Movies like Three Outlaw Samurai

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Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
 7.6
 4K
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
Original name: 三匹の侍
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate's guard, Sakura and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, jidai geki
Plot: katana, samurai, betrayal, bribery, change of heart, abduction, hostage, kidnapping, murder, peasant, ronin, shame, infamy, heroes, crimes, double agent, escapades, rivalry, society, renegade, dishonesty, hopes, dog, horse, village ...
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Three Outlaw Samurai

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about samurai, heroes, martial arts, master warrior, crimes, rivalry and katana mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Three Outlaw Samurai: Yojimbo (1961), Killing (2018), Sword of the Beast (1965), Goyokin (1969), Incident at Blood Island (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
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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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, sword fight, ronin, gang, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, rivalry, deception, massacre, torture ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
 6.5
 1K
Killing (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Set during the Edo period, the film follows the life of a ronin (Sosuke Ikematsu) and those around him.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, exciting
Plot: samurai, ronin, revenge, swordsman, gang, massacre, village, fight, battles, murder, edo period, political unrest ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sword of the Beast (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: reform, strangulation, samurai, betrayal, martial arts, gambling, ronin, shogun, beast, vengeance, graphic violence, hitman ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 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, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, redemption, haunted by the past, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, lone wolves, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Incident at Blood Island (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the ...
Style: realistic, serious, jidai geki
Plot: ronin, samurai, betrayal, martial arts, katana, rivalry, mountain, gang, heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, betrayal, gangsters, rivalry, master warrior, fighting crime, crimes, society, dishonesty, revolution, religions or cults ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, swordsman, martial arts, graphic violence, village, rivalry, good versus evil, master warrior, gang, heroes, crimes, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
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Revenge (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: This tragic drama shows a young man fettered by Bushido, the way of the Samurai, who tried to escape the chains of his position, but was being forced to die. When the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the land, Tatsuno castle in Wakisaka Clan's home of ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, vengeance, injustice, politics, rivalry, duel, revenge, feudal japan
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Fifth film in the series. When Kyoshiro, in a moment of weakness, saves the life of a woman being attacked on the road, he quickly finds himself entangled in a conspiracy involving a corrupt chamberlain, a wily merchant, the survivors of a pirate ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: pirate, samurai, heroes, rivalry, escapades, dishonesty, katana, samurai sword, sword duel, sword fight, soldier, reluctant hero ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, drifter, heroes, one man army, decapitation, kung fu, duel, sword, sword fight, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, graphic violence, master warrior, gangsters, one man army, rivalry, lone wolves, confined, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, realistic, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, dishonesty, naivete, drifter, duel, one against many, police investigation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 3K
Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: realistic, serious, jidai geki, parody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, gang, dishonesty, master warrior, hopes, rivalry, leadership, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Zatoichi's Spurting Blood Road (1967)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, village, working undercover, martial arts, confined, master warrior, one man army, gangsters, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, heroes, crimes, dishonesty, one man army, life is a bitch, lone wolves, escapades, prostitute ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, aikido, martial arts, samurai sword, battles, righting the wronged, track down, supernatural ability, contests and competitions, hopes, gang ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: [Period covered: 1575-1681] Fist film in the Shinobi series starring Raizo Ichikawa. Warlord Oda Nobunaga seeks to unite a fractured Japan, a young man trained in the arts of ninjitsu is manipulated by a ninja master into attempting to assassinate ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, ninja, assassination, religions or cults, battles, crimes, adventure, heroes, prostitute, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 158K
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: exciting, stylized, epic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, shogun, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, samurai sword, rivalry, half breed ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: captivating, exciting, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, self discovery, human spirit, pride and honor, courage, katana, honor, loyalty, emperor, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: snake, katana, escapades, gangsters, fugitives, master warrior, rivalry, rescue, samurai, crimes, dishonesty, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, samurai, swordsman, heroes, master warrior, dishonesty, crimes, adventure, escapades, hopes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, gangsters, master warrior, lone wolves, dishonesty, crimes, heroes, one man army, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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The Alien Girl (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 1990s. Gangster Kiev. A team of four men is assigned to deliver a girl from Prague, nicknamed "The Stranger." As the sister of a recently arrested criminal called Babai, her testimony could damage some important people.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, brutality, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, murder, love, kidnapping, witnessing a crime, violence, mafia, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ukraine, czech republic, russia, europe, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Duel to Death (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: One of the last of the Old School Hong Kong martial arts flicks, this one deals with a legendary competition in swordplay and fighting that ends up being fought between two great warriors, a Chinese man and a Japanese man, who, over the course of ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: martial arts, samurai, heroic mission, kidnapping, contests and competitions, rivalry, heroes, betrayal, crimes, wiretap, ninja, giant ...
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Place: asia, hong kong, japan, china
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30%
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, sword, wrestling, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, one man army, contests and competitions, gangsters, on the run ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.0
 2K
Samurai Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: espionage, samurai, uninhibited rivalry, heroic mission, rivalry, heroes, assassination, gang, lone wolves, track down, escapades, war ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: bleak, stylized, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, opponent, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, crimes, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.
Style: exciting, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, imperialism, vengeance, lone wolves, gangsters, crimes, master warrior, adventure, one man army ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Zatoichi tries to save a maiden in distress in this sequel to the popular series about a blind samurai swordsman who moonlights as a masseur. Always fighting for the underdog, noble Zatoichi sets out to keep a girl from becoming a prostitute. But he ...
Style: saga, semi serious, atmospheric, scary, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, righting the wronged, prostitute, crimes, gang, heroes, escapades, adventure, lone wolves, rivalry ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Ichi travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years ago. When some tax money is stolen while in transit to the governor he is accused and sets out to find the money and clear his name.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, corruption, yakuza, injustice, master warrior, life is a bitch, one man army, lone wolves, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%