Movies like Ran

If you like "Ran" you are looking for epic, atmospheric and cerebral movies about / with samurai, greed, feudal japan, betrayal, vengeance, medieval and castle themes of Action, Drama and War genre shot in Japan or France.
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Ran (1985)
 8.2
 125K
Ran (1985)
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Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, cerebral, emotional, stylized, gloomy, captivating, tense, philosophical, mind bending ...
Plot: samurai, greed, feudal japan, betrayal, vengeance, medieval, castle, insanity, war, shakespeare, nihilism, cavalry, tragedy, brothers, seppuku, rivalry, siege, loyalty, assassination, chaos and mayhem, martial arts, fight, weapons, revenge, hunter ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to Ran

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, epic and stylized films with plots about vengeance, heroes, betrayal, mentor, rivalry, brutality and dialogue mostly in Drama, Action and War genres. Some movies like Ran: Kagemusha (1980), Yojimbo (1961), The Last Samurai (2003), Sanjuro (1962), Gladiator (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 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, enigmatic, bleak, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, japanese history, war, martial arts, warlord, feudal japan, battles, doppelganger, medieval, death, warrior, culture clash ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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100%
 8.2
 122K
Yojimbo (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant ...
Style: cynical, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, small town, betrayal, bodyguard, ronin, mercenary, tough guy, gang war, rivalry, martial arts, gang ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, future, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
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: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, war, warrior, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, self discovery, battles, sword fight, katana, loyalty, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 38K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, witty, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, betrayal, police investigation, one against many, visceral, culture clash, transformation, small town, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Malta, Morocco
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, breathtaking, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: revenge, ancient rome, roman empire, vengeance, ancient history, gladiator, sword fight, courage, warrior, slavery, freedom, pride and honor ...
Time: 50s, middle ages
Place: rome italy, ancient greece, north africa, italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 7K
The Banquet (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 907 AD, the Tang Dynasty in China. The movie is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, stylized, epic, serious ...
Plot: emperor, empire, martial arts, betrayal, intrigue, murder, exile, politics, royal family, state affairs, rivalry, tragic hero ...
Time: 10th century, middle ages
Place: china, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: cerebral, tense, bleak, stylized, light ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, fencing, vengeance, master warrior, medieval, sword fight, guilt, fight scenes, gunfight, runaway ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.4
 1.0M
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: epic, breathtaking, rough, scenic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, courage, freedom, war, warrior, tragic hero, idealism, battles, vengeance, leadership, legend, love story ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, united kingdom, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 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: epic, atmospheric, harsh, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, seppuku, revenge, brutality, medieval, justice, battles, martial arts, courage, society, redemption ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, realistic, emotional, sad, tense ...
Plot: war, korean war, military, soldier, survival, brothers, idealism, combat, mission, military life, courage, family ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: north korea, south korea, korea, asia, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Samurai Banners (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, war, military, betrayal, politics, state affairs, power relations, dishonesty, intrigue, heroes, master warrior, fall in love ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 65K
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: unusual plot structure, suspense, intense, epic, visually appealing ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, samurai sword, martial arts, sword fight, massacre, seppuku, swordsman, battles, shogun, assassin, revenge ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Tristan & Isolde (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.
Style: touching, romantic, exciting, stylized, intense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: medieval, forbidden love, love affair, knight, romance, love story, true love, betrayal, legends and myths, infidelity, tragic love, swords and armor ...
Time: middle ages, 50s
Place: ireland, england, cornwall, europe, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Style: stylized, talky, unusual plot structure, affectionate, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, kung fu, assassin, master warrior, cult, violence, gunfight, martial artist, villain, decapitation ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Heaven and Earth (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, ...
Style: psychotronic, visually appealing, epic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, katana, medieval, legends and myths, fight, ancient, strong violent content, power relations, family relations, battles, chaos ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
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47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 128 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: stylized, epic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, ronin, battles, shogun, beast, medieval, master warrior, heroes, exile, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, ancient china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 38K
Hamlet (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: shakespeare, revenge, prince, tragedy, betrayal, royal family, vengeance, ghost, medieval, murder, funeral, intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: denmark, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 273K
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: uplifting, epic, factual, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: war, american revolution, revolution, vengeance, battles, human spirit, rebellion, freedom, heroic mission, military, soldier, lone hero ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, southern usa, england, scotland, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.1
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Coriolanus (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with ...
Style: tense, stylized, intense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, shakespeare, tragedy, rivalry, vengeance, manipulation, brutality, leadership, state affairs, rise and fall, tragic hero ...
Place: rome italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Battle of the Warriors (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 370 B.C, China was separated as seven nations and several other small tribes, one of these being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to conquer the small city. Leaping to the ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: war, conquering, military, battles, fight, siege, leadership, heroes, heroic mission, against the odds, rivalry, intrigue ...
Time: ancient times
Place: ancient china, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 2K
Goyokin (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, winter, medieval, time travel, ninja, kung fu, exploitation, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 69K
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, factual, brutal, intense, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, native american, artillery, survival, code, marines, friendship, military life, courage, violence ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: japan, arizona, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Sweden, UK, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
Style: epic, stylized, captivating, exciting, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: medieval, crusader, monastery, knight, knights templar, adventure, war, sword fight, adaptation, religion, heroes, forbidden love ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, eastern europe, sweden, middle east, holy land ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.1
 43K
Last Knights (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA, South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.
Style: exciting, serious, visually appealing, bad ending, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, sword fight, vengeance, warrior, king arthur, knight, revenge, adventure, master warrior, emperor, sword and shield, beautiful scenery ...
Time: middle ages, future, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 83K
Centurion (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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: brutal, stylized, epic, intense, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ancient rome, roman empire, roman, ancient history, adventure, roman soldier, sword fight, soldier, violence, survival, hunting, legion ...
Time: middle ages
Place: rome italy, britain, england, scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.6
 55K
Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: tense, disturbing, bleak, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, suicide, poverty, sword fight, vengeance, seppuku, tragedy, life & death, courage, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
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: emotional, bleak, realistic, epic, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: world war two, war, survival, military, battles, japanese history, anti war, japanese army, imperial japan, chaos, japanese military, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 57K
Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, brutal, psychological ...
Plot: shakespeare, medieval, ambition, betrayal, murder, throne, crown, witch, insanity, king, prophecy, kingdom ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 1930s, 70s
Place: scotland, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 15K
Days of Glory (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Algeria, France, Morocco, Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
Story: During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, sexy ...
Plot: war, world war two, battles, algerian, politics, muslim, justice, survival, brutality, self esteem, ethnic conflict, heroes ...
Time: year 1944, 50s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1945 ...
Place: france, africa, algeria, paris france, vichy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: realistic, epic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, world war two, war, military, german, russian, friendship, heroes, nazism, death, nazi, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr, poland, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%