Top Japanese Dramas


The Top Ten

1 Hana kimi

Funny with a very good cast, it deserves a much better publicity

Funniest drama ever with a perfect cast. Goofiness galore!

I enjoyed it very much, I'm considering watching it againg.

I loved all the characters, I love the unity in the school. The comedy made me laugh so much, I had to film most of it for safe keeping Also, I cried like a whole tissue box at the end...Thinking about it makes me feel like crying lol

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2 Hana Yori Dango

Beat drama ever. The first that I watched and made me fall in love with drama. The cast, the music, the play, the places...

BEST drama ever! Must see! I absolutely love matsumoto jun! I like kimi wa petto too and gokusen but hanadan is the best! - aibaka

This is the best Japanese drama I had ever seen. I was going to give my vote for hana kimi since I like that story more than this, BUT taking acting, music, etc, etc, into consideration, I think this is better than hana kimi.

This is the first Asian Drama I ever watched, and I'm sure that has something to do with my vote, but HYD is the best drama I've ever seen and the only one that's ever come remotely close for me is Hana Kimi. Both of these titles are absolutely worth seeing.

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3 Nobuta Wo Produce

The most touching Jdrama of all time.

best ever

The best friendship youthfull drama!

The acting is amazing for actors so young. While the main female lead didn't amaze me, Yamashita Tomohisa's acting stole many scenes. He had great on-screen chemistry with Horikita Maki. Despite everything, Kamenashi Kazuya was able to make his character likeable. It could have used a bit more character development near the end though, and perhaps have had a bit of a better ending..

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4 Gokusen

So good
Full fun

Lots of moral lessons, very touching and funny at the same time ✨

Best school drama with many ikemen boys.

This ever since I saw the first season I knew it was going to be my favorite drama... and it still is. I watched all 3 seasons and the movie twice in a row at one point. I can never get tired of it. And I loved all the actors.

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5 1 litre of tears

Prepare plenty of tissue before watch this drama

I'm sure most people agree that this was one of the most touching and heartbreaking dramas they had ever seen.

After the beginning of the drama, I cried with every episode. Very poignant. I have had cancer twice and and fully appreciate this drama personally.

Good story.. More about life lesson

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6 Bloody Monday

Though I love most of the dramas that listed here, hands down, Bloody Monday is the best. It has worth watching plot and powerful characters too. I've been re-watching this for uncountable amount of times and still love it

Love HT and Bloody Monday!

I first looked at this drama and was like hmmm looks boring not my type,days later I watched it and no joke it was the best decision of my life -it's well worth your time.
It's full of /plot twists/hot men/action/emotional scenes

7 My Boss My Hero

I loved the original Korean movie version of this drama, the Japanese version is fun to watch..

Funny movie
Remind us of the lives of youth, after nononton this film I wanted to go back to youth

The first ever JDrama I watched and still my favorite. Been watching nothing but JDramas ever since!

Still my favorite jdrama. it just never gets dated

8 Koizora

Very nice drama and movie. The love connection was AMAZING and the storyline was unique (in a good way)

Very nice story, I have watch at least 10 times this drama, and also wanna to see again

Watched it and its very touching.. I cried till my eyes puffed...

Recommended for you, its very2 romantic & touching heart

9 Stand up!
10 Samurai High School

It gives you encouragement whether you lose in any aspect of life. It makes you feel to live life happily & hopefully in any condition.

The Contenders

11 Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

This drama holds a very special spot in my heart. It's where I got hooked on Kame. The story is light, nice, cute and romantic. One of my favorites, indeed!

This drama is so deep about loving yourself but it also funny.

I couldn't stop laughing when I watched this. This is one of the best romantic comedies I had ever seen! I really like the ending. I am not saying that I hate the anime ending but Sunako and Kyohei became a couple in the live action which made me very happy. I love both the anime and the drama.

12 Liar game

This drama is the best I have ever seen, the plot was interesting and the character development was brilliant. The more you watch this show the more addicting it gets!

I really loved this drama, It's so awesome. It has lots of twists.

The mystery and suspense is really good and keeps you on the edge. Terrific plot

Epic drama. Awesome plot. No episode will make you bored. Chemistry between characters were amaazing. Definitely a must watch drama! :D

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13 Yamada Taro Monogatari

It's so funny, the actors/actresses really get into the character, and it's just funny.

14 Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo (2013)

The best, should be the number 1!

Ahh.. How much I loved following the story of Kotoko and 'Irie-kun'. It was hilarious, romantic and the chemistry between these two was incredible! I definitely say it's worth watching & the ending of season 2 was absolutely heartwarming, romantic and beautiful.. I think this drama is entertaining & the songs of the first season's credits are great! I cry after season 3 but I know they ended the show there, hence the amazingly amazing ending..

It's so nice seeing the actors relationship at the start and how it differs nearer the end. I love how the actors complement each other and how somehow they fall in love! It's a must watch and I think this is the best one out of the Korean and Taiwanese and Japanese one!

I love this Japanese drama

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15 Kimi wa petto

Absolutely adorable, their relationship creeped me out at first though

So cute! Its just perfect!

Great drama and Cute Actors ♥

Really funny and really cute! so much tension

16 Attention please

Very interesting drama, feel good for her acting also a lot things to learn from this drama

Very convincing tomboy character and fun plot with a steady character growth. Pretty decent depth to the story. Better than sissy dramas in the top 10, anyday

17 Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated television series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, a Japanese more.

