Western Movie Hats

Western Movie Hats

Since the Dawn of Cinema the Western has been the greatest ongoing saga in film history.

The first true motion picture was a western (seen above) made by Thomas Edison’s Company in 1903, called The Great Train Robbery. This 12 minute “epic” changed the way film was presented, because it had a plot, defined characters, a beginning, a middle and an end.

The audiences of 1903 had never seen a “moving picture” and were wowed by this short movie, called a flicker show in those days. The film has no sound, so a pianist was employed to play along to set the mood.

And when Justus Barnes shoots at the screen in the final sequence, women fainted and men ducked. The moving picture was born and amazed all who saw it. The public was hooked and the Western film has never looked back. 

Classic Western Movie Hats from The Last Best West

Anyone that loves the Cowboy Way has a favorite western growing up, and we have over a hundred of your favorite cowboy hats from the movies. Our Last Best Cowboy Hats feature styles from some of the biggest B-Western beauties of the 1930s all the way to present day. Big brimmed hats are great for sun and weather protection and we have a slew to choose from.

Our cowboy hat styles with a wider brim include The Wasey, Quigley, Everett Hitch, Blondie, Little J, The Dunson, Cowboy Hats with a wider brim include The Wasey, Quigley, Everett Hitch, Blondie, Little J, The Dunson, Last of the Dogmen, Wild Bill, all our B-Movie hats, and many of our Custom Rodeo Hats.

All about hats and how we do it :: Testimonials

Cowboy and Aliens

Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde sizzle in 2011s big sci-fi western, Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens Jake Lonergan Hat

We really enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens, it is kind of a cross between Aliensand Tombstone, with a fine cast. Daniel Craig plays ruthless cut throat, turned reluctant hero, Jake Lonergan, in 2011s highly entertaining big sci-fi western, Cowboys and Aliens.

In addition to Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford has a great role as the heavy handed cattle baron, Woodrow DolarhydeAfter Dolarhyde‘s son and dozens of other townsfolk are abducted, Dolarhyde, bands with the outlaw Lonergan, and other men in the area and off they go after the Aliens.

Along the way they learn that Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) may not be from around there, and they band with the local Indians to form a plan to get their friends and family back. Big actors, big adventure, and big special effects.

Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is. – Josey Wales

Where’d those great Cowboy Hats from the Western Movies come from?

Many were versions of traditional cowboy hats from the 1800s – but most were from the imaginations of the early movie stars like Tom Mix. The old “B” Westerns from the 1930s and 40s were rife with grandiose Cowboy Hats.

Many of today’s most popular mass produced cowboy hat designs were first seen in the Movies.

Western Movie Hats

  1. A still from a silent western from the 1920s. Notice the “Sugarloaf” Western Sombrero on the left. This shape was the transition from a straight sombrero to the Cowboy Hat. The actor in the middle is wearing a version of our “Champie

  2. Nothings new under the Sun! Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine {1946} The shape of his Cowboy Hat is almost the same as hats in later Western Movies: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Open Range.

  3. A young Ben Johnson with a great Character Hat in the classic western, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon {1949}

  4. Alan Ladd as “Shane” {1953} wearing a gunfighter style cowboy hat similar to our version – the Hidalgo.

Legends of the Fall

A classic western movie from 1994


Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall

Twenty-five years ago this was a big movie at the box office, and Brad Pitt rode Legends of the Fall to movie stardom.

A year or two previous Pitt had a small, memorable role in the box office smash, Thelma and Louise. And this was to be his star making vehicle – and boy did it work!

This epic story finds 3 brothers fighting their way through the first World War, and for the love of one woman, who the youngest son brings home, before he goes off to fight and die in Europe.

Tristan is the wild son, and of course the one that Susannah wants. But Tristan has some post traumatic stress to deal with after coming back from the war, that Susannah can’t understand or deal with. Susannah ends up wedding the eldest son, Alfred, and watches in misery as years later Tristan returns and settles into a happy family life with Isabel Two. Big, broad story with magnificent vistas of the Rocky Mountains propel this movie to its powerful ending.

Authentic Designs from The Last Best West 
 Our custom hats are made the old west way – one at a time, and we believe if you want your favourite western movie hat – you should be able to get the same style of hat that the character wore.

Western Movie Hats

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  • Josey Wales Cowboy Hat

    Josey Wales Cowboy hat - our take on this classic western movie hat Our version of the Josey Wales hat has a bound brim edge and a satin ribbon and bow for the hat band, with the optional cav cord over it. You can choose white, yellow, black, red, or 2 styles of officer for your cavalry cord. Shown in bone with optional heavy trail dust, and unsoiled in silver belly.
    • CROWN:4 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 4"
    • Crown: Slight front pinch, Pecan top.
    • Brim: 1/2" Kettle Curl Bound
    • Hatband: 1" satin ribbon with optional Cavalry Cord
    • Color: Bone with optional heavy soiling And unsoiled in our classic silver belly color
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Thing Movie Hat

    Our take on Kurt Russell's hat from the Thing. The Thing Movie Hat - This 4 dent military style has the largest dimensions we can make. A 6 inch crown with a 5" brim. If you'd like the brim flatter on the sides, just put that request in the Production Notes box below.
    • Crown: 6 inches
    • Brim: 5"
    • Crown: 4 Dent Military
    • Color Shown: Chocolate
    • Brim: Hand Shaped -open
    • Hatband: Wrapped 3/4" distressed leather strapping/windstring
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • Rigby Reardon Fedora

    Rigby Reardon Fedora - our version of the hat from Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. {1982} Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid may be the cleverest movie in the history of film. This was the first film that cut in classic film scenes and legendary film stars into the plot and dialogue of the story.


