Samurai warrior movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant samurai warrior movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic and rough films and TV shows about / with samurai warrior, samurai, violence, warrior, heroes, rivalry, martial arts, sword fight, katana sword and danger plots mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as samurai warrior: The Bodyguard (1961), Battle with Top-Class Samuri (1980), Forgotten Warrior (1986), Village of 8 Gravestones (1977), Blood Beat (1983), 47 Ronin (2013), Samurai Reincarnation (1981), Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (1988), The Shogun's Samurai (1978), Duel to Death (1983).

List of samurai warrior movies

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: lone wolves, hitman, mafia, racial slur, african american, code, loner, gangster, loneliness, wisdom of life, hip hop, philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, japan, new jersey
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 8.3
 95K
The Bodyguard (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: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, mercenary, ronin, bodyguard, revolver, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Battle with Top-Class Samuri (1980)
Genre: Action
Country: South Korea
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In an effort to take advantage of the political chaos during the reign of King Ko-jong, the emporer of Japan sends several warriors to infiltrate Korea. The son of the nation's top martial arts teacher, who has been studying dance and Buddhism, ...
Plot: karate, korean, battle, violence, martial arts, samurai, samurai warrior, taekwondo, martial art
Time: 19th century
Place: korea
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Forgotten Warrior (1986)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Steve Parrish is the Forgotten Warrior, a man who refuses to be defeated. Now he's become a creature of the jungle who lives to kill. He has survived the inhuman brutalities of war and prison camps and he finally finds love and peace among some ...
Plot: war veteran, martial arts training, wrestling, judo, hand to hand combat, strongman, stick fight, brawl, sorcerer, magician, fight, fistfight ...
Place: asia
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Village of 8 Gravestones (1977)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: The heir to a family fortune discovers that a curse has been placed on it, put there centuries before by a band of samurai warriors. Adaptation of novel by Seishi Yokomizo
Plot: airport, greed, twin, possession, waterfall, warrior, private detective, murder, sake, poison, twin sister, samurai warrior ...
Time: year 1977, 1500s
Place: japan
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 4.5
 405
Blood Beat (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A woman who lives in deer-hunting country in rural Wisconsin is possessed by the spirit of a Japanese samurai warrior.
Plot: ghost, gore, haunted house, samurai, sword, female protagonist, female nudity, christmas, samurai warrior, possession, slasher, psychic power ...
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Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The great Daimyo enlists the aid of the three Shadow Hunters in ensuring the delivery of an illegal cannon in this sequel to Toshio Masuda's bloody adaptation of the manga by Takao Saito. Despite the Shadow Hunters's remarkable skill, this ...
Plot: jidai geki, samurai warrior, violence, samurai, duel, manhunt, gore, female ninja, ninja, katana sword
Place: japan
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 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: serious, exciting, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, ronin, revenge, master warrior, heroes, martial arts, adventure, samurai sword, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, atmospheric, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: samurai, martial arts, undead, afterlife, supernatural, good versus evil, adventure, master villain, master warrior, supernatural ability, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
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Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Colin MacLeod hunts for the man responsible for the death of his love. He chases the immortal Marcus Octavius across centuries as his quest threatens to take over his life and heart. In his quest, he meets a woman who reminds him of his slain ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, epic, touching, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, immortality, samurai, idealism, redemption, good versus evil, master warrior, new love, chase, obsessive quest, vengeance, heroic mission ...
Time: future, 22nd century, near future
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Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: The gang of Mystery Inc. take a trip to Japan and find themselves circling Asia and the Pacific in a treasure hunt, racing against the vengeful Black Samurai and his Ninja warriors to find the legendary Sword of Fate, an ancient blade fabled to ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, samurai, chase, danger, escapades, family, adventure, rivalry, mystery, amateur detective, pets, race against time ...
