''The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada'' is a 2005 film directed by and starring Creator/TommyLeeJones.

Melquiades Estrada, a Mexican working as a ranch hand in Texas, is killed through a misunderstanding, and his body hidden in a shallow grave. After his body is discovered, it is given a proper burial, but Melquiades' best friend, Pete (played by Jones), who knows that he wanted to be buried in Mexico, decides to steal the body and take it back to Melquiades' home town -- with the extremely unwilling assistance of the man (Barry Pepper) who killed him.

* AnachronicOrder
* BilingualBonus: A lot of Spanish in this film.
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: The central premise of the plot.
* {{Cowboy}}: Pete and his friends are the modern equivalent of the Working Cowboy.
* {{Eagleland}}: Various flavors here, from rednecks to generous cowboys.
* NewOldWest
* ReallyGetsAround: Rachel.
* SouthOfTheBorder: They cross to Mexico.