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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Action

Princess Mononoke (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)

Themes:prejudice,  tragedy,  nature,  deception,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic,  anime,  gore
Locations:japan,  forest
Characters:warrior
Story:nature conservation,  samurai sword,  sword duel,  wild boar,  talking wolf,  white wolf,  environmental issues,  environmental issue,  animal ally,  human versus animal,  animal protection,  horse chase,  giant animal,  human animal relationship,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  katana sword,  dark hero,  forest protection,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  cutting off a hand,  the west,  utopia quest,  severed limb,  feral child,  territory,  pan,  elk,  leprosy,  15th century,  dilemma,  moral ambiguity,  iron,  shot with a bow and arrow,  boar,  fort,  deforestation,  christ allegory,  16th century,  famous score,  musket,  tolerance,  fable,  kindness,  girl power,  dark fantasy,  super strength,  conservation,  adult animation,  folklore,  kendo,  disney,  dagger,  environmental,  peace,  dual wield,  mythology,  strong female lead,  samurai,  compassion,  blockbuster,  hunter,  mutilation,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  spirit,  strong female character,  prince,  hate,  severed arm,  manipulation,  opening action scene,  curse,  duel,  transformation,  princess,  journey,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  animal,  weapon,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  demon,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  f rated,  violence,  blood,  gun,  fight

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)

Locations:japan
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  horse chase,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  musket,  dual wield,  samurai,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  fighting,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

Elektra (2005)
Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure

Elektra (2005)

In the ultimate battle between good and evil stands a warrior who makes the choice that tips the balance. A strong, mysterious and a deadly sexy action heroine - a lethal synthesis of grace and power. Not long after recovering from seemingly mortal wounds, Elektra has severed all ties with the world, living only for her next assignment. But in an unexpected turn of events, she is forced to make a decision that can take her life in a new direction - or destroy her. Key players in Elektra's journey are Stick, a blind martial arts master responsible for Elektra's "resurrection," and Mark Miller and Abby Miller, a father and daughter on the run from The Hand, a powerful syndicate whose members practice the dark version of the martial art Kimagure. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  dual wield,  mythology,  samurai,  strong female lead,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  strong female character,  opening action scene,  journey,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated,  blood,  violence

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)

Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince and a mysterious princess race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time -- a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  dual wield,  strong female lead,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  strong female character,  prince,  princess,  fictional war,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence

Seven Samurai (1954) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Adventure, Drama, Action

Seven Samurai (1954)

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:japan,  forest
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  moral ambiguity,  shot with a bow and arrow,  16th century,  musket,  kendo,  samurai,  bow and arrow,  duel,  disarming someone,  combat,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  violence,  gun

Conan The Barbarian (2011)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Barbarian (2011)

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  horse chase,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  dual wield,  mutilation,  bow and arrow,  severed arm,  princess,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:giant animal,  sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  christ allegory,  dark fantasy,  super strength,  folklore,  dual wield,  mythology,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  severed arm,  manipulation,  opening action scene,  transformation,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  fight,  violence,  blood

Red Sonja (1985)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Red Sonja (1985)

The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She attacks and kills the keepers of a powerful talisman just before it is destroyed. Gedren then uses the power of the talisman in her raid of the city Hablac. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman's master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love - however Red Sonja's power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man... (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  girl power,  kendo,  bow and arrow,  severed arm,  duel,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  cult film,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (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.

Themes:deception,  love
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  kendo,  dual wield,  heroine,  duel,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  f rated,  blood,  violence,  fight

Eragon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Eragon (2006)

The Kingdom of Alagaesia is ruled by the evil King Galbatorix, a former dragon rider that betrayed his mates and his people in his quest for power. When the orphan farm boy Eragon finds a blue stone sent by Princess Arya, he sooner realizes that it is a dragon egg. When the dragon Saphira is born, Eragon meets his mentor Brom, and becomes the dragon rider foreseen in an ancient prophecy that would set his people free from the tyrant Galbatorix. Eragon meets the rebels Varden and together they fight against the evil sorcerer Durza and the army of Galbatorix in a journey for freedom. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  mythology,  hunter,  bow and arrow,  duel,  princess,  journey,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  fighting,  demon,  sword,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  martial arts,  character name in title,  fight

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  christ allegory,  super strength,  peace,  dual wield,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  spirit,  prince,  opening action scene,  princess,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

Ninja Scroll (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Thriller

Ninja Scroll (1993)

A Journeyman ninja by name of Jubei stumbles upon a plague, an evil clan of demons, a national crisis, and a beautiful ninja girl.

