Samurai movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant samurai movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, serious, realistic, atmospheric, exciting and breathtaking films and TV shows about / with samurai, heroes, rivalry, martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, sword fight, violence, storytelling and culture clash 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: 13 Assassins (2010), The Last Samurai (2003), The Twilight Samurai (2002), The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Samurai Champloo (2004), 47 Ronin (2013), Harakiri (1962), Kwaidan (1964), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Sanjuro (1962).

List of samurai movies

 7.6
 57K
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, swords and armor, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, seppuku, samurai sword ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, epic ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, friendship, courage, battles, warrior, war, emperor, leader, master warrior, dignity, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Seibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, childhood sweetheart, widower, couple relations, poverty, duel, friendship, mission of murder, daughter, sword, teacher ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, violence, revenge, blood, heroes, village, geisha, sword, gory, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Samurai Champloo (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Mugen is a ferocious, animalistic warrior with a fighting style inspired by break-dancing. Jin is a ronin samurai who wanders the countryside alone. They may not be friends, but their paths continually cross. And when ditzy waitress Fuu gets ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, captivating, thought provoking, ethnic humor ...
Plot: samurai, obsessive quest, martial arts, adventure, on the road, master warrior, danger, friendship, pride and honor, road trip, search for father, hip hop ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 6.3
 131K
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, epic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, master warrior, revenge, heroes, ronin, shogun, impossible love, half breed, suicide, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 8.7
 23K
Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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 8.0
 12K
Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, anthology, spirit, snow, promise, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: talky, realistic, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, parents and children, kidnapping, injustice, society, family relations, master warrior, rebelliousness, fighting the system, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, 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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, survival, blood, decapitation, female ninja, ronin, martial artist, blood splatter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.2
 25K
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, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, blood, temple, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 7.8
 3K
Samurai 7 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Samurai 7 is a 2004 anime TV series, produced by Gonzo and based on Akira Kurosawa's highly regarded 1954 movie Seven Samurai. The series was directed by Toshifumi Takizawa and its music was composed by Kaoru Wada and Eitetsu Hayashi. There are ...
Style: futuristic, epic, serious, stylized
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, androids and robots, lone wolves, village, adventure, countryside, fighting crime, rescue, redemption, chaos and mayhem ...
Place: asia, japan
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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, one man army, blind ambition, political unrest, good versus evil, ambition, state affairs, katana, ronin ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: bleak, talky, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, katana sword, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, atmospheric, breathtaking, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, magic, storytelling, adventure, friendship, origami, imagination, sword, guitar, strong female character, destiny, creativity ...
Place: japan
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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, rough, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, lone wolves, cult, gory, master warrior, assassin, countryside, parents and children, hitman, danger, deadly ...
Place: asia, japan
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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, heroes, martial arts, innocence, romance, escapades, rivalry, betrayal, battles, society, reconciliation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, battle, doppelganger, war, warlord, army, emperor, switching roles, mistaken identity, battles, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 8.3
 92K
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, bodyguard, ronin, revolver, mercenary, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, 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, lone wolves, martial arts, gory, assassin, cult, drifter, master warrior, village, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, australia
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 7.9
 30K
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold... or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, serious, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, ninja, violence, supernatural, transformation, demon, good versus evil, vengeance, megalomaniac, gold ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 10K
Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, intrigue, interracial relations, battles, leadership, adventure, culture clash, escapades, society, adventurer, betrayal, social differences ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: asia, japan, portugal
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 8.7
 4K
Silver Soul (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Story: The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence. However one man, Gintoki Sakata, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, absurd, entertaining ...
Plot: samurai, parody, adventure, heroes, resistance, rebelliousness, imaginary, rebellion, financial problem, alien invasion, fight scenes, society ...
Place: japan
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Kenshin Samurai X (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, japanese culture, heroes, one man army, escapades, drifter, mercenary, drug lord, japanese girl, japanese woman, garden ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia
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Samurai Assassin (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for 300 years. They suspect a traitor in their midst, ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, assassination, lone wolves, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, deadly, hopes, state affairs, ruler, scheming ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
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 8.4
 37K
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, destiny, villain, megalomaniac, warrior, master villain, adventure, revenge ...
Time: future
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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, spy, gold, sword fight, crime, good versus evil, adventure, lone wolves, master warrior, vengeance ...
Place: asia, japan
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 7.8
 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: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, royal family ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Warrior's Way (2010)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Western
Country: New Zealand, South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An Asian assassin (Dong-gun Jang) is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. Also starring Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Tony Cox and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
Style: stylized, epic, serious, exciting, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, small town, good versus evil, martial arts, assassin, heroes, desert, revenge, drifter, deception, forest, super speed ...
Time: 19th century
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The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, epic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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