Top 50 Best Yakuza Movies

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1.
Branded to Kill (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. (99 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
2.
Pale Flower (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. (96 mins.)
 
3.
Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
4.
Youth of the Beast (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
5.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
6.
Outrage (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
7.
Rainy Dog (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. (95 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
8.
Sonatine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
9.
Drunken Angel (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. (129 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
11.
The Yakuza (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter... (112 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
12.
Bakuto gaijin butai (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over. (93 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
13.
Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses. (99 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
14.
Street Mobster (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own. (92 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
15.
Beyond Outrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle... (112 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
16.
Jingi no hakaba (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa. (94 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
17.
Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Nomura
 
18.
Graveyard of Honor (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems. (131 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
19.
Boiling Point (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach. (96 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
20.
Koi gokudo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on the novel Ukonshi Kujira by author Yamanouchi Yukio, Mochizuki Rokuro's third in his yakuza... (110 mins.)
 
21.
Onibi (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A yakuza hitman gets out of jail and decides to start a new life, but soon his old life catches up with him. (101 mins.)
 
22.
Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman... (97 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
23.
Brother (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
24.
Ryûji (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This is an excellent piece of cinema, about life of yakuza (gangster) and his family. Ryuji tries to... (92 mins.)
Director: Tôru Kawashima
 
25.
Cops vs Thugs (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs. (100 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
26.
Ley Lines (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate. (105 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
27.
Kantô mushuku (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three schoolgirls are infatuated with a yakuza, Katsuta, of the Izu Clan. They meet another yakuza, `Diamond` Fuyu... (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
28.
Afraid to Die (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy. (96 mins.)
 
29.
Tattooed Life (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother. (87 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
30.
Violent City (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A retired yakuza is caught in the middle of a growing conflict between two rival clans. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
31.
Agitator (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A fearless Yakuza captain's loyalty is tested as two ambitious underbosses attempt a takeover of both his clan and a rival Yakuza gang. (150 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
32.
Kurenai no nagareboshi (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young yakuza hitman named Goro does a job and needs to hideout away from Tokyo for a while. He hangs... (97 mins.)
Director: Toshio Masuda
 
33.
Kamikaze Taxi (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A revenge-seeking man and his foolish friends plan to rob a yakuza gang. (169 mins.)
Director: Masato Harada
 
34.
Ôkami to buta to ningen (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang. (95 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
35.
Blues Harp (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang... (107 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
36.
A Night in Nude (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A private investigator takes on an odd job to retrieve a lost Rolex, only to find himself lured into a case filled with violence and sex by his mysterious employer. (Japanese with English subtitles). (110 mins.)
Director: Takashi Ishii
 
37.
Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When his beloved boss is killed, a dangerous young gangster cuts a path of vengeance through the Japanese mafia. (96 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
38.
Shinjuku Incident (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet. (119 mins.)
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
 
39.
Revenge Flame of Hayabusa (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Yakuza wants to take revenge,his boss and his crew got killed by their enemy gang, so he made his mission as to do whatever he can do to take down the peoples who did it. (10 mins.)
 
40.
Hito-kiri Yota: Kyoken San-kyodai (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The great Bunta stars as a gangster who is sent to jail for the sake of his gang, but when he's released he finds everything completely changed and his gang has swept him aside for being too violent. (86 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
41.
Hiroshima Death Match (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way. (100 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
42.
Tattoo Ari (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(107 mins.)
 
43.
Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A street girl gang clashes with racist local gangsters after one of the girls starts dating an Afro-Japanese man. (85 mins.)
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
 
44.
Police Tactics (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs. (101 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
45.
Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Amidst a Chinese and Japanese mafia war, a lawyer for the Chinese mob finds a rift forming between him and his corrupt police office brother. (100 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
46.
Big Time Gambling Boss (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(95 mins.)
 
47.
Gozu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
48.
Meiji kyokyakuden - sandaime shumei (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A tale set in the late Meiji era - circa 1880s-1890 as opposed to the early Meiji which began in the 1860s. (90 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô
 
49.
Nippon no akuryo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Murase is a bodyguard in a yakuza group. Ochiai is a police officer who once was a student activist. When they meet, they are surprised how identical they look. They decide to trade places with each other. (90 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Kuroki