Movies like Hero 1997

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Hero (1997)
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Hero (1997)
Original name: 馬永貞
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ma Wing Jing and his older brother Ma Tai Chueng arrive in Shanghai to make their fortune at the end of the Qin Dynasty. Be-friending a powerful mobster Wing Jing is given his nightclub in return for saving Tam Sei's life. Unfortunately, another Gangster wants the territory a well. Corruption and violence rule the streets as Wing Jing and Tam Sei must battle not only the rival gangs but the corrupt police officials as well.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, gangsters, crimes, hitman, heroes, crime, ambition, fall in love, nightclub, master warrior, chases and races, dishonesty, master criminal, rise to the top, siblings relations, unfulfillment, wrongfully committed, tough heroes, bandit, fight, violence, torture, gun, brother ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, hong kong, asia

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Most similar movies to Hero

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about heroes, rivalry, martial arts, master warrior, crimes, violence and vengeance mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like Hero: Shatter (1974), Legend of the Wolf (1997), Duel of the Iron Fist (1971), Rich and Famous (1987), New Fists of Fury (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Shatter (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shatter, an international contract killer, has been assigned to assassinate the President of a small African country and collect his fee from a bank in the Far East. On arrival in Hong Kong his life is threatened and when the bank denies all ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, assassination, master warrior, hitman, chases and races, heroes, danger, undercover, law enforcement, gangsters, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, europe, england, china, asia ...
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A Hero Never Dies (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There ...
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, prostitute, vengeance, hitman, friends, gory, battles, police investigation, destiny, martial arts, anti hero, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Bandits, Prostitutes and Silver (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 83 min.
Story: To free his girlfriend from her contract with a greedy madam, Shang Li (Don Wong) teams up with a cold-blooded thief called the Sparrow (Chiang-lung Wen) to hijack a large shipment of silver. But when the heist suddenly goes bad, Shang Li finds ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heist, prostitute, kung fu, master criminal, rivalry, master warrior, dishonesty, chases and races, one man army, adventure, gang ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Legend of the Wolf (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wolf (Donnie Yen) is a war veteran who recounts the tale of his legendary youth to a young upstart killer (Edmond Leung). Flashback to a post-World War 2 time when the young Wolf (Yen) is wandering the Chinese countryside in search of his missing ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, hitman, martial arts, assassination attempt, dishonesty, adventure, unfulfillment, crimes, criminal's revenge, undercover, gangsters, heroes ...
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Tan Jen-chieh’s life spins out of control when he’s forced into exile to clear his name following the murder of his adopted father. He’s hunted in the streets. His lover, Butterfly, turns to prostitution. And his father’s likely killer – a ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, rivalry, self defense, tough heroes, righting the wronged, graphic violence, vigilantism, vengeance, master warrior, one man army, gangsters ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, gang, wedding, crime, master warrior, unfulfillment, criminal's revenge, rise to the top, going straight, tragic hero, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
New Fists of Fury (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brother and sister escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Kung-Fu school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, fight, kung fu, world war two, tough heroes, deadly, anti heroes, fighting crime, master villain, rivalry ...
Place: taiwan, asia, hong kong
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56%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that means the expert can withstand anything. However, Hwang is ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, assassin, revenge, rivalry, chases and races, protagonist as suspect, master villain, one man army, dishonesty, tough heroes, fugitives ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Small Tiger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ho Mei Fong is a young woman in trouble, running from a gang of criminals with something of importance hidden in her purse. She dies in Chien Chen's taxi while trying to escape, but not before hiding the purse. Chien Chen is now involved ...
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bounty Tracker (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Almost the whole staff of a tax consultant office is slayed by a team of professional killers, only Paul Damone can escape. He didn't know that his partner used to wash gangster Louis Sarazin's money and had to testify as chief witness ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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My Father is a Hero (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: rough, exciting, tense, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hong Kong 97 takes place in Hong Kong right before the transfer of power from Britain to China. Reginald Cameron, an assassin affiliated with a large corporation with interests in the colony, guns down key members of the Chinese envoy which will ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: boys' night
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Merantau (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
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Duration: 134 min.
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Style: rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Back to Back (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop.
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Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Rage of Honor (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Japanese cop, Shiro, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Shiro follows the murderer, a sadistic drug lord, up to Singapore.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, drug lord, danger, dishonesty, drug dealing, crime, crimes, undercover, partners, chases and races, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Brothers Five (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The 5 Kao brothers, separated since childhood, are unaware that the master Teng Lung Manor, Lung Chen-feng has killed their father. All five, however, seek to defeat the vicious gangsters at the Manor.
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, revenge, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, gang, master villain, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, siblings relations, reunion ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
Place: asia, china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Sleepless Town (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Kenichi is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese man of the underworld. You can sell him anything except children's organs. His domain is in Kabukicho, a gangland controlled by various Shanghai gangs intent on taking control. His former ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Plot: contests and competitions, heroic mission, crimes, track down, heroes, chases and races, danger, crime, police corruption, master criminal, tough heroes, city life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
5 Masters of Death (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, martial arts training, fistfight, shaolin kung fu, palaces castles and temples, graphic violence, master warrior, rescue, danger, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shaolin practitioners and brothers Wu and Hung kill the merciless Pai Mei. However, Pai Mei's even more merciless brother White Lotus takes revenge; killing most of the Shaolin disciples, including Wu and Hung's girlfriend, leaving only ...
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, master warrior, graphic violence, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, escapades, rivalry, heroes, kung fu, shaolin, revenge ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%