Movies like Once Upon a Time in the West

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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
 8.5
 267K
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Original name: C'era una volta il West
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.
Style: epic, tense, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, vengeance, gunfight, mysterious character, warrior, death, good versus evil, massacre, sheriff, duel, funeral, hanging, small town, tragic hero, anti hero, harmonica, greed, horse, child killer, corruption, young woman, heroes, killings, villain ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona

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Most similar movies to Once Upon a Time in the West

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, violence, gunfight, vengeance, heroes, cowboy and murder mostly in Western, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Once Upon a Time in the West: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), High Plains Drifter (1973), For a Few Dollars More (1965), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Pale Rider (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 161 min.
Story: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Style: tense, exciting, epic, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, lone wolves, gold, cons and scams, good versus evil, greed, gunfight, army, outlaw, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, mexico ...
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100%
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Genre: Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.
Style: bleak, cynical, stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, vengeance, old west, dwarf, drifter, mayor, gunslinger, outlaw, rivalry, tough heroes, mysterious character, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio," one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.
Style: tense, stylized, witty, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, warrior, old west, gunfight, track down, insanity, reward, duel, gang, rivalry, small town, suicide ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: new mexico, texas, usa, mexico, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, massacre, gold, drifter, horse, sheriff, gang war, old west, vengeance, greed, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico, arizona, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 47K
Pale Rider (1985)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A small gold mining camp is terrorised by a ruthless land owner wanting to take their land. Clint Eastwood arrives riding a pale horse just as a young girl is praying to God to help the miners. He is revealed to be a preacher with mysterious and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, violence, drifter, horse, gold, marshal, gunslinger, preacher, anti heroes, civil war, heroes, humble ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: mine, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, vengeance, gunfight, society, rescue, courage, friendship, dentist, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Four petty criminals, three men and a woman, wander through the trackless terrain of the Wild West Utah and are hounded by a sadistic bandit.
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pregnancy, prostitute, mining town, revenge, small town, deadly, gory, social misfits, lone wolves, group of strangers, old west, desert ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 4K
Chato's Land (1972)
Genre: Western
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A posse pursues Pardon Chato (Charles Bronson) a mestizo indian after he killed a US marshal in self-defense. As they get deeper into Indian territory, just who is hunting who.
Style: rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, manhunt, racism, carcass, dead horse, posse, rape, pardon, danger, society, death wish, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, arizona, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 22K
Django (1966)
Genre: Action, Western
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Django is a 1966 Italian spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. The film earned a reputation as being one of the most violent films ever made up to that point and was subsequently refused a ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, coffin, heroes, deadly, dishonesty, escapades, lone wolves, killing off one by one, chaos and mayhem, chases and races, violence spree ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 336K
Unforgiven (1992)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: old west, sheriff, regret, vengeance, one last job, redemption, revenge, small town, reputation, mutilation, prostitute, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: wyoming, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, vengeance, murder, revenge, cowboy, loss of son, massacre, chief, war crime, horse, arson ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 31K
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with the nine men on his hit list and ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hanging, pardon, small town, marshal, widow, judge, lynching, vengeance, vigilantism, death penalty, lone wolves, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Great Silence (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A mute gunslinger fights in the defense of a group of outlaws and a vengeful young widow, against a group of ruthless bounty hunters.
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, sheriff, winter, gunslinger, vengeance, greed, chases and races, lone wolves, mute or deaf, storm, righting the wronged, vigilantism ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: utah, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 7K
Nevada Smith (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Nevada Smith is the young son of an Indian mother and white father. When his father is killed by three men over gold, Nevada sets out to find them and kill them. The boy is taken in by a gun merchant. The gun merchant shows him how to shoot and to ...
Style: rough, gloomy, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, one man army, native american, half breed, vengeance, friendship, tough heroes, family in danger, family problems, friends, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Meanest Men in the West (1974)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bronson and Marvin star as murderous half-brothers who are running from the law as well as each other. A climatic confrontation proves to each of them just how mean the other can be. "The Meanest Men in the West" is actually an amalgam of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, tense, exciting ...
