Most Underrated Akira Kurosawa Movies

Akira Kurosawa is an amazing Japanese director who has directed some of the biggest masterpieces ever known to film. Lots of you probably don't know him but I highly recommend you check out his movies. You won't be disappointed. If you haven't heard of him, please, check out his filmography.

The Top Ten

1 Seven Samurai

Always considered his greatest movie by true fans, but at #1 due to how low it is ranked on Best Movies, when it should easily be in the Top 10. Definitely a must see before you die and a must-add to your collection. Also his most well known movie. - jack2244

2 Rashomon

Probably his second most well known movie. This is another must-add to any movie fan's collection. This and Seven Samurai are classics. Like Seven Samurai, this is by far a must-see before you die, like most of his movies. - jack2244

3 Ran

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4 Yojimbo

For any fans of the Sergio Leone-Clint Eastwood spaghetti western movies, you may not know this story: Kurosawa 1961's movie Yojimbo and it's 1962 sequel Sanjuro were two samurai movies. Leone's inspiration for 1964's A Fistful of Dollars was this movie. However, he did not get permission from Kurosawa to use it and Kurosawa sued him. - jack2244

5 The Hidden Fortress

One of Kurosawa's most underrated movies. 1958's The Hidden Fortress was slow-paced but it was a masterpiece. One helluva good movie. It's a movie about two peasants who are searching for food. - jack2244

6 Throne of Blood

Based off of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, this movie is another must-see. If you are a massive Shakespeare fan like me, then you will definitely love this movie. I love it as much as I love his other movies, I truly believe Kurosawa has never released a bad movie. My personal second favorite from him. - jack2244

7 Ikiru

1952's Ikiru is probably the saddest movie of Kurosawa's career. This movie is truly an emotional one. It's about a man who is dying of cancer, and realizes that he wasted his whole life. - jack2244

8 Sanjuro

The sequel to Kurosawa's 1961 classic Yojimbo. This movie was released a year later in 1962. It has a similar concept to Yojimbo, a samurai trying to defeat a villain. 1961's Yojimbo may be better but 1962's Sanjuro is nonetheless amazing. - jack2244

9 High and Low
10 Kagemusha
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