Movies like Pale Rider

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Pale Rider (1985)
 7.3
 61K
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 possible otherworldly origins who teams up with the miners to defeat the land owner and the corrupt sheriff.
Style: tense, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, clever, brutal, enigmatic, bleak, epic, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, preacher, gold, murder, courage, greed, revenge, gunfight, suspense, miner, teenage girl, single mother, mother daughter relationship, back from the dead, gunfighter, death of father, one against many, one man army, corrupt businessman, presumed dead, gold mine, mysterious stranger, corruption, cowboy, civil war ...
Time: 80s, 19th century, 1880s
Place: california, sacramento california

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Most similar movies to Pale Rider

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out harsh, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about violence, gun, gunfight, heroes, violent, horse and storytelling mostly in Western, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Pale Rider: High Plains Drifter (1973), Unforgiven (1992), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Hang 'Em High (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, disturbing, brutal, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, small town, revenge, suspense, justice, greed, murder, vengeance, gang, cowboy, gunfight, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: california, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 417K
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: bleak, suspenseful, tense, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: manly
Plot: revenge, vengeance, cowboy, redemption, old west, gunfight, sheriff, prostitute, small town, hitman, morality, prostitution ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: wyoming, kansas, canada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Adventure, 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, breathtaking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, adult
Plot: civil war, treasure hunt, old west, gunfight, greed, american civil war, good versus evil, suspense, moral ambiguity, cowboy, heroes, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, arizona, austin texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: stylized, atmospheric, epic, harsh, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, gunfight, small town, greed, vengeance, gang, violence, brutality, gang war, cowboy, gold, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, italy, spain, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 41K
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: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, epic, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, judge, hanging, u.s. marshal, guilt, justice, court, false accusation, death sentence, tough guy, ambush, tough cop ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: oklahoma, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 344K
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, cowboy, bounty hunter, old west, justice, gunfight, runaway, determination, texas ranger, teenage girl, death of father ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 20th century
Place: arkansas, texas, oklahoma, california, 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, tense, talky ...
Plot: american civil war, revenge, civil war, native americans, native american, suspense, murder, massacre, surrender, manhunt, on the run, runaway ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 70s
Place: texas, missouri, austin texas, usa, kansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 154K
Tombstone (1993)
Genre: 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, factual, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, manly
Plot: vengeance, gunfight, cowboy, old west, lone hero, gang, sheriff, friendship, suspense, betrayal, revenge, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, california, tucson arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 318K
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: gloomy, psychological, tense, harsh, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, old west, gang, sheriff, suspense, heroic mission, race against time, righting the wronged, death of protagonist, courage, heroes, morality ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, tucson arizona, usa, yuma arizona, sonora ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 33K
Seraphim Falls (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Civil War has ended, but Colonel Morsman Carver is on one final mission – to kill Gideon, no matter what it takes. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit takes the two men through frigid snow-capped mountains and ...
Style: tense, realistic, intense, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: wilderness, civil war, chase, revenge, american civil war, survival, justice, war, plot twist, twists and turns, colonel, indians ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
⇓ 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, visually appealing, surprise ending, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, mysterious character, villain, cowboy, revenge, gunfight, gang, death, small town, desert, farm ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, usa, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: talky, captivating, brutal, rough, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, revenge, slavery, violent, vengeance, bounty hunter, african american, gunfight, dark humor, suspense, society, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, tennessee, austin texas, texas, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.8
 6K
Tom Horn (1980)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ...
Style: tense, poignant, affectionate, gloomy, ironic ...
Plot: brutality, justice, gunfight, hanging, heroes, murder, violence, hitman, court, lawyer, gang, nude ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 20th century
Place: vienna, california, arizona, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 89K
Hostiles (2017)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A legendary Native American-hating Army captain nearing retirement in 1892 is given one last assignment: to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his Montana reservation.
Style: rough, tense, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: native american, native american reservation, reconciliation, widow, murder, american indian, bigotry, indian chief, military, gunfight, death, forgiveness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s
Place: new mexico, montana, colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 12K
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: intense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robber, betrayal, vengeance, greed, bank robbery, stolen gold, going straight, haunted by the past, criminal's revenge, on the run, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 60s, 1880s
Place: california, mexico, texas, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 20K
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: affectionate, intense, stylized, melancholic, ironic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, cowboy, bounty hunter, mexican, landowner, manhunt, bandit, train, revolutionary, civil war, revenge, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 20th century
Place: california, texas, new mexico, usa, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 75K
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, intense, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gunfight, cowboy, vengeance, violence, old west, revenge, showdown, civil war veteran, gunslinger, corruption, friendship, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: texas, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 28K
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: talky, tense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, vengeance, sheriff, lone hero, old west, adaptation, suspense, cowboy, righting the wronged, tough heroes, good versus evil, vigilantism ...
Time: 19th century, 60s
Place: texas, california, usa, sonora, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they ...
Style: tense, talky, semi serious, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, manly
Plot: vengeance, gunfight, american civil war, heist, parents and children, family relations, criminal heroes, partners, brother brother relationship, suspense, gang, good versus evil ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 49K
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, harsh, exciting, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: family outing, manly
Plot: revenge, bounty hunter, murder, manhunt, vengeance, hanging, cowboy, reward, civil war veteran, alcoholic, texas ranger, justice ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 70s, 1930s
Place: texas, arkansas, oklahoma, california, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Ride the High Country (1962)
Genre: Drama, 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: realistic, sentimental, cynical, talky, tense ...
Plot: gunfight, horse, gold rush, runaway, betrayal, aging, friendship, morality, death, moral ambiguity, obsession, violent ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 1890s
Place: california, texas, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, atmospheric, harsh, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, bounty hunter, suspense, small town, gang, robbery, violence, cowboy, warrior, revenge, heroes, sidekick ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: texas, austin texas, spain, new mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 25K
The Shootist (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: gunfight, suspense, widow, self defense, small town, haunted by the past, cancer, retirement, human nature, life is a bitch, against the odds, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: tucson arizona, california, el paso texas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, gloomy, meditative, scenic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: politics, lawyer, suspense, small town, cowboy, criminal, old west, justice, senator, robbery, success, society ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, vengeance, card playing, chase, violence, family relations, justice, gambling, redemption, brutality, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s, 60s, 1890s ...
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 15K
The Cowboys (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job ...
Style: harsh, serious, captivating, exciting, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: coming of age, cattle, desert, vengeance, gunfight, rancher, buddies, on the road, gold, good versus evil, murder, teenage boy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, texas, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 9K
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: stylized, tense, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, manly, kids
Plot: revenge, murder, gunfight, mentor, old west, prison, native american, solitude, multiple storylines, fantasy world, one man army, tough guy ...
Time: 19th century
Place: nevada, tokyo, texas, california, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 53K
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, 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, compassionate, harsh, enigmatic, breathtaking ...
Plot: gunfight, western hero, civil war, violence, cowboy, gangsters, vengeance, gang, friendship, gunslinger, deputy sheriff, justice ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1860s
Place: arizona, california, wyoming, texas, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 41K
The Salvation (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, 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: intense, brutal, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, lone hero, rape, murder, small town, old west, good versus evil, gunfight, violence, suspense, murderer ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: australia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 62K
Appaloosa (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.
Style: harsh, stylized, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, native american attack, gunfight, friendship, tough law enforcer, murder, suspense, justice, law enforcement, cowboy, trust, sheriff ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: new mexico, texas, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%