy, and whimsy, all set against an old-fashioned and inventively modern backdrop.

It is as unpredictable as it is delightful, showcasing the versatility and enduring appeal of the genre.

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