29 Best Movies Like Samaritan That You Need To Watch

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Does action-packed Superhero films with a dark flavor in them attract you? Well, you must be familiar with one of the very new films that are creating a certain buzz in the entertainment industry. It is none other than the  American movie released on the 26th of August in this very year, under the name Samaritan that under the surveillance of the very talented director Julius Avery and writer Bragi F. Schut has brought a new flair to the entire genre of Superhero movies. 

The Plot of the story revolves around a set of twins called Samaritan and Nemesis willed him to be a Nemesis who left the path of violation after his brother was assassinated by himself. The superhuman qualities are opposites in their personalities, and how with their clashes end up being deadly to Samaritan, the good one.

However, the movie does not reveal that at an earlier stage, it portrays a 13-year-old boy, Sam, who is financially deficient, risks to work in the gang Cyrus, follows to have attacks from Reza, and is saved by  Joe Smith, a garbage collector who is his neighbor. However, the great showcase of the strength and power Joe possessed made him think he was Samaritan. However, circumstances revealed him to be a Nemesis who left the path of violation after his brother was assassinated by himself. 

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A Scene from Secret Headquarters (2022)

Certain movies have brought this flame of action to their climax as well, and some are much been loved by fans for ages now. Hence, if you liked Samaritan, here is the list of those movies which you must consider watching. Let’s dig deep to learn about the 29 best movies like Samaritan!

Scanners (1981)

One of the oldest movies to consist of a similar ratio of dark and action is the 1981s Canadian science fiction horror film. It revolves around the life of a homeless man Cammaron Vale who was perfectly portrayed by Stephen Lack, suffering from severe mental issues where he gets voices manifesting in his head, he is a human having telepathic, telekinetic, bio-pathic, and empathic abilities or rather a human scanner, however, he was certainly got under control by the medications of Dr. Paul Rudd. The story unfolds not in one but three consecutive part that showcases the dark academia along with showcasing the superpowered sibling rivalry, which is pretty similar to Samaritan. It is available to watch over Amazon Prime videos. 

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A scene from Scanners (1981)

Darkman (1990)

One of the most popular action movies that would be likely to be Samaritan is the American Superhero trilogy that was initiated by Darkman in 1990. The story of this movie revolves around the protagonist  Peyton Westlake, a scientist who developed a type of synthetic skin that has the potential to revolutionize skin grafting, but there is a flaw: the skin starts to deteriorate after 100 minutes.

However followed by an attack from gangsters left him devastatingly disfigured, which made him use his inventory to take the appearance of any one of his own choice for 100 minutes, and the story turns into a different twist after that. This movie is available to be steamed o digital platforms of Tubi – Free Movies & TV, Vudu, Apple TV, or Redbox.

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A scene from Darkman (1990)

The Rocketeer (1991)

Another movie that would be your cup of tea if you like Samaritan is the 1991s American period superhero film called The Rocketeer, which was produced as a collaboration of Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. It is set in 1938’s in the city of Los Angeles, where Eddie Valentine sent its gangsters to steal a prototype rocket pack from the aviation magnate Howard Hughes.

However, during their escape, the gateway driver stops them and hides the rocket in the biplane, and the graph of the story rises, and the plot witnesses quite some unbelievable twists and turns. It is available to watch by buying it or renting it on Amazon Prime video. 

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A scene from The Rocketeer (1991)

Mystery Men (1999)

The 1999 American Superhero movie, which was directed by Kinka Usher, is another movie that one should watch as it has similar to that of the Samaritan. It revolves around the story of a team comprising lesser superheroes with unimpressive powers naming of Mr. Furious, the Shoveler, and the Blue Raja, who are hence required to save the day in the city of Champion with their inexperience in fighting yet stand against the eminent supervillain, Casanova Frankenstein.

The story hence has a prominent portrayal of the young generation of superheroes who might not get to the peak of heroism but yet try to save. This movie is available to watch on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, and YouTube as a download or rent it on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, and YouTube online.

