Movies like How the West Was Won

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How the West Was Won (1962)
 7.1
 17K
How the West Was Won (1962)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, breathtaking, scenic, dramatic, sentimental, intense, talky ...
Plot: river, settler, native american, outlaw, frontier, adventure, small town, family, wilderness, attempted murder, gold, crimes, old west, danger, caravan, dishonesty, escapades, heroes, rivalry, society, couples, survival, couple relations, gunfight, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1850s, 1860s, 1840s, 1830s
Place: california, arizona, missouri, ohio, usa, st. louis missouri, new england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and rough films with plots about rivalry, gunfight, heroes, crimes, vengeance, cowboy and violence mostly in Western, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like How the West Was Won: The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The War Wagon (1967), The Undefeated (1969), The Stalking Moon (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, revenge, hitman, vengeance, investigation, gambling, kidnapping, vigilantism, lone wolves, sibling relationship, parents and children, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 19th century, 1890s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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 ⇓
87%
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: funeral, small town, lawyer, cowboy, politics, stagecoach, outlaw, pistol, gunslinger, senator, newspaper, robbery ...
Time: 19th century
Place: kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, gold, heist, ranch, street shootout, violence, adventure, criminal heroes, vengeance, buddies, horse, criminal's revenge ...
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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The Undefeated (1969)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american civil war, soldier, mexican revolution, bandit, cavalry, revolution, adventure, lone wolves, vengeance, friendship, kidnapping, military life ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, los angeles, latin america, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Stalking Moon (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her half-breed son recently rescued from indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even knowing the child's father is a feared and murderous Apache ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: track down, chases and races, old west, danger, desert, escapades, farm, rivalry, chase, obsessive quest, rescue, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.2
 10K
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, serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, cigar smoking, estrangement, scout, ransom, presumed dead, vengeance, missing person, old west, crimes, rancher, gang ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 80s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 8K
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, exciting, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: old west, billy the kid, cattle, bounty hunter, tough heroes, rivalry, aging, cons and scams, chases and races, crimes, dishonesty, elderly ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa, tucson arizona, arizona, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: exciting, epic, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, lone wolves, cons and scams, gold, good versus evil, outlaw, greed, gunfight, anti-hero, american civil war, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Ride the High Country (1962)
Genre: 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, redemption, bank, small town, betrayal, aging, gold, buddies, gang, adventure, lone wolves, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: california, idaho, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.4
 10K
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, serious, rough, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: apache, journey, stagecoach, outlaw, racism, cowboy, embezzlement, hostages, native americans, old west, rescue, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.3
 47K
Pale Rider (1985)
Genre: 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: atmospheric, realistic, tense, suspenseful, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, small town, anti heroes, gunslinger, preacher, marshal, drifter, gold, horse, lone wolves, settler, blackmail ...
Time: 1880s, 19th century
Place: mine, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Heaven with a Gun (1969)
Genre: 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: old west, gunslinger, small town, crimes, rivalry, ranch, going straight, starting over, danger, heroes, hopes, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, native american, half breed, vengeance, one man army, investigation, old west, repayment, desert, friendship, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ⇓
47%
The Trail to Hope Rose (2004)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lou Diamond Phillips and marina Black star together with Lee majors and Ernest Borgnine in a western drama. Lou plays an ex convict who tries to make a living as a mine worker, closely watched by Marshal Luther Toll. The convict knows he is just one ...
Style: serious, epic, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, prison, lone wolves, vigilantism, adventure, interracial relations, beach, tough heroes, farm, americana, crimes, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Two Rode Together (1961)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two tough westerners bring home a group of settlers who have spent years as Comanche hostages.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: small town, rescue, kidnapping, lone wolves, culture clash, racism, tough heroes, americana, heroes, society, fugitives, hostages ...
Time: 60s, 1880s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: atmospheric, epic, stylized, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, cowboy, mysterious character, gunfight, harmonica, small town, anti hero, tragic hero, good versus evil, massacre, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 6.2
 1K
Shoot Out (1971)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Clay Lomax, a bank robber, gets out of jail after an 7 year sentence. He is looking after Sam Foley, the man who betrayed him. Knowing that, Foley hires three men to pay attention of Clay's steps. The things get complicated when Lomax, waiting ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: betrayal, bank robber, knife throwing, orphan, chase, heist, old west, fight, criminal heroes, crimes, rivalry, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Genre: 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, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, ambush, gold, stolen gold, going straight, pregnancy, vengeance, on the run, adventure, tough heroes, crimes, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1880s
Place: california, mexico, latin america, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 31K
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Genre: 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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hanging, widow, judge, lynching, marshal, small town, vengeance, death penalty, pardon, vigilantism, lone wolves, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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 ⇓
43%
The Last Challenge (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An upstart outlaw baits a legendary gunslinger, now a marshal in love with a saloon keeper.
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: small town, fishing, rattlesnake, native american, poker, haunted by the past, gunslinger, ambush, duel, marshal, whiskey, mind game ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 6.4
 3K
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, small town, native american, anti heroes, gory, old west, lone wolves, revenge, vengeance, tough heroes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.5
 2K
Shalako (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: UK, West Germany, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Sean Connery is Shalako, a guide in the old West who has to rescue an aristocratic British hunting party from Indians and bandits.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: native american, rescue, betrayal, survival, opposites attract, adventurer, adventure, hostages, gunfighter, hunting party, lone wolves, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Valdez Is Coming (1971)
Genre: Western
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.
Style: rough, serious, clever, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: rancher, racism, vengeance, interracial relations, sheriff, extreme violence, murder, crimes, heroes, lone wolves, vigilantism, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, arizona, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: old west, farm, family life, crime, murder, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, bounty hunter, criminal's revenge, betrayal, investigation ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg (Garner), rescues Ellen Grange (Andersson) from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange (Weaver). He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, apache, native american, track down, old west, illegitimate son, duel, desert, tough heroes, adventure, chases and races, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 21K
El Dorado (1967)
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, old west, revolver, liquor, friendship, buddies, farm, righting the wronged, settler, ranch, vengeance, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1960s
Place: usa, mexico, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 9K
Rio Lobo (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Plot: american civil war, traitor, colonel, sheriff, old west, small town, soldier, betrayal, vengeance, obsessive quest, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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