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Mulan (1998)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War

Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:china,  campfire
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:disney princess,  dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  luck,  asian dragon,  talking dragon,  great wall of china,  ancient china,  training,  hand to hand combat,  impersonating a soldier,  5th century,  6th century,  nose picking,  woman dressed as a man,  girl disguised as boy,  beacon,  advisor,  war wound,  wuxia fiction,  flaming arrow,  army life,  boot camp,  matchmaker,  based on poem,  panda,  based on fairy tale,  cricket,  gender disguise,  off screen murder,  cartoon violence,  bo staff,  woman fights a man,  avalanche,  forgery,  pun,  female hero,  war violence,  emperor,  archery,  female fighter,  war hero,  folklore,  female soldier,  disney,  public humiliation,  family dinner,  bathing,  sexism,  explosive,  female warrior,  false identity,  impersonation,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  cross dressing,  2d animation,  fireworks,  first part,  loss of father,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  legend,  princess,  ritual,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  fish,  mountain,  kung fu,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  female protagonist,  fire,  coming of age,  based on true story,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  f rated,  dog,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  bo staff,  archery,  folklore,  explosive,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  opening action scene,  legend,  training,  ritual,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  dog

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:fire breathing dragon,  talking dragon,  dragon,  mountain,  hand to hand combat,  female fighter,  female soldier,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  no opening credits,  fish,  combat,  sword,  rescue,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  violence

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:redemption
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  based on fairy tale,  bo staff,  woman fights a man,  archery,  female soldier,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  training,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence

Pan (2015) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  woman fights a man,  female fighter,  explosive,  female warrior,  tough girl,  training,  princess,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  rescue,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  violence

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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

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 teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King. This is why The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Locations:china,  campfire
Characters:villain
Story:ancient china,  kung fu,  hand to hand combat,  wuxia fiction,  bo staff,  archery,  bow and arrow,  legend,  disarming someone,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  martial arts,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  violence

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Locations:china
Characters:friend
Story:sword,  hand to hand combat,  wuxia fiction,  bo staff,  bathing,  female warrior,  heroine,  first part,  loss of father,  tough girl,  dragon,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  kung fu,  combat,  showdown,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  f rated,  violence

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:redemption
Locations:campfire
Story:flaming arrow,  emperor,  archery,  bow and arrow,  training,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  horse,  fire,  knife,  party,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog,  violence

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Dragonheart (1996) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Dragonheart (1996)

The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:fire breathing dragon,  talking dragon,  hand to hand combat,  off screen murder,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  dragon,  training,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  one word title,  dog

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Locations:campfire
Story:princess,  hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  woman fights a man,  female hero,  archery,  female fighter,  female soldier,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  training,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  female protagonist,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  f rated,  violence

Aladdin (1992)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. This is why Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Characters:villain,  friend
Story:princess,  disney princess,  advisor,  based on fairy tale,  luck,  disney,  impersonation,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  2d animation,  fireworks,  first part,  legend,  fish,  mountain,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

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Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  legend,  training,  princess,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence

Brave (2012) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Themes:redemption
Story:disney princess,  princess,  female hero,  archery,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  legend,  training,  no opening credits,  fish,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  female protagonist,  coming of age,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  dog

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:hand to hand combat,  lifting someone into the air,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  rescue,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  dog,  violence

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Ying Xiong (2002)
Action, Adventure, History

Ying Xiong (2002)

In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:china
Story:sword,  ancient china,  hand to hand combat,  wuxia fiction,  emperor,  archery,  legend,  training,  ritual,  combat,  showdown,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. This is why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:hand to hand combat,  bo staff,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  first part,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  disarming someone,  kung fu,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  fire,  martial arts,  violence

Kung Fu Panda (2008) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. (Read More)

Locations:china
Characters:villain
Story:panda,  ancient china,  kung fu,  cartoon violence,  bo staff,  training,  showdown,  martial arts,  violence

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas. (Read More)

Locations:china
Characters:villain
Story:ancient china,  panda,  dragon,  training,  no opening credits,  kung fu,  martial arts

