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Shanghai Noon (2000)
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)

Themes:racism, escape, drunkenness, torture, kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:brothel, china, bathtub, snow, bar
Characters:chinese, sheriff, photographer, prostitute
Period:1880s
Story:church bell, outlaw gang, chinese abroad, chinese opera, chinese woman, imperial china, two males in bathtub, male in bathtub, funny horse, horse riding, sword fight, train passenger, train robbery, steam train, train ride, action hero, bar fight, spaghetti western spoof, imperial guard, paper money

Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu (1965)
Western

Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu (1965)

Monco is a bounty killer chasing El Indio and his gang. During his hunting, he meets Col. Douglas Mortimer, another bounty killer, and they decide to make a partnership, chase the bad guys together and split the reward. During their enterprise, there will be lots of bullets and funny situations. In the end, one of the bounty hunters shows the real intention of his hunting. (Read More)

Characters:sheriff
Story:outlaw gang, action hero, bar fight, western town, safecracker, jail break, wanted poster, six shooter, saloon, gunslinger, two man army, sidekick, dynamite, mexican standoff, honor, stylized violence, 19th century, cowboy, karate, duel

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller, Western

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, torture, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:posse, outlaw gang, action hero, bar fight, spurs, tomahawk, western town, stagecoach, wanted poster, six shooter, badge, saloon, gunslinger, cattle, quick draw, outlaw, dynamite, whiskey, mexican standoff, jail cell

Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (1964)
Western

Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (1964)

An anonymous, but deadly man rides into a town torn by war between two factions, the Baxters and the Rojo's. Instead of fleeing or dying, as most other would do, the man schemes to play the two sides off each other, getting rich in the bargain.

Themes:escape, torture, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:bullwhip, western town, stagecoach, six shooter, noose, bell, saloon, gunslinger, quick draw, dynamite, honor, gold, cowboy, double cross, disarming someone, river, revolver, showdown, gunfight, tough guy

Wild Wild West (1999) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Western

Wild Wild West (1999)

Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. (Read More)

Themes:racism, escape, kidnapping
Locations:brothel, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:marshal, disguise, sword fight, train ride, action hero, bar fight, gunfighter, six shooter, gunslinger, quick draw, two man army, stick fight, mexican standoff, hanging, 19th century, cowboy, kung fu, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown

Tombstone (1993)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Western

Tombstone (1993)

After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the OK Corral. This is why Tombstone (1993) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Characters:sheriff
Period:1880s
Story:outlaw gang, horse riding, action hero, spurs, western town, stagecoach, gunfighter, six shooter, gunslinger, quick draw, outlaw, whiskey, mexican standoff, stylized violence, 19th century, cowboy, duel, disarming someone, revolver, showdown

3:10 To Yuma (2007)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western

3:10 To Yuma (2007)

Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Characters:prostitute
Period:1880s
Story:outlaw, stagecoach, outlaw gang, horse riding, train ride, action hero, marshal, stampede, western town, posse, gunfighter, railroad, saloon, gunslinger, cattle, time in title, gunfire, dynamite, whiskey, mexican standoff

Rush Hour (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour (1998)

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:bar
Characters:chinese
Story:chinese abroad, chinese woman, action hero, bar fight, english subtitles in original, inter cultural, reference to john wayne, quick draw, time in title, two man army, bloopers during credits, stick fight, mexican standoff, ransom, stylized violence, disarming someone, disguise, kung fu, revolver, hand to hand combat

The Magnificent Seven (2016) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff, prostitute
Story:church bell, horse riding, action hero, tomahawk, western town, wanted poster, gunfighter, six shooter, badge, saloon, gunslinger, quick draw, outlaw, dynamite, face paint, honor, gold, 19th century, cowboy, duel

The Lone Ranger (2013)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Lone Ranger (2013)

In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend. (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:outlaw gang, outlaw, train robbery, action hero, buried to the neck, bullwhip, tomahawk, stampede, badge, railroad, two man army, dynamite, mexican standoff, jail cell, 19th century, cowboy, disguise, native american, revolver, gunfight

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. This is why Rush Hour 3 (2007) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:chinese
Story:chinese abroad, sword fight, action hero, inter cultural, two man army, bloopers during credits, buddy, stylized violence, spear, karate, duel, disarming someone, kung fu, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, rescue

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Western

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rock, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, "Let's go to Bolivia". Based on the exploits of the historical characters. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Locations:brothel
Characters:sheriff, prostitute
Story:posse, outlaw gang, outlaw, train robbery, train, large format camera, language learning, wanted poster, gunslinger, armed robbery, two man army, dynamite, safe, reverse footage, 19th century, cowboy, showdown, gunfight, horse, fistfight

Blazing Saddles (1974) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Comedy, Western

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar ('Harvey Korman' (qv)), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor ('Mel Brooks' (qv)). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff ('Cleavon Little' (qv)) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. (Read More)

Themes:racism, drunkenness
Locations:bathtub
Characters:sheriff, prostitute
Story:railroad, outlaw gang, western town, wanted poster, gunfighter, six shooter, spit, saloon, gunslinger, cattle, quick draw, sidekick, outlaw, dynamite, hanging, 19th century, cowboy, disguise, native american, revolver

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:action hero, slave labor, bell, outlaw, reverse footage, jail cell, royalty, slavery, spear, stylized violence, traitor, disarming someone, disguise, river, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue

C'era Una Volta Il West (1968)
Western

C'era Una Volta Il West (1968)

Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by whom? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica, a man already on a quest to get even. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:bathtub
Characters:sheriff, prostitute
Story:railroad, outlaw, gunfighter, bell, saloon, gunslinger, quick draw, honor, hanging, 19th century, cowboy, duel, native american, revolver, showdown, book, gunfight, shotgun, mirror, horse

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, torture, kidnapping
Locations:snow, bar
Story:action hero, bar fight, six shooter, saloon, gunfire, safe, reverse footage, whiskey, stylized violence, gold, traitor, cowboy, princess, double cross, disarming someone, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight

Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Locations:bathtub, snow, bar
Story:train ride, action hero, reverse footage, flirting, double cross, disarming someone, disguise, river, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, hero, fistfight, shootout, train

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)

Themes:escape, torture, kidnapping
Story:horse riding, action hero, rescue, stick fight, jail cell, hanging, duel, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, shotgun, hero, horse, fistfight, shootout, pistol, surprise ending

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
Story:sword, sword fight, action hero, duty, kendo, safe, arranged marriage, honor, stylized violence, spear, 19th century, duel, disarming someone, kung fu, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, tough guy, hero, knife

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:escape, drunkenness, torture
Locations:snow
Characters:photographer
Story:princess, sword fight, action hero, bar fight, dynamite, honor, stylized violence, spear, double cross, disarming someone, disguise, native american, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, rescue

The Hateful Eight (2015) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... This is why The Hateful Eight (2015) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:racism, kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:sheriff
Story:stagecoach, outlaw gang, six shooter, quick draw, outlaw, mexican standoff, stylized violence, cowboy, double cross, disarming someone, revolver, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, horse, fistfight, shootout, pistol

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:escape, drunkenness, kidnapping
Locations:snow, bar
Story:action hero, crow indian, tomahawk, safe, spear, hanging, 19th century, double cross, disarming someone, native american, river, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, rescue, horse, fistfight

Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:night
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:action hero, robbery gone awry, ponytail, quick draw, safe, hooker, mexican standoff, stylized violence, disarming someone, revolver, hand to hand combat, gunfight, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, hero, fistfight, shootout, pistol, knife

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
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. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Locations:snow
Story:sword fight, action hero, parkour, mexican standoff, temple, stylized violence, traitor, double cross, disguise, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, knife

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Adventure

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! They also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture, kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:temple, outlaw gang, sword fight, action hero, rescue, cheating at cards, sidekick, gunfire, reverse footage, mexican standoff, honor, royalty, slavery, spear, hanging, disarming someone, river, showdown, brawl, gunfight

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape
Locations:bar
Story:action hero, sign language, honor, stylized violence, double cross, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, shotgun, mirror, fistfight, shootout, train, pistol, surprise ending, knife, explosion

Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Locations:snow
Story:sword fight, action hero, treason, reverse footage, honor, jail cell, slavery, stylized violence, traitor, duel, double cross, river, showdown, book, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue, horse, fistfight

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:action hero, bar fight, parkour, dynamite, honor, jail cell, stylized violence, kung fu, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, hero, fistfight, shootout, train, surprise ending, knife

True Grit (2010) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Western

True Grit (2010)

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, kidnapping
Mood:night
Locations:snow
Characters:sheriff
Story:marshal, horse riding, spurs, outlaw, telescope, whiskey, gold, hanging, 19th century, cowboy, native american, river, revolver, showdown, travel, book, gunfight, rescue, shotgun, horse

John Carter (2012)
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:escape, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Story:gold, princess, sword fight, action hero, bar fight, jail break, forced marriage, jail cell, spear, 19th century, disguise, native american, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, rescue

Kung Fu (2004)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Kung Fu (2004)

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. This is why Kung Fu (2004) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:kung fu, action hero, bell, cattle, sign language, safe, temple, stylized violence, disarming someone, disguise, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, tough guy, hero, urination, fistfight, knife, martial arts, murder

Transporter 3 (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Transporter 3 (2008)

Toxic waste bubbles in a ship waiting permission to dock in Odessa. Frank Martin turns down a job in Marseilles, referring it to a pal. A short time later, the pal, wounded by gunfire, crashes his car into Frank's living room and dies, leaving a young woman in the back seat. The employer of the dead man shows up, forces Frank to take the job, snaps a bracelet on his wrist that will explode if Frank gets more than 75 feet from his car, and sends Frank on a journey east with the young woman and a trunk full of something. She's Valentina, nearly mute. Can Frank figure out what's going on, deliver the package, and escape alive? And what does the ship have to do with it? (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Story:action hero, gunfire, stylized violence, massage, duel, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, hero, urination, fistfight, shootout, train, pistol, knife, explosion, martial arts

The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, torture
Locations:snow
Characters:prostitute
Story:honor, sword fight, english subtitles in original, inter cultural, duty, railroad, reverse footage, temple, spear, traitor, 19th century, native american, train, hand to hand combat, sword, shotgun, horse, shootout, pistol, knife

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:sword fight, action hero, parkour, telescope, spear, duel, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, knife, explosion, martial arts, violence

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.

Locations:china, snow
Story:sword, spear, duel, sword fight, action hero, honor, stylized violence, hand to hand combat, showdown, tough guy, hero, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Story:princess, action hero, sidekick, stick fight, reverse footage, double cross, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, horse, fistfight, shootout, train, pistol, surprise ending

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
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:escape, kidnapping
Period:1880s
Story:slavery, action hero, rescue, slave labor, stampede, railroad, servant, spear, stylized violence, 19th century, double cross, disarming someone, river, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, fistfight

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:racism
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:action hero, stick fight, honor, stylized violence, duel, disarming someone, kung fu, hand to hand combat, brawl, sword, tough guy, fistfight, martial arts, pistol, violence, murder

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:action hero, bar fight, gunslinger, quick draw, stylized violence, disarming someone, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, gunfight, tough guy, shotgun, hero, fistfight, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, knife, explosion, martial arts

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture, kidnapping
Story:action hero, safe, face paint, reverse footage, mexican standoff, ransom, jail cell, traitor, hand to hand combat, showdown, gunfight, sword, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, horse, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, knife

Blade (1998) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Horror

Blade (1998)

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population. This is why Blade (1998) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Story:sword fight, action hero, bar fight, english subtitles in original, cattle, quick draw, reverse footage, stylized violence, disarming someone, hand to hand combat, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, hero, fistfight, shootout, train, surprise ending, martial arts

Unforgiven (1992)
Drama, Western

Unforgiven (1992)

