Movies like Once Upon a Time in the West

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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
 8.5
 295K
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, cowboy, mysterious character, vengeance, gunfight, duel, tragic hero, death, harmonica, villain, warrior, good versus evil, massacre, sheriff, funeral, hanging, small town, anti hero, showdown, anti heroes, greed, horse, child killer, corruption, henchman ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona, yuma 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 tense films with plots about gunfight, vengeance, rivalry, heroes, gun, crimes 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), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), Nevada Smith (1966). 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: epic, exciting, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, gunfight, anti hero, greed, anti heroes, gold, good versus evil, heroes, cons and scams, lone wolves, army ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona ...
⇓ 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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, small town, gunslinger, outlaw, criminal, anti-hero, tough heroes, mysterious character, lone wolves, rivalry, greed ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Genre: Action, 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, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, small town, gang war, massacre, gold, sheriff, greed, vengeance, deal, gang, tough heroes, cons and scams ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico, sonora, 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, exciting, serious, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, gunfight, bounty hunter, gang, heroes, small town, duel, warrior, reward, sidekick, lone wolves, track down ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: new mexico, texas, usa, yuma arizona, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, old west, murder, one man army, investigation, crimes, tough heroes, warden, rivalry, family in danger, friends, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 24K
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: cult film, stylized, atmospheric, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone wolves, vengeance, gang, heroes, coffin, orchestral, devious, sexual content, serial murder, rivalry, crimes, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, italy, tokyo
⇓ 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, captivating, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, bounty hunter, old west, slavery, vengeance, racism, african american, one against many, gory, torture, society, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 51K
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mine, anti heroes, gunslinger, anti hero, horse, small town, violence, drifter, gold, heroes, preacher, marshal ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 5K
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, racism, murder, dining hall, squad, dead horse, carcass, posse, rape, vengeance, track down, vigilantism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: arizona, new mexico, mexico, sonora
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 305K
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: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, adventure, gunfight, tough heroes, bounty hunter, vengeance, partners, revenge, track down, murder, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.2
 368K
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: old west, sheriff, revenge, vengeance, gunfight, redemption, regret, one last job, small town, prostitute, reputation, mutilation ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: wyoming, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, native americans, murder, cowboy, war crime, loss of son, vengeance, tough heroes, civil war, horse, deadly, anti hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 70s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, arizona, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 4.1
 1K
6 Guns (2010)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When her family is gunned down in cold blood, a young girl convinces a bounty hunter to train her as a gunfighter so she can seek vengeance with a six-shooter.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, small town, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, murder, danger, strong female presence, chases and races, heroes, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti heroes, heroes, small town, anti hero, old west, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, lone wolves, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, street shootout ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, rough, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: old west, dishonesty, crime, rivalry, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, crimes, betrayal, bounty hunter, on the run, deadly, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 11K
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, suspenseful, serious, tense, harsh ...
Plot: cowboy, journey, old west, embezzlement, criminal, outlaw, native americans, danger, racism, hostage, mine, stranded ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, nudity (full frontal - brief), vigilantism, gunslinger, sheriff, saloon, winter, greed, death, rivalry, deadly, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: utah, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, old west, revenge, western town, gunfight, friends, righting the wronged, tough heroes, chases and races, buddies, tough law enforcer, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Gunfight at La Mesa (2010)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Tate Noble returns to the town of his youth where as a boy his parents were murdered. His childhood friend Samuel, now the sheriff of La Mesa knows who is responsible, and Tate's arrival sparks hostility between Samuel and his father Judge ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, scary
Plot: showdown, old west, gunfight, heroic mission, heroes, rivalry, mysterious character, injustice, vengeance, destiny, crimes, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: rough, realistic, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, murder, frame up, vengeance, old west, betrayal, criminal, outlaw, bank robbery, fistfight, jail, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, old west, danger, partners, unlikely partners, hotshot hero, lone wolves, orchestral, graphic violence, faked death, friends, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1960s, 60s
Place: el paso texas, texas, new orleans, new mexico, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 35K
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, realistic, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, lone hero, gang, violence, old west, small town, murder, revenge, criminal's revenge, violence spree, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, australia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, gambling, bounty hunter, rivalry, heist, crimes, partners, dishonesty, betrayal, tough heroes, small town, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.4
 4K
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, old west, small town, native american, revenge, crimes, tough heroes, injustice, against the odds, survival, rescue, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.8
 123K
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, gunfight, vengeance, sheriff, dying, cowboy, murder, gang, crimes, against the odds, criminal, gunfighter ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 11K
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, realistic, serious, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, heroes, rescue, presumed dead, estrangement, ransom, scout, cigar smoking, old west, gang, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, turn of the century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: U.S. Marshall Duke Donovan is imprisoned, accused of being an accomplice in a bank robbery. After discovering that his partner is planning to kill his wife, he must escape prison in time to save his wife and clear his name.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: prison, heist, bank, vengeance, old west, rivalry, crimes, journalism, prison escape, country, murder, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: usa, yuma arizona, nashville tennessee, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, realistic, serious, suspense, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, on the road, desert, mysterious character, vengeance, wilderness, adventure, danger, gunslinger, escort, promise, hitman ...
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 66K
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: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: old west, gunfight, vengeance, cowboy, friendship, murder, horse, doctor, small town, civil war veteran, violence, shooting ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, family relations, investigation, revenge, gambling, vengeance, family life, crimes, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, cards ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1890s, 19th century, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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