Tom Mix

Tom Mix was a mega star during the depression of the 1930s earning 20,000 a week. Mix was still a big star when he died in a car crash in 1940.

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 (naturally!) 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 the day were wowed by this short movie and western film has never looked back.

Classic 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.

You’ve worn the rest – now own the best!

Crown and Brim Measurements
We make custom cowboy hats so the crown and brim measurements are pretty much redundant. The hats you see online are our standard hats, if you want a specific crown and brim height all you need to do is enter it in the PRODUCTION NOTES as you put your hat order together.

We can make up to a six (6″) inch crown and a five (5″) brim.

Any hat with a brim width of more than 4 inches we must start with an oversized hat body, which adds a little to the cost. Most of our cowboy hats have a crown height between 5 and 6 inches and a brim width of 3 1/2 to 4 inches.

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.

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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 custom 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.

Tom Harte Hat

Tom Harte Hat in 20X pecan Beaver fur-felt with matching hatband and bound edge

Thomas Haden-Church

Thomas Haden-Church crafts as fine a cowboy hero as you’ll find and standouts as Tom Harte in HBO’s, Broken Trail.

Broken Trail (2006) from HBO starts off as a pretty simple story.

An uncle {Robert Duvall} wants to fix things between his dead sister and her estranged son {Thomas Haden-Church}.

Prentice Ritter takes his nephew and 500 fine horses north to sell to a horse broker for a big profit, of which Tom Harte stands to get a share.

Very little goes smoothly, and after the men liberate some newly arrived young Chinese women from a life in a brothel, their situation takes a turn for the dangerous. It’s compelling story telling, in the hands of a master director, Walter Hill. The scenery is spectacular and the acting stellar, and the story never tires from the telling. Good men standing up and doing the right thing.

Eastwood as Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Josey Wales Western Movie Hat

Our version of the Josey Wales

Outlaw Josey Wales

A classic western movie from 1976

What a movie. Even if you’ve watched The Outlaw Josey Wales 50 times, the give and take between Josey and Ten Bears, near the movie’s end, still moves you.

The Outlaw Josey Wales, is a gritty and realistic western movie, and Josey’s gun leather and clothing is true to the era and the character.

Canadian, Chief Dan George, has a memorable supporting role, and Eastwood has often said this is his favorite western.

For every Fancy Dan that was vain about their attire like: Bill Hickok, Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and Luke Short, there were ten thousand that dressed for comfort and function like Josey Wales.

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.
Tom Horn hat

The crown creasing of this hat is close to the Augustus, but it’s the hand shaped brim that gives this movie hat its unique character and look.

McQueen as Tom Horn

Steve McQueen as old west bounty hunter, Pinkerton Agent, and ultimately, outlaw, Tom Horn

Tom Horn

A Steve McQueen western from 1980

Realistic and gritty this dark, foreboding western has McQueen playing the tragic old west figure of Tom Horn.

Hired by the leading citizens of a county to eradicate rustling, Horn goes about his business too efficiently, making his employers nervous for their own safety.

When a local teenager is found shot dead, Horn is charged with the murder and left high and dry by his former friends.

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