Plot: old west, on the run, vengeance, rivalry, murder, betrayal, criminal heroes, chases and races, family relations, kidnapping, heroes, bounty hunter ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.
Style: captivating, tense, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, revenge, righting the wronged, tough heroes, crimes, tough law enforcer, chases and races, criminal heroes, vigilantism, manhunt, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 281K
True Grit (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, tense, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, track down, bounty hunter, partners, adventure, tough heroes, horse, revenge, gunfight, murder, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Return of Sabata (1971)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Master gunslinger Sabata arrives in Hobsonville, a town completely owned by McIntock, a robber baron who is taxing the inhabitants for the cost of future improvements to the town. Or that's what McIntock says he'll do with the money...
Style: realistic, offbeat, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, revolver, good versus evil, vengeance, old west, gambling, heroes, dishonesty, social relations, lone wolves, crimes, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.5
 15K
Joe Kidd (1972)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all the records destroyed in a courthouse fire. Their leader, Louis Chama, encourages them to use force to regain their land. A wealthy landowner wanting the same decides to hire a gang of ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, bounty hunter, pistol, mexican, gunfighter, cowboy, vengeance, chase, gangsters, destiny, chases and races, lone wolves ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, california, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Valdez Is Coming (1971)
Genre: Western
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.
Style: clever, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: racism, rancher, vengeance, murder, crimes, lone wolves, self defense, pregnancy, vigilantism, kidnapping, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, arizona, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 32K
The Salvation (2014)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Denmark, UK, South Africa, Sweden, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, tense, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, gang, violence, revenge, criminal's revenge, small town, murder, lone hero, old west, tough heroes, crimes, violence spree ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, australia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John the eldest is a well known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get back their ranch from the towns gunsmith who won it from their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, hitman, revenge, gambling, kidnapping, investigation, vengeance, vigilantism, gangsters, family relations, siblings relations, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Django Strikes Again (1987)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Former gunfighter Django has become a monk and abandoned his violent former ways. His daughter is kidnapped by rogue Hungarian soldiers using slave labor to run a silver mine. Django casts off his habit and digs up his machine gun to practice a ...
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monastery, one man army, danger, gory, going straight, heroes, good versus evil, kidnapping, countryside, righting the wronged, tough heroes, ship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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My Name Is Nobody (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jack Beauregard, one of the greatest gunman of the Old West, only wants to retire in peace and move to Europe. But a young gunfighter, known as "Nobody", who idolizes Beauregard, wants him to go out in glory. So he arranges for Jack to ...
Style: humorous, clever, realistic, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: faked death, danger, friends, legends and myths, hotshot hero, unlikely partners, lone wolves, partners, heroes, old west, friendship, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1960s
Place: texas, new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Heaven with a Gun (1969)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Glenn Ford plays Jim Killian, a preacher who arrives in a town divided between cattlemen and sheep herders. But Killian isn't just any preacher. He is a former fast gun who has set upon a different path.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: small town, old west, gunslinger, society, starting over, hopes, crimes, danger, going straight, heroes, rivalry, ranch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 10K
Big Jake (1971)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson.
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, scout, estrangement, presumed dead, ransom, cigar smoking, vengeance, unsupportive spouse, heroic mission, parents and children, crimes, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 61K
Open Range (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Style: stylized, captivating, serious, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: old west, horse, friendship, gunfight, vengeance, small town, murder, cowboy, love and romance, good versus evil, shooting, dog ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 10K
Hombre (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.
Style: realistic, clever, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: racism, embezzlement, cowboy, stagecoach, outlaw, journey, apache, native americans, hostages, gain trust, crimes, corrupt law enforcer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mine, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 4K
Sabata (1969)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Several pillars of society have robbed an Army safe containing $100,000 so they can buy the land upon which the coming railroad will be built. But they haven't reckoned on the presence of the master gunslinger, Sabata.
Style: realistic, rough, offbeat, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, bounty hunter, gambling, sawed off shotgun, lone wolves, friends, crimes, chases and races, rivalry, partners, heist, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Death Rides a Horse (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Death Rides a Horse (aka Da uomo a uomo, or As Man to Man) is a 1967 spaghetti western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. Bill Meceita, a boy whose family was murdered in front ...
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, murder, betrayal, frame up, revenge, bank, sheriff, jail, explosion, martial arts, dynamite, bank robbery ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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