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10 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Black Panther’

Updated June 24, 2018
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If you love the kind of drama or action-packed movies where the lead character fights back for his people and himself/ herself after a massive defeat, then Black Panther is probably one of your favorite movies. It doesn’t matter whether the lead character is an ordinary person or a superhero, but everyone loves to enjoy watching movies where there are guaranteed thrills and tensions to experience between the fall and rise of the lead character with action sequences adding more punch. We experience the same in Black Panther where Prince T’Chala challenges his cousin Killmonger, after a massive defeat, in order to save his kingdom and stop the later’s evil plan to conquer the world using advanced technology derived from the metal Vibranium.

With amazing visual effects, great action sequences, a smooth progressive story and the performances of Chadwick Boseman and Micheal B. Jordan, this movie provides us with real entertainment. So here is the list of ten movies similar to Black Panther that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Black Panther on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

10. Fast and Furious 6

It is not an unknown fact that in any action movie the story is basically good versus evil. But if we search for good versus evil versus fighting for the kind of life we want, we get the sixth installment of the Fast and the Furious series. Right in the beginning of the movie D.S.S. agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers the criminal team leader Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team with a chance to live a peaceful life with all their criminal charges removed in exchange of helping him to take down another criminal organization led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).

Dominic Toretto is shown as a strong-willed no-nonsense kinda leader where he definitely does whatever it takes to live the life he and his teammates want. Moreover, the character of Owen Shaw is the toughest one in the entire series. This movie is really amazing to watch because of its jaw-dropping action sequences, great visuals, and some twists and turns in the storyline which gives us a feeling that it’s not a smooth way ahead for the team.

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9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Now many people may not agree, but this is indeed a very nice movie that shows the real meaning of true leadership. In the story, when the evil witted Dolores Umbridge tries to take control over Hogwarts, the students of Hogwarts is left with no one to teach them the magic spells which they should be learning. Because of this the students secretly meet and choose Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) as their teacher.

Under Harry’s guidance, the students master many magical skills and they start to call themselves “Dumbledore’s Army”. This part of the story and along with the battle between Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fines) and Harry Potter assisted by Harry’s mentor Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) gives us the feeling that when a person is chosen as a leader he should do all his necessary duties be it training the team members or fighting for the loved ones. The character of Harry Potter is shown as a brave and confident person who won’t let his friends down at any cost.

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8. Olympus Has Fallen

This film is a great depiction of patriotism with a mix of high octane action. This film gives us the feeling that help can come when you least expect it. The story is about Mike Banning, a former Secret Service Agent and formerly the head of security of the U.S. President who later works at U.S. Treasury headquarters, going on a self-assigned mission to rescue the President who is held captive by North Korean terrorists after they have assaulted the White House. One may also argue that there was too much blood shown in the movie but that still can be ignored when the action scenes were so refined.

The term ‘One Man Army’ fits perfectly with the character of Mike Banning who uses his skills to take down all the terrorists one by one and giving everyone held captive in the White House a feeling of hope that there is some kind of help coming and it is on its way. Director Antoine Fuqua nailed it in this film and the performances of Gerard Butler as Banning and Aaron Eckhart as the U.S. President were remarkable.

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7. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Sometimes a team can be faultily accused of involving in a big conspiracy taken place on a foreign soil where blame is put on the country they work for and the team which was present there. With the whole force disavowed and just a little help, a team leader accompanied with a few teammates should find out who is behind the conspiracy before its too late. This is what Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is all about. There is a strong reason why both the audience and the critics liked the movie so much.

Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt is shown as a “I’ll do whatever it takes” kind of a guy and a very persuasive person due to which his team members always trust him and follows him. The fall of his team and the way all of them fights back and stops a possible nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia is remarkably a flawless story. Some more noteworthy things that we get to see in the movie are the use of new high tech gadgets by the characters and the use of humor which is actually unique compared to other films of the series.

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6. Thor: Ragnarok

This is the funniest movie entry in the list. When his sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) returns To Asgard, after King Odin dies, to claim the throne, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) faces his greatest challenge to stop her and return to Asgard and save his people. An almost unique Marvel movie mainly because of its funny dialogues, the story is almost the same as Black Panther. A prince returning to his place to save his people from an unfortunate catastrophic event called Ragnarok along with the arrival of Hella in Asgard.

What makes the movie so much watchable is the fighting scene between Thor and Hulk which is both entertaining and hilarious at the same time. The viewers are left with a tensed situation when Thor’s hammer is destroyed by Hella somewhere at the beginning of the movie. With his powers gone after his hammer gets destroyed, Thor must find a way to put an end to the evil plans of Hella and save his people from Ragnarok.

