Co-directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft, ‘Mulan’ chronicles the journey of Mulan, a young maiden, who takes it upon herself to save her father from death by undertaking the guise of a male warrior to replace him in the army. ‘Mulan’ stars Ming-Na Wen as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu and BD Wong as Captain Li Shang. The musical action-adventure film is co-written by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer and Raymond Singer, and is edited by Jerry Goldsmith. Adapted from the story of the mythical warrior princess Hua Mulan, the film received some criticism for its portrayal of the Chinese culture and heritage. Nonetheless, it won positive reviews from a critical standpoint, and grossed $304.3 million against a budget of $90 million, making it an immensely profitable venture.
For this article, I have taken into account films that have similar narrative structure and visual style. Here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Mulan’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Mulan’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
A musical drama, ‘The Prince of Egypt’ follows Moses, the titular Egyptian prince, who, after discovering that he is the chosen one to be the deliverer of his people to peace, goes on an endeavour to realize his mission. Co-directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells, and co-written by Philip LaZebnik and Nicholas Meyer, the mythos of the musical drama stems from the Book of Exodus. ‘The Prince of Egypt’ boasts of an amazing voice cast. With Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Martin Short and Ofra Haza leading the narrative, the film is built on their resonating performances. ‘The Prince of Egypt’ went on to win the award for “Best Animated Feature” at Critics Choice Awards.
7. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Adapted from English author Lewis Carroll’s novels ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’, published in 1865 and 1871 respectively, this musical fantasy adventure film is the story of Alice, who, after falling down the rabbit hole, finds herself in the mystical and magical world of Wonderland. Now, she has to use the magical elements in the world to escape, otherwise she will fall prey to the ruthless and conniving Queen of Hearts.