Movies like Hero

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Hero (2002)
 7.9
 172K
Hero (2002)
Original name: 英雄
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Style: serious, epic, atmospheric, exciting, enigmatic, stylized, philosophical, twists and turns, breathtaking, surprise ending ...
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ruler, sword fight, adventure, tragic hero, patriot, deception, heroic mission, power of love, fight for supremacy, courage, rivalry, selflessness, rivals, legendary, warrior, battles, tragic love, battle, king, heroes, suicide, lovers, hopes ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia, hong kong

Most similar movies to Hero

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, stylized and epic films with plots about martial arts, rivalry, master warrior, heroes, violence, sword fight and vengeance mostly in Action, Adventure and Drama genres. Some movies like Hero: House of Flying Daggers (2004), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Fearless (2006), Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 9th century China, a corrupt government wages war against a rebel army called the Flying Daggers. A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful rebel out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, emotional, intense, colourful ...
Plot: tragic love, warrior, martial arts, romance, swords and armor, emperor, heroine, adventure, tragic event, resistance, mission, deception ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, lyrical ...
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, vengeance, sword fight, love and romance, theft, mentor, warrior, adventure, mountain, sword, heroine ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 17th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Style: serious, captivating, sexy, epic, colourful ...
Plot: empress, martial arts, betrayal, royal family, forbidden love, power, punishment, execution, dysfunctional family, poison, emperor, infidelity ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages, 10th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.6
 72K
Fearless (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, friendship, exile, martial arts tournament, hopes, patriotism, redemption, childhood, responsibility, warrior ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, japan, shanghai china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese who follow Western ways. Wong must also defend Dr. Sun Yat ...
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu master, kung fu, hopes, heroes, racism, idealism, rivalry, culture clash, revolution, folk hero ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 43K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 288 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, realistic, exciting, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, war, strategy, martial arts, war hero, siblings relations, state affairs, adventure, heroes, danger, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and American) plundering of China.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, master warrior, heroes, school, tragic hero, culture clash, adventure, heroic mission, righting the wronged, good versus evil, folk hero ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
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, saga, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, graphic violence, deadly, danger, wartime life, weakness, battle zone, life is a bitch, horse, historical character ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate picks up three years after the infamous Dragon Inn was burnt down in the desert when its innkeeper Jade vanished. A new gang of marauders had taken over - innkeepers by day and treasure hunters by night. The inn is the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mistress, adventure, battles, heroes, danger, rivalry, desert, escapades, treasure, eunuch, spy ...
Time: 15th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Morocco, USA, Italy, France
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, warrior, siege, war, christianity, king, adventure, military, crusade, muslim, swords and armor ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem, england, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Legend II (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are trying to overthrow the Manchurian emperor and re-establishing the Ming dynasty. The social upheaval is combined with Sai Yuk's personal moral ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, heroic mission, redemption, rivalry, dishonesty, escapades, daring rescue, rescue, master villain, betrayal, danger ...
Time: middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, vengeance, coming of age, adventure, obsessive quest, tough heroes, monk, heroic mission, monastery ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 96K
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the ...
Style: stylized, captivating, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, fist fighting, warrior, pride and honor, contests and competitions, mentor, translator, death, hopes, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1949, 1950s ...
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 208K
Ip Man (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, uplifting, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, human spirit, warrior, fist fighting, kung fu, courage, bravery, invasion, training, heroic, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 22K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, kung fu classic, folk hero, humiliation, good versus evil, duel, rage, occupation, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 4K
Dragon Inn (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: During the Ming Dynasty, Tsao Sui Yan, the power-hungry and ruthless eunuch leader of East Chamber, craves his own kingdom. He intends on destroying the rebelling clans by using a traitorous secretary's children as bait. Ultimately, the two ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, adventure, rivalry, rescue, escapades, danger, crimes, master warrior, good versus evil, dragon, heroic mission, battle ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 1.3M
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, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, warrior, gladiator, pride and honor, freedom, courage, slavery, sword fight, heroes, tragic hero, master warrior ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: rome italy, italy, spain, germany, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Temptation of a Monk (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Near the beginning of the Tang dynasty, in 7th century China, General Shi Yan-sheng is tricked into leaving the crown prince unguarded. The crown prince is murdered by one of his brothers who then becomes emperor. Shi retreats to a monastery, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious
Plot: redemption, tragic love, monastery, betrayal, military, war, romance, society, master warrior, love and romance, unfulfillment, adventure ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, asia, hong kong, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
Once Upon a Time in China III (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, epic, silent film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu master, kung fu, culture clash, heroes, battles, master warrior, assassination, dishonesty, rivalry, contests and competitions, master villain ...
Place: china, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, intense, stylized, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night, kids
Plot: young heroes, adventure, friendship, immortality, teenager, martial arts, mentor, good versus evil, imaginary, warrior, magical, master warrior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, middle ages
Place: china, boston, usa, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 18K
Dragon Blade (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Huo An, the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions, was framed by evil forces and becomes enslaved. On the other hand, a Roman general escapes to China after rescuing the Prince. The heroic duo meet in the Western Desert and a ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, epic
Plot: master warrior, heroes, battles, rivalry, military, adventure, battle zone, danger, heroic mission, martial art, martial arts, abuse ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.
Style: exciting, serious, epic, breathtaking, lyrical ...
Plot: martial arts, adventure, vengeance, survival, rivalry, lone wolves, danger, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, sword and sandal, fight, epic battle ...
Time: ancient history, 8th century
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Reign of Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk's remains. She begins a quest to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, betrayal, mortal combat, dishonesty, track down, vengeance, heroes, couples ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History, Western
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were brutally treated by the Americans under the harsh working conditions. Thus, the American workers' hatred ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, kung fu, kung fu classic, rescue, adventure, danger, memory loss, fish out of water, rivalry, fighting crime, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, asia, hong kong, san francisco, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 11K
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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, epic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, master warrior, exile, martial arts, desert, battle, samurai, survival, heroic mission, war, tragic hero, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Evil Cult (1993)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A wild and rollicking martial arts fantasy extravaganza that features prized swords and swordsmen, a crazy monk attached to a rolling boulder, serious clan and cult rivalries, and lots of magic and flying.
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, cult film
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, revenge, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, vengeance, righting the wronged, religions or cults, uninhibited rivalry, legends and myths, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Butterfly and Sword (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Dynamo Michelle Khan stars as a loyalist who attempts to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. Top fight action.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, dishonesty, heroic mission, deadly, master warrior, good versus evil, tough heroes, empire, self mutilation, stabbed to death, chinese ...
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Clash of Empires (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Malaysia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based loosely on the 16th century historical document entitled ‘The Malay Annals’, ’The Chronicles of Merong Mahawangsa’ is an action-packed epic feature film, with mythical characters, magical moments and dazzling visual-effects sequences. ...
Style: epic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, save the princess, martial arts, state affairs, heroes, master warrior, danger, adventure, hopes, tough heroes, wizards and magicians, head of state ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, malaysia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, spectacular and hilarious fast-motion kung fu sequences ...
Style: serious, stylized, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, martial arts, parents and children, leadership, rivalry, crimes, righting the wronged, heroic mission, rebelliousness, danger, stylized violence, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Little Big Soldier (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a farmer forced into conscription, who has been looking to get out of the army ever since. His great chance arrives when he stumbles upon a wounded general from an enemy state, and he kidnaps him, intending to claim credit for the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, dark hero, soldier, escape, pow, adventure, rivalry, survival, prince, horse, heroes, anti war ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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