Gold Rush: 17 films about gold diggers

There will be no sensitive romantic or uplifting stories in gold-digger films – greed and the desire for quick riches rule the ball here. Basically, of course, representatives of the strong half of humanity die for the yellow metal. Even if men have no access to puerperal fever, they have at their disposal a gold rush, which also has countless victims. We offer a selection of action-packed movies, where among the villainous characters there are real heroes, and occasionally the heroines will rustle with skirts in search of easy money.

Luminaries (mini-series, 2020)

The new TV show is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Eleanor Catton. The detective drama promises to be exciting, because the film takes place in New Zealand at the height of the gold rush. Anna leaves London and travels to the Land of the Long White Cloud to start a new life. Soon the girl gets into a cycle of mysterious events – she meets her astral twin, and then becomes a suspect in the murder of a gold miner.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Luminaries

Genre:
Drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Eve Hewson, Eva Green, Himesh Patel …

Country:
United Kingdom, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Sisters Brothers (2018)

The heroes of the adventure feature film about gold diggers – two cowboy brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters – embark on a dangerous criminal journey . The bounty hunters have to catch and kill a gold prospecting scientist who has discovered a chemical formula for finding gold. However, everything does not go according to plan because of the third participant in the chase – intelligence officer John Morris, who shared the utopian ideas of the chemist-philosopher.

Original title:
Les frères Sisters

Genre:
Drama, crime, western

Actors:
John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal …

Country:
France, Spain, Romania, Belgium, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The movie almanac, charged with black humor , consists of six short stories in the western genre. The characters will be a sharpshooter, an unlucky robber , a homeless artist who profits from the grief of others, an old gold digger, a girl in love, and five fellow travelers who talk about the inevitability of death. First of all, the original movie is worth watching for fans of the Coen brothers, the creators of the cult comedy The Big Lebowski.

Original title:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Genre:
Musical, drama, romance, comedy, detective, western

Actors:
Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Harry Melling …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Gold (2016)

The next member of our top is an American film about the search for gold, based on real events. For his role in this thriller, Matthew McConaughey gained 20 kilos, shaved his head and wore false teeth to make his character less attractive. Modern prospector Kenny Wells is going through hard times – money is running out, and meetings with investors have to do more and more tricks. One day, he takes the unfortunate geologist Michael as a partner and is imbued with the idea of ​​​​finding grandiose gold deposits on an island in Indonesia.

Original title:
Gold

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Gold (TV series, 2016 – 2018)

Geology student waiting for deduction. But there is an alternative – to go for an internship at a gold mining company in Latin America. At first, the future scientist is delighted with an unexpected adventure, exotic plants and unprecedented animals. That’s just the guy’s mentor, the battered quirky and unscrupulous Merlot, does not inspire confidence. Gold mining for a French student turns into a death trap and it will not be easy to get out of it.

Original title:
Guyane

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Matthew Spinozi, Olivier Rabourdin, Anna Suarez …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Territory (2014)

An adventure film about gold mining and the hard work of geologists captures the grandiose pictures of northern Russian nature and the selfless feat of people obsessed with what they love. The story unfolds in the vastness of the most severe territory of Russia. Unexplored terrain with impregnable cliffs and an icy desert could only attract real daredevils and romantics. It is there – to the Far North – that a group of geologists led by Ilya Chinkov is sent to search for gold.

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Konstantin Lavronenko, Grigory Dobrygin, Egor Beroev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Klondike (mini-series, 2014)

The three -part mini-series was Discovery Channel’s first fictional project. Two friends, having learned about the Klondike gold rush, come to the city of Dawson in 1897. A hard life awaits them – harsh weather conditions, unfriendly Indians , greedy prospectors ready to kill each other, dangerous diseases and hard labor. Such was the price paid by thousands of gold miners for the illusory and real riches hidden in the Yukon Valley.

Original title:
Klondike

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Gold (2013)

A foreign film about the gold rush will take the viewer to 1898. A group of German emigrants goes to northern Canada. Settlers want to get rich on gold mining. But three of this team dream not only of the gold mine. Journalist Gustav dreams of fame, cowboy Carl seeks salvation from bandits, and brave Emily hides the secret of her escape from her home. However, the path to the fulfillment of desires is full of obstacles – these are cold, robbers, pursuers, lack of provisions and other misadventures.

Original title:
Gold

Genre:
Drama, adventure, western

Actors:
Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Peter Kurt…

Country:
Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Gold (2012)

The film based on the novel “Wild Happiness” by Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak is a dynamic, juicy story about a human character, filmed in the format of a comedy drama. A simple Ural peasant Gordey was never evil or greedy. However, trouble nevertheless came to his house – in the form of a gambling brother who lost his entire fortune in cards . And now the family is in debt. To pay off, Gordey had to go to the gold mines. He became a rich man, only money did not bring him happiness, completely capturing the heart and mind of a man.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Sergey Bezrukov, Irina Skobtseva, Andrey Merzlikin, Mikhail Porechenkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


600 kg of gold (2010)

The French movie about the adventures of gold diggers is a clear example of what happens to a seemingly close-knit team, as soon as it faces mortal danger. A company of adventurers decided to pull off a scam – to steal 600 kg of gold bars from local rebels in Guyana. On the way back, the crooks’ helicopter crashes . At first, the only thing that drives them is greed. However, the jungle , hostile natives and internal strife lead to the fact that everyone does not care about their prey. The main thing is to get out alive at any cost.

Original title:
600 kilos d’or pur

Genre:
Drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Clovis Cornillac, Audrey Dana, Patrick Chenet …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 4.5

Age limit:
16+


Fart (2005)

In the Siberian taiga, a cooperative of miners is engaged in gold mining. At the same time, a former officer Peter is looking for a gold mine in a neighboring area. After the end of the season, the man is going to the mainland. But on the night before departure, the bandits attack the cooperative, a shootout ensues, and the villains take the chairman’s daughter, Vika , hostage . In pursuit of the retreating criminals, Peter and an artel worker in love with a girl set off.

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Evgeny Tsyganov, Yana Esipovich, Sergey Tsepov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Deadwood (TV series 2004 – 2006)

The crime series about gold diggers is based on biographical facts from the life of historical figures who lived in Deadwood, and is complemented by free interpretations of individual events. The plot of the multi-part film with a high rating will unfold in the midst of a gold rush, in a US city that has become a haven for murderers, robbers, rapists and scammers. The icing on the poisoned cake will be the owner of the saloon, Al Swearengen, who runs all the local crime. He will be confronted by the sheriff along with his friend, who decided to put things in order at all costs.

Original title:
Deadwood

Genre:
Drama, crime, western, history

Actors:
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Breed (2002)

The action-packed thriller tells about the search for treasures from the Civil War, rumored to be lost in the taiga. Two students Anya and Vera, who found out about this legend, go to a distant land in search of a treasure. This journey sets off a series of terrible events from which it will be difficult for the girls to get out alive. They will have to face the sudden cruelty and greed that has taken possession of the souls of the locals.

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Alice Bogart, Ekaterina Stulova, Valery Barinov, Alexei Gorbunov, Alexander Robak …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Gold Dust (2000)

A film about gold miners from the times of the Wild West – an adaptation of the English novel by Thomas Hardy. The action of the western takes place in 1849 in America. A poor immigrant from Ireland, Daniel, is among those who are crazy about gold. Together with his wife and newborn daughter, he sets off in pursuit of wealth. Having gone astray, they find shelter in a prospector’s hut. Alcohol and greed cloud Daniel’s head, and he sells his wife and daughter to a stranger for a piece of land that hides valuable metal deposits in its depths. Years pass, and the time of terrible reckoning comes.

Original title:
The Claim

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Western

Actors:
Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley, Nastassja Kinski…

Country:
UK, France, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Gold Rush (1998)

Frances Fitts, a young secretary from New York, decides to go to Alaska after stories about millionaire miners fill her with dreams of making a quick buck. Francis convinces expedition leader Madison to let her join the group as a typist. When the girl arrives at the place, she realizes that getting rich will be harder than she thought.

Original title:
Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Alyssa Milano, Bruce Campbell, Stan Cahill …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
12+


Alaska Kid (TV series 1993)

The multi-part film about gold mines, which received good reviews from the audience, is based on the story of Jack London. A middle-aged journalist Christopher Belew travels to the Klondike for unusual adventures and meeting new people in order to be inspired and find interesting stories. Thus begins the journey of the hero during the gold rush. He is waiting for the cold of mountain passes, acquaintance with the Indians, pirates and robbers.

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Mark Pillow, Donovan Scott, Edward Zhentara …

Country:
Germany, Poland, Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


White Fang (1991)

The list of the best films about gold diggers and the gold rush will complete the touching story of friendship between a man and a wolf named White Fang. After the hunters killed his mother, the little wolf cub was left an orphan. Until one day he ran into people who sheltered him. But there is a change of owners, and the animal ends up with a cruel gold digger. A good friend of the beast Jack Conroy travels across Alaska, heading to the site left to him by his dead father. One day, he meets a prospector and his battered fighting wolf, and ransoms White Fang.

Original title:
White Fang

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Jed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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