Themes:tragedy,  love
Mood:epic,  anime,  gore
Locations:japan,  forest
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  dark hero,  sword fight,  dark fantasy,  adult animation,  dagger,  mythology,  samurai,  opening action scene,  duel,  transformation,  decapitation,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  violence,  blood,  gun

Conan The Barbarian (1982) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom ('James Earl Jones' (qv)) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan ('Jorge Sanz (I)' (qv)) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named Subotai ('Gerry Lopez (I)' (qv)), a beautiful thief who falls in love with Conan, Valeria (sandahl Bergman') and a Chinese wizard ('Mako (I)' (qv)), Conan and his companions sets out to rescue Princess Yasmina ('Valerie Quennessen' (qv)), daughter of King Osric ('Max von Sydow (I)' (qv)), from the Snake Cult, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom and avenge his parents. (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  christ allegory,  famous score,  kendo,  mythology,  samurai,  mutilation,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  princess,  fictional war,  decapitation,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  blood splatter,  cult film,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  love
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:japan
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  moral ambiguity,  samurai,  compassion,  heroine,  hate,  severed arm,  opening action scene,  duel,  journey,  disarming someone,  weapon,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  blood splatter,  cult film,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  f rated,  blood,  violence,  fight,  gun

Conan The Destroyer (1984)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Destroyer (1984)

The wandering barbarian, Conan, alongside his goofy rogue pal, Malak, are tasked with escorting Queen Taramis' virgin niece, Princess Jehnna and her bodyguard, Bombaata, to a mystical island fortress. They must retrieve a magical crystal that will help them procure the horn that legends say can awaken the god of dreams, Dagoth. Along the way, Conan reunites with the wise wizard, Akiro and befriends the fierce female fighter, Zula. Together the heroes face ancient traps, powerful Wizards, plots of betrayal, and even the dream god, Dagoth, himself! (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  horse chase,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  dark fantasy,  kendo,  dagger,  dual wield,  opening action scene,  transformation,  princess,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  cult film,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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:deception,  love
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:giant animal,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  dagger,  dual wield,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  prince,  severed arm,  opening action scene,  princess,  fictional war,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  fight,  violence,  blood

Legend (1985) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Legend (1985)

A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith.

Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  christ allegory,  dark fantasy,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  duel,  princess,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  cult film

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:tragedy,  deception
Mood:epic
Locations:japan,  forest
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  sword fight,  musket,  dark fantasy,  samurai,  bow and arrow,  manipulation,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence

Highlander (1986)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Highlander (1986)

In New York, the owner of a sophisticated antique shop Russell Edwin Nash is challenged to a sword fight in the parking lot of the Madison Square Garden by a man called Iman Fasil that is beheaded by Russell. He hides his sword and is arrested by the police while leaving the stadium. Russell recalls his life in the Sixteenth Century in Scotland, when he is Connor MacLeod and is deadly wounded in a battle against another Clan. However he surprisingly survives and his Clan believes he has a pact with the devil and expels him from their lands. Then he meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez that explains that he is immortal unless he is beheaded. Further, the immortals dispute a game killing each other and in the end only one survives receiving a price with the power of the other immortals. Russell is released by the police, but the snoopy forensic agent Brenda J. Wyatt is attracted by the case since she founds fragments of an ancient Katana and follows Russell. But the also immortal Kurgan is hunting down MacLeod and Brenda is in the middle of their battle. (Read More)

Themes:love,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  katana sword,  dark hero,  sword fight,  elk,  16th century,  kindness,  dark fantasy,  kendo,  dagger,  opening action scene,  duel,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  animal,  weapon,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence,  blood

