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1. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Rachel Lindsay Greenbush

Votes: 14,955

2. Ride Like a Girl (2019)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.7
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The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Director: Rachel Griffiths | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Brooke Satchwell, Sullivan Stapleton

Votes: 328

3. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 632,368 | Gross: $91.13M

4. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.0
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34 Metascore

The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 44,342 | Gross: $84.22M

5. How the West Was Won (1962)

G | 164 min | Western

7.1
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56 Metascore

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 17,195 | Gross: $46.50M

6. The Homesman (2014)

R | 122 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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68 Metascore

Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto

Votes: 28,199 | Gross: $2.43M

7. Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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49 Metascore

A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky

Votes: 55,675 | Gross: $58.88M

8. Tuck Everlasting (2002)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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66 Metascore

A young woman meets and falls in love with a young man who is part of a family of immortals.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt

Votes: 20,161 | Gross: $19.16M

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.0
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33 Metascore

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Director: Walt Becker | Stars: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney

Votes: 15,004 | Gross: $85.89M

10. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.3
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams

Votes: 7,146

11. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.5
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A former outlaw is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.

Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 20,745

12. Seraphim Falls (2006)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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62 Metascore

At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge.

Director: David Von Ancken | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Anjelica Huston, Michael Wincott

Votes: 28,009 | Gross: $0.42M

13. Into the West (2005)

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 6,164

14. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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75 Metascore

A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, André Wilms

Votes: 14,084 | Gross: $5.58M

15. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.5
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71 Metascore

An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey

Votes: 25,143 | Gross: $2.92M

16. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

TV-14 | 60 min | Western

7.8
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Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an Agent helping Wells Fargo cope with bad guys, to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco, California, who still does some... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Robertson, Kit Carson, William Demarest, Lory Patrick

Votes: 464

17. Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Western

6.5
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85 Metascore

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton

Votes: 10,672 | Gross: $0.98M

18. Wagons East (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

4.8
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In the 1860's Wild West, when a ragged bunch of misfit settlers decide they cannot stand living in their current situation, they hire a grizzled cowboy to take them on a journey back to their hometowns east.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: John Candy, Joe Bays, Abraham Benrubi, Jill Boyd

Votes: 4,652 | Gross: $4.36M

19. The Tall Stranger (1957)

Approved | 81 min | Western

6.3
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Back from the Civil War, an ex-Yankee officer aids a wagon train of former Confederates settle in a prosperous valley marred by cattle-rustling and land-grabbing feuds.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Barry Kelley, Michael Pate

Votes: 555

20. A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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55 Metascore

The story of Amos Oz's youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live.

Director: Natalie Portman | Stars: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler, Moni Moshonov

Votes: 3,130 | Gross: $0.57M

21. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 11,317

22. The Claim (2000)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.4
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62 Metascore

A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan, Ron Anderson, Marty Antonini

Votes: 5,773 | Gross: $0.67M

23. Melody Time (1948)

Approved | 75 min | Animation, Family, Music

6.4
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69 Metascore

An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dennis Day, The Andrews Sisters

Votes: 4,154

24. Little House on the Prairie (2005– )

95 min | Music

7.2
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Little House on the Prairieis a TV miniseries based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Stars: Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle C. Ryan

Votes: 546

25. Quacks (2017–2018)

30 min | Comedy

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In Victorian London four pioneers, friends, and rivals fighting to make a mark on the world and save lives.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Tom Basden, Mathew Baynton, Lydia Leonard

Votes: 934

26. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

5.9
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 4,891

27. 17 Miracles (2011)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, History

6.4
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The Mormon pioneers trek across the plains.

Director: T.C. Christensen | Stars: Jasen Wade, Emily Wadley, Jason Celaya, Natalie Blackman

Votes: 1,216

28. Northwest Passage (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

Directors: King Vidor, Jack Conway, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 3,055

29. Boom Town (1940)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr

Votes: 2,869 | Gross: $9.17M

30. The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Western

6.4
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A pardoned stagecoach robber, becomes government agent and marries a naive unsuspecting east-coast dentist in order to join a wagon train and catch the smugglers who have been selling guns to the Indians.

Director: Alan Rafkin | Stars: Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades, Jackie Coogan, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 2,172

31. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 5,164 | Gross: $1.00M

32. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

103 min | Documentary

7.5
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76 Metascore

Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

Director: Pamela B. Green | Stars: Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Marc Abraham, Stephanie Allain

Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.10M

33. The Great Man's Lady (1942)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.7
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A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, K.T. Stevens

Votes: 585

34. Alone Yet Not Alone (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Drama, History

4.5
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The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio valley, and entire families are devastated... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Bengston, George D. Escobar | Stars: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon Chandler

Votes: 673 | Gross: $0.67M

35. Brigham Young (1940)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, History

6.4
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In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 909

36. Cimarron (1960)

Approved | 147 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.4
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The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,398

37. September Dawn (2007)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.8
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25 Metascore

A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Terence Stamp

Votes: 2,803 | Gross: $1.07M

38. Amongst Vultures (1964)

Approved | 98 min | Western, Adventure

5.9
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Outlaws disguised as Indians commit crimes against settlers but Winnetou and Old Surehand are determined to unmask the bandits and keep the peace between settlers and Indians.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Pierre Brice, Götz George, Elke Sommer, Stewart Granger

Votes: 1,271

39. Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West (2000– )

60 min | History, Reality-TV

7.2
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Two couples assume the lives of early settlers to the West. Using only the resources and tools of the period, they will attempt to build homes, raise livestock, hunt and grow crops.

Stars: Brian Hartigan, Alana Logie, Frank Logie, Deanna Treadway

Votes: 135

40. Old Surehand (1965)

G | 93 min | Adventure, Western

5.9
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Old Surehand and Old Wabble are trailing a killer, but on the way they also intervene in a dispute between the Comanche and the settlers.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Stewart Granger, Pierre Brice, Larry Pennell, Letícia Román

Votes: 1,191

41. Carlotta (2014 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Based on the extraordinary life of the iconic Les Girls headliner and Australian transgender pioneer, Jessica Marais, stars as Carlotta. A universal story about identity, family, tolerance ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Lang | Stars: Jessica Marais, Anita Hegh, Eamon Farren, Andrew Lees

Votes: 298

42. All Mine to Give (1957)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.1
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An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson, Patty McCormack

Votes: 1,060

43. Black Magic (1949)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.4
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Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff, Frank Latimore

Votes: 851

44. The Awakening Land (1978)

333 min | Drama

8.4
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Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Hal Holbrook, Jane Seymour, Steven Keats

Votes: 378

45. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.2
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Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 1,678

46. The Kentuckian (1955)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Western

6.3
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41 Metascore

A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

Director: Burt Lancaster | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, Dianne Foster, Walter Matthau

Votes: 2,224

47. Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Western

7.6
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63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,280

48. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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"From personal heartbreak to the epic fight for liberation, the glory of the Old West is captured in this grand life story of Sam Houston, the man whose bravery and vision led to the creation of Texas." -- from back of box

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne

Votes: 347

49. Love's Unending Legacy (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.1
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Missie three years later: being a single mother after her husband Willie was shot during a poker scuffle, move back east near her parents, Clark and Marty. She finds finds a new teaching ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Griffiths | Stars: Erin Cottrell, Dale Midkiff, Victor Browne, Samantha Smith

Votes: 1,295

50. Follow the River (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Drama

6.4
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An "inspirational" saga of a pioneer woman who is abducted by Shawnee Native Americans.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ellen Burstyn, Eric Schweig, Tim Guinee

Votes: 407



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