What movies does the 2016 film Hell or High Water reference?

Certainly there is a thematic congruence with The Wild Bunch regarding men, specifically bank robbers whom history has passed by. The ending is also similar to John Sayles' Limbo.

I suspect there are also more direct references, but I'm drawing a blank.

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    Jeff Bridges drives off into the sunset, if you noticed that. =P I actually noticed a few, but I've forgotten now what they were.
    – moviegique
    Aug 21, 2016 at 23:38
  • It was a badass ending. I was like "oh no you're not!" and then they did. Awesome. :)
    – DukeZhou
    Aug 22, 2016 at 0:13
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    Right? And then, I'm all "Why are we watching him walk to his car?" and "Aw, crap, he's gonna ride off into the sunset!"
    – moviegique
    Aug 22, 2016 at 4:26
  • To me, it seemed like a watered down version of No Country for Old Men.
    – BoltBait
    Feb 23, 2017 at 1:02
  • @BoltBait You need to go back and re-watch the films of Sam Peckinpah, particularly the Westerns (Wild Bunch, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, etc.) No Country was based on a literary novel by Cormac McCarthy, which is why it is so elevated. But Hell or High Water is actually a deeper commentary on themes particular to the Western genre, specifically in cinema. (Shane, the films of John Ford, etc.) No Country is concerned with the perception of violence at a given point in history (i.e. present times vs. grandfather's times)
    – DukeZhou
    Feb 24, 2017 at 19:27


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