Movies To Watch For Red Dead Redemption 2 Fans

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the greatest games that have been released in recent times. And from none other than Rockstar Games themselves. The open-world survival game is centered around Arthur Morgan, an outlaw, and member of the Van der Linde gang. Players get to explore the Wild West, surviving the government, enemy gangs, and much more.

It is only natural that a player is left wanting for more of what they see in the game. This can range from emotions to raw action and tense situations. Well, fret not. Below is a list of movies that contain at least some of the aspects of the game. Be assured, a true fan of RDR2 will enjoy these movies.

The Man with No Name Trilogy (1964-66)

This trilogy is known for establishing the Spaghetti Western genre, leading to more such movies. Moreover, when one thinks of Red Dead Redemption 2-related movies, this is one of the movies that pops into mind first. While it is not actually a trilogy, the lead character, Man with No Name, played by Clint Eastwood, appears in all three. In addition, the trilogy angle also helped sell the movies.

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The movie follows the Man with No Name, an anti-hero character. The Western setting, the events, his enemies, his gruff and silent nature, and his abilities resemble Red Dead Redemption 2’s world. Moreover, Rockstar Games has inserted a tombstone that pays tribute to the Man with No Name in the game.

Django Unchained (2012)

Taking inspiration from Django (1966), the movie tells the story of a slave. After being freed, Django teams up with a bounty hunter and gains some significant skills over time. However, his one true goal is to find and rescue his wife. Tarantino’s first-ever Western film, the movie is a must-watch for anyone, more so for fans of RDR.

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The vast plantations, the horse rides, and the adrenaline-pumping combat scenes will definitely seem familiar. Moreover, it is noteworthy that the Django from the 1996 film is acknowledged in Red Dead Revolver. In the movie, he carries around a coffin, which he uses to store his firepower. In the game, players might notice an enemy carrying his coffin.

The Revenant (2015)

Human foes are not the only thing that players will face in RDR2. The harshness of nature is truly felt by players. They can face attacks from bears, mountain lions, wolves, and even harsh climates like freezing cold. Players will have to overcome these barriers as well in the game.

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The Revenant follows a frontiersman who is attacked by a bear and left for dead. His journey of survival and vengeance is definitely something to watch.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Set in 1913, the movie portrays an outlaw gang that attempts to survive the changing times. The movie combines story, violence, and a technique that was quite new then in cinema.

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This was the slow-motion technique, which can also be seen in the Dead Eye mechanic in Red Dead games. This combination makes the audience feel the situation of the characters, and root for them. Moreover, this movie can be described as the movie equivalent of Red Dead Redemption 2.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

One of the best period pieces to have been released in the 21st century. This movie is also one of the few on this list that is not a Western.  The movie follows a miner, who turns his attention to oil and seeks to gain wealth through it.

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The complexity of the characters, the non-deterring nature of the protagonist, and the late 19th and early 20th century fall into line with RDR. In addition, RDR: Undead Nightmare game has acknowledged this movie by naming an oil drilling site after the protagonist, Daniel Plainview.

Tombstone (1993)

Starring a fine cast with Kurt Russel, Sam Elliott, and Val Kilmer, the movie is loosely based on some true events. These events took place in Tombstone, Arizona, and the incident of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Following a group of outlaws and men of law, the movie depicts the events that led up to the gunfight at O.K. Corral, and the events following it. A classic depiction of the standoff between outlaws and men on the side of the law. In addition, the antagonist, “Curly Bill” Brocius looks similar to Dutch van der Linde, a primary character in both RDR and RDR 2.

True Grit (2010)

This movie is the second to be adapted from the novel of the same name. It follows a trio who seeks to track down an outlaw. The movie is about the journey as their grit is tested along the way. The movie resembles RDR 2 in many ways.

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The horse rides, the weather changes, the characters’ grit, all resemble some part of the game and its protagonist Arthur. Moreover, the movie and the game came out the same year, re-invigorating the Western genre on two different screens.

Unforgiven (1992)

Another one starring Clint Eastwood, the movie follows a retired and old outlaw. He takes up one more job, years after he had been out of the field. When a bounty is put out, several people seek to claim it. One among them seeks to recruit Eastwood’s character.

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The characters closely resemble those from RDR 2, such as John Marston and Arthur. Moreover, the movie includes themes of revenge and redemption as well, which bring out similar characteristics that are observed in the game as well.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

This movie is yet another venture by Tarantino in the Western genre. It follows a group of people who seek refuge from a blizzard in a lodge. Outlaws, officers of the law, bounty hunters, all come together in a story that unravels interestingly. The movie’s cold-blooded, intense and insecure scenarios, where anyone can die can be seen as similar to the game.

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The Proposition (2005)

The movie follows the Burns gang of outlaws. Captured by police, one Burns brother, Charlie is told he will be spared if he kills another, who is still free. Along the way, he has to face adversaries, but also the horrors caused by his own brothers and gang. In the end, Charlie ends up killing both the Captain and his own brother.

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The movie resembles the game in its characters, who are morally ambiguous, survival-driven, and depend on instinct. Moreover, the acts of violence and the relation between the law and outlaws can also be said to have some similarities.

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