Movies like The Cowboys

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The Cowboys (1972)
 7.4
 14K
The Cowboys (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.
Style: serious, captivating, harsh, exciting, suspense, rough, realistic, allegory, affectionate, tense ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: cattle, desert, vengeance, on the road, buddies, gold, crimes, gunfight, murder, teenage boy, heroes, rancher, adventure, old west, friends, rivalry, partners, switching roles, ranch, coming of age, revenge, schoolboy, children, good versus evil, horse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: montana, california, texas

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Most similar movies to The Cowboys

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and tense films with plots about vengeance, gunfight, heroes, rivalry, violence, murder and crimes mostly in Western, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Cowboys: Quigley Down Under (1990), True Grit (1969), Open Range (2003), The War Wagon (1967), Rooster Cogburn (1975). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: American Matt Quigley answers Australian land baron Elliott Marston's ad for a sharpshooter to kill the dingoes on his property. But when Quigley finds out that Marston's real target is the aborigines, Quigley hits the road. Now, even ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, entertaining, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, vigilantism, fish out of water, vengeance, crimes, old west, against the odds, dishonesty, partners, good versus evil, australian, chase ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, texas, wyoming, pacific ocean, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 47K
True Grit (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he ...
Style: stylized, exciting, harsh, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: manhunt, bounty hunter, adventure, murder, reward, hanging, cowboy, vengeance, partners, odd couple, wanted, ambition ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 70s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, usa, arkansas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 72K
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, cowboy, gunfight, vengeance, civil war veteran, friendship, murder, gunslinger, horse, doctor, corruption, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: montana, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 10K
The War Wagon (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An ex-con seeks revenge on the man who put him in prison by planning a robbery of the latter's stagecoach, which is transporting gold. He enlists the help of a partner, who could be working for his nemesis.
Style: exciting, intense, suspense, humorous, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, chase, gold, vengeance, frame up, rivalry, gunfight, caper, jail, heroes, ranch, cowboy ...
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a band of drunken thugs overruns a small Indian Nation town, killing Minister Goodnight and raping the women folk, Eula Goodnight enlists the aid of Marshal Cogburn to hunt them down and bring her father's killers to justice.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, exciting, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: battle of the sexes, murder, grudge, rape, gunslinger, battles, gang, mountain, crimes, unlikely partners, track down, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 70s
Place: usa, oregon, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Aces 'N' Eights (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Already taking a gamble settling in the uncharted west, the peaceful settlers of a town destined for railroad greatness suddenly find themselves being ruthlessly gunned down. With no law and order to be found, justice falls onto the shoulders of an ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, brutality, adventure, partners, rescue, good versus evil, americana, vengeance, society, criminal heroes, heroes, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Return to Snowy River (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a few years trying to earn money to marry Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton), Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) returns to Snowy River. But he finds that a lot of things have changed.
Style: semi serious, sexy, unusual plot structure, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: horse, ranch, love and romance, horse riding, romance, love triangle, forbidden love, fall in love, adventure, rivalry, friends, chase ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 1890s
Place: australia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Comancheros (1961)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: renegade, rescue, heroes, gambler, texas ranger, chase, gang, murder, crimes, adventure, tough heroes, friends ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: texas, usa, latin america, mexico, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they ...
Style: tense, semi serious, suspenseful, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: u.s. marshal, vengeance, crimes, parents and children, heist, family relations, criminal heroes, partners, bank, gunfight, brother brother relationship, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, card playing, family relations, revenge, gambling, vengeance, investigation, family life, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 19th century, 1890s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 10K
Chisum (1970)
Genre: Biography, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, cattle, aging, corrupt law enforcer, elderly, crimes, dishonesty, cons and scams, heroes, billy the kid, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 80s, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, tucson arizona, santa fe new mexico, yuma arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.0
 39K
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Genre: Drama, 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, death sentence, vigilantism, heroes, pardon, old west, small town, widow, marshal, judge, crimes, lynching ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Wyatt Earp is approached by a journalist for an interview about how he became a famous sheriff. Earp told the story of how he was a fearless U.S. Marshall. If 27-year old Wyatt Earp comes out that his first girlfriend Dora Hand was murdered. ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: old west, track down, vengeance, rivalry, partners, vigilantism, crimes, murder, cowboy, gunfight, renegade, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 50K
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: Covering the life and times of one of the West's most iconic heroes Wyatt Earp weaves an intricate tale of Earp and his friends and family. With a star studded cast, sweeping cinematography and authentic costumes Wyatt Earp led the way during ...
Style: epic, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: family relations, heroes, deputy sheriff, gunslinger, gambling, vengeance, gang, gangsters, friendship, friends, quarantine, sexism ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1870s, 1860s
Place: arizona, arkansas, alaska, texas, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 333K
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: tense, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, vengeance, bounty hunter, adventure, gunfight, tough heroes, partners, hunt down, determination, revenge, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 20th century
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 24K
The Shootist (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspense, tense ...
Plot: terminal illness, self defense, small town, widow, haunted by the past, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, against the odds, hitman, retirement, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, turn of the century, 19th century, 70s
Place: nevada, el paso texas, tucson arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 11K
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, going straight, stolen gold, vengeance, on the run, criminal's revenge, against the odds, heist, obsessive quest, dishonesty, crimes, adventure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1880s
Place: california, mexico, latin america, usa, sonora ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Deadly Trackers (1973)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick is a pacifist. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of killers. When their paths cross Kilpatrick is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring death to Brand and his gang. Through his hunt into Mexico he is ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vigilantism, heroes, pacifist, bank robbery, revenge, bank, anti war, heist, vengeance, gang, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, latin america, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Ride the High Country (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, serious, meditative ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, aging, small town, bank, gold, wedding, redemption, heist, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 70s
Place: california, idaho, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 144K
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: vengeance, old west, cowboy, sheriff, gunfight, murder, lone hero, gang, crimes, dying, against the odds, criminal ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 13K
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, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, rescue, heroes, estrangement, ransom, presumed dead, ranch, scout, old west, gang, obsessive quest, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, turn of the century, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid, is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the militaristic outlaw leader, Butch Cavendich, he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto. When he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: heroes, old west, vigilantism, adventure, crimes, tough heroes, friends, secret identity, rivalry, assassination, gang, buddies ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Style: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, psychopath, hanging, bounty hunter, vigilantism, train robbery, gang, crimes, escapades, track down, dishonesty, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 70s
Place: canada, montana, missouri, usa, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspense, gloomy, meditative ...
Plot: funeral, cowboy, politics, small town, old west, lawyer, gunslinger, criminal, senator, robbery, society, success ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 15K
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 219 min.
Story: Harvard graduate James Averill (Kris Kristofferson) is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brothel, immigrants, love triangle, culture clash, injustice, rescue, crimes, dishonesty, political corruption, idealism, marshal, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s, 18th century
Place: usa, montana, wyoming, asia, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Shoot First and Pray You Live (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tale of vengeance -- outlaw style -- as Red Pierre hunts down legendary gunman Bob McGurk to avenge the murder of his Mother and Father
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, gang, rivalry, crimes, tough heroes, adventure, escapades, old west, desert, vengeance, murder, chase ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 12K
Rio Lobo (1970)
Genre: War, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, old west, colonel, vengeance, betrayal, crimes, rivalry, investigation, gunfight, revenge, soldier, small town ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 178 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, greed, gold, good versus evil, heroes, cons and scams, cowboy, army, lone wolves, criminal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, santa fe new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 59K
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, horse, small town, heroes, drifter, gold, marshal, preacher, settler, showdown, gunslinger, civil war ...
Time: 1880s, 19th century, 80s
Place: california, sacramento california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 8K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, old west, murder, one man army, crimes, investigation, family in danger, tough heroes, friends, warden, rivalry, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, mississippi, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%