Movies like Once Upon a Time in the West

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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
 8.5
 276K
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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, clever, epic, surprise ending, stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, cowboy, mysterious character, gunfight, duel, tragic hero, harmonica, villain, warrior, death, good versus evil, massacre, sheriff, funeral, hanging, small town, anti hero, greed, horse, child killer, corruption, young woman, heroes, killings ...
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 serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about vengeance, violence, gunfight, rivalry, revenge, pistol 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), For a Few Dollars More (1965), High Plains Drifter (1973), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Django Unchained (2012). 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, gunfight, gold, cons and scams, lone wolves, good versus evil, greed, army, outlaw, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona ...
⇓ 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: stylized, serious, exciting, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, gunfight, bounty hunter, track down, small town, gang, duel, warrior, reward, sidekick, tough heroes, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: new mexico, texas, usa, arizona, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Genre: Drama, 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: suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, small town, gunslinger, outlaw, anti-hero, rivalry, tough heroes, lone wolves, mysterious character, greed, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Genre: Drama, 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, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, small town, gang war, massacre, sheriff, gold, greed, vengeance, deal, crimes, cons and scams, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico, arizona, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, old west, slavery, gunfight, vengeance, african american, society, rescue, courage, torture, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 48K
Pale Rider (1985)
Genre: Drama, 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: gunslinger, small town, violence, horse, gold, drifter, marshal, preacher, anti heroes, civil war, small town life, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: mine, california
⇓ 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: serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, manhunt, racism, posse, carcass, dead horse, rape, society, frame up, gang, bounty hunter, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: arizona, new mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
Genre: Fantasy, 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: stylized, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, prostitute, mining town, revenge, small town, group of strangers, lone wolves, social misfits, old west, danger, vengeance, psychopath ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 23K
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, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, coffin, deadly, danger, crimes, chases and races, chaos and mayhem, lone wolves, escapades, heroes, violence spree ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 288K
True Grit (2010)
Genre: 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, gunfight, bounty hunter, partners, adventure, revenge, tough heroes, vengeance, murder, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 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, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, one man army, crimes, investigation, old west, tough heroes, friends, warden, rivalry, family in danger, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ 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, brutal, harsh, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: american civil war, murder, cowboy, loss of son, war crime, horse, vengeance, native americans, tough heroes, civil war, deadly, massacre ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 346K
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, captivating ...
Plot: sheriff, old west, vengeance, redemption, regret, gunfight, revenge, one last job, small town, prostitute, reputation, mutilation ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: wyoming, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: old west, family life, dishonesty, family relations, farm, betrayal, murder, bounty hunter, vengeance, deadly, rivalry, investigation ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, old west, lone wolves, heroes, male female relationship, murder, street shootout, husband wife relationship, anti hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ 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: gloomy, realistic, rough, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, revenge, buddies, deadly, dishonesty, vigilantism, vengeance, gang, friendship, chase, rivalry, friends ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, sheriff, winter, gunslinger, vengeance, greed, lone wolves, chases and races, storm, deadly, secret hideout, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: utah, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, old west, bounty hunter, rivalry, heist, crimes, tough heroes, betrayal, small town, partners, dishonesty, bank robbery ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, serious, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, vengeance, betrayal, outlaw, bank robbery, frame up, jail, fistfight, martial arts, sheriff, old west ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 4K
The Shooting (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A hired gun seeks to enact revenge on a group of bounty hunters in the Old West.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspense, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, on the road, desert, mysterious character, wilderness, vengeance, danger, adventure, gunslinger, escort, promise, hitman ...
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg (Garner), rescues Ellen Grange (Andersson) from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange (Weaver). He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, apache, native american, track down, rescue, old west, tough heroes, on the run, husband wife relationship, gambler, battle, survival ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, texas, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, bounty hunter, pistol, mexican, cowboy, gunfighter, vengeance, chase, gangsters, destiny, leadership, reform ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 3K
Red Fighter (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The sole survivor of a bloody massacre vows revenge on his attackers and on the men who killed his wife.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, native american, vengeance, crimes, old west, deadly, against the odds, tough heroes, rescue, survival, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.7
 33K
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, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, lone hero, gang, violence, small town, murder, revenge, tough heroes, old west, criminal's revenge, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, australia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.8
 117K
Tombstone (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, sheriff, gunfight, vengeance, murder, cowboy, dying, crimes, gang, against the odds, criminal, outlaw ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, rough, serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: racism, one man army, vengeance, murder, interracial relations, crimes, love and romance, captivity, society, vigilantism, couples, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: latin america, mexico, arizona, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A mysterious woman comes to compete in a quick-draw elimination tournament, in a town taken over by a notorious gunman.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: duel, revenge, small town, prairie, old west, vengeance, rivalry, crimes, female protagonist, gun duel, prison, pistol ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, mexico, tucson arizona, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, partners, friends, lone wolves, legends and myths, heroes, hotshot hero, unlikely partners, old west, friendship, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1960s
Place: albuquerque new mexico, new mexico, arizona, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 63K
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, serious, emotional, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: old west, vengeance, gunfight, cowboy, doctor, friendship, horse, small town, murder, civil war veteran, love and romance, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, hitman, revenge, gambling, investigation, kidnapping, vengeance, vigilantism, gangsters, parents and children, deadly, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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