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California Gold Rush Movies & TV

The Gold Rush (1925)

Silent film comedian Charlie Chaplin stars as the Lone Prospector who ventures to Alaska in search of gold but finds love instead. Check out this enchanting and hilarious romantic comedies directed by Chaplin himself. It's one of the greatest films of the silent era.

How The West Was Won (1962)

This Oscar-winning saga traces American westward expansion during the gold rush using the experiences of two migrant families. Henry Fonda and Carroll Baker star as members of the Prescott and Rawlings clans who venture west to find fortune and ultimately settle in California.

The Firebrand (1962)

Valentin de Vargas stars as Joaquin Murieta, a Mexican outlaw who resists the invasion of gold rush prospectors who pour into the West and flagrantly disrupt the lives of locals.

Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco – The Mission (1994)

Check out this carefully documented film about San Francisco's oldest, most colorful, and most diverse neighborhood, from its days as a Native American village to recent cultural, economic, and architectural developments.

California (1946)

The Gold Rush brings out the worst in folks, or at least that's the story here in this film starring Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald, and Barbara Stanwyck as "Wicked" Lily Bishop.

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