Pioneer movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pioneer movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, melancholic and stylized films and TV shows about / with pioneer, horse, native american, death, storytelling, catastrophe, adventure, danger, mentor and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Western and Family genres shot in USA, France, West Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as pioneer: The Substitute Wife (1994), The Awakening Land (1978), Meek's Cutoff (2010), Seasons of the Heart (1993), Marie Ann (1978), Cheyenne Warrior (1994), Across the Great Divide (1976), The Imitation Game (2014), The Homesman (2014), A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015).
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Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Drama, Western
USA
104 min.
 6.6
Seasons of the Heart (1993)
Drama, Family
USA
99 min.
 6.8
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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)
Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, War
Israel, USA
95 min.
 6.0
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
USA
92 min.
 5.1

List of pioneer movies

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, serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: bigamy, pioneer, prostitution, love triangle, prostitute, family life, self discovery, polyamory, romance, couples, family relations, tragic hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: nebraska
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The Awakening Land (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 333 min.
Story: Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.
Plot: pioneer, frontier, american history
Time: 19th century
Place: ohio
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 6.6
 10K
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions of the high plain desert.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, thought provoking, meditative ...
Plot: settler, isolation, desert, survival, pioneer, thirst, tree, gold, native american, wilderness, old west, native americans ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: oregon, usa
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Seasons of the Heart (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Martha and Jed Richards live in Oregon in 1862. They and their two daughters moved there to make a new life, but the daughters died of cholera along the way. This has left Martha an emotional wreck, and she is unable to move on with her life. That ...
Plot: pioneer, adoptive father adopted son relationship, adopted son, adoptive father, adoptive mother, death of daughter, christmas, adoption, loss of daughter, cholera, down syndrome
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 6.5
 17
Marie Ann (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Western, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young married woman, after a kidnapping, becomes attached to an Indian.
Plot: fort, forest, wilderness, marriage, pioneer, tribe, kidnapping, native american
Time: 1800s
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Cheyenne Warrior (1994)
Genre: Action, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An interracial love story, set in the turbulent wild west, stirs up tensions between the Indians and the settlers.
Plot: native american white relationships, pioneer, trading post, warrior, interracial romance, native american, wound, death of husband, dead man, pregnancy, tied to a bed, warning ...
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Across the Great Divide (1976)
Genre: Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two orphans set out to claim their inheritance - a 400 acre plot of land in Salem Oregon. To Do so they must cross the rugged snow covered Rocky Mountains in the year 1876.
Style: atmospheric, semi serious, realistic, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: rocky mountains, gambler, mountain lion, orphan, wilderness, on the run, adventure, on the road, coming of age, youth, family, gambling ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 1870s
Place: oregon, usa
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, serious, factual, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, prodigy, code breaking, social misfits, mathematician, computers and web, genius, espionage, homosexuality, ambition, code, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, year 1939 ...
Place: england, europe, germany, poland
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Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Horror, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: ad feedback A grim incident from American pioneer history is recreated as a determined group of settlers, facing almost insurmountable odds, struggles to reach California in 1846. Already divided by internal dissension over the choice of a leader ...
Plot: cannibal, pioneer, freeze to death, starvation, wilderness, native american, travel, survival, cannibalism, dead child, bear, murder ...
Time: 1840s
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 6.6
 26K
The Homesman (2014)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just ...
Style: bleak, realistic, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: old west, human nature, revenge, native american, dancing, violence, wilderness, mental illness, on the road, unlikely partners, danger, misfit ...
Time: 19th century
Place: iowa, nebraska, usa, cross country
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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A story about the childhood of Oz in Jerusalem and his youth in the Kibbutz during the British Mandate and the first days of the state of Israel. The plot describes the relationship between young Oz to his mother and his first steps as a writer.
Plot: grief, depression, occupation, palestinian, conspiracy, school, pistol, russian, father son relationship, teacher, blood, doctor ...
Time: year 1945, year 1947
Place: israel, palestine, europe, india, poland ...
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The Great Water (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ailing communist reflects on a young boy childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, orphan, betrayal, friendship, politics, young heroes, idealism, innocence lost, anti semitism, haunted by the past, political unrest, racism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, macedonia, serbia, ussr ...
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Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A version of the "Little House" stories that cover some of the events that take place in the last three books of the series and the book "The First Four Years" Laura is living on the prairie near De Smet, South Dakota and ...
Plot: blizzard, prairie, pioneer, blind girl, pregnancy, blindness, dead child, dream, fire, teacher
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Caddie Woodlawn (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The exciting adventures of an 11-year-old tomboy growing up in the Wisconsin frontier of the 1860s. Based on the children's book.
Plot: sheep, large family, tomboy, boy dog relationship, braided hair, canoe, indian chief, egg, uncle niece relationship, summer, golden retriever, pioneer ...
