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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: small town, wilderness, attempted murder, native american, river, settler, outlaw, frontier, gold, adventure, family, survival, crimes, old west, heroes, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, danger, society, couples, dishonesty, escapades, siblings relations, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1850s, 1860s, 1840s, 1830s
Place: california, missouri, arizona, ohio, usa, st. louis missouri, new england

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Most similar movies to How the West Was Won

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, cowboy, vengeance and violence mostly in Western, Adventure and Drama 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 Stalking Moon (1968), The Undefeated (1969). 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, hitman, revenge, gambling, investigation, kidnapping, vengeance, vigilantism, gangsters, rivalry, terminal illness, cards ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, sentimental, gloomy, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: funeral, cowboy, small town, politics, lawyer, robbery, senator, newspaper, gunslinger, outlaw, stagecoach, pistol ...
Time: 19th century
Place: kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, serious, bleak ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, vengeance, murder, revenge, war crime, arson, massacre, chief, horse, cowboy, loss of son ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, realistic, semi serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, chase, ranch, gold, violence, adventure, vengeance, dishonesty, friends, crimes, criminal heroes, chases and races ...
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chases and races, old west, rescue, tough heroes, escapades, interracial relations, rivalry, chase, society, desert, farm, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: tense, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american civil war, revolution, soldier, mexican revolution, cavalry, bandit, friendship, vengeance, adventure, escapades, crimes, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: redemption, friendship, betrayal, aging, bank, small town, gold, lone wolves, adventure, criminal heroes, rivalry, code ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: california, idaho, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: old west, bounty hunter, cattle, billy the kid, elderly, aging, dishonesty, heroes, tough heroes, corrupt law enforcer, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa, arizona, tucson arizona, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 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, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, scout, estrangement, presumed dead, cigar smoking, vengeance, self discovery, reunion, homecoming, rivalry, introspection ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: tense, exciting, epic, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, lone wolves, gold, cons and scams, good versus evil, greed, gunfight, army, outlaw, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, suspenseful, serious, clever, rough ...
Plot: racism, embezzlement, cowboy, stagecoach, outlaw, journey, apache, native americans, gain trust, confined, life is a bitch, hostages ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mine, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunslinger, small town, violence, horse, gold, drifter, preacher, marshal, anti heroes, civil war, mysterious character, right and wrong ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: mine, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, rescue, native american, opposites attract, adventure, tough heroes, culture clash, vengeance, adventurer, hostages, crimes, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: small town, old west, gunslinger, danger, hopes, crimes, starting over, society, rivalry, heroes, going straight, ranch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: rescue, small town, kidnapping, hostages, fugitives, crimes, prostitute, tough heroes, chase, opposites attract, culture clash, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 1880s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, small town, crimes, adventure, interracial relations, farm, rivalry, righting the wronged, tough heroes, vigilantism, society, americana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, arizona
⇓ 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: exciting, clever, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, grudge, murder, battle, rape, gunslinger, track down, couples, partners, unlikely partners, escapades, verbal byplay ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oregon, usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, going straight, stolen gold, vengeance, on the run, criminal's revenge, tough heroes, against the odds, heist, dishonesty, obsessive quest, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1880s
Place: california, mexico, usa, latin america, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 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: realistic, tense, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: american civil war, old west, colonel, vengeance, betrayal, crimes, investigation, rivalry, gunfight, revenge, soldier, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: realistic, gloomy, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, one man army, native american, half breed, vengeance, friendship, warden, interracial relations, friends, crimes, desert ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: betrayal, chase, orphan, knife throwing, bank robber, dishonesty, heroes, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, crimes, old west, heist ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, desert, native american, rivalry, lone wolves, anti heroes, life is a bitch, escapades, crimes, tough heroes, survival, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona
⇓ 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: exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, rattlesnake, duel, marshal, ambush, gunslinger, poker, whiskey, native american, fishing, mind game ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 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, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hanging, pardon, small town, judge, marshal, lynching, widow, vengeance, vigilantism, death penalty, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: epic, tense, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, vengeance, gunfight, mysterious character, warrior, death, tragic hero, small town, massacre, hanging, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: realistic, rough, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: old west, kidnapping, on the run, vengeance, murder, betrayal, dishonesty, deadly, criminal's revenge, farm, rivalry, investigation ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, suspenseful, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, apache, native american, adventure, escapades, desert, on the run, obsessive quest, heroes, track down, chases and races, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: clever, suspenseful, serious, rough, cynical ...
Plot: racism, rancher, vengeance, murder, rivalry, love and romance, lone wolves, interracial relations, couple relations, crimes, self defense, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, arizona, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 1K
Conagher (1991)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead. Conn Conagher is a honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they fight the elements, indians, outlaws, and loneliness.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: cowboy, danger, single parent, opposites attract, tough heroes, heroes, couples, gang, kidnapping, family relations, love and romance, cons and scams ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, horse, hanging, manhunt, cowboy, old west, adventure, vengeance, ambition, unlikely partners, hunt down ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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