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A scene from Mystery Men (1999)

Unbreakable (2000)

The American superhero thriller masterpiece was put into pieces by M. Night Shyamalan. It possessed incredible film personalities like Bruce Willis, Spencer Treat, Robin Wright, Clark, Samuel L. Jackson, and Charlayne Woodard. David Dunn, the protagonist, escapes the wreckage of a catastrophic train disaster as the only survivor unscathed.

David begins to notice other strange occurrences in his life, such as the fact that he has never been ill, and people start to wonder how such a thing could be possible. David’s son and a strange local comic book store owner start to wonder if David might be hiding any latent superpowers. This movie is available to stream over the platforms Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+.

A Scene from Unbreakable (2000)

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy is Probably one of the best Superhero movies of all time that has been loved and cherished through aegis is named a superhero film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, which got released in 2004. However, a movie under the same name was released in 2019, but nobody can ever forget the OG.

This movie revolves around the story of The Nazis calling forth a demon, depicted to perfection by Ron Pearlman, who is then saved by an Allied scientist. Hellboy, who was raised in America under the close supervision of the CIA, develops into a champion of light against the forces of darkness. This movie is available to watch on Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+.


A scene from Hellboy (2004)


The Incredibles (2004)

The animated series was never behind the videographer one, and this was again a place where  Brad Bird, with his writings and directions, proved that the  American computer-animated superhero film that was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and later released by Walt Disney Pictures under the name of the Incredibles is as good of a film that if anyone who felt comfortable Samaritan would fall in love with the Incredibles as well.

Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, like The Samaritan, have been driven into retirement and hiding. The two former heroes, now known as Bob and Helen Parr, are struggling to find the same excitement in suburban life that they did in superhero. They must also deliberately prevent their superpowered offspring, Violet and Dash, from utilizing their abilities. An unresolved menace from the past, “Samaritan,” compels the Incredibles to abandon their sequestered lifestyles and fight back. That’s a devastating weapon in the live-action Avery film, a hammer crafted by the villainous Nemesis. This movie is available to watch online on Disney + HotStar. 


A Scene from The Incredibles (2004)


We Own the Night (2007)

Can a non-superhero film be interesting for someone who liked the Samaritan? Well, the answer is yes! Let’s talk about the famous American crime thriller film, which has not a single mention of any superpowers but had a similar background in the storyline. Bobby Green and Joe Grusinsky play two main characters in the movie who are biological siblings but are opposites. One works in the darkness of night club while another seeks the light of truth for the NYPD. The theme of brothers on opposing sides of the law is captured in “We Own the Night.” Hence this movie is worth giving a chance for its unbelievable actions and twisted plotlines. This movie is available to watch on the ott platform called Netflix.

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A Scene from We Own the Night (2007)

Hancock (2008)

One of the most prominent American superhero films of 2008, which was directed by Peter Berg, tends to have a similar impact on the audience as it consisted of many similarities. It revolves around the life of Hancock, an alcoholic with superpowers who usually causes more devastation than he ever manages to stop. That is until Hancock is saved by Jason Bateman’s portrayal of a PR specialist who promises to assist Hancock in enhancing his public image. This is available to watch over Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox. or Apple TV.

A Scene from Hancock (2008)

Watchmen (2009)

One of the most eminent  2009 American superhero as well as psychological horror films that were based on the 1986–1987 DC Comics limited series under the name of Watchman falls under the category of one such massively cherished movie that finds its root somewhere near the Samaritan. Zack Snyder gave this movie an entirely different angle of uniqueness making quite a non-traditional Dc adaption.

In contradiction to Samaritan, which delivers a darker twist on the superhero genre, Watchmen takes this idea to its logical conclusion, resulting in one of the most unsettling and brooding superhero movies of the contemporary era of cinema. Both movies take viewers down a much darker path, which is a dramatic juxtaposition to the upbeat tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform of HBO Max.


