Movies like Burke & Wills

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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: captivating, epic, serious, bleak, realistic, rough, stylized
Plot: desert, maze, countdown, aborigine, outback, journey, sandstorm, tragedy, journalist, realism, on the road, adventurer, adventure, obsessive quest, wilderness, survival, danger, escapades, forces of nature, against the odds, ambition, heroes, door, bagpipes, australian outback ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, 1860s, 1850s, victorian era
Place: australia, melbourne australia, england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about adventure, survival, escapades, culture clash, mentor, dialogue and death mostly in Drama, Adventure and History genres. Some movies like Burke & Wills: Tracks (2013), The Earthling (1980), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), A Far Off Place (1993), The Man from Snowy River (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.2
 24K
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, captivating, road movie, scenic ...
Plot: desert, obsessive quest, adventurer, adventure, self discovery, journey, wilderness, camel, solitude, outback, survival, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1975, 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: serious, surreal
Plot: wilderness, boy, tragedy, orphan, adventure, adventurer, young heroes, survival, human nature, culture clash, isolation, escapades ...
Time: 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, realistic, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, child abuse, culture clash, wilderness, colonialism, racism, aborigine, outback, kidnapping, punishment, capture, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: australia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: atmospheric, serious, touching, gloomy, exciting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, survival, adventurer, elephant, chases and races, friendship, teenage life, murder, explosion, adventure, family, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, serious, feel good, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: chase, river, ranch, horse, coming of age, adventure, wilderness, romance, fall in love, escapades, regret, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era
Place: australia, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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, serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: desert, culture clash, wilderness, survival, tribe, coming of age, suicide, teenage girl, death, picnic, camel, hunter ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, chase, australian, fish out of water, genocide, adventure, on the road, old west, vengeance, anti heroes, fugitives, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, texas, pacific ocean, wyoming, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 99K
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: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: escape, survival, gulag, danger, wilderness, communism, priest, on the road, against the odds, war, freedom, camp ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, asia, himalaya, mine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: serious, realistic
Plot: adventurer, adventure, obsessive quest, wilderness, jungle, survival, war, human spirit, idealism, interracial relations, culture clash, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, exciting, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, pilot, sahara, alcoholic, thirst, airplane, adventure, race against time, rescue, crew, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, libya, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.5
 33K
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, realistic, touching, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, friendship, military, british empire, running, desert, war, idealism, buddies, innocence lost, soldier, troops ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, africa, middle east, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: betrayal, friendship, wilderness, survival, expedition, exploration, river, adventure, obsession, captivity, adventurer, british empire ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, brazil, cairo egypt, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, epic, 70mm film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, tsunami, adventure, island, adventurer, daring rescue, obsessive quest, ocean or sea, race against time, rescue, save the day, survival ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, based on true events ...
Plot: wilderness, survival, murder, cannibal, cannibalism, fugitives, bounty hunter, chases and races, confined, escapades, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 111K
Australia (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
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, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: inheritance, unlikely couple, opposites attract, prejudice, missionary, cattle drive, trampled to death, stampede, ranch, racist, adventure, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1942, 1940s ...
Place: australia, england, shanghai china, pearl harbor, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, serious, rough ...
Plot: siege, desert, islam, culture clash, british empire, politics, military, war, imperialism, negotiation, adventure, leadership ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: sudan, africa, egypt, england, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, outlaw, chase, on the run, criminal heroes, gang, crime, track down, chases and races, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 227
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, contests and competitions, adventure, on the road, race against time, wilderness, survival, escapades, friends, ambition, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 4.9
 2K
Paradise (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After their caravan is attacked and their respective families butchered by Arab marauders, teenagers David and Sarah flee across the desert. But the desert is filled with danger from the elements, animals and the unwholesome appetite of the Jackal, ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sexual, erotic
Plot: desert, young lovers, adventure, love and romance, danger, love, sexual relations, temptation, escape, teenager, kidnapping, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Japanese Story (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: culture clash, desert, romance, unlikely couple, love, wilderness, isolation, society, couples, opposites attract, interracial relations, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: epic, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: explorer, north pole, survival, adventure, adventurer, follow your dream, wilderness, obsessive quest, danger, escapades, hopes, partners ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: military life, australian, military, murder, trial, writing, courtroom drama, war, soldier, anti war, execution, politics ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, australia, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Secret River (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Story: In 1806, William Thornhill is sentenced to New South Wales for life where he is drawn into a terrifying conflict that will leave a bloody and indelible stain.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: love affair, human nature, aborigine, lake or river, social differences, love and romance, misfit, society, convict, australian aboriginal, colony
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 7.4
 18K
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, serious, atmospheric, bleak, rough ...
Plot: survival, obsessive quest, adventure, evolution, cannibalism, tribe, wilderness, cavemen, human nature, heroic mission, tough heroes, danger ...
Time: prehistory, stone age, prehistoric times
Place: africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: serious, stylized, realistic, sexual, captivating
Plot: adultery, newspaper, womanizer, strong sexual content, manipulations, journalist, camping, rise to the top, ambition, dishonesty, society, couples ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 2K
The Tracker (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Australia in the early 20th century outback, an Aboriginal man is accused of murdering a white woman. Three white men are on a mission to capture him with the help of an experienced Indigenous man.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: aborigine, racism, murder, fanatic, australian outback, manhunt, politics, crimes, outback, law enforcement, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After a childhood of abuse by his evangelistic father, misfit Oscar Hopkins becomes an Anglican minister and develops a divine obsession with gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier is a rich Australian heiress shopping in London for materials for her newly ...
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: gambling, obsession, wager, inheritance, minister, ship, college, murder, romance, clergy, friendship, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: australia, england, europe, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 438
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: serious, stylized, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: ship, survival, ocean or sea, danger, shipwreck, whale, adventure, escapades, dangerous animal, orphan, forces of nature, coming of age ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: soldier, military, imperialism, colonialism, islam, desert, redemption, sex, honor, church, army, bravery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1890s
Place: england, africa, sudan, britain, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 3K
Lord Jim (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.
Style: epic, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, book, tunnel, adventure, adventurer, downfall, starting over, haunted by the past, escapades, heroes, hopes, leadership ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indonesia, cambodia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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