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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, 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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 231,502 | Gