Daniel Day-Lewis’ legendary portrayal of Daniel Plainview, the exploration of the American west amid the oil boom, and numerous memorable lines have all contributed to There Will Be Blood’s status as a great western drama. Eight dramas that either tackle issues and ideas, movies like ‘There Will Be Blood‘ or capture its western aesthetic are included below.
1. Hell or High Water (2016)
Director- David Mackenzie
After his mother passed away, Toby Howard, an unemployed oil and gas worker, is losing his ranch in Texas to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby’s wife, who cohabitates with their two sons, filed for divorce. When his brother Tanner Howard is let out of jail, the two of them band together to rob the Texas Midlands Bank in order to obtain the funds necessary to pay off the loan and allow Toby to give his sons the real estate. Alberto Parker, a Native American descendent, and Marcus Hamilton, a Texas Ranger who is close to retiring, attempt to predict the thieves’ next move.
2. True Grit (2010)
Director- Ethan Coen
1870 Arkansas city of Fort Smith After witnessing her father’s death by a cowardly serpent she had previously trusted, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross decides that her only motivation is retribution. To that end, she offers the nasty, one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn a bounty in exchange for helping her find her father’s killer. The strange trio creates a reluctant team when Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, a skilled marksman, joins in, and they set out on a perilous journey deep inside the hostile Indian Territory to find the murderer. The chances are against them and a girl has no place in the wild, untamed terrain. Only getting even now matters.
3. The Master (2012)
Director- Paul Thomas Anderson
The trauma of World War II and whatever inner demons controlled his life prior to that are still affecting Freddie Quell, a troubled and inebriated drifter. Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic head of a religious sect known as the Cause, is the first person Freddie sees when he joins a passing boat on a fateful night in 1950. Even though some members of Dodd’s inner circle view Freddie as a threat, Freddie works hard to follow Dodd’s peculiar beliefs and develops a close relationship with his master.
4. Citizen Kane (1941)
Director- Orson Welles
One of the richest and most influential men in America, if not the entire globe, newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane passes away. A newspaper reporter explores his background to discover the significance of his mysterious final word, “Rosebud.” He discovers proof that a youngster was taken from his family to serve Mammon. Charles Foster Kane, now a man, decides to follow his ideals and work as a newspaper reporter. He marries the niece of the guy who will be president of the United States and gains power while losing his soul over time. Kane has lost his youthful ideallism, just like the America he is a metaphor for, therefore his wealth and power do not make him happy.
5. No Country For Old Men (2007)
Director- Ethan Coen
Llewelyn Moss finds a case of cash among the corpses and assumes he can keep it hidden, but when the silent murderer Anton Chigurh finds Moss and his cash, the Vietnam veteran flees. It won’t be long before Anton catches up with Llewelyn given the constant body count wherever he goes. Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, who is in charge of the inquiry at this time, starts to perceive the nation differently than he previously did.
6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Director- Andrew Dominik
Jesse James, known as the fastest gun in the west and notorious for being unpredictable, organises his upcoming grand theft while launching preventative attacks on people attempting to claim the bounty the law has placed on his head. Robert and Charley Ford, two of Jesse’s newest recruits, develop a growing enmity for the outlaw. They shoot Jesse anytime they see an opportunity to do so, but when his fame grows to the point of being almost mythological, their acts are exposed.
7. Memories of Murder (2003)
Director- Bong Joon-Ho
Recent rape and murder of two women occurred in a rural area of South Korea. Detectives Park Doo-man and Cho Yong-koo are working on the case. Some shoddy police crime scene procedures hamper their attempts. Their tactics for solving crimes are also very simple, primarily consisting of thrashing people into making confessions. All of this is ineffective, so the police chief hires Seo Tae-yoon, a more sophisticated and perceptive detective from Seoul. His arrival makes the techniques more effective, but they are still missing the murderer. A pattern then becomes apparent after a second woman is discovered dead.
8. Oldboy (2003)
Director- Park Chan-Wook
Oh Dae-Su, a blustering alcoholic who was kidnapped in 1988 on a rainy night, awakens in an odd hotel room with no windows. Oh Dae-invisible Su’s captors keep him under lock and key for an unidentified reason, feeding him routinely drugged to prevent suicide, and only offering a colour television to keep him company. And confused Oh Dae-Su is finally freed after spending fifteen long years in captivity. Now, Oh Dae-Su is encouraged to find the perpetrators of the enigmatic kidnapping and exact his harsh, vengeful retribution on the tormentor by his ruthless captors.
Take a look at our list. We’re certain that you’ll find a movie to enjoy if you liked There Will Be Blood.