Movies like Dances with Wolves

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Dances with Wolves (1990)
 8.0
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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: sentimental, touching, serious, sincere, exciting, scenic, melancholic, realistic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, self discovery, culture clash, civil war, friendship, warrior, native american, officer, redemption, tribe, lifestyle change, courage, army, marriage, ethnic conflict, wolf, language barrier, buffalo, native americans, adventure, friends, camp, injustice, pride and honor, interracial relations ...
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, harsh and scenic films with plots about culture clash, violence, dialogue, mentor, storytelling, brutality and vengeance mostly in Drama, Western and Adventure genres. Some movies like Dances with Wolves: Far and Away (1992), Into the West (2005), Little Big Man (1970), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), A Man Called Horse (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
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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: captivating, realistic, touching, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: follow your dream, young lovers, adventure, irish, romance, against the odds, obsessive quest, love and romance, rise and fall, american dream, irish american, opposites attract ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: usa, ireland, boston, europe, oklahoma
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100%
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, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: old west, native american, native americans, adventure, family relations, siblings relations, immigrants, parents and children, friendship, genocide, destiny, revolution ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
⇓ 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: humorous, epic, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Plot: chief, native american, orphan, old west, native americans, thief, imperialism, injustice, americana, scout, loss of child, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ 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: bleak, realistic, atmospheric, epic, serious ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, respect, adventure, cabin, snow, rocky mountains, mountain man, lone wolves, interracial relations, native americans, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: colorado, 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, exciting, tense, captivating, rough ...
Plot: ritual, bear attack, aristocrat, rite of passage, native americans, adventure, survival, interracial relations, escapades, confined, life is a bitch, tribe ...
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, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, self discovery, courage, friendship, master warrior, battles, human spirit, war, pride and honor, dignity, swords and armor ...
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: axe, commander, french, army, freedom, massacre, native american, forbidden love, native americans, adventure, woman in danger, wilderness ...
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: 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 ⇓
47%
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 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: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: culture clash, injustice, vengeance, dishonesty, rescue, political corruption, crimes, idealism, brothel, marshal, gunfight, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s, 18th century
Place: usa, vietnam, wyoming, asia, montana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, captivating, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gunslinger, gambling, vengeance, gangsters, friendship, gang, parents and children, friends, love and romance, family relations, lone wolves, siblings relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1860s, 1880s, 1870s
Place: texas, arizona, arkansas, alaska, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: rough, realistic, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: american civil war, anti war, widower, interracial relations, war, vengeance, captivity, pow, society, missing person, vigilantism, military ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: realistic, tense, captivating, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, bounty hunter, moral dilemma, danger, african american, slavery, civil war, society, racism, survival, escapades, foe turned friend ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: rough, realistic, exciting, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: old west, flintlock pistol, adventure, culture clash, redemption, injustice, tough heroes, danger, rescue, heroes, wilderness, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: exciting, semi serious, sincere, clever, humorous ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, murder, grudge, rape, battle, gunslinger, on the road, gang, old west, track down, partners, couples ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oregon, usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, sincere, captivating, rough, realistic ...
Plot: bounty hunter, racism, soldier, apache, native american, genocide, culture clash, vengeance, war, campaign, society, battles ...
Place: mexico, latin america, arizona, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, rough ...
Plot: betrayal, runaway, marshal, loyalty, american civil war, dishonesty, partners, society, innocence lost, gang, real world, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, tokyo, texas, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, bullying, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, parents and children, society, understanding, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: exciting, realistic, feel good, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, good versus evil, old west, cowboy, small town, group of criminals, friendship, kidnapping, gunslinger, wagon train, sheriff, horse ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 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 ⇓
37%
 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, captivating, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: bounty hunter, murder, hanging, horse, manhunt, cowboy, old west, adventure, vengeance, obsessive quest, partners, track down ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wilderness, frontier, frontier justice, native american, mountain man, tough heroes, battles, moon, culture clash, treasure hunt, danger, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: captivating, rough, realistic, serious, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, good versus evil, chase, australian, fish out of water, adventure, vengeance, against the odds, misfit, society, self discovery, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, texas, pacific ocean, wyoming, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, touching, serious, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, raid, war, vengeance, romance, supernatural, reincarnation, fall in love, rivalry, love and romance, save the lady ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: st. louis missouri, germany, kansas, missouri, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 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: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, dog, treasure, gold, pets, human animal relationship, adventure, daring rescue, survival, adventurer, wilderness, trap ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: alaska, usa, mine, london, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, semi serious
Plot: old west, preacher, friendship, soldier, rivalry, heroes, partners, righting the wronged, tough heroes, fugitives, crimes, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ 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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, violence, lone hero, revenge, snow, betrayal, old west, native american, manhunt, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%
 6.0
 18K
The Alamo (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, siege, war, heroic mission, rivalry, danger, gunfight, soldier, mexican, revolution, justice, wartime ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa, kentucky ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a ...
Style: serious, captivating, uplifting, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, friendship, expedition, mountain, self discovery, society, escapades, teachers and students, adventure, religions or cults, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: countryside, americana, human nature, misfit, society, lifestyle, culture clash, self discovery, hopes, family relations, immigrants, childbirth ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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