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  giant animal,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  pan,  christ allegory,  dual wield,  princess,  journey,  fictional war,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  violence,  fight,  gun

Season Of The Witch (2011) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Season Of The Witch (2011)

A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  curse,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  fighting,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  knife,  blood,  fight

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)
Action, Horror, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:prejudice,  deception,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  female warrior,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  dual wield,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  severed arm,  transformation,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  combat,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  fight,  gun

Solomon Kane (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:horse chase,  sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  sword fight,  16th century,  christ allegory,  dagger,  peace,  prince,  severed arm,  curse,  transformation,  journey,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  fighting,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  gun,  violence,  blood

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  love
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  dark fantasy,  super strength,  dual wield,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  severed arm,  manipulation,  opening action scene,  transformation,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  f rated,  violence,  fight,  blood

Ong Bak 2 (2008) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action

Ong Bak 2 (2008)

In 1431, the Kingdom of Ayutthayan conquers the territory of Sukhothai expanding their lands to the East. The noble Lord Siha Decho is betrayed by his Captain, Rajasena, and is murdered together with his wife. However their son Tien is saved by one loyal soldier and left alone in the woods...

Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  territory,  15th century,  shot with a bow and arrow,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  spirit,  disarming someone,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  hero,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  blood,  fight,  violence

13 Assassins (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

13 Assassins (2010)

In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Mood:gore
Locations:japan
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  kendo,  peace,  samurai,  hunter,  bow and arrow,  duel,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  blood splatter,  martial arts,  blood,  violence

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  deception,  love
Locations:forest
Story:sword fight,  famous score,  musket,  dark fantasy,  folklore,  disney,  strong female lead,  mythology,  compassion,  blockbuster,  hunter,  heroine,  wolf,  prince,  manipulation,  curse,  transformation,  shot in the back,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  fight

Dracula Untold (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War

Dracula Untold (2014)

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  deception,  love
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  15th century,  christ allegory,  super strength,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  prince,  severed arm,  curse,  transformation,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  character name in title,  violence,  blood

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

The murderous Bride is back and she is still continuing her vengeance quest against her ex-boss, Bill, and taking aim at Bill's younger brother Budd and Elle Driver, the only survivors from the squad of assassins who betrayed her four years earlier. It's all leading up to the ultimate confrontation with Bill, the Bride's former master and the man who ordered her execution! (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  moral ambiguity,  kindness,  kendo,  samurai,  heroine,  hate,  disarming someone,  combat,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  blood splatter,  cult film,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated,  blood,  violence,  fight,  gun

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

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:deception,  love
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  elk,  dark fantasy,  dual wield,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  manipulation,  transformation,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

Gods Of Egypt (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  deception,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and fantasy,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  christ allegory,  super strength,  dagger,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  severed arm,  opening action scene,  transformation,  fictional war,  decapitation,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  fight

Timeline (2003)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Timeline (2003)

In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker's father and returning safely to the present. No such luck! Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travelers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  bow and arrow,  opening action scene,  duel,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  cult film,  blood,  violence,  fight

The 13th Warrior (1999) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, History

The 13th Warrior (1999)

In AD 922, Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North. Ibn Fadlan is appalled by the Vikings customs-- their wanton sexuality, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. And then he learns the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that slaughters the Vikings and devours their flesh. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  love
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  mutilation,  bow and arrow,  prince,  severed arm,  fictional war,  combat,  demon,  sword,  horse,  cult film,  blood,  violence,  fight

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
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  pan,  shot with a bow and arrow,  musket,  heroine,  bow and arrow,  duel,  disarming someone,  weapon,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  violence,  gun,  fight

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. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  bow and arrow,  duel,  disarming someone,  weapon,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  fight

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)

Themes:deception,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  girl power,  dark fantasy,  super strength,  dual wield,  mythology,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  princess,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  character name in title,  two word title,  f rated,  violence,  fight

Doa: Dead Or Alive (2006) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure

Doa: Dead Or Alive (2006)

