Frontier movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant frontier movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, exciting and harsh films and TV shows about / with frontier, heroes, horse, gun, gunfight, murder, violence, rivalry, brutality and vengeance plots mostly in Western, Drama and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
frontier movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as frontier: Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991), How the West Was Won (1962), The Mountain Men (1980), Slow West (2015), Seraphim Falls (2006), The Missing (2003), The Wind (2018), Hell on Wheels (2011), The Valley of Death (1968), Dead Man (1995).

List of frontier movies

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story is set in Kansas in the year 1910. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth several years earlier, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: farm, frontier, bereavement, single parent, countryside, prairie, family life, self discovery, human nature, small town life, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era
Place: kansas, usa, maine, new england
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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, realistic, serious, intense ...
Plot: old west, wilderness, gold, attempted murder, small town, criminal, frontier, outlaw, native american, adventure, family, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1860s, 1850s ...
Place: california, arizona, missouri, ohio, usa ...
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The Mountain Men (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story concerns two grizzled mountain men -- Bill Tyler and Henry Frapp -- during the dying days of the fur-trapping era. The plot begins when Running Moon runs away from her abusive husband Heavy Eagle and comes across the two seedy fur ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mountain man, heroes, wilderness, battles, native american, vigilantism, frontier, frontier justice, mountain, treasure hunt, americana, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: usa
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Slow West (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: UK, New Zealand
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In the Old West, a 17-year-old Scottish boy teams up with a mysterious gunman to find the woman with whom he is infatuated.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, road movie ...
Plot: gunfight, search, pursuit, death of father, horse, bounty hunter, outlaw, criminal, old west, rescue, danger, unrequited love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, colorado, ireland, scotland, california
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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, atmospheric, rough, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: wilderness, vengeance, civil war, chase, on the run, union soldier, colonel, obsessive quest, crimes, danger, deadly, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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The Missing (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When rancher and single mother of two Maggie Gilkeson sees her teenage daughter, Lily, kidnapped by Apache rebels, she reluctantly accepts the help of her estranged father, Samuel, in tracking down the kidnappers. Along the way, the two must learn ...
Style: serious, disturbing, atmospheric, suspense, intense ...
Plot: native americans, kidnapping, redemption, rescue, reconciliation, family relations, parents and children, crimes, rebellion, track down, rebelliousness, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona
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The Wind (2018)
Genre: Horror, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard as a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land.
Style: psychological, scary, brutal, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, supernatural, exploitation, alienation, reverend, insanity, paranoia, survival, rescue, gory, murder, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
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Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, slavery, native americans, african american, loss of spouse, rivalry, americana, haunted by the past, courage, shooting, train, business venture ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa
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The Valley of Death (1968)
Genre: Western, Adventure
Country: West Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mabel Kingsley arrives at a western town to clear her missing father of the charge that he stole a shipment of government gold. A frontiersman known as "Shatterhand" agrees to guide her in a search for the gold and for major Kingsley. They ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: gang, native american, gold, lieutenant, crimes, life is a bitch, adventure, dishonesty, danger, heroes, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century
Place: latin america, mexico
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Dead Man (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, bleak, tense, offbeat ...
Plot: gunfight, native americans, cowboy, sheriff, wilderness, transformation, bounty hunter, murder, journey, runaway, hallucination, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, england, cleveland ohio, pacific ocean
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The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, native american, lone hero, violence, snow, native americans, old west, grizzly bear, bear attack, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: world war two, train, escape, prison, pow, behind enemy lines, war, adventure, chases and races, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: switzerland, italy, germany, europe, rome italy ...
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Never Grow Old (2019)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Ireland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful town, but his own family come under threat as the death toll increases dramatically.
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, captivating, exciting
Plot: preacher, outlaw gang, survival, justice, death, violence, murder, husband wife relationship, love, funeral, redemption, frontier town ...
Time: 19th century
Place: oregon, america, ireland
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When Calls the Heart (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Romania, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Elizabeth Thatcher, a cultured young teacher in 1910, fears leaving her comfortable world in the city. But when she accepts a teaching position in a frontier town, she finds new purpose and love with a handsome Royal Canadian Mountie.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: small town, teacher, workplace situations, ambition, americana, fall in love, fish out of water, power relations, disorder, hopes, love and romance, workplace ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: canada, usa
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Major Dundee (1965)
Genre: Adventure, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.