A Scene from Watchmen (2009)


Push (2009)

Chris Evans was seen as another Superhero before he became Marvel’s Captain America. He was called the Mover or Pusher as he possessed a unique telekinetic power in him, which was portrayed by Nick Grant as he continues to live his unnature superpowered life in the 2009’s American superhero thriller film that was directed by Paul McGuigan has a similar uniqueness in it as the Samaritan. This movie is available to stream on digital platforms either by membership or rent on  Canela.TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox. or Apple TV.

A Scene from Push (2009)

Megamind (2010)

Let’s talk about some animated films that have managed to cope very well with all the advanced cinematography of the superhero films of these days. American computer-animated superhero comedy film that was efficiently directed by Tom McGrath. It showcases parahuman characters through the story of Megamind and  Metro Man’s families Families launch them from their dying planets to Earth at the same time, and the two infants initially follow almost the same course until they arrive in Metro City.

Unfortunately, Metro Man is adopted by a wealthy family and spends his childhood in a massive, beautiful mansion. Meanwhile, Megamind is imprisoned and raised by the convicts. Metro Man has fate shine on him over the years, but Megamind gets the short end of the stick. Megamind believes he has no choice but to become the city’s top villain and Metro Man’s number one enemy as Metro Man eventually becomes the city’s hero. This movie is available to stream on the platform of  Amazon Prime and the Peacock app. 

A Scene from Megamind (2010)




Another uniquely made  American black comedy superhero film was written as well as directed by James Gunn and starred several prominent film personalities like  Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, Elliot Page, and many more. While Joe appears to have superpowers in “Samaritan,” However, he is extremely hesitant to utilize them. On the other hand Frank Darbo, on the other hand, has no abilities and isn’t very athletic, but he can’t wait to put on a costume and battle crime. By slamming a wrench into it. It is also a light-hearted approach to a superhero story. This movie is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar. 

A Scene from Super(2010)

The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet is another such American Superher film that has a lot of similarities with Samaritan. This movie is based on a character called Green Hornet, a titular superhero. However, Michel Gondry put a modern spin on it. Britt and Kato are the two main characters surrounding whom the entire story revolves; however, the choice of the cast as Seth Rogan and Jay Chou brought a light-heartedness in the midst of serious superhero conflicts.

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A scene from The Green Hornet (2011)


Among every other film that might share certain similarities with the Samaritan, Chronicle might be the most unique one as it is an American found footage superhero thriller film that was directed by Josh Trank and was released in 2012. The movie seems to revolve around the story  When high school senior Steve convinces Andrew and Andrew’s cousin Matt to join him in filming a mysterious item, and the trio experiences a blackout.

They begin to gain telekinetic talents in the days that follow. “Chronicle,” a 2012 found footage film, chronicles the three as they rise to power. “Chronicle,” like “Samaritan,” has a feeling of truth that anchors the film even as the protagonists’ powers begin to develop dramatically. This movie is available to watch on Apple Tv, Google Play Movies, and Youtube for buying or renting it. 

A Scene from Chronicle(2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Batman has been a sentiment o many action-loving audiences. However, this particular movie is significant for being the final installment of Christopher Nolan, who made the entire story of Batman rise to another level years after the Caped Crusader had given up his career as a vigilante superhero. Batman battles the evil Bane, played by Tom Hardy. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne is depicted as having mostly given up on battling crime.

Only after a significant new threat materializes does Bruce decide to assume his former identity as Batman. As a result, the first act of this movie closely matches Samaritan’s entire story, in which a once-great hero rediscovers his calling. This movie is available to stream on Netflix and HBO Max.