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5. I Am Legend

Will Smith can be seen in a very daring role of a Military virologist and a lone survivor Robert Neville. Set in New York City, where a virus which was created to cure cancer has wiped out almost all of mankind and mutated a few, Robert struggles to find a cure for the virus while fighting with the mutants.

The plot of the movie may not sound similar to most of the movies in the list but Robert’s struggle to find a cure and his hope of transforming the mutants back to humans definitely connects with the similarities of the other mentioned movies. When nothing remains in the world around us we almost give up, but the character of Robert does not fit into something like that. The story of the movie can be related to ‘never giving up’ attitude of a strong man who has hope that all mankind will be restored in its rightful order.

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4. The Lion King

No one would have ever expected that a Disney movie would be so inspiring to watch and an entertaining one too at the time of its release. Simba, whose voice was provided by Matthew Broderick, has a duty to take back his rightful place as a king after his uncle deceived him of being responsible for his father’s death when he was a cub, forcing him to flee into exile.

The plot of the film is heavily inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and one can find the similarity of the story between the two. A critically and commercially successful movie, it is considered the best animated film ever made. Same as the taking back what is rightfully the protagonist’s, the film is a must watch for those who are fond of Black Panther. Also, the setting is in Africa, for the record.

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3. Avatar

This sci-fi movie is both a technological gem and a perfect action-packed movie. It will be a shameful thing if anyone is yet to watch this movie. Apart from being a masterpiece in using advanced technology for motion capture and visual effects, the movie holds the record for the highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. The movie is set in the distant future in the 22nd century, where humans have located a habitable moon called Pandora where they are mining for a metal known as unobtanium.

The story of the film revolves around a disabled former Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who, after the death of his twin brother, is given the task to take his place. His mind is transferred to a Na’vi (humanoid species of Pandora) body so that he learns their ways and locate the unobtanium deposits. But when he comes to know that the Na’vi’s existence is threatened by humans, he joins forces with the Na’vi to fight back so that they can have full control of Pandora. This movie shows the viewers that a real hero can fight for what is right even against his own people. The humans have made earth a dying planet because of their greed for exploiting the natural resources and that’s the reason the protagonist understands the need to stop the humans. A perfect movie where the protagonist can do or die and has all the capabilities to lead his fellow mates to fight a war for existence.

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2. The Matrix

Imagine someone waking up one day and finding out that the reality of the world that he thought it was actually an illusion which was created to keep the humans from connecting with the real world. This is what The Matrix’s story delivers and is a perfect mix of science fiction, psychology, action, and thriller. Set in a dystopian distant future, the machines have taken full control over earth and humans are used as a source of energy for the machines to function. The human brain is kept alive in a computer-generated dreamland called The Matrix in which they assume themselves to be living normal lives. The people who have awakened from The Matrix form a resistance group to fight the Agents who control The Matrix so that they can free the people and fight the machines for the complete freedom of the humans.

The protagonist Neo (Keanu Reeves), as the leader of the resistance group Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), believes, has special powers and thinks that he is “The One”. After Morpheus is captured by the Agents, it is up to Neo to rescue him and complete his mission for the resistance group. Even though the lead character is not the leader of the group, he still plays an important part in completing most part of Morpheus’s mission as the later believed and had faith in him. It also shows why it is important to have faith in the team. The movie has unique fight scenes and was the first one to introduce “Bullet Timing” in which a character dodges bullets in slow motion while the camera keeps rotating around the character in normal speed. This is a must watch for everyone.

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1. The Dark Knight Rises

There are some directors who have a habit of never making a bad movie. Christopher Nolan is one of them. His movies are best known to deliver thrills to the viewers, make them stick to their seats till the very end of the movie and probably watch his movies couple more times continuously. The movie The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of The Dark Knight trilogy, is a perfect example of how a trilogy should end.

The film is set in Gotham city where the antagonist Bane (Tom Hardy) takes control over the city after beating Batman (Christian Bale) by breaking the latter’s back and plans to destroy the city with a nuclear bomb. It is up to Batman to rise against all odds and return to the city to challenge Bane and stop him. Batman needs to do this even if the people of Gotham think he is the one responsible for killing the city’s D.A. and the police being after him ever science. The main thing that this movie is in the first spot of the list is the kind of challenge shown that Batman a.k.a. Bruce Wayne faces when he tries to return to Gotham. This can be related to the challenges everyone has to face in their daily lives and watching this in the movie, everyone gets inspired. The final fight between Batman and Bane is truly awesome to watch and the final twist in the story can really give goosebumps. For every Batman and thriller fans, this is a must watch.

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