Style: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: military, battles, american civil war, village, rescue, soldier, raid, apache, heroes, adventure, leadership, survival ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: new mexico, mexico, usa, texas, latin america ...
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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: exciting, intense, suspense, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, chase, gold, ranch, vengeance, frame up, rivalry, gunfight, caper, jail, heroes, cowboy ...
Place: usa, mexico
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To Marry a Captain (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Captain Alexander Blinov goes on vacation and has to give a package to Lena. Lena is freelance photo journalist who runs from job to job. She also has a long conflicting relationship with her retired neighbor who thinks that people like her ...
Plot: platonic, countryside, television studio, nudity (full frontal - brief), divorced divorcee, outpost, frontier, skinny dipping, captain, kgb, male female relationship, security guard ...
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Amongst Vultures (1964)
Genre: Western, Adventure
Country: West Germany, France, Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Frontier Hellcat was the fourth in a series of 1960s European westerns based on Karl May's "Winnetou" character. Stewart Granger takes over from Lex Barker in the leading "Anglo"-role of the mysterious maverick who wanders ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: equestrian, apache, native american, danger, gang, adventurer, escapades, old west, parents and children, survival, kidnapping, conquering ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: arizona
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An Unforgettable Summer (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian ...
Style: serious, realistic, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, military, soldier, state affairs, moral dilemma, military life, political unrest, wartime life, life is a bitch, hopes, war, injustice ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 50s, 1950s
Place: bucharest, japan, tokyo, rio de janeiro
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Texas Rangers (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ten years after the Civil War has ended, the Governor of Texas asks Leander McNelly to form a company of Rangers to help uphold the law along the Mexican border. With a few veterans of the war, most of the recruits are young men who have little or ...
Style: serious, harsh, exciting, touching, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: texas ranger, adventure, danger, rivalry, rescue, crimes, love triangle, tiger, tough heroes, interracial relations, heroes, american civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa, canada ...
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The Substitute Wife (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: bigamy, love triangle, prostitute, pioneer, family relations, self discovery, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, life is a bitch, romance, aging ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: nebraska
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Propaganda (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in 1948, customs officer Mehti is faced with the duty of formally setting up the border between Turkey and Syria, dividing his hometown. He is unaware of the pain that will eminently unfold, as families, languages, cultures ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: society, state affairs, rise to the top, master and servant, dishonesty, social relations, relationship vs career, village life, desert, culture clash, village, political corruption ...
Time: 90s, 1940s
Place: turkey, syria
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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 ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mine, anti heroes, gunslinger, anti hero, horse, small town, violence, drifter, gold, heroes, preacher, marshal ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: california
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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: serious, captivating, harsh, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: desert, vengeance, cattle drive, cattle, rancher, buddies, on the road, gold, crimes, gunfight, teenage boy, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, texas
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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, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: cowboy, farm, danger, single parent, heroes, crimes, family relations, tough heroes, couples, kidnapping, cons and scams, romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona
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Comes a Horseman (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and Frank fight back through stampedes, jealousy, betrayal, and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: land, oil, crimes, underdog, romance, contests and competitions, rivalry, partners, intrigue, love and romance, vengeance, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: montana, usa
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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: rough, exciting, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, cattle, aging, crimes, dishonesty, elderly, corrupt law enforcer, cons and scams, heroes, billy the kid, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 80s, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, yuma arizona, arizona, tucson arizona ...
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Catlow (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Catlow is a 1971 western based on a story by Louis L'Amour. It stars Yul Brynner as a outlaw determined to pull off a gold robbery and co-stars Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, desert, soldier, bounty hunter, apache, outlaw, criminal, crimes, chase, buddies, adventure, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, arizona, tucson arizona, sonora
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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A naive traveler in Laredo gets involved in a poker game between the richest men in the area, jeopardizing all the money he has saved for the purpose of settling with his wife and child in San Antonio.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Plot: gambling, poker game, rivalry, dishonesty, unlikely partners, ambition, farm, cards, treasure, cons and scams, countryside, gramophone ...
Time: 60s
Place: texas
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All the Rivers Run (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 400 min.
Story: Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.
Plot: castaway, orphan, riverboat, colonialism, settler, frontier
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
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