Funny and love the actors! However, I feel like the adaptation was a little off...I don't know, it just didn't feel like a host club. But nevertheless I still loved it! It's just a thing you can't hate.

Very Funny! Yamamoto. Yusuke is so cute and funny! He's a great actor! !

18 Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei-chan's Butler)

Very funny drama. Each girl has a very unique relationship with their butler.

19 Hanzawa Naoki

Very well acted, some even over-the-top but it works within the intense drama. It has a traditional Japanese style revenge story-line, yet the setting, script, and the characters brings something new to the drama. It really represents the current Japanese workplace and culture that resonates in Japan. A very original and strong drama, and people would definitely get hooked from the start, and deeply get invested into all the major characters.

Riveting with great acting!


20 Proposal Daisakusen

My favorite japanese drama of all time. And still no one can beat this until now even korean dramas. I just loved the cast so much

This drama have a deep meaning. Everyone will touched with the storyline.

Deep meaning. Simplicity. Nice plot. 5/5 stars.

21 Zettai Kareshi

It's a good drama, I enjoyed watching it, if you are a j drama fan you will love it, as did I...

22 Tonbi (Kite)

Very engaging. Finished all the episodes in two nights.

Very touching story :')

23 Yukan Club


24 Last Cinderella

I love haruma! This drama was totally worth watching because of his hotness

Seriously It's very Great drama! > _ <
I re-watch a lot times this drama

25 Rookies

I've watched this drama maybe for five times, and I still want to watch it again some day. This story is so touching sometimes, and it is more, because everyone thinks that they are the worst.. But they have such big hearts and they just want to achieve they're dreams. Love them all.

26 Atashinchi no Danshi

I watched this drama 4 years ago and I could still remember how great this drama. It's part of my life :')

27 Mr. Brain
28 Hanazakari No Kimitachi E (For You In Full Blossom)
29 I Give My First Love to You
30 Tatta Hitotsu no Koi

Love this drama so much!
Best story, best cast, best song.

Love the chemistry between kame and ayase.

The most realistic and pure love story ever!
Beautiful setting, beautiful actors, and an absolutely beautiful plot! Awesome drama!

31 Bambino

I'm a suckered for cooking dramas. this is one of the best of the few that are out there

32 Buzzer Beat
33 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made

I just watsh this drama I really love it

Love the chemistry between Ishihara Satomi and Yamashita Tomohisa. All the actors are very popular and experienced which results in good acting too. A really funny and lively drama and if I could say, I found it much better than the manga as they have made all the characters more likeable.

Love this drama


34 Good Morning Call

Funny, very good drama!

Absolutely worth watching, addictive and entertaining drama with great actors & plot! Season 1 is good, but season 2 is honestly the best japanese drama itself I've ever watched... YOSUKE SUGINO is amazing in this show and joins the cast in season 2. This show belongs to my favorite j-dramas of all time along with Hana Kimi and Hana Yori Dango! (This is also the first asian drama I ever saw..

35 JIN

Interesting story about time slip of a doctor, always makes you guess what is going to happen in the next episode.

36 Switch Girl!!
37 Hotaru no Hikari

One of my first Japanese dramas

38 Love Shuffle

A bit more of a mature drama. Features a lot of big named actors and actresses. It doesn't disappoint, with a lot of humor, drama, and some very real life situations that make your heart quench. Even felt sympathy for the most dis-likeable character near the end. Even if you don't think it's the best, its certainly one of the greatest. You should really check it out.

39 Rich Man, Poor Woman

I never seen a japanese drama like this before. Totally gorgeous and my style

I love this drama! Definitely a keeper!

Love it. BEST EVER

Amazing drama. Love it. You can see how love can change people.

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40 Kazoku Game

Interesting and new plot, like no other drama.

Th best jdrama ever!

41 Lovely Complex
42 Mao
43 Last Friends
44 Nodame Cantabile Nodame Cantabile

This is my top 1 Japanese drama ever. The whole cast, storyline just great. It has romance, comedy side that balance well. This is masterpiece. I even watch the anime and read its manga. I just love how the storyline expand until the main cast being the top in each of their talent.

Is this masterpiece really on number 66? the acting was amazing, the plot is great, and there's classical music to top it all! this is a must watch for anyone who interested in japanese drama! believe me, you'll love ueno juri after this.

I don't believe this drama only on list 62. It's a really great drama, especially the main actress's acting was definitely amazing

I had the chance to watch this drama last year, it is absolutely great! - Joicerojo

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45 Kaseifu No Mita

Nice drama and acting

Awesome drama. I love Mita! Great acting by Nanako.

46 Ikemen Desu Ne
47 Juui Dolittle
48 IS - Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei
49 Beautiful Life

Sypnosis: Love story between kyoko, who is disabled, and Shuji, a hair stylist.

Cast: Tokiwa Takako, Takuya Kimura

Touching story. Moved to tears.

50 Island of Red Spider Lilies
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1. Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei-chan's Butler)
2. Zettai Kareshi
3. Tonbi (Kite)
1. Bloody Monday
2. Hana kimi
3. My Boss My Hero
1. Ouran High School Host Club
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