Movies like High Plains Drifter

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High Plains Drifter (1973)
 7.5
 50K
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, suspense, disturbing, brutal, bleak, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, small town, criminal, gunslinger, outlaw, anti-hero, lone wolves, rivalry, mysterious character, tough heroes, greed, gunfight, anti hero, anti heroes, murder, heroes, drifter, dwarf, mayor, husband wife relationship, justice, gang, gangs, vigilantism ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about gunfight, gun, heroes, cowboy, vengeance, violence and rivalry mostly in Western, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like High Plains Drifter: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Pale Rider (1985), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Hang 'Em High (1968), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 ...
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 7.3
 53K
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, showdown, preacher ...
Time: 1880s, 19th century, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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 ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, clever, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, mysterious character, vengeance, death, gunfight, duel, tragic hero, harmonica, villain, warrior, small town ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 35K
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, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hanging, vigilantism, pardon, heroes, small town, old west, lynching, marshal, widow, judge, crimes, death penalty ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, anti hero, treasure hunt, gunfight, greed, gold, good versus evil, heroes, cowboy, cons and scams, lone wolves, army ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, santa fe new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 374K
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, vengeance, gunfight, redemption, revenge, regret, one last job, cowboy, small town, mutilation, reputation ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: wyoming, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, native american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 70s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, 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, duel, small town, warrior, reward, sidekick, lone wolves, track down ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, el paso texas, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Breakheart Pass (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the height of the frontier era, a train races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote army post. But one by one the passengers are being murdered, and their only hope is the mysterious John Deakin, who's being ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train ride, murder, train, governor, u.s. marshal, prisoner, investigation, track down, crime, danger, crimes, frame up ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, utah, ireland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 21K
Jane Got a Gun (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: gang, old west, farm, family relations, unlikely partners, family in danger, criminal's revenge, family problems, tough heroes, gunfight, survival, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 80s
Place: usa, missouri, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 17K
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: rough, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti hero, anti heroes, violence, heroes, bounty hunter, steam train, cowboy, gunfighter, chase, gangsters, destiny, hostage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti hero, heroes, anti heroes, small town, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry, old west, lone wolves, male female relationship, murder, street shootout ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 36K
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, good versus evil, criminal's revenge, rivalry, violence spree ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, australia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.8
 126K
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, vengeance, gunfight, sheriff, dying, cowboy, murder, gang, crimes, against the odds, criminal, gunfighter ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Valentine Casey is a Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900's. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past. He and his partner, U.S. Christmas, journey through the ...
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: desert, outlaw, criminal, crimes, gang, haunted by the past, old west, small town, family relations, tough heroes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 310K
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, vengeance, gunfight, tough heroes, bounty hunter, partners, shooting, hunt down, revenge, track down ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s, 1900s, 20th century
Place: usa, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 24K
El Dorado (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, old west, revolver, sheriff, vengeance, good versus evil, righting the wronged, tough heroes, vigilantism, farm, americana, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, sonora, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, old west, murder, one man army, crimes, investigation, tough heroes, warden, rivalry, family in danger, friends, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, ...
Style: tense, psychological, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, old west, gang, heroic mission, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, race against time, righting the wronged, sheriff, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, yuma arizona, sonora ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.5
 299
Joshua (1976)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, tough girl, old west, vengeance, vigilantism, kidnapping, graphic violence, lone wolves, rivalry, good versus evil, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Hired Hand (1971)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric
Plot: murder, old west, showdown, drifter, haunted by the past, vengeance, love and romance, starting over, lone wolves, family relations, redemption, family life ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, good versus evil, small town, civil war veteran, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, outlaw, criminal, senator, robbery, society ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Japan
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: duel, revenge, small town, gunfight, prairie, old west, vengeance, rivalry, crimes, gun duel, female protagonist, prison ...
Time: 19th century
Place: yuma arizona, mexico, arizona, tucson arizona, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 10K
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, going straight, stolen gold, vengeance, on the run, criminal's revenge, against the odds, dishonesty, crimes, obsessive quest, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1880s
Place: california, mexico, usa, latin america, sonora ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, bank robbery, outlaw, jail, martial arts, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 2.4
 976
Gang of Roses (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in the 1800's, the town of Flat ridge is over run by a band of outlaws looking for lost treasure said to be buried somewhere in town. In their quest for dominance, the outlaws kill Sally, a whore who happens to be the sister of Rachel and a ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, violence, criminal's revenge, adventure, good versus evil, gang, vigilantism, dishonesty, vengeance, crimes, heroes, street shootout ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Heaven with a Gun (1969)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Glenn Ford plays Jim Killian, a preacher who arrives in a town divided between cattlemen and sheep herders. But Killian isn't just any preacher. He is a former fast gun who has set upon a different path.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: old west, small town, gunslinger, starting over, going straight, danger, crimes, society, hopes, heroes, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: arizona, usa, santa fe new mexico, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.5
 445
Ghost Rock (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1882, John Slaughter and his sidekick Savannah Starr return to a town where an almost forgotten massacre took place 20 years ago. They are determined to find the man responsible.
Style: serious, suspense, tense, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, tough heroes, vigilantism, vengeance, righting the wronged, deadly, crimes, hopes, lone wolves, gang, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 407
Jericho (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A man, Jericho (Mark Valley), wanders into a town and gets embroiled in a deeper mystery than he bargained for.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, suspense, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: uncover truth, rivalry, mysterious character, mystery, on the run, haunted by the past, redemption, memory loss, murder, vengeance, lone wolves, chases and races ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%