Best Japanese Movies of all Time


The Top Ten

1 Seven Samurai

Not just Japan but on of the world's best movies of all the time.

One of the greatest films ever made

2 Ikiru

Ikiru is one of Kurosawa's greatest films, and certainly his most touching

3 Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story is a classic for any film buff to watch

4 Late Spring
5 Spirited Away

This should defiantly be number one!

6 Love Exposure

4 hours of insanity, love, comedy, sex, christianity, panty shots, mystery, thriller, horror, gore, and all of it is worth the time.

7 Rashomon

This was the film that introduced Japanese filmmaking and Kurosawa to the world

8 The Life of Oharu
9 Battle Royale

The original (and better version of) The Hunger Games

Best movie ever

Kiriyama and Mitsuko may be some of the best villains to watch in any movie.

Kiriyama guns down his classmates with an Uzi, what's not to love.

10 Ugetsu

Mizoguchi's ghost tale is a near-masterpiece in my book

The Contenders

11 Gojira

This is amzing! - Fireboy


RUN! It’s GOZILLLAAA! - Granton8ter05

12 Mononoke Hime

Best movie ever.

13 Ran

Nearly Kurosawa's best film

14 Princess Mononoke
15 The Human Condition III: a Soldier's Prayer
16 Fireworks
17 Yojimbo

Another classic Kurosawa

18 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
19 Grave of the Fireflies
20 Akira
21 Audition
22 Harakiri

Kobayashi's masterpiece

23 Castle in the Sky
24 Onibaba
25 Pokémon: The First Movie
26 Guilty of Romance
27 Mothra
28 Ringu
29 Sansho the Bailiff

This is Mizoguchi's best film

30 Red Beard
31 Tokyo Gore School
32 Ballad
33 Brave Hearts: Umizaru
34 Kaiji : The Ultimate Gambler
35 Tokyo Twilight
36 Early Summer
37 Ghost in the Shell
38 Hotaru no haka
39 Tonari no Totoro
40 Tokyo Olympiad
41 Nobody Knows
42 Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

It was a great adaptation! The cast was very close to perfection!

Yes finally a great adaption

43 Cyborg She
44 The Incite Mill
45 K-20: The Legend of the Mask
46 Shaolin Girl
47 Strange Circus
48 Ichi the Killer
49 Visitor Q
50 All About Lily Chou-Chou
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1. Tokyo Gore School
2. Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
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