Movies like Dances with Wolves

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Dances with Wolves (1990)
 8.0
 218K
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide – and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, exciting, scenic, melancholic, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, american civil war, culture clash, redemption, friendship, civil war, native american, officer, courage, tribe, lifestyle change, ethnic conflict, wolf, language barrier, buffalo, adventure, marriage, army, warrior, native americans, snow, freedom, deserter, countryside, mutiny ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, nebraska, south dakota

Most similar movies to Dances with Wolves

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, scenic and harsh films with plots about culture clash, mentor, violence, storytelling, dialogue, vengeance and brutality mostly in Drama, Western and Adventure genres. Some movies like Dances with Wolves: Into the West (2005), Far and Away (1992), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Little Big Man (1970), A Man Called Horse (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Into the West (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 552 min.
Story: Steven Spielberg executive produced this TNT miniseries about American Westward expansion during the 19th century. Told from both the perspective of the white Wheeler family and the Native American Lakota tribe, the 12-hour epic follows the clans as ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, sincere, realistic
Plot: old west, native american, immigrants, friendship, interracial relations, adventure, parents and children, siblings relations, culture clash, injustice, americana, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 54K
Far and Away (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A young man (Cruise) leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter (Kidman) after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, epic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, follow your dream, irish, romance, adventure, opposites attract, kiss, lovers, suspicion of murder, american dream, on the run, rise and fall ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: ireland, boston, usa, europe, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, epic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, adventure, lone wolves, snow, cabin, rocky mountains, mountain man, interracial relations, vengeance, respect, native americans ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 30K
Little Big Man (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.
Style: epic, humorous, realistic, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: native american, old west, orphan, chief, interracial relations, native americans, americana, settler, fight, society, adoption, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Man Called Horse (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1825 an English aristocrat is captured by Indians. He lives with them and begins to understand/accept their lifestyles. Eventually he is accepted as part of the tribe and becomes their leader.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, rough, exciting ...
Plot: ritual, bear attack, rite of passage, aristocrat, adventure, interracial relations, native americans, captivity, injustice, society, survival, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: south dakota, usa, india, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, master warrior, war, dignity, pride and honor, swords and armor, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the English and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: forbidden love, native american, adventure, wilderness, axe, massacre, french, freedom, commander, army, native americans, battle zone ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s
Place: usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: captivating, serious, emotional, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: old west, friendship, small town, vengeance, gunfight, murder, horse, cowboy, love and romance, redemption, good versus evil, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 7K
Shenandoah (1965)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, finds himself and his family in the middle of the Civil War he wants nothing to do with. When his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North the Civil War is forced upon him.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, widower, interracial relations, vengeance, war, anti war, parents and children, countryside, society, family relations, single parent, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 41K
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, 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, rough, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gunslinger, gambling, friendship, old west, parents and children, vengeance, deputy sheriff, historical figure, sheriff, crimes, gangsters, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s, 1860s, 1880s
Place: wyoming, arkansas, texas, arizona, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Retrieval (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, bounty hunter, slavery, civil war, african american, moral dilemma, danger, survival, track down, racism, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 11K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 3K
Bad Company (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jeff Bridges stars as young con man named Jake Rumsey in this highly original Western. After Drew Dixon (Barry Brown), an upright young man, is sent west by his religious family to avoid being drafted into the Civil War, he drifts across the land ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: betrayal, runaway, marshal, loyalty, american civil war, innocence lost, on the road, americana, dishonesty, partners, society, gang ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, tokyo, texas, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, revenge, murder, vengeance, chase, teenage girl ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: arkansas, usa, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 38K
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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: bounty hunter, murder, old west, manhunt, adventure, hanging, cowboy, horse, vengeance, odd couple, verbal byplay, on the road ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, semi serious, realistic, clever, exciting ...
Plot: gunslinger, rape, battle, battle of the sexes, murder, grudge, gang, verbal byplay, on the road, unlikely partners, old west, track down ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oregon, usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 18K
White Fang (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, dog, treasure, pets, adventure, human animal relationship, daring rescue, gold, survival, adventurer, unlikely friendships, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: alaska, usa, mine, london, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 33K
The Outlaws (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting ...
Style: feel good, exciting, realistic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, good versus evil, old west, small town, cowboy, group of criminals, friendship, adventure, violent, sheriff, horse, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: old west, flintlock pistol, adventure, wilderness, lone wolves, culture clash, interracial relations, rite of passage, conflict, redemption, injustice, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: soldier, apache, native american, racism, bounty hunter, genocide, vengeance, culture clash, war, historical figure, cavalry, injustice ...
Place: mexico, latin america, tucson arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Ride with the Devil (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, raid, war, uninhibited rivalry, romance, reincarnation, vengeance, friends, love and romance, rivalry, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: missouri, texas, germany, kansas, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.7
 18K
Lonesome Dove (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 384 min.
Story: Lonesome Dove is a Western television miniseries based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, Lonesome Dove was originally broadcast by CBS on February 5, 1989, drawing a ...
Style: epic, realistic, touching, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: on the road, old west, cattle drive, texas ranger, friendship, adventure, obsessive quest, hanging, buddies, aging, gunfight, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century
Place: montana, texas, usa, nebraska, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 12K
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, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brothel, dance, society, prostitute, love triangle, vengeance, immigrants, crimes, idealist, marshal, culture clash, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s, 18th century
Place: usa, asia, vietnam, wyoming, montana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: rough, serious, captivating, realistic, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, chase, australian, fish out of water, genocide, adventure, on the road, old west, vengeance, anti heroes, fugitives, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, wyoming, pacific ocean, texas, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: american civil war, revenge, vengeance, civil war, murder, native american, tough heroes, arson, chief, war crime, cowboy, loss of son ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Mountain Men (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story concerns two grizzled mountain men -- Bill Tyler and Henry Frapp -- during the dying days of the fur-trapping era. The plot begins when Running Moon runs away from her abusive husband Heavy Eagle and comes across the two seedy fur ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mountain man, frontier justice, frontier, native american, wilderness, adventurer, adventure, moon, fugitives, obsessive quest, on the run, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
 3K
The New Land (1972)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Continuation from Utvandrarna (1971): The Swedes arrive in the USA. They still have a long journey to Minnesota where they expect to find other Swedes. When they arrive there, each family searches a place to build a home. Kristina and Karl-Oskar ...
Style: captivating, epic, serious, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: immigrants, self discovery, countryside, culture clash, society, family relations, human nature, americana, hopes, misfit, lifestyle, construction ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
 588K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, violence, revenge, betrayal, old west, native american, manhunt, native americans, lone hero, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 24K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, union soldier ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: old west, preacher, buddies, on the road, gang, human spirit, interracial relations, culture clash, discrimination, racism, injustice, righting the wronged ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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