Movies like The Last Samurai

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The Last Samurai (2003)
 7.7
 357K
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, inter cultural, stylized, realistic, ambiguous ending, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, war, dignity, pride and honor, master warrior, swords and armor, leader, human spirit, military life, loyalty, emperor, military, leadership, regret, respect, army, sword fight, traditional versus modern, soldier, alcoholic ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo

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Most similar movies to The Last Samurai

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, epic and intense films with plots about heroes, war, courage, dialogue, beautiful scenery, battles and mentor mostly in Drama, War and Action genres. Some movies like The Last Samurai: Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Centurion (2010), Braveheart (1995), Band of Brothers (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.5
 1.2M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, master warrior, emperor, revenge, warrior, slavery, heroes, tragic hero, courage, freedom, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: north africa, spain, germany, rome italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 144 min.
Story: After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Style: epic, serious, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: knight, battles, king, warrior, war, siege, muslim, army, christianity, public execution, anti war, loss of brother ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.4
 72K
Centurion (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, soldier, behind enemy lines, violence, adventure, survival, sole survivor, on the run, ancient rome, battles, danger, war ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: britain, england, europe, scotland, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 858K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: rough, epic, exciting, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: freedom, tragic hero, heroes, war, courage, battles, warrior, leadership, vengeance, love story, master warrior, idealism ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, europe, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, captivating, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, battles, military, war, sniper, military life, paratrooper, friendship, human spirit, survival, behind enemy lines, sergeant ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, revenge, chosen one, shogun, ronin, master warrior, half breed, samurai sword, martial arts, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, martial arts, tea, battle zone, battles, heroes, military, leadership, wartime life, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, hong kong, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, leadership, navy, battles, adventure, uninhibited rivalry, escapades, rivalry, human spirit, heroic mission, officers and cadets, military ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: brazil, europe, england, battleship, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 40K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, martial arts, carrier pigeon, strategy, casualty of war, flaming arrow, battles, master warrior, soldier, adventure, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 149K
King Arthur (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Ireland
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, ...
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, knight, battles, king arthur, adventure, folk hero, battle, frozen lake, freedom, christianity, military, state affairs ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century
Place: europe, england, britain, dungeon, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 57K
13 Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, swords and armor, seppuku, samurai sword ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 230K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: rough, captivating, uplifting, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, rebellion, daring rescue, battles, freedom, human spirit, british, war, heroic mission, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, battle, war, army, emperor, warlord, switching roles, mistaken identity, battles, dishonesty, heroes, military ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 216 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: desert, adventure, horse, war, battles, muslim, soldier, arab, camel, british empire, politics, imperialism ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, jerusalem, saudi arabia, lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 2K
47 Samurai (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 24K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, troops ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
 61K
Windtalkers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, rough, sincere ...
Plot: code, island, war, military, survival, mexican standoff, behind enemy lines, gory, soldier, native americans, battle zone, u.s. army ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943, year 1944, 1940s
Place: asia, japan, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.9
 111K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: epic, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, war, slavery, military, civil war, sacrifice, prejudice, battle, heroic mission, freedom, self esteem ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 10K
The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, exile, desert, master warrior, battle, kidnapping, war, adventure, soldier, hostility, enemy, ambassador ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, war, military, death, battle, army, missile, steel helmet, explosion, vietnamese, bayonet ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 18K
9th Company (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer Dygalo - prior ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, battles, officers and cadets, war, basic training, friendship, military life, death, wartime life, boot camp, killed in action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 237K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, soldier, war, battles, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, navy seal, death, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: military, battles, war, sniper, army, heroic mission, courage, rescue, d day, self sacrifice, cowardice, bravery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, europe, france, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 201 min.
Story: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark ...
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, friendship, adventure, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, battles, warrior, suspicion, dwarf, ancient, courage, heroic mission ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 672K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, harsh, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, master warrior, war, legends and myths, battles, soldier, gory, army, historical character, ancient, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 2K
Bang Rajan (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Set right before the fall of Thailand's old capital, Ayuttaya, Bang Rajan draws on the legend of a village of fighters who bravely fended off the Burmese armies. With no support from the Royal army, the villagers drives the invading Burmese ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: village, atrocity, harvest, dead children, rice, villager, massacre, gun, battle, death, blood, bestiality ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: thailand, burma, asia, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 151K
Alexander (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA, Netherlands, France, UK, Italy
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.
Style: epic, suspense, factual, breathtaking, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: homosexuality, ambition, war, rise to the top, adventure, battles, heroes, battle zone, conquering, state affairs, royal family, brutality ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, persia, macedonia, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.
Style: epic, emotional, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: soldier, civil war, pyre, air raid, war, archaeologist, military, gory, communism, atrocity, massacre, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s
Place: asia, korea, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 434K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Malta, UK
Duration: 163 min.
Story: In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: betrayal, tragic hero, courage, forbidden love, warrior, war, ancient, mythology, master warrior, sword fight, vengeance, romance ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%