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

When a magic scepter accidentally transports April back through time to 17th Century Japan, the boys take-off in hot pursuit, cowabungling their way out of the sewers right into Samurai-O-Rama! Now they must battle the evil Lord Norinaga to reclaim the magic scepter that will bring them back below the subways of New York City. (Read More)

Story:hand to hand combat,  bo staff,  female fighter,  lifting someone into the air,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  disarming someone,  kung fu,  combat,  horse,  fire,  martial arts,  violence

Mononoke-hime (1997)
Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Mononoke-hime (1997)

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. (Read More)

Story:princess,  hand to hand combat,  folklore,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated,  violence

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Story:hand to hand combat,  bo staff,  avalanche,  female soldier,  explosive,  female warrior,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  training,  no opening credits,  mountain,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:hand to hand combat,  war wound,  war violence,  emperor,  archery,  war hero,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  opening action scene,  legend,  training,  princess,  ritual,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  letter,  sword,  horse,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  dog

The Scorpion King (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Scorpion King (2002)

In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. (Read More)

Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  archery,  explosive,  cross dressing,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  violence

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Robin Hood (1973)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Romance

Robin Hood (1973)

An imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.

Themes:friendship
Characters:villain
Story:gender disguise,  archery,  disney,  false identity,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  cross dressing,  2d animation,  legend,  disarming someone,  combat,  sword,  fire,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

Willow (1988) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Willow (1988)

A baby girl is discovered in a river by Ranon and Mims, the children of Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician and the baby girl is taken into the care of Willow's family. But when a terrifying dog-like creature attacks Willow's village, whilst tracking down the baby. Willow consults the village council and the wizard The High Aldwin. The High Aldwin gives Willow a task and Willow leaves the village and embarks on the task to give the baby girl to a responsible person. But Willow soon learns the baby is Elora Danan, the baby girl destined to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Joined by his allies: swordsman Madmartigan, sorceress Fin Raziel and the Brownies Franjean and Rool, Willow takes it upon himself to protect Elora from Queen Bavmorda, who intends to kill Elora and prevent Elora from fulfilling her destiny. And Willow and his allies are pursued by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil commander of Queen Bavmorda's army General Kael, whom are searching for Elora and bring her back to Queen Bavmorda's castle, where Queen Bavmorda bids to kill Elora in a ritual and prevent the prophecy of her downfall. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:campfire
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:fire breathing dragon,  hand to hand combat,  gender disguise,  female soldier,  female warrior,  lifting someone into the air,  heroine,  cross dressing,  dragon,  princess,  ritual,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  dog,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is. This is why The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Story:mountain,  dragon,  hand to hand combat,  woman fights a man,  archery,  female fighter,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  dog,  violence

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300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  female soldier,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  tough girl,  training,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  bare chested male,  violence,  dog

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004)

During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem... (Read More)

Locations:china,  campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  wuxia fiction,  matchmaker,  emperor,  bathing,  bow and arrow,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  martial arts,  violence

Shrek (2001) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:princess,  fire breathing dragon,  rescue,  cartoon violence,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  first part,  dragon,  combat,  sword,  fire,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Mortal Kombat is an ancient tournament where the Earth Realm warriors battle against the forces of Outworld. Liu Kang and a few chosen fighters fought and defeated the powerful sorcerer Shang Tsung, their victory would preserve the peace on Earth for one more generation. Taking place now where the first movie left off, the Earth realm warriors live a short period of peace when evil forces from another dimension come to invade and wreak havoc on Earth. They are guided by the forces of Outworld leader, Shao Kahn and his generals such as: Motaro, Rain, Ermac, Sheeva and Sindel. Now Liu Kang, Raiden, Jax, Sonya and Kitana must defeat Shao Kahn in six days before the Earth realm merges with the Outworld. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:emperor,  princess,  hand to hand combat,  woman fights a man,  female fighter,  female warrior,  heroine,  tough girl,  dragon,  training,  kung fu,  combat,  showdown,  rescue,  fire,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence

Assassin's Creed (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. This is why Assassin's Creed (2016) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  woman fights a man,  emperor,  archery,  female fighter,  female warrior,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  tough girl,  training,  ritual,  no opening credits,  combat,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she must retrieve the key and find and destroy the talisman before the Illuminati can get their hands on it. (Read More)

Story:hand to hand combat,  woman fights a man,  female hero,  heroine,  first part,  loss of father,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  training,  disarming someone,  kung fu,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  female protagonist,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

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Chi Bi (2008) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Chi Bi (2008)

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao 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 campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever. (Read More)

Locations:china
Story:emperor,  ancient china,  hand to hand combat,  advisor,  flaming arrow,  war violence,  war hero,  bow and arrow,  kung fu,  combat,  fire,  martial arts

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:disney princess,  princess,  fire breathing dragon,  based on fairy tale,  disney,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  2d animation,  dragon,  fish,  mountain,  combat,  sword,  horse,  female protagonist,  fire

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Characters:friend
Story:hand to hand combat,  rescue,  archery,  war hero,  explosive,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  disarming someone,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence

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Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. This is why Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  bo staff,  female fighter,  explosive,  female warrior,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  training,  no opening credits,  fish,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  fire,  coming of age,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  violence

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. (Read More)

Story:fire breathing dragon,  asian dragon,  great wall of china,  hand to hand combat,  based on poem,  female warrior,  impersonation,  tough girl,  dragon,  training,  ritual,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  martial arts,  violence,  dog

The Karate Kid (2010)
Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

The Karate Kid (2010)

After his mother (Henson) accepts a job in China, preteen Dre Park (played by Jaden Smith) is forced to move to the new country. He attempts to befriend others, but loses all of them except for Mei Ying (Han), his new girlfriend, after getting attacked by a bully (Cheng). After almost being killed, he is rescued by his maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who does much more than maintenance. When Dre is forced to fight his bully, Cheng, in the upcoming tournament; Mr. Han steps in and teaches him Kung-Fu, and now Dre has to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:china
Story:kung fu,  great wall of china,  hand to hand combat,  bo staff,  blockbuster,  training,  fish,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  fire,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence

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Seventh Son (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seventh Son (2014)

John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected his country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county? (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  female fighter,  bow and arrow,  dragon,  training,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  coming of age,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence,  dog

47 Ronin (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

47 Ronin (2013)

While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:campfire
Story:fire breathing dragon,  asian dragon,  wuxia fiction,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  dragon,  legend,  ritual,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  based on true story,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence

Centurion (2010) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Centurion (2010)

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon. This is why Centurion (2010) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  war wound,  flaming arrow,  emperor,  female fighter,  female warrior,  lifting someone into the air,  bow and arrow,  fish,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  dog

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The Great Wall (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Great Wall (2016)

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  china
Story:great wall of china,  emperor,  archery,  female soldier,  explosive,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  violence

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. (Read More)

Story:cartoon violence,  disney,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  2d animation,  first part,  tough girl,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  fire,  violence

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:disney princess,  based on fairy tale,  female hero,  disney,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  heroine,  2d animation,  fireworks,  first part,  princess,  fish,  rescue,  female protagonist,  fire,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  dog

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Shanghai Noon (2000) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western

Shanghai Noon (2000)

A 19th century Western. Chon Wang is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O'Bannon, a small time robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another. (Read More)

Locations:china
Story:hand to hand combat,  emperor,  princess,  disarming someone,  kung fu,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  violence

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). This is why In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:villain,  friend
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  bow and arrow,  princess,  disarming someone,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  violence

Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:hand to hand combat,  flaming arrow,  war violence,  archery,  blockbuster,  loss of father,  legend,  princess,  no opening credits,  combat,  sword,  horse,  fire,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:villain
Story:hand to hand combat,  female hero,  female fighter,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  heroine,  first part,  tough girl,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  sword,  rescue,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  violence,  dog

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) is one of the best movies like Mulan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  rescue,  female warrior,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  loss of father,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  legend,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  mountain,  combat,  showdown,  letter,  fire,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:hand to hand combat,  avalanche,  archery,  bathing,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  based on true story,  knife,  party,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence

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