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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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 1.5M
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Genre: 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 lord's realm.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, atmospheric, stylized, breathtaking, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, light ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, friendship, warrior, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, battles, sword and sorcery, ancient, save the world, journey, destiny, suspicion, dwarf, courage, magical, heroic, pride and honor, creature, heroic mission, artifact, monster, army, suicide, corruption ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand

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Most similar movies to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, epic, stylized and scenic films with plots about adventure, destiny, good versus evil, mentor, storytelling, dialogue and rivalry mostly in Adventure, Fantasy and Action genres. Some movies like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Excalibur (1981), Game of Thrones (2011), Gladiator (2000), Stardust (2007), Conan the Barbarian (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, epic, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, imaginary kingdom, friendship, fantasy world, imaginary, save the world, sword and sorcery, journey, heroic mission, mythology, ancient ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: mine, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, save the world, fantasy world, friendship, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, pride and honor, army, attack, magical ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, scenic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, courage, adventurer, fantasy world, adventure, treasure hunt, imaginary, dragon, journey, mythology, warrior ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory, 2010s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog ...
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, dragon, sword and sorcery, epic battle, battle, battles, adventure, supernatural ability, deadly, adventurer, heroes ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 161 min.
Story: The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.
Style: epic, exciting, stylized, captivating, intense ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, creature, imaginary kingdom, sword and sorcery, warrior, magical, heroes, magic, adventure, dragon, heroic mission, swords and armor ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 53K
Excalibur (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, captivating, intense ...
Plot: knight, witch, adventure, folk hero, legends and myths, good versus evil, king arthur, king, magic, heroic mission, danger, battle ...
Time: middle ages, future
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.4
 1.6M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, captivating, twists and turns, sexual ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, betrayal, incest, king, political intrigue, adventure, politics, palaces castles and temples, royal family, killings, dwarf ...
Time: 2010s, middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, stylized, serious, scary
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: chosen one, wizards and magicians, magical, supernatural ability, friendship, good versus evil, young heroes, best friends, friends, witch, teacher, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, near future, 2010s ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: warrior, vengeance, roman empire, courage, master warrior, pride and honor, emperor, tragic hero, heroes, freedom, slavery, revenge ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: spain, north africa, dungeon, rome italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time – gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, epic, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: betrayal, fall in love, time travel, rivalry, adventure, love and romance, heroes, prince, destiny, on the run, princess, family relations ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, asia, egypt, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 237K
Stardust (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His journey takes him into a world beyond his wildest dreams and reveals his ...
Style: feel good, epic, stylized, captivating, light ...
Audience: date night, teens, family outing
Plot: witch, adventure, imaginary kingdom, true love, fall in love, chase, supernatural ability, pirate, escapades, love and romance, prince, wizards and magicians ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1870s, 1850s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood ...
Style: stylized, exciting, epic, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: barbarian, cult, slavery, good versus evil, escapades, sword and sorcery, gladiator, danger, obsessive quest, vengeance, heroic mission, sword fight ...
Time: ancient history, prehistoric times, stone age, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Spain
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, serious, scenic, gloomy ...
Plot: obsessive quest, good versus evil, adventure, imaginary, wizards and magicians, heroes, imaginary kingdom, danger, save the world, mission, escapades, heroic mission ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 86K
DragonHeart (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be ...
Style: humorous, fairy tale, entertaining, scenic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dragon, immortality, knight, friendship, good versus evil, betrayal, battle, adventure, magic, heroes, society, escapades ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he ...
Style: exciting, touching, twists and turns, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, chosen one, witch, wizards and magicians, school, friendship, supernatural ability, magical, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, best friends, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 39K
Ladyhawke (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, fairy tale, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids, pre-teens
Plot: bishop, good versus evil, rescue, romance, chase, true love, adventure, solar eclipse, transformation, save the lady, magic, curse ...
Time: middle ages, 80s
Place: dungeon, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, epic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: puppetry, fantasy world, good versus evil, race against time, crystal, mission, puppets, adventure, heroes, danger, heroic mission, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, fairy tale, epic, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, witch, good versus evil, fantasy world, magical, king, parallel world, self sacrifice, young heroes, adventure, queen, throne ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: dungeon, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Legend of the Seeker (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The adventures of woodsman Richard Cypher, who discovers that he was born to fulfill a prophecy of becoming a guardian hero to oppressed people. With the help of a mysterious woman named Kahlan and a wise old wizard named Zedd, he must stop a ...
Style: exciting, serious, humorous, entertaining, feel good
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, adventure, save the world, imaginary, witch, escapades, magical, ancient, chosen one, secret ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 134K
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: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, heroes, ronin, revenge, chosen one, master warrior, exile, martial arts, samurai sword, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.1
 117K
Eragon (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
Style: exciting, epic, serious, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: dragon, supernatural ability, imaginary kingdom, adventure, danger, young heroes, fantasy world, heroic mission, chosen one, legends and myths, good versus evil, imaginary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Captain Barbossa, long believed to be dead, has come back to life and is headed to the edge of the Earth with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. But nothing is quite as it seems.
Style: humorous, exciting, stylized, surprise ending, surreal ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing, date night
Plot: pirate, adventure, ship, supernatural, ocean or sea, journey, curses spells and rituals, danger, friendship, afterlife, immortality, deception ...
Time: 18th century
Place: caribbean, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: China, Canada, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, scenic, epic, surprise ending ...
Plot: sorcerer, good versus evil, video game, fictional war, magic, adventure, fantasy world, kingdom, battle, brutality, warrior, fight scenes ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: chosen one, wizards and magicians, young heroes, supernatural ability, magical, invisibility, witch, good versus evil, magic, friendship, best friends, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 1990s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.7
 685K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, battles, ancient, historical character, master warrior, heroic mission, human spirit, war, army, against the odds, legends and myths ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, siege, war, military, christianity, army, muslim, self sacrifice, adventure ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 446K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: warrior, betrayal, tragic hero, courage, army, mythology, forbidden love, ancient, heroes, sword fight, heroic, war ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the ...
Style: epic, exciting, semi serious, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: outer space, space travel, space and aliens, space wars, adventure, totalitarianism, good versus evil, evil empire, attack, heroic mission, power relations, space opera ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: After the Evil Queen marries the King, she performs a violent coup in which the King is murdered and his daughter, Snow White, is taken captive. Almost a decade later, a grown Snow White is still in the clutches of the Queen. In order to obtain ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, serious, epic, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: queen, good versus evil, immortality, deception, danger, adventure, curses spells and rituals, fantasy world, imaginary kingdom, witch, magic, fairy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, self discovery, courage, master warrior, friendship, battles, swords and armor, human spirit, military life, dignity, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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