    • Crown: 5"
    • Brim 2 3/4" inches
    • Hatband: 2" Grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: Fedora
    • Brim: Snap Brim, hand shaped Open
    • Color: Black
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Hat


    Our take on the Indiana Jones adventure hat (fedora) from the Indiana Jones movie.

    A classic fedora crown with a rakish curve to the brim brought this old hat back into public favor with the enormously popular Indiana Jones movies. Harrison Ford established himself as one of the top leading men in Hollywood with his portrayal of Archaeologist turned Treasure Hunter, Indiana Jones in 1981. We have modified the look of our Indiana Jones Adventure Hat by doing a 3 1/2" inch brim for better weather protection. If you wish the 2 3/4" inch brim (like the movie hat) just request it in the production notes as you put your hat order together below.
    • Crown: 4 inches
    • Brim 3 1/2" inches
    • Hatband: 1" Satin ribbon w/bow OR leather
    • Crown: Fedora Pinch
    • Brim: Hand Rolled Open
    • Color Shown: Pecan
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown

  •   Masterson Single Action Holster 

    Classic Cross Draw Holster - Simple, elegant and functional

    Masterson Belt if you order the Rig is 1 1/2" - to accommodate belt loops on today's britches. We made sure it fits Levi's jeans, and when worn with a sport coat or longer coat, is the perfect holster for people with the conceal & carry permit. Holster works equally well as either a cross draw or strong hand draw style. If you'd like the cut out star concho on the holster, please request it in the production notes below. 250_white_filials
  • Johnny Ringo leather holster hand made by the last best west A classic Hollywood holster and gun belt- from Tombstone. {1993} This closed toe design is made for quick draws with it's trigger guard fully exposed from the holster. We're showing our Johnny Ringo in our classic old mahogany color .  Movie rig is black.
  • Curly Bill Movie Holster - a hand made leather holster from Tombstone. {1993} COLOR SHOWN: Deadwood Brown This close toed holster is a little fancier variation of our traditional 19th century Teddy Blue Holster. The Curly Bill Movie Holster has a fancier border and the look is toughened up with 10 spots per holster. The 2 rig set that Boothe wears as Curly Bill Brocius, in Tombstone, was patterned after the rig that the historical Curly Bill wore. 2 Cartridge belts, one worn backwards and two strong hand draw holsters.   To order the complete Curly Bill Movie Rig, with 2 holsters and 2 fully looped cartridge belts, add all 3 options below where it asks, Add a Matching Belt and/or Holster? This will save you 35 dollars for the complete 2 rig set. Total will be 905.00 plus shipping. Choose your Buckle Set, Leather Color and Belt Style
  • a classic old west holster from the last best west Charley Leather Holster and Gun Belt - The Charley Waite rig from Open Range{2003} The Charley Leather Holster is patterned after a traditional 2 loop holster from the 1880s. The Charley is a closed toe design and is shown in the movie color, antique brown. Available in all colors.

  • Samuel Jones Movie Hat

    Our version of the Samuel Jones Movie Hat - from The Missing The Samuel Jones Hat is the one worn by Tommy Lee Jones, as Samuel Jones, a  white man turned Apache, who returns to his estranged daughter in time to try and rescue his grand-daughter from slave traders. Like the character there is nothing fancy about this hat, a simple open crowned cowboy hat with a bit of a pencil roll.
    • BRIM: 4" 1/2" Pencil roll, with a gentle hand roll - Bound.
    • Color: Pecan
    • Hatband: Satin Ribbon with bow, with matching bound edge.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • There Will Be Blood Hat

    Our version of the Daniel Plainview hat - There Will be Blood Hat We show our Daniel Plainview Hat with a contrasting hat band and bound edge; Movie Hat is a Pecan color with a matching Satin Ribbon and Bow  and bound edge. If you wish a different color hat band and bound edge please enter it in the PRODUCTION NOTES section as you build your hat below. Similar crown styles Wasey, Byron McCelroy, Conagher 250_white_filials
    • Crown 5 inches
    • Brim: 3"
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: modified Sagebrush
    • Brim: pencil rolled with a slight hand roll
    • Color Shown: natural with a chocolate brown ribbon, bow, and bound edge.
    • Musician Favorite
  • Everett Hitch Movie Hat


    Everett Hitch Movie Hat

    Our version of the Everett Hitch Movie Hat - from Appaloosa {2008} This big hat could have been copied from our Hickok. Our Hitch hat has an extra wide brim with a kettle curl and hand rolled brim. If you wish a windstring, you can add it during the check out process.
    • Crown: 5" inches
    • Brim: 4 1/2"
    • Color Shown: Dyed Natural
    • Crown: Telescope
    • Brim: Pencil rolled; Hand worked -bound
    • Hatband: 1" Satin with bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown

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