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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. Étoiles et toiles (1982–1986)

Documentary

8.6
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Stars: Frédéric Mitterrand, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, George Tabori, Brigitte Bardot

4. 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

5. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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

6. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.4
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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

7. 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

8. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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

9. 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

10. Sanjuro (1962)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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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

11. Red Beard (1965)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama

8.2
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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

8.2
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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. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Not Rated | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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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

14. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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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

15. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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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

16. 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

17. Kieta chutai (1955)

92 min

8.0
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Writers: Masato Ide, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Mimura | Stars: Ryutaro Tatsumi, Kenichiro Kawamura, Goro Matsuki

18. After the Rain (1999)

91 min | Drama

7.9
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Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to the other residents of the inn by means of Ihei's generosity and good spirit. Ihei is a... See full summary »

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

19. Jiruba Tetsu (1950)

89 min

7.9
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Writers: Shinzo Kajino, Akira Kurosawa, Goro Tanada | Director: Isamu Kosugi | Stars: Utaemon Ichikawa, Yuriko Hamada

20. 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

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

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

7.8
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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.

Stars: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor

22. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Thriller, 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

23. 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

24. Samurai 7 (2004– )

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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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

25. Nora inu (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

26. 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

27. Yoidore tenshi (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

28. 500,000 (1963)

97 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

7.8
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During the Second World War, Takeichi Matsuo had participated in hiding a huge cache of gold in the Phillippine mountains. Years after the war, he is kidnapped by Mitsura and Keigo Gunji, ... See full summary »

Writer: Ryûzô Kikushima | Director: Toshirô Mifune | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Mie Hama

29. 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

30. Sanshiro Sugata (1965)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita | Director: Seiichirô Uchikawa | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Eiji Okada, Takashi Shimura

32. 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

33. The Lower Depths (1957)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

7.6
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In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

Writers: Maxim Gorky, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyôko Kagawa, Ganjirô Nakamura

34. Dodes'ka-den (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

7.6
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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

35. Shizukanaru kettô (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.6
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A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Writers: Kazuo Kikuta, Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô, Kenjiro Uemura

36. Jakoman to Tetsu (1949)

91 min | Drama

7.6
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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

37. Otto no teiso - haru kitareba (1937)

104 min | Drama

7.6
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Writers: Chiio Kimura, Kajirô Yamamoto, Nobuko Yoshiya | Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Takako Irie, Minoru Takada, Sachiko Chiba, Sadao Maruyama

38. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Friend (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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Kambei leads the samurai into a city of relaxation and pays a visit to an old friend from the Great War, Shichiroji. He now lives a peaceful life with a woman he adores. Will he take up his sword again?

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

39. Samurai 7 (2004– )
Episode: The Rescue (2004)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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With Kambei pardoned, Sanae and Muzuki freed, and peace promised to Kanna, it seems the samurai's work is done. But Maro has a warning: the true struggle has only just begun.

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

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

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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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

41. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

Writers: Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Gordon W. Prange, Ladislas Farago | Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

42. Shûbun (1950)

105 min | Drama

7.5
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A paparazzi photo sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku

43. Madadayo (1993)

134 min | Drama

7.5
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76 Metascore

Following World War II, a retired professor, approaching his autumn years, finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hyakken Uchida | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyôko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa, Jôji Tokoro

44. Hakuchi (1951)

166 min | Drama

7.5
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

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

118 min | Talk-Show

7.5
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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

46. Fukeyo haru kaze (1953)

83 min

7.5
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Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi | Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Hisako Yamane, Sô Yamamura, Fubuki Koshiji

47. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2014)
Episode: Bounty Hunters (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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Obi-Wan, Anakin & Ahsoka crash land on Felucia and reluctantly join four bounty hunters in defending a village from Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang.

Writers: George Lucas, Drew Z. Greenberg | Director: Steward Lee | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Anna Graves, Ashley Eckstein

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

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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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

49. I Live in Fear: Record of a Living Being (1955)

103 min | Drama

7.4
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An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Eiko Miyoshi

50. Sanshiro Sugata (1955)

Action, Drama

7.4
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The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita | Director: Shigeo Tanaka