Cowboy Movie Hats

Cowboy Movie Hats

Early Film Pioneer and Silent Film Star, William S. Hart, in a scene from Hell’s Hinges, 1916.

Old Fashion Quality from the Last Best West

You won’t find these western hats at your nearest mall. Many of the brim shapes or crowns may look familiar, may even be the same, but they are poor imitations, cookie-cutter designs; mass produced and available virtually anywhere.

Don’t follow the herd – strike out on your own with a classic custom western hat from The Last Best West.

For more than 60 years many of the best western movies and series have been filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The latest is AMC’s dynamic new ongoing series, Hell on Wheels.

Other powerful western dramas like; River of No Return; Unforgiven, Legends of the Fall, Open Range, Crossfire Trail, Monte Walsh, Lonesome Dove (the series), Broken Trail, Speilberg’s mini-series, Into the West, and the 2007 Brad Pitt western; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, are just a few of the dozens of westerns that have been filmed here.

Authentic Designs from The Last Best West We take our western heritage seriously and work hard at preserving the qualities that made it great. Our hats are made the old west way – one at a time – and we believe if you want that perfect western movie hat you should be able to get the same looking hat that the character wore.

We start with the best fur-felt hat body available – made in the USA – and fashion as fine a custom western hat as you can find.

Mini-Series and Cowboy Movie Hats

The epic mini series was arguably the most dominant form of story telling in the 1980s, when Network TV ruled the air waves. People were more than willing to watch 6-8 hours of television, spread out over 3-4 nights. The production values for the mini-series were just as impressive as those of feature films, the Networks got great ratings (mostly) and sponsors had millions of viewers for their products. This may be the only reason that Lonesome Dove has never been acclaimed as the greatest western ever filmed.

Augustus Custom Handmade Hat

Augustus Custom Handmade Hat

Lonesome Dove

Is the compelling story of 2 old Texas Rangers that are tired of living in a tame Texas town, and long for the frontier of their youth. They acquire a herd of cattle, gather up all their gear, and head north for Montana and the last of the western frontier with a motley collection of buckaroos and hangers on. The story is powerfully acted and shows the majesty of the dangerous west, and the hardships that had to be overcome by the men and women of the day.

The Lonesome Dove story is a bittersweet one, told over almost 400 minutes, allowing great character development for all the diverse story lines that eventually converge. The Best of the Best!

1866 Yellow Boy

The Winchester 1866 Sporting Rifle, one of the first large calibre lever action rifles. This was the rifle carried by Gus in Lonesome Dove

Hat Liner

Our galloping cowboy logo is on all our last best west hat liners.

In most cases, if it was made in the Past – it can be made in the Present

Most questions regarding, “Can you make. . . .”  is yes.

If you’ve seen it in a movie, or have a picture of it – we can make it. Send us a picture of the cowboy movie hat you are looking for, and we will get you a quote. Like the man said, a picture is worth a thousand words, so please send a picture along with your quote requests.

E-mail Sonja at service @ thelastbestwest .com/

From the BEAVER fur-felt hat bodies to the rest of the fixings you’d be hard pressed to find a better made cowboy movie hat anywhere. For any price. See what our clients say on our testimonial page :: Contact Us

Cowboy Movie Hat

Our Yancey Cravat hat from 1931s Best Picture Winner, Cimarron


Edna Ferber patterned her novel, Cimarron , and the hero Yancey Cravat , after the life and wild exploits of frontiersman, gunfighter, lawyer and politician, Temple Houston.

Houston was the youngest son of legendary Texan, Sam Houston, and was the first baby born in the Texas Governor’s mansion in 1860. Temple chased adventure and the western frontier his entire life, and was noted for being just as fast with his pearl handled peacemakers as he was with his mouth.

As a defense attorney, his orations became legendary, and his defense and acquittal of a Texas prostitute impressed the West.

Temple’s adventurous life started at 13 when he joined a cattle drive to Kansas, then worked his way east on a paddle wheeler. By 21 he was a lawyer, then a DA, and by 24 he was a Texas Senator. Temple tossed all his success aside to go to Oklahoma and participate in the massive land rush of 1890.

In 1894 he moved his family to Oklahoma, where he died in 1905 of a brain hemorage while campaigning to become Oklahoma’s first Governor. That’s a hell of a life in only 45 years!

Charley Waite Hat

Our Charley Waite hat from Open Range, filmed within an hour of where we are in The Last Best West

Open Range

Kevin Costner’s cowboy movie, Open Range, has a different premise than many westerns of this type. In the old westerns, range wars erupted when farmers attempted to put up barb wire across open range.

In this movie Boss Spearman, Charley Waite and their 2 man crew are moving their herd of cattle across community range, and are denigrated as Free Grazers by the local cattle magnate.

Denton Baxter proceeds to try to steal their herd, and picks a fight with the cattlemen played by Costner and Robert Duvall.

Bad move.

Turns out Charley Waite is a reformed gun man fighting PTSD, with some psychological issues from his days as a hired pistol fighter. The final gunfight scenes are some of the best ever staged and one of the movie’s highlights.  Check out our Open Range Chaps

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