Kinema Junpo's Top 10/30 Japanese Movies (By Year)

Each year, Kinema Junpo magazine publishes a list of the top 10/top 30 Japanese films of the year (sometimes more due to ties).
From 1926 to 1942: 10 films (1930: 3 modern and 3 period films)
From 1943 to 1945: cancelled due to war (1946 shortened to 8)
From 1946 to 1954: varying between 19 and 32 films
Starting from 1955: Top 30 for each year (up to 3 more due to ties)
For 2013 I currently have the Top 10 only...

This is not the complete list because some of the films are missing from IMDb. You can see a longer list and rankings for each year at the list source: http://www.rinkworks.com/checklist/list.cgi?u=crimsong&U=crimsong&p=kinemajunpotop10s

Films translated from this website: http://cinema1987.org/kinejun/
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1.
“ 1926 ” - Melvelet
 
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Riku no ningyo (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jack Abe
 
4.
A Page of Madness (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
5.
Karabotan (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hôtei Nomura
 
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“ 1927 ” - Melvelet
 
13.
Karakuri musume (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
14.
Jihi shinchô (1927 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(2 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
15.
Gerô (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Daisuke Itô
 
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“ 1928 ” - Melvelet
 
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19.
Sôzen-ji baba (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(31 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Makino
 
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24.
Crossroads (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead... (74 mins.)
 
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“ 1929 ” - Melvelet
 
27.
Ikeru ningyô (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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“ 1930 ” - Melvelet
 
32.
Ojôsan (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
(135 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
34.
The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much. (64 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
“ 1931 ” - Melvelet
 
36.
Tokyo Chorus (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague. (90 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
37.
Ippon-gatana dohyo iri (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
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I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighborhood. Their father is an office... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ 1932 ” - Melvelet
 
42.
Chûshingura (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(139 mins.)
 
44.
Mushibameru haru (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(116 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
46.
Joriku dai-ippo (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(88 mins.)
 
47.
Dekigokoro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ 1933 ” - Melvelet
 
48.
Taki no shiraito (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The tragic tale of a woman who despite doing good where she can gets punished by society. (110 mins.)
 
49.
Yogoto no yume (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young until--her long-lost husband returns. (64 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
50.
Futatsu doro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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Apart from You (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. (61 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
55.
The Dancing Girl of Izu (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
57.
Koina no Ginpei (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The first half of the movie depicts a man's jealousy of his best friend and the woman he love. The second...
 
58.
A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son. (86 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ 1934 ” - Melvelet
 
59.
Tonari no Yae-chan (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Keitaro (Obinata Den) is a law student and Yaeko (Aizome Yumeko) is a high school girl. They are neighbors... (76 mins.)
 
60.
Ikitoshi ikerumono (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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Hokushin Nihon (1934 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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Ippon-gatana dohyo iri (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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Foghorn (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Minoru Murata
 
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Gantarô kaidô (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
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Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(74 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
“ 1935 ” - Melvelet
 
69.
Machi no irezumi mono (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(74 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
70.
Shunkinsho: Okoto to Sasuke (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sasuke loves Okoto, a blind musician. When she befalls a terrible disfigurement Saske can't bare it which escalates into a shocking climax. (100 mins.)
 
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Kunisada Chûji (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(103 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
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Jinsei no onimotsu (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging couple truffle to pay for their daughter's marriages while keeping their much younger son from feeling left out. (66 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
74.
The Girl in the Rumour (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(54 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
77.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
“ 1936 ” - Melvelet
 
78.
Jinsei gekijô (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
79.
Osaka Elegy (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
80.
The Only Son (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
81.
Akanishi Kakita (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(77 mins.)
Director: Mansaku Itami
 
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Ani imôto (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Sotoji Kimura
 
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Hikyô nekka (1936 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
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The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city. (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
86.
Children in the Wind (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
87.
Hadaka no machi (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
88.
Wakai hito (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
89.
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters. (86 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
90.
What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka... (71 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
91.
Ôsaka natsu no jin (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
92.
The Lights of Asakusa (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(104 mins.)
 
93.
Five Scouts (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(73 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
94.
Robo no ishi (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
95.
Shanghai (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(81 mins.)
Director: Fumio Kamei
 
96.
Tsuzurikata kyoshitsu (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(87 mins.)
 
97.
Uguisu (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
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Abe ichizoku (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(109 mins.)
 
100.
Aa kokyo (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(64 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi