My Top Samurai Movies

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1.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
2.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
3.
Yojimbo (1961)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
Sanjuro (1962)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl. (85 mins.)
 
6.
Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers. (72 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
7.
Kill! (1968)
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
8.
Hitokiri (1969)
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer. (140 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
9.
Samurai Assassin (1965)
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii... (122 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
10.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains. (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
11.
Goyokin (1969)
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
12.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
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When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them. (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
13.
Machibuse (1970)
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the... (117 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
14.
Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963)
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A group of samurai plan to assassinate a sadistic feudal lord. (125 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
15.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
16.
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home. (91 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
17.
Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)
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A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry. (81 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
18.
Assassination (1964)
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. (104 mins.)
 
19.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
20.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
21.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
22.
Chiyari Fuji (1955)
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
23.
Samurai Spy (1965)
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century. (102 mins.)
 
24.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
 
25.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
26.
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers... (130 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
27.
Saigo no Chûshingura (2010)
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An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord. (133 mins.)
 
28.
Samurai Wolf (1966)
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A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs. (75 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
29.
Kiru (1962)
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A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
30.
The Betrayal (1966)
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A naively honorable samurai comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. (87 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
31.
After the Rain (1999)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Koizumi
 
32.
Kagemusha (1980)
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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. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
33.
Samurai Fiction (1998)
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge. (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
 
34.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (89 mins.)
 
35.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
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The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
36.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
37.
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (2012)
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A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested. (134 mins.)
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
 
38.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
39.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
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Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel. (104 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
40.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
41.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
42.
Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
43.
Chonmage purin (2010)
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Kidzhima Yasube, the Samurai of the period Edo, is postponed to 180 years ahead to Japan of our days... (108 mins.)
 
44.
Ashes of Time (1994)
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A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. (100 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Swordmen not samurai but still ” - dilenaidu
 
45.
Sword of Desperation (2010)
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A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman... (114 mins.)
 
46.
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
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Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes:... (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
47.
The Sea Is Watching (2002)
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19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke... (119 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
48.
Akô-jô danzetsu (1978)
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(159 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
49.
Rônin-gai (1990)
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A group of masterless samurai living in Edo's red light district must fend off a militia bent on wiping out local prostitutes. (117 mins.)
 
50.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)
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Kyoshiro demonstrates his skill by slicing the clothes from the body of a female opponent, and gets involved in a plot that could spell his doom! (86 mins.)
 
51.
Samurai Banners (1969)
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Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea... (165 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
52.
Samurai Vendetta (1959)
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Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable samurai living in an era of corrupt officials and treacherous clans... (109 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
53.
Okuni to Gohei (1952)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
54.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
55.
Chûshingura (1962)
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor. (207 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki