Highest-Rated Movies about 'Lawlessness', Sort by Popularity

Hour of the Gun (1967), Cape Fear (1991), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Run Ronnie Run! (2002), Wichita (1955), Firecreek (1968), The Firm (1993), Panic in Year Zero (1962) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Lawlessness movies.

#2. Cape Fear (1991)

Storyline: Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte)is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

Plot Keywords: attorney, stalker, father, private investigator, wife, daughter, creepy ...

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#3. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

Storyline: It's 1881 in New Mexico, and the times they are a'changing. Pat Garrett, erstwhile travelling companion of the outlaw Billy the Kid has become a sheriff, tasked by cattle interests with ridding the territory of Billy. After Billy escapes, Pat assembles a posse and chases him through the territory, culminating in a final confrontation at Fort Sumner, but is unaware of the full scope of the cattle interests' plans for the New West.

Plot Keywords: pat garrett, outlaw, deputy, governor, cattleman, partner, gritty ...

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#5. Wichita (1955)

Storyline: Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.—Losman <losman@express-news.net>

Plot Keywords: wyatt earp, rancher, mayor, criminal, daughter, saloon owner, suspenseful ...

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#6. Firecreek (1968)

Storyline: Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a two dollar a month Sheriff with a homemade badge in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, agrees to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb faces a series of challenges from the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, incurs an attempted sexual attack by one of gang. Arthur, a simpleton stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills the attacker. Cobb locks up Arthur to keep him safe, but when the Sheriff leaves town to visit his wife, who is struggling in labor, there is no one to control the gang. Cobb decides the time has come to act.—duke1029

Plot Keywords: sheriff, bandit, wife, daughter, preacher, tense, thrilling ...

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#7. The Firm (1993)

Storyline: Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...

Plot Keywords: lawyer, fbi agent, coworker, boss, mafia boss, intricate, suspenseful ...

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#8. Panic in Year Zero (1962)

Storyline: While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an immense explosion and realise the awful truth; Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Mayhem and madness are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be its first casualties. Not one to give up, Harry doors things to make sure his family has a chance at surviving.—alfiehitchie

Plot Keywords: father, mother, teen boy, teen girl, storekeeper, chilling, dark ...

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#9. Bandolero! (1968)

Storyline: Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop (James Stewart) arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, Dee (Dean Martin), from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. Sheriff July Johnson (George Kennedy) chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits.—Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Keywords: bandit, sheriff, woman, rancher, mexican, amusing, wild ...

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#10. Pioneer Justice (1947)

Storyline: When three deputy marshals meet mysterious deaths near Buffalo Gap, the U.S. Marshal sends his top two trouble-shooters, Cheyenne Davis and Fuzzy Jones, to investigate. Cheyenne discovers that all the honest people in the vicinity are being driven from their lands by a gang led by Bill Judd. Further investigating disclose that a mysterious man is giving orders to Judd. Cheyenne rounds up the gang and its mysterious leader and restores law-and-order to Buffalo Gap.—Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Keywords: marshal, partner, outlaw, sheriff, ranger, victim, gritty ...

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#11. The Rover (2014)

Storyline: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naïve young man along as his unwitting accomplice.

Plot Keywords: drifter, thief, criminal, gang leader, gang member, australian, bleak ...

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#12. Mail Order Bride (1964)

Storyline: In 1890, former lawman Will Lane arrives in Montana to keep a promise made to a friend who died. His promise is to take care of his dead friend's son, Lee Carey. Will Lane has the title to the partially built Carey ranch and its livestock. He is to hand over this inheritance to young and immature Lee but only when the lad becomes a responsible and mature man. According to Lee's father's wishes, Will Lane should also see to it that Lee gets married to a responsible woman having her head on her shoulders. This could help keep Lee out of trouble and prevent him from gallivanting around with his no-good, care-free, prankster friends. As Will Lane arrives in the outskirts of Congress, Montana, he unexpectedly runs into young Lee Carey at a rough river crossing. The first encounter with Lee isn't too promising. Later, when Will Lane reveals to Lee Carey his identity and his mission, Lee adopts a rebellious attitude and does everything possible to aggravate the old ex-lawman and sabotage the plan to get Lee married and on the straight-responsible track in life. Eventually, Will Lane will discover that it's hard to get Lee to obey his father's last wishes and even harder to force Lee to marry. Of course, Lee's irresponsible bachelor friends also do the utmost to sabotage old man Lane's plans regarding Lee. They aim to keep Lee irresponsible and single for as long as possible. But old man Lane has a little trick up his sleeve. He places wife-wanted ads in the newspapers and he even travels to Kansas City to interview a few prospective candidates willing to marry Lee, a man they've never met before. It turns out that it's easier to find a wife for Lee than it is to persuade Lee to stay married to her.—nufs68

Plot Keywords: father figure, frontiersman, mail-order bride, outlaw, young man, engaging, heartwarming ...

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#13. Horizons West (1952)

Storyline: Home from the Civil War, young Neal Hammond is happy to return to Texas ranching, but brother Dan wants more. His attempt to enter business is thwarted when carpetbagger Cord Hardin beats and humiliates him in a poker game. So Dan forms a rustling gang and parlays his ill-gotten gains into a land empire. But among the growing opposition to his gang is the new Marshal of Austin...brother Neal.—Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Keywords: brother, marshal, cattle rustler, rancher, wife, wild, frenetic ...

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#14. The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Storyline: It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

Plot Keywords: senator, presidential candidate, security head, civilian, anarchist, killer, chilling ...

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#15. Go West, Young Lady (1941)

Storyline: A vicious outlaw called Pecos Pete (Onslow Stevens) has long tormented the peaceful residents of a small frontier town. So these desperate people hire a dedicated new sheriff, Tex Miller (Glenn Ford), to bring this ruffian to justice. But, for all his determination, Tex is tricked by Pete and led into an ambush. Ultimately, it is the wily and brassy transplant Belinda "Bill" Pendergast (Penny Singleton) who uncovers Pete's true identity and plots a way to run him out of town once and for all.

Plot Keywords: cowboy, outlaw, showgirl, sheriff, girlfriend, cattle rustler, winsome ...

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