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A Scene from The Equalizer(2014)

 The Equalizer(2014)

A prominent American vigilante action film that was directed by Antoine Fuqua also has some of its similarities with Samaritan despite being a superhero movie. The plotline of this movie takes us on the journey of Robert McCall, who is a retired commando who aspires to lead a tranquil life. However, when he encounters a little girl in need of assistance, he decides to take up the cause of bringing down the Russian gang. McCall transforms himself into “The Equalizer,” a force to be reckoned with. This movie is available to watch on Netflix.

A Scene from The Equalizer(2014)

John Wick(2014)

One of the very popular  American neo-noir action thriller films of all time that was directed by Chad Stahelski. The movie does have a certain amount of darkness as compared to Samaritan, as it revolves around John Wick, portrayed to be a retired assassin who has decided to abandon his serene lifestyle with his wife. However, amid the death of his wife and a theft in which his car was taken, and his pet puppy was killed, John Wick goes on a vengeful rampage. John Wick efficiently dispatches the thieves who stole his car and killed his dog, but he is only getting started, as he now turns his focus to Iosef Tarasov, the man who coordinated the heist. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called Netflix.

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A Scene from John Wick(2014)

Ant-Man (2015)

One of the very prominent movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the 2015’s Antman, based on the comics that talk about the journey of a superhero named: Scott Lang or Hank Pym. This was the initiation of the trilogy of movies that had Paul Rudd portraying the character of Antman to perfection. This movie is another example where superheroes were treated with uniqueness as this superhero has the immense power of no big creature but an at which he used to protect not only the world but the universe in many certain ways. Hence, we can say that if you like Samaritan, the Ant-man will be your cup of tea. This movie is available t stream over the platform of Disney+Hotstar.

Ant-Man (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Australian movies have also picked up their game and created several masterpieces that you would never want to miss, especially if you like Samartin. The post-apocalyptic action film released in 2015 was co-written, co-produced, and directed by George Miller along with  Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most celebrated movies in today’s world.

While Mad Max: Fury Road, even if it doesn’t exactly belong in the superhero genre, it does adhere to many of the plot points that contemporary superhero movies frequently use while being set in a post-apocalyptic setting. Fury Road, which welcomes back an aged and morally dubious hero, shares Samaritan’s gritty tone and dearth of glamour.

A Scene from Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Logan (2017)

Wolverine’s trilogy of X man gave birth to an incredible movie, the final installment of it as well, is named Logan. It is an American superhero action film that stars Hugh Jackman as the titular character. Directed by James Mangold, this movie also had certain uniqueness to it that made it a movie one must watch, especially when they luke Samartin.

Both Samaritan and Logan show grizzled old heroes who have long given up on saving the world. However, thanks to the assistance of a youngster who sees more in them than they see in themselves, both Stallone’s Samaritan and Jackman’s Wolverine learn to reclaim their heroic nature. This movie is available to watch on Disney+ Hotstar. 

Scenes from Logan (2017)

Death Wish (2018 &1974)

Not one but two movies are being cherished by a vast fanbase, and that is ‘Death wish’. However, the 2018’s vigilante action thriller film was directed by Eli Roth and is the remake of 194s. With the advancement of technology in the entertainment industry, this movie was able to create a buzz around every nook and corner of the globe. However, aside from the modern vigilante films that we binge on today, the first “Death Wish” was all about a brutal, angry affair.

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Scenes from Death Wish (2018 &1974)

Now, if anyone like Samaritan but wants a break from the genre of science fiction, both of these movies bring the real deal drama to the table. The Death wish brings out the deep darkness of society. Dr. Paul Kersey, an experienced trauma surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence when it is rushed into his ER, where he discovers his wife and daughter have been cruelly attacked in their suburban house, sets out on his crusade for justice. This brings forth his vicious side. !974’s origins death wish is available to stream on  Movieland Tv, Prime Video, Vudu, or Apple TV, while the 2018’s remake is available on Netflix.

Brightburn (2019)

David Yarovesky directed one of the eminent  American superhero horror films of 2019, which featured incredible personalities like  Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner. The movie does get somewhat similar to Samaritan as the narrative of a couple who adopt a young alien who lands on their property.

Unlike the most obvious comparison, Superman, this youngster does not develop into a loving savior of humanity. This brings a uniqueness to it as it brings superpowers through a child. This movie is available to watch on Netflix, HotStar, Voot, Jio Cinema, Amazon Prime, Apple tv, and more ott platforms.

Brightburn (2019)
A Scene from Brightburn (2019)

Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Another very popular film that makes action movie fans awestruck is the 2019’s  American action film called Rambo: The movie revolves around the life of Rambo, who is relishing his golden years, but when the inevitable happens to confront his past, he will have to embark on one more mission. When Rambo’s friend’s granddaughter is abducted by a Mexican cartel, he crosses the border to return her home, only to face an army of mercenaries.

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A scene from Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Last Blood, directed by Adrian Grünberg. It is probably the last installment of the Rambo series, as it is anticipated that Sylvester Stallone might wrap up this masterpiece of his creation. This movie is available to watch on Netflix.

Project Power (2020)

The very recent  American science fiction action film that was directed by  Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman has created a buzz nowadays. Its plot consisting a futuristic approach to it as a distributor of no proper address offers a free supply of “Power,” which is a pill that can grant any kind of Superpower but just for 5 minutes, to a gang of drug dealers who finds quite a similarity to that of Samaritan.

The uniqueness that this movie is a unique perspective on the superhero genre that it bought by taking the superpowers into the street levels. This movie is available to stream over the digital platform Netflix.

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A Scene from Project Power (2020)

Bloodshot (2020)

Another prominent t film that shares a huge similarity with Samaritan is the  2020 American superhero film based on the Valiant Comics character called Bloodshot. It is no doubt a superhero movie with  Vin Diesel as the protagonist is the heartthrob for action-loving people.

Vin Diesel portrays a former soldier who is killed in battle and then revived by a medical technique that also bestows superpowers on him, specifically super strength and quick recovery. He searches for the individuals who killed his wife using these abilities. This movie is available to stream online on digital platforms of Netflix, Youtube, AppleTv, Amazon Prime, and many more.

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A Scene from Bloodshot (2020)

The Marksman (2021)

One of the prominent action thrillers that were released on the 15th of January,2021, is again one such film that you will like if Samaritan is what caught your eye. The story revolves around the story of Jim Hanson leads a tranquil life. Upon a tragic situation in which a young kid loses his mother, Jim reluctantly accepts the task of safeguarding him.

When a gang of criminals attacks the child, Jim jumps forth to defend him. Jim and the criminals then engage in an intense and heart-pounding game of cat and mouse. Another film in which a lone man is on a mission to defend those in need at any cost. This movie is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

A Scene from The Marksman (2021)

Secret Headquarters (2022)

Another very newly made movie that shows similarity with Samaritan is Secret Headquarters, a 2022 American superhero comedy film which is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It revolves around Charlie Kincaid, a little kid who discovers his father, played by Owen Wilson, is the superhero known as the Guard when he accidentally discovers the secret lair beneath their family home.

Though Secret Headquarters takes a significantly more lighthearted and family-friendly approach to the superhero genre, it shares Samaritan’s bit of fresh air from the modern-day serialized superhero genres. This Movie is available to stream over the digital platform of Paramount+

Black Adam(2022)

The most recent movie, which made its first release o the 3rd of October 2022 in Mexico, and on October 21st Worldwide, is one such movie that shows integrated similarities with the movie Samaritan. The plot is said to be set in 2600 BC, which also brings a never seen flair to the term of Superhero, as it shows the former slave from Kahndaq Teth-Adam, who is also called the Black Adam, as the powerful anti-hero in action.


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A Scene from Black Adam (2022)

The character of the protagonist is manifested to its best by Dwayne Johnson or The Rock. This movie is running brightly in the theatres. However, it is yet to get streamed on any ott platforms.

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