When ‘The Mask of Zorro’ was released in July 1998, by TriStar Pictures, it breathed life into the masked vigilante realm of films. Directed by Martin Campbell and co-written by John Eskow, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the action flick follows Alejandro Murietta, a young thief whose destiny becomes entangled with the masked legend, Don Diego de la Vega, after a chance encounter. The veteran vigilante takes the boy under his wings and grooms him to carry over the legacy.
The film stars Antonio Banderas as the titular protagonist, Anthony Hopkins as Don Diego de la Vega and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena Montero. ‘The Mask of Zorro’ is built upon the classic swashbuckler genre to create an action-packed experience. Canned by English cinematographer Phil Méheux, edited by Thom Noble and music rendered by James Horner, the film went on to become a critical and commercial success. It also garnered a significant following and positive reviews over the years, which makes ‘The Mask of Zorro’ is a must watch.
For this list, I have taken into account films which have a similar narrative structure. These are action films which belong to particular subcategories. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘The Mask of Zorro’ that are our recommendations. You can binge several of such movies like ‘The Mask of Zorro’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Deadpool (2016)
As a superhero action film, ‘Deadpool’ completely changed the scene of the superhero genre, Directed by Tim Miller and co-written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, ‘Deadpool’ is the story of Wade Wilson, a former special forces operative-turned-mercenary who finds love again when he meets Vanessa, a sec worker. Life seems to be merry until he is diagnosed with cancer. As death looms over him, Wilson is approached by a mysterious man who offers him an experimental but permanent cure for his malady. While he accepts the offer, he soon learns that there is an covert organisation behind the man which operates to assemble an army.
Things take a turn for worse when Ajax, a mutant doctor exploits the medication to cure him of cancer and give him superhuman healing abilities, but leaves a permanently scarred body. Wilson, now taking up the figure of ‘Deadpool,’ hunts down Ajax to cure his skin. The film uses CGI with resourcefulness to create adrenaline-pumping action sequences. Ryan Reynolds and Ed Skrein perfectly don on their roles as Deadpool and Ajax to create an enthralling rivalry. In addition, the narrative is authentic to the comic book series and leaves no stone upturned to create a cult-classic in the superhero genre.