The town of Big Whisky is full of normal people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff 'Little Bill' tries to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The town whores just try to get by.Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Dissatisfied with Bill's justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as 'The Schofield Kid', and aging killer William Munny. Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, saddles his ornery nag, and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the lines between heroism and villainy, man and myth. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:brothel
Characters:sheriff, prostitute
Period:1880s
Story:stagecoach, gunfighter, saloon, gunslinger, whiskey, 19th century, cowboy, tough guy, horse, shootout, train, gun, murder

Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (1966)
Western

Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (1966)

Blondie (The Good) is a professional gunslinger who is out trying to earn a few dollars. Angel Eyes (The Bad) is a hit man who always commits to a task and sees it through, as long as he is paid to do so. And Tuco (The Ugly) is a wanted outlaw trying to take care of his own hide. Tuco and Blondie share a partnership together making money off Tuco's bounty, but when Blondie unties the partnership, Tuco tries to hunt down Blondie. When Blondie and Tuco come across a horse carriage loaded with dead bodies, they soon learn from the only survivor (Bill Carson) that he and a few other men have buried a stash of gold in a cemetery. Unfortunately Carson dies and Tuco only finds out the name of the cemetery, while Blondie finds out the name on the grave. Now the two must keep each other alive in order to find the gold. Angel Eyes (who had been looking for Bill Carson) discovers that Tuco and Blondie met with Carson and knows they know the location of the gold. All he needs is for the two to lead him to it. Now The Good, The Bad and The Ugly must all battle it out to get their hands on $200,000 worth of gold. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Locations:bathtub
Characters:photographer
Story:gold, action hero, stagecoach, six shooter, noose, gunslinger, two man army, outlaw, dynamite, mexican standoff, honor, hanging, 19th century, cowboy, revolver, showdown, gunfight, tough guy, hero, horse

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff who wants to burn her, accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Characters:sheriff
Story:sword fight, action hero, wanted poster, implied sex, stylized violence, fairy tale, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, fistfight, pistol, knife, explosion, martial arts, violence, murder

Hercules (2014) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
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:escape, drunkenness, kidnapping
Locations:snow
Story:sword fight, action hero, jail cell, spear, stylized violence, gold, traitor, princess, double cross, hand to hand combat, showdown, sword, tough guy, rescue, horse, train, knife, martial arts, murder, violence

The Wolverine (2013)
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. This is why The Wolverine (2013) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, kidnapping
Locations:snow, bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:sword fight, action hero, bar fight, chopstick, kendo, safe, arranged marriage, honor, temple, stylized violence, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, sword, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, fistfight, train, pistol

Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 2 (2001)

It's vacation time for Det. James Carter and he finds himself alongside Det. Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot by L.A. crime boss Steven Reign and Triad Ricky Tan, an ex-cop who played a mysterious part in the death of Det. Lee's father. Throw in a power struggle between Tan and the gorgeous but dangerous Hu Li and the boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella. Then again, it may turn up more excitement than Carter was looking for during his vacation. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:night
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:action hero, english subtitles in original, inter cultural, two man army, bloopers during credits, buddy, stylized violence, spear, massage, karate, disarming someone, disguise, kung fu, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, tough guy, hero

Django Unchained (2012)
Drama, Western

Django Unchained (2012)

A German dentist buys the freedom of a slave and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of the slave's wife who belongs to a ruthless plantation owner.

Themes:racism, escape, torture
Locations:bathtub, snow, bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:rescue, bullwhip, wanted poster, saloon, gunslinger, quick draw, outlaw, dynamite, servant, slavery, 19th century, revolver, brawl, gunfight, shotgun, horse, fistfight, shootout, pistol, knife

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) is one of the best movies like Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancee Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. (Read More)

Themes:escape, kidnapping
Locations:china, brothel
Characters:chinese, prostitute
Story:chinese woman, sword fight, stick fight, reverse footage, duel, disarming someone, disguise, kung fu, revolver, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, sword, rescue, shotgun, shootout, surprise ending, knife, explosion

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)

After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionhearted, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as king while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Characters:sheriff
Story:outlaw gang, sword fight, action hero, antler, forced marriage, wedding ceremony, stick fight, outlaw, gold, duel, disarming someone, river, hand to hand combat, showdown, sword, rescue, horse, fistfight, knife, explosion

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