A number of fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament. Fighters are then pooled against one another in a knock-out style tournament, with the loser of a battle sent home, and the winner progressing to the subsequent round. The plot revolves around four female fighters who begin as rivals, but subsequently find themselves teaming up against another force. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  girl power,  kendo,  heroine,  duel,  princess,  disarming someone,  sword,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It's the year 2024 and all the ozone above Earth has gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't left anyone Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous film, he has stopped being an Immortal himself. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet... (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  katana sword,  dark hero,  sword fight,  kendo,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  blood,  violence

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:nature,  deception
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  dark fantasy,  folklore,  dagger,  mythology,  bow and arrow,  wolf,  severed arm,  curse,  transformation,  animal,  weapon,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  rifle,  sword,  horse,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  fight,  gun,  blood,  violence

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.

Themes:deception,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  elk,  dual wield,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  severed arm,  opening action scene,  fictional war,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  sword,  horse,  knife,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

John Carter (2012) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

John Carter (2012)

John Carter, a Civil War veteran, who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is "asked" by the Army to join, but he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes, and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians, and there's a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there, he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. He meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars, and he learns there's some kind of unrest going on. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:warrior
Story:horse chase,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  christ allegory,  dual wield,  bow and arrow,  prince,  opening action scene,  princess,  fictional war,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  fight

Your Highness (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Your Highness (2011)

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent's fiancee before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)-an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own-the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:horse chase,  female warrior,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  knife fight,  dagger,  strong female lead,  bow and arrow,  strong female character,  prince,  severed arm,  princess,  decapitation,  combat,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  two word title,  blood,  violence,  fight

Huo Yuanjia (2006)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family's name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each repres… (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  friendship
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  christ allegory,  kindness,  compassion,  spirit,  opening action scene,  duel,  disarming someone,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  blood splatter,  cult film,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence,  fight

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'). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  deception,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  sword and fantasy,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  bow and arrow,  duel,  princess,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  horse,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  fight

Star Wars: Episode Vi - Return Of The Jedi (1983) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode Vi - Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  christ allegory,  famous score,  kindness,  kendo,  compassion,  blockbuster,  duel,  princess,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  weapon,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
Action, Adventure, Romance

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  horse chase,  sword fight,  knife fight,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dagger,  bow and arrow,  prince,  duel,  fictional war,  disarming someone,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  chase,  knife

X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Two mutant brothers, Logan and Victor, born 200 years ago, suffer childhood trauma and have only each other to depend on. Basically, they're fighters and killers, living from war to war through U.S. history. In modern times, a U.S. colonel, Stryker, recruits them and other mutants as commandos. Logan quits and becomes a logger, falling in love with a local teacher. When Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker's crew, the colonel sends the murderous Victor. Logan now wants revenge. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  sword duel,  katana sword,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  duel,  disarming someone,  decapitation,  combat,  showdown,  sword,  hero,  blood splatter,  martial arts,  character name in title,  blood,  violence

Yojimbo (1961)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Yojimbo (1961)

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father's opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper's abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:japan
Characters:warrior
Story:sword duel,  katana sword,  sword fight,  kindness,  samurai,  compassion,  severed arm,  duel,  disarming someone,  fighting,  showdown,  sword,  cult film,  martial arts,  violence,  fight,  gun

The Wolverine (2013) is one of the best movies like Princess Mononoke (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Wolverine (2013)

In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. (Read More)

Locations:japan,  forest
Characters:warrior
Story:samurai sword,  female warrior,  katana sword,  dark hero,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  kendo,  samurai,  hunter,  bow and arrow,  strong female character,  opening action scene,  shot in the back,  rifle,  showdown,  sword,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  blood,  violence,  fight

The Lord Of The Rings (1978)
Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

The Lord Of The Rings (1978)

A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandalf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil. (Read More)

Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:warrior
Story:horse chase,  sword and fantasy,  shot with a bow and arrow,  dark fantasy,  bow and arrow,  journey,  fictional war,  combat,  demon,  showdown,  hero,  blood splatter,  cult film,  chase,  blood,  violence

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