Time: 2000s
Place: japan, asia
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Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Ronin Warriors, originally Yoroiden Samurai Troopers in Japan, is one of the oldest anime series to air largely uncut to international markets. Since its U.S. re-broadcast in the summer of 1995, its popularity and fan-following has grown ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, stylized
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, samurai, parallel world, escapades, adventure, heroes, imaginary, heroic mission, legends and myths, righting the wronged, good versus evil, danger ...
Place: japan
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The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother ...
Style: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, rivalry, assassination, betrayal, dishonesty, state affairs, samurai warrior, sword, blood, ninja ...
Place: asia, japan
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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: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: martial arts, samurai, danger, heroes, rivalry, betrayal, contests and competitions, heroic mission, kidnapping, crimes, wiretap, fishing ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, china, hong kong, japan
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 8.1
 27K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, sword fight, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, temple, blood, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Near the end of the nineteenth century, as the balance of power shifts from Shogunate towards the Emperor, Japan restlessly awaits the dawning of a new age. But not all are content...The Shinsengumi, a small army of samurai, farmers and peasants, ...
Plot: samurai, japanese culture, samurai warrior, jidai geki, katana sword, warrior, japanese history, samurai era, sword fight
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: japan
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 6.6
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Time Slip (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the supreme Shogun.
Style: serious, offbeat, rough, suspenseful
Plot: time travel, samurai, soldier, battles, military, master warrior, adventure, time warp, war, changing the past or future, heroic mission, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia
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Samurai Commando Mission 1549 (2005)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An accident during tests of an anti-plasma artificial magnetic shield at Japan's Ground Self Defense Force East Fuji practice range sends the 3rd Special Experimental Company, under Colonel Matoba on a time-slip 460 years into the past, into ...
Style: serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, soldier, time travel, changing the past or future, battles, danger, escapades, disorder, rescue, experiment gone awry, heroic mission, good versus evil ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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 8.4
 39K
Samurai Jack (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Made by Genndy Tartakovsky, this animated series tells the story of a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, captivating, humorous, stylized
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, good versus evil, time travel, villain, megalomaniac, warrior, master villain, adventure, revenge, wanderer ...
Time: future
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Samurai X: Reflection (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Despite his happy marriage to Kamiya Kaoru and the birth of their first child, Kenji, Himura Kenshin continues his tireless search for atonement even as illness threatens to claim his life and rob him of him of his memories.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating
Plot: samurai, haunted by the past, homecoming, tragedy, righting the wronged, family problems, romance, family relations, starting over, parents and children, heroic mission, estrangement ...
Place: japan, asia, china
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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: The Meiji Era was one of great renewal for Japan, where swords and killing were outlawed. However, many survivors from the time of Revolution still live, lurking in the shadows and waiting for a chance to use their killing blades again. Only Kenshin ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, heroes, innocence, romance, escapades, rivalry, betrayal, battles, society, reconciliation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: A young boy is saved from death at the hands of bandits by a passing swordsman. The swordsman offers to take the boy in as his apprentice and renames him "Kenshin". After years of training, Kenshin abandons his master to join the growing ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: master warrior, samurai, martial arts, tragedy, redemption, revolution, idealism, heroic mission, adventure, heroes, hopes, rivalry ...
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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, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, master warrior, war, dignity, pride and honor, swords and armor, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, blood, lone wolves, female ninja, blood splatter, martial artist, decapitation, ronin, master warrior, gory ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, lone wolves, gory, assassin, cult, drifter, village, master warrior, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, australia
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: epic, serious, rough, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, cult, lone wolves, master warrior, gory, assassin, countryside, parents and children, hitman, danger, deadly ...
Place: asia, japan
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, assassin, female killer, vengeance, lone wolves, adventure, cult, gory, master warrior, hitman, crimes ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: talky, stylized, clever, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, gore, yakuza, sword fight, sword, kung fu, duel, decapitation, blood splatter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, supernatural, cult, gory, lone wolves, master warrior, assassin, uninhibited rivalry, deadly, escapades, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
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 7.6
 58K
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: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, swords and armor, seppuku, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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