Time: 1860s, 1800s, 19th century
Place: wisconsin
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 7.3
 267
Carlotta (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: How many working class Balmain boys grow up to be showgirls? Not just any showgirl but a household name, a legend of Kings Cross, a daytime TV star, and a symbol of generational change.
Plot: teenager, sexuality, singing, dancing, tolerance, lifestyle, working class, middle class, pioneer, loveless marriage, showgirl, transsexual ...
Place: australia
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 4.7
 54
Handcart (2002)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a fictional love story with the 1856 Handcart Pioneers as the backdrop. Sam Hunter, falls for a Mormon Pioneer woman, Abigail, as she is moving west. As the pioneers stop in his town of Iowa City, he pretends to desire joining the Mormon ...
Plot: latter day saints, religious persecution, mormon, pioneer, journey, faith, christian, prejudice
Time: 1850s, 19th century
Place: utah
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 6.4
 1K
17 Miracles (2011)
Genre: Adventure, History
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. Based on unbelievable ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: immigrants, destiny, adventure, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, misfit, society, snow, prayer, winter, dwarf ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Sam Elliot stars as Sam Houston, the visionary who nearly single-handedly forged the state of Texas into a powerful entity in its own right. Refusing to forget the Alamo (as if anyone could), Houston led the military in Texas' rebellion against ...
Style: exciting, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: folk hero, adventure, head of state, americana, war, heroes, military, state affairs, leadership, rise to the top, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas
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Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: farm, family, small town, americana, optimism, parents and children, siblings relations, small town life, romance, family life, society, youth ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1800s
Place: kansas, minnesota
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Alone Yet Not Alone (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Fleeing religious persecution in Germany, the Leininger family seeks a new start in uncharted country - America. It is the mid-1700s and British and French forces are struggling for control over the abundant resources of this new territory. Carving ...
Style: emotional, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: native american white relationships, captivity, woman in danger, americana, society, immigrants, siblings relations, family in danger, political unrest, religions or cults, confined, danger ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ohio, usa, delaware, germany, america ...
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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City - and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal.
Style: not serious, humorous, road movie
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: music band, chipmunk, family, young heroes, anthropomorphism, adventure, artists and showbiz, friends, youth, disorder, siblings relations, animal life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, new orleans, louisiana ...
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The Envy of Gods (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Sonia is a television editor, she is married to successful Soviet writer Sergey and they have a son in a high school. Their life was almost perfect... until the moment they meet Bernard from France and his translator André.
Plot: aspirin, frenchman, danger, rain, deportation, journalist, truck, husband wife relationship, dancing, father son relationship, sex, false identity ...
Place: ussr, moscow russia
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Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine's 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style in this hilarious mockumentary from the people who brought ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: mechanic, small town, travel agent, city council, chinese restaurant, alien contact, amateur theater, dentist, audition, backstage, showbiz, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 4.7
 4K
Wagons East (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After the 1860s Wild West, a group of misfit settlers - including ex-doctor Phil Taylor, prostitute Belle, and homosexual bookseller Julian - decide they cannot live in their current situation in the west. They hire a grizzled alcoholic wagon master ...
Style: humorous, not serious, satirical, absurd, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: old west, gunslinger, native american, parody, americana, on the road, anti heroes, fugitives, adventure, gang, culture clash, getting home ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, future
Place: california
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Amongst Vultures (1964)
Genre: Western, Adventure
Country: West Germany, Yugoslavia, Italy, France
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: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: native american, equestrian, apache, crimes, old west, danger, escapades, adventure, heroes, adventurer, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: arizona
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Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Natalie Babbitt's award winning book for children comes to the screen in a lavish adaptation from Walt Disney Pictures. Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) is a girl in her early teens growing up in the small rural town of Winesap in 1914. ...
Style: serious, touching, atmospheric, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Plot: teenage girl, immortality, coming of age, fountain of youth, small town, mysterious stranger, teenage boy, secret, kidnapping, family, forest, crimes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 2000s, 19th century
Place: new york
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Point, Point, Comma... (1972)
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A lyric comedy about eight-graders, their life and first love...
Plot: lesson, teenager, friend, teacher, school, competition, schoolgirl, pioneer, schoolboy
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Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: surgery, racism, interracial relations, university, prejudice, laboratory, salesman, patient, ambition, hopes, society, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, south africa
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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jesse W. Haywood (Don Knotts) graduates from dental school in Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west to become a frontier dentist. Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushing (Barbara Rhoades) is offered a pardon if she will track down a ring of gun ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, exciting, funny ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: covered wagon, stagecoach, native american, horse, cowgirl, kidnapping, dentist, on the road, anti heroes, crimes, old west, goofy hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: philadelphia, usa, texas, new jersey
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 6.7
 27K
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: realistic, rough, serious, epic, tense ...
Plot: vengeance, wilderness, chase, survival, civil war, on the run, storm, colonel, frontier, union soldier, bullet, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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