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Burke & Wills (1985)
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Burke & Wills (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.
Style: rough, bleak, epic, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: desert, journey, journalist, maze, tragedy, sandstorm, outback, aborigine, countdown, survival, adventure, on the road, heroes, ambition, against the odds, adventurer, realism, obsessive quest, danger, forces of nature, escapades, wilderness, christmas, dog, horse ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era, 1850s, 1860s
Place: australia, england, melbourne australia

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Most similar movies to Burke & Wills

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about adventure, escapades, survival, culture clash, wilderness, death and beautiful scenery mostly in Drama, Adventure and History genres. Some movies like Burke & Wills: Tracks (2013), The Earthling (1980), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The Man from Snowy River (1982), The Way Back (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 25K
Tracks (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Style: uplifting, touching, road movie, captivating, scenic ...
Plot: desert, obsessive quest, wilderness, adventurer, adventure, journey, outback, camel, self discovery, solitude, loneliness, dog ...
Time: year 1977, 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976 ...
Place: australia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Earthling (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Patrick Foley has been on the move all his live. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets Shawn, a little desperate city-boy whose parents were killed in ...
Style: surreal, serious
Plot: wilderness, orphan, boy, tragedy, human nature, survival, isolation, adventurer, young heroes, escapades, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, survival, racism, kidnapping, wilderness, culture clash, punishment, capture, colonialism, outback, aborigine, human spirit ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: australia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. Kirk Douglas plays two roles as twin ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, serious, feel good ...
Plot: chase, ranch, coming of age, river, horse, romance, adventure, wilderness, beautiful scenery, estrangement, siblings relations, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s
Place: australia, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.3
 101K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, intense, epic ...
Plot: survival, escape, danger, communism, freedom, wilderness, russian, human spirit, convict, prison escape, pow, confined ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Krakatoa: East of Java (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A team of maritime salvage workers are about to embark on a recovery dive. However the 1883 Krakatoa Volcano eruption provides more pressing problems.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, 70mm film, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, tsunami, volcano, save the day, escapades, chases and races, daring rescue, rescue, adventurer, ocean or sea, survival, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Thrown together under incredible circumstances, two strangers must discover courage and strength when they begin a journey across the treacherous African desert! Equipped only with their wits and the expertise of a native bushman who befriends them, ...
Style: gloomy, touching, exciting, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, explosion, chases and races, adventurer, adventure, elephant, family, teenage life, murder, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: friendship, exploration, betrayal, wilderness, survival, obsession, captivity, river, expedition, adventure, danger, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, cairo egypt, brazil, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 7.7
 20K
Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: desert, tribe, survival, culture clash, wilderness, coming of age, suicide, teenage girl, rite of passage, camel, geologist, hunter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: British explorer Henry Stanley travels to Africa in 1871 seeking missionary David Livingstone.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: culture clash, danger, self discovery, amateur detective, idealism, survival, interracial relations, adventure, unlikely partners, hopes, war, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.5
 34K
Gallipoli (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, friendship, military, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, running, politics, war ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, middle east, africa, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Queen of the Desert (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, exciting, sincere ...
Plot: adventurer, political intrigue, state affairs, escapades, love and romance, politics, british empire, british military, rivalry, marriage proposal, strong female character, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 1890s
Place: middle east, persia, jordan, tehran iran, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, good versus evil, chase, australian, fish out of water, adventure, vengeance, chases and races, anti heroes, lone wolves, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, texas, wyoming, pacific ocean, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
We of the Never Never (1982)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the well-loved Australian classic by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn, this is the remarkable true story of Jeannie Gunn, a woman who fought to overcome sexual and racial prejudice amid the harsh beauties of the outback. Leaving her Melbourne existence for ...
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: couple relations, friends, friendship, culture clash, farm, misfit, against the odds, social differences, society, fish out of water, idealism, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.8
 228
Archer (1985)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the 1860s, Dave Powers, apprentice to a horse trainer, volunteers to ride Archer to the Melbourne Cup race. Their start is 600 miles from Melbourne, and the journey is anything but easy. Of course, the pair have numerous adventures along the ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: horse, rivalry, survival, on the road, chases and races, adventure, escapades, contests and competitions, ambition, friends, wilderness, race against time ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 6K
Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: siege, desert, islam, politics, culture clash, imperialism, negotiation, military, british empire, adventure, war, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: sudan, africa, egypt, england, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 11K
Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, realistic, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Plot: military, murder, australian, anti war, execution, soldier, writing, trial, military life, politics, war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, airplane, alcoholic, pilot, sahara, thirst, adventure, rescue, danger, family in danger, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, libya, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Four Feathers (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: imperialism, military, soldier, desert, redemption, colonialism, islam, slavery, starvation, massacre, siege, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1890s
Place: england, sudan, africa, europe, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 19K
Quest for Fire (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man's existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to the many harsh elements of nature. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged ...
Style: realistic, captivating, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: survival, cannibalism, tribe, adventure, tough heroes, human nature, danger, friends, heroic mission, escapades, hopes, wilderness ...
Time: prehistory, stone age, prehistoric times
Place: africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Van Diemen's Land (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true story of Australia’s most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his infamous journey into the beautiful yet brutal Tasmanian wilderness. A point of no return for convicts banished from their homeland, Van Diemen’s Land was a feared ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, cannibal, cannibalism, murder, chases and races, life is a bitch, escapades, confined, fugitives, bounty hunter, wanted ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 6K
Black Robe (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Canada, Australia, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. The Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, thought provoking, baroque ...
Plot: wilderness, journey, native american, culture clash, adventure, escapades, interracial relations, hopes, heroes, soldier, opposites attract, redemption ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: canada, quebec, india, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 92
The Irishman (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Paddy Doolan is a man who refuses to accept change. In a new century where the motor car is changing the way things are done, the stubborn Irishman, the last of the draught-horse teamsters, continues to haul timber the old way.
Style: uplifting, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: culture clash, against the odds, society, family life, lone wolves, family relations, adventure, family, wilderness, technology, irish, progress ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: australia, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An unexpectedly modern take on a tale of two Viking warriors abandoned on the American coast. Warning – contains a graphic answer to the question: do Vikings sh*t in the woods?
Style: offbeat, epic, serious, stylized, atmospheric
Plot: heavy metal, viking, obsessive quest, heroes, human spirit, rivalry, danger, adventurer, human nature, wilderness, vikings, survival ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.4
 17K
Bel Ami (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, captivating, sexual
Plot: womanizer, adultery, ambition, manipulations, rise to the top, strong sexual content, dishonesty, society, rich and poor, journalist, extramarital affair, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, on the run, prison, outlaw, gang, bounty hunter, track down, violence spree, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, rivalry, vigilantism ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 113K
Australia (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving ...
Style: epic, stylized, captivating, scenic, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: unlikely couple, inheritance, opposites attract, prejudice, social differences, adventure, journey, fall in love, greed, aristocracy, wilderness, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s, year 1939 ...
Place: australia, england, japan, shanghai china, pearl harbor ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 54K
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: realistic, captivating, touching, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, follow your dream, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Flight of the Eagle (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, West Germany, Norway
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, "The Eagle", takes off from ...
Style: realistic, exciting, epic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: survival, explorer, north pole, adventure, escapades, forces of nature, hopes, failed attempt, obsessive quest, partners, adventurer, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 447
The Whale (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatic retelling of the fateful last voyage of the Nantucket whaleship Essex. When the Essex is attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in November 1820, her crew take to three fragile whalers. Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the men must ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, exciting
Plot: adventure, dangerous animal, escapades, forces of nature, coming of age, danger, youth, survival, rivalry, ocean or sea, ship, orphan ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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