Drifter movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant drifter movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, harsh, talky, melancholic and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with drifter, mentor, runaway, dialogue, catastrophe, storytelling, vengeance, violence, murder and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drifter: Jack Reacher (2012), The Postman (1997), Black Butterfly (2017), The Master (2012), Scarecrow (1973), They Call Me Trinity (1970), You Can Count on Me (2000), Fatal Bond (1991), Mud (2012), Five Easy Pieces (1970).

List of drifter movies

 7.0
 281K
Jack Reacher (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: loner, murder, investigation, sniper, drifter, ex military, lone wolves, crimes, conspiracy, vigilantism, false accusation, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, ohio
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 6.0
 64K
The Postman (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: In 2013 there are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, only scattered survivors across what was once the Unites States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, drifter, future dystopia, postman, post war, adventure, life is a bitch, danger, lone hero, brutality, justice ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, 2040s
Place: usa, oregon
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Black Butterfly (2017)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Paul is a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.
Style: suspense, exciting, melancholic, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: drifter, isolation, murder, writers, dangerous friend, fear, dating show, recluse, renovation, abduction, cabin, realtor ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.1
 129K
The Master (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: drifter, right hand man, alcoholic, book, cult leader, religious cult, cause and meaning, belief, drugs/alcohol, under the surface, post war, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, alabama, england, pennsylvania, california
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 7.3
 14K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: gloomy, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, drifter, on the road, self discovery, road trip, bar fight, hitchhiker, train ride, buddies, introspection, hopes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, denver colorado, california, texas, new jersey
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They Call Me Trinity (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The simple story has the pair coming to the rescue of peace-loving Mormons when land-hungry Major Harriman sends his bullies to harass them into giving up their fertile valley. Trinity and Bambino manage to save the Mormons and send the bad guys ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drifter, small town, brother, identity theft, gunslinger, cowboy, false identity, mormon, settler, sheriff, bar fight, parody ...
Time: 19th century
Place: arizona, california, texas, tokyo, canada ...
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You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: talky, realistic, touching, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, small town, single mother, suicide attempt, workplace, single parent, introspection, sibling relationship, parents and children, workplace romance, siblings relations, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
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 4.2
 160
Fatal Bond (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman takes off with a charming stranger in Australia, then begins to think he's a killer.
Plot: drifter, murder, hairdresser, stranger, police, violence, loner, serial killer, bad temper, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, shot in the shoulder, hit by a car ...
Place: australia
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 7.4
 156K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenage boy, river, lake or river, human relationship, unfulfillment, drifter, ex convict, wanted man, unlikely friendships, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: rebelliousness, hitchhiker, road trip, on the road, dysfunctional family, drifter, oil field, class differences, musician, pacific northwest, small town, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, washington state, usa, southern california, texas
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 6.2
 2K
Three Wishes (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While Jane Holman (Mastrantonio) is driving with her two sons, she accidentally runs into a drifter, Jack McCloud (Swayze), who breaks his leg. Being responsible, Jane invites Jack, and his dog, to stay at her home until his leg has healed. Jack ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, semi serious, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dog, generosity, baseball, drifter, reunion, suburbs, single parent, supernatural ability, parents and children, wish come true, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
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Permanent Vacation (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, semi serious, gloomy, humorous ...
Plot: drifter, misfit, jazz, social misfits, urban, redemption, saxophone, mental illness, self discovery, couple relations, adolescence vs adulthood, city life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.3
 184
Wild Seed (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A 17-year-old girl runs away from her east coast home, going west to Los Angeles to meet her biological father. She has learned from letters her mother kept that he was tragically separated from her before the girl's birth. On the road, she is ...
Style: road movie
Plot: drifter, runaway, letter, on the road, train ride, quest, love interest, happy ending, hitchhiking, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gas station, attempted rape ...
Place: new york
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 3.9
 210
Wheeler (1975)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A drifter/hitman is hired by a local business man to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes his assistant must chase him while the hitman takes care of a ...
Plot: kidnapping, drifter, caught having sex, drug deal, bar fight, beer drinking, mansion, maid, tied up, rapist, captive, country music ...
Place: texas
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Life Is Most Important (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A drifter named Candelario asks to spend the night at the hacienda of Don Lazaro. Once there, he gets the offer to stay and work as a laborer with a fixed salary. Over time, Candelario is gaining the confidence of his employer, and becomes ...
Plot: small town, drifter, brain damage, hostility, accident, prejudice, extramarital affair, affair, unhappy wife
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 6.3
 877
Red Dirt (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Red Dirt offers the story of a young man's search to belong in this sublime expression of love and reconciliation. At only twenty, Griffith is struggling with the responsibilities of caring for his unwell aunt, grieving the loss of their ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, psychological
Plot: mental illness, opera, aunt nephew relationship, incest, cousin cousin relationship, drifter, agoraphobia, friendship, mentally unstable, coming of age, secrets, leaving home ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, montana, louisiana
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It Can Be Done Amigo (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An outspoken boy and a gunfighter-pimp save a drifter's life from hanging. The boy's uncle dies, leaving a house and some dry, useless land to the boy. The dying uncle has obtained the drifter's promise to help the boy get what is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drifter, on the run, bar fight, unlikely partners, chases and races, heroes, partners, criminal heroes, bounty hunter, crimes, rivalry, social relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico
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Orpheus Descending (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage.
Plot: drifter, extramarital affair, infidelity, passion, adultery, male female relationship, lust, small town, death, love, sex, italian immigrant ...
Time: 1940s
Place: mississippi
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The Way of the Gun (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.
Style: clever, stylized, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, gunfight, gunslinger, surrogate mother, sperm bank, hotel, criminal, mexican standoff, drifter, money, desert ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: mexico
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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town as the accompaniment of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter ...
Style: talky, emotional, serious, clever, captivating ...
Plot: hollywood, movie star, drifter, ambition, hypocrisy, abortion, actor's life, betrayal, romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: florida, usa, london, california
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The Long Hot Summer (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.
Plot: family argument, drifter, summer, lust, auction, mob, unfaithful wife, hitchhiker, barn, undressing someone, mansion, overturned car ...
Place: mississippi
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King of the Ants (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young drifter, struggling to makes ends meet, accepts a job to kill a prominent accountant. When he isn't paid for the hit, revenge is now his path.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: accountant, drifter, golf, nightmare, hitman, criminal's revenge, gory, crime, vengeance, violence, hallucination, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.2
 8K
Inferno (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Eddie Lomax (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a drifter who has been in a suicidal funk since the death of his close friend Johnny (Danny Trejo). Riding his motorcycle into a small desert town where Johnny once lived, Lomax is confronted by a gang of ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, martial arts, drifter, sword, one man army, desert, buddies, gang, officer, hostility, prison, harley davidson ...
Time: 90s
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The Hired Hand (1971)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic
Plot: old west, drifter, murder, lone wolves, starting over, redemption, haunted by the past, love and romance, family relations, vengeance, lovers reunited, family life ...
Time: 19th century
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 6.1
 40K
Hard Target (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a woman's father goes missing, she enlist a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.
Style: rough, serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, chase, money, union, drifter, human prey, mercenary, survival, track down, sailor, tough heroes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, hong kong
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 7.7
 21K
Fallen Angels (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for, a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, love, assassin, bar, gambling, drifter, killer, mute or deaf, couples, one last job, cigarette smoking, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, mcdonald's restaurant, tokyo
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The Doom Generation (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.
Style: surreal, dark humor, disturbing, semi serious, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, violence, sex, surrealism, murder, voyeur, threesome, nihilism, punk, severed head, controversy, shoplifting ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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 6.7
 1K
Caught (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple has a drifter enter their lives. The fish-store owners find that the mysterious young man awakens the couple in ways they didn't expect. Things get tense when the drifter begins an affair with the woman of the house.
Style: realistic, sexual, serious, psychological, erotic ...
Plot: infidelity, fish market, drifter, bus, murder, betrayal, neo-noir, store, love and romance, couples, social misfits, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
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92 in the Shade (1975)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young drifter returns to his home in Key West, Florida and attempts to open a fishing charter business, provoking a dangerous feud with a rival fishing sea captain.
Style: atmospheric, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat
Plot: drifter, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, feud, fishing, human nature, small town, introspection, small town life, couples, social relations
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: florida, usa
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 8.1
 519K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, road movie, captivating, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, introspection, freedom, journey, isolation, obsessive quest, on the road, hitchhiker, adventure, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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