THE TOP 30 SWASHBUKLERS

THIS LIST IS FOR SWASHBUCKLERS, I.E. SWORDFIGHT MOVIES USING RAPIERS.
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1.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. (94 mins.)
 
2.
Scaramouche (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman. (115 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
3.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped. (101 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
4.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
5.
At Sword's Point (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 1648 France, it's the sons (and daughter) of the Three Musketeers to the rescue! (81 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
6.
Swordsman of Siena (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A Spanish overlord controls 16th-century Tuscany. He plans to marry into a prominent Italian family... (97 mins.)
 
7.
The Three Musketeers (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power. (125 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
8.
Lady in the Iron Mask (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A female version of the man in the iron mask. In this version the mask is put on a princess (patricia medina) rather than a prince as in the original book by Alexander Dumas. (78 mins.)
Director: Ralph Murphy
 
9.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan. (113 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
10.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
11.
Captain Blood (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
12.
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune. (90 mins.)
 
13.
The Sea Hawk (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
14.
The Sword and the Rose (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed. (92 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
15.
By the Sword (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students... (91 mins.)
 
16.
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The great lover Don Juan comes to the assistance of his queen. (110 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
17.
The Black Swan (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems. (87 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
18.
Against All Flags (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar. (83 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
19.
The King's Thief (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II. (78 mins.)
 
20.
Forever Amber (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process. (138 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
21.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
22.
Ring of Steel (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A champion fencer accidentally kills an opponent in a match. Disgraced, he is blackballed from the fencing community... (94 mins.)
Director: David Frost
“ SET IN MODERN TIMES BUT GOOD SWORDSMANSHIP ” - lordladymopak
 
23.
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young thief, seeking revenge over the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who is also seeking a vengeance of his own. (136 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
24.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
25.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them. (113 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
26.
The Three Musketeers (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
27.
The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille... (116 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
28.
The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France... (102 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
29.
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two look-alike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like. (118 mins.)
 
30.
Rob Roy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future,... (139 mins.)