Like for Like – 10 films like Samaritan you must watch

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 31, 2022

This article discusses 10 films like Amazon’s Samaritan you must watch.

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Yet another addition to the extraordinarily saturated superhero film genre, Samaritan stars Sylvester Stallone as a superhero who disappeared from the world twenty years ago until a young boy discovers him working as a garbage collector. If you love superhero movies, particularly ones like Samaritan with a darker tone and different aesthetic than the dominating force that is the MCU, then here are 10 similar films you will enjoy.  

Like for Like – 10 films like Samaritan you must watch

Hancock (2008)

Co-written by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, is a darkly funny, brutal, yet surprisingly romantic take on the superhero genre, and features a standout performance from Will Smith. 

Unbreakable (2000)

M. Night Shyamalan’s muted, smart exploration of superheroes and comic books as a cultural phenomenon was a fantastic (and underrated) follow-up to The Sixth Sense.  It’s even fresher now, because superheroes are arguably more popular now than they have been in history.    

Split (2016)

Here is one of the only genuinely scary superhero films out there.  And not only is genuinely frightening, James McAvoy delivers a truly incredible, career-best performance as the film’s antagonist, whose identity is fractured into 24 different personalities.   

Glass (2019)

The final installment to M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy that began with Unbreakable and continued with Split.  It’s a flawed, but worthy conclusion to one of the darkest and most unique interpretations of superheroes out there.  

The Boys (2019)

Violent and vulgar, The Boys sits alongside Samaritan on Prime Video and is one of the most popular shows on the streaming platform.  It’s not for everyone (particularly those who are squeamish), but for those who love superheroes and are tired of the same ol’ PG-13 Marvel content, The Boys is definitely worth a watch.   

The Tick (2016)

Also on Prime Video, but largely overlooked, The Tick is a much more light-hearted and silly addition to the superhero canon than The Boys or Samaritan.  Still pretty fun, though. 

Brightburn (2019)

Brightburn is essentially a horror remake of the Superman story, which is a fantastic concept—but its potential is wasted by average filmmaking. That being said, there is still value to watching a true horror superhero film.

Watchmen (2009)

Although the reaction to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was mixed from both critics and audiences, the graphic novel that it is based on is perhaps the original dark exploration of superheroes, so it is worth watching just to understand the influence the story has had on the genre.  

Darkman (1990)

Sam Raimi’s first Hollywood studio film, Darkman tells the story of Peyton Westlake, who is gruesomely disfigured and left for dead by a mobster. After attempting to cure his burn scars, Peyton is imbued with superpowers and a new mental instability that verges on psychotic.   

Logan (2017)

Perhaps the best film on this list, Logan earns its R-Rating with a healthy amount of blood and gore, but it also offers deep characterization and an incredibly emotional payoff.  

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