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1. Étoiles et toiles (1982–1986)
Episode: Episode dated 25 March 1985 (1985)

Documentary

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Stars: Frédéric Mitterrand, Annabella, Bette Davis, Georges Delerue

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Drama

8.7
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99 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

3. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Era's End (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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The fight against the Capital continues, with both sides suffering major losses. Saving the village now will take more costly sacrifices. What will happen to the survivors who must bury their fallen friends?

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Yasuhiro Kuroda, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

4. Étoiles et toiles (1982–1986)

Documentary

8.5
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Stars: Frédéric Mitterrand, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, George Tabori, Brigitte Bardot

5. Rashomon (1950)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Writers: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

6. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama

8.4
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

7. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Evan Hunter | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

8. Utsukushiki taka (1937)

82 min | Drama

8.4
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Writers: Shinmi Iida, Hiroshi Kikuchi | Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Noboru Kiritachi, Hideo Saeki, Chizuko Kanda, Hyô Kitazawa

9. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, War

8.3
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90 Metascore

An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, William Shakespeare | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

10. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

11. Red Beard (1965)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama

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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Writers: Masato Ide, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan

12. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Yuriy Nagibin, Vladimir Arsenev | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev

13. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Journey (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

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Knowing that the Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, Kambei decides the group must go to Kanna. To avoid detection, they divide into small groups and take three separate paths to the village.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka, Natsuko Takahashi | Directors: Yukio Okazaki, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

14. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Attack (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

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The first battle has finally arrived. Are the villagers ready? Or has all of their hard work been in vain? They will find out only when their defenses are tested at last.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Yoshikata Nitta, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

15. Throne of Blood (1957)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

16. Sanjuro (1962)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

17. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

18. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Not Rated | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima, Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi

19. Otto no teiso - haru kitareba (1937)

104 min | Drama

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Writers: Chiio Kimura, Kajirô Yamamoto, Nobuko Yoshiya | Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Takako Irie, Minoru Takada, Sachiko Chiba, Sadao Maruyama

20. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Drifter (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

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Kambei's frustrated group hears of a wandering, moneyless man who chops wood with his sword to pay for meals. As they soon learn, that is only the start of this nomad's peculiar, rice-loving, philosophizing ways.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka, Natsuko Takahashi | Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

21. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Writers: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

22. Asunaro monogatari (1955)

109 min

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Writers: Yasushi Inoue, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Hiromichi Horikawa | Stars: Akira Kubo, Isao Kimura, Yoshiko Kuga, Mariko Okada

23. Kieta chutai (1955)

92 min

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Writers: Masato Ide, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Mimura | Stars: Ryutaro Tatsumi, Ken'ichirô Kawamura, Goro Matsuki

25. Roppa no shinkon ryoko (1940)

65 min | Comedy

8.0
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Writer: Kajirô Yamamoto | Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Roppa Furukawa, Haruhisa Kawada, Aiko Mieki, Hamako Watanabe

26. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Bandits (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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The samurai must leave the caves to rescue Kikuchiyo, but as soon as they reach daylight, the towering machines ambush them. Clearly a traitor is in their midst.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Tôru Yoshida, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

27. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Village (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Threats from the Bandits have shaken the farmers' resolve, and as preparations for war begin, the samurai must confront a new danger: betrayal from the farmers who have hired them.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka, Shuichi Koyama | Directors: Shunsuke Tada, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

28. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2014)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure | Active

7.9
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The Grand Army of the Republic, led by Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi Knights, fights the New Droid Army of the Separatists.

Creator: George Lucas | Stars: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor

29. After the Rain (1999)

91 min | Drama

7.9
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During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

30. Jiruba Tetsu (1950)

89 min

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Writers: Shinzo Kajino, Akira Kurosawa, Goro Tanada | Director: Isamu Kosugi | Stars: Utaemon Ichikawa, Yuriko Hamada

31. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Offering (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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The first attack has sent the Bandits into a retreat, but it won't take them long to strike back. Now Kambei initiates an even bolder plan - handing Kyuzo, Gorobei, Katsushiro, and ... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

32. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Pupil (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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The young, untried samurai Katsushiro volunteers his services to Kirara - and gets a chance to prove his worth when Kirara is kidnapped by the Magistrate's son.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Makoto Sokuza, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Colleen Clinkenbeard

33. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Storm (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Kanna is bombarded by rainfall as the Bandits make their final assault on the village. They attack from every direction, and in the battle's furious climax, it becomes clear that not all of the samurai will survive.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Tôru Yoshida, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

34. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Gun and the Calm (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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While Katsushiro and Kirara battle with their feelings for each other, Kyuzo embarks on a solo mission into the heart of the enemy camp.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Makoto Sokuza, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

35. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.8
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Writer: William Roberts | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

36. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

37. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

38. Samurai 7 (2004– )

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Set in an alternate feudal Japan where mechas and giant airships are a common thing for humans to see. With in this time period is a small village that gets raided by bandits during every ... See full summary »

Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Colleen Clinkenbeard

39. Drunken Angel (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Writers: Keinosuke Uekusa, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Reizaburô Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure

40. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Writer: Todd McCarthy | Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

41. Kedamono no yado (1951)

85 min

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Writers: Shinya Fujiwara, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Tatsuyasu Osone | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Keiko Kishi, Kôji Tsuruta, Ichirô Arishima

42. Fukeyo haru kaze (1953)

83 min

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Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi | Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Hisako Yamane, Sô Yamamura, Fubuki Koshiji

43. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Master (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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Facing starvation at the hands of the Nobuseri, the farmers of Kanna Village send Kirara, Komachi, and Rikichi on a journey to find samurai who will protect their people.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Yasuhiro Kuroda, Toshifumi Takizawa, Tôru Yoshida | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Duncan Brannan

44. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Fool (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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After the Imperial Envoy is murdered, a citywide hunt for all samurai begins. The team plans a fast escape, but blundering Kikuchiyo seizes the moment to prove himself to the team.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka, Hisaya Takabayashi | Directors: Mitsuo Kusakabe, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

45. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Guardians (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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The samurai find themselves in a cavern city under the watchful gaze of the mysterious Shikimoribito. Are they man or machine? Ally or enemy? A new friend tries to explain, but she is hiding something, too.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Atsuhiro Tomioka | Directors: Hirofumi Ogura, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

46. Jakoman to Tetsu (1949)

91 min | Drama

7.7
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In a village subsisting on it herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal named Jakoman terrorizes the inhabitants. One of them, the son of the head of one of the fish companies by the name of ... See full summary »

Writers: Keizo Kajino, Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi | Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Yuriko Hamada, Sen Hara

47. Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993 TV Movie)

118 min | Talk-Show

7.7
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In a long dialogue, Nagisa Oshima interviews Akira Kurosawa, leading him to share his thoughts about filmmaking, his life and works, and numerous anecdotes relating to his films and his various film activities.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Ôshima

48. Tokyo rapusodei (1936)

68 min

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Writers: Ryûji Nagami, Takao Saeki | Director: Osamu Fushimizu | Stars: Ichiro Fujiyama, Sumie Tsubaki, Reiko Hoshi, Shirô Izome

49. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Writer: Jim Jarmusch | Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

50. Dodes'ka-den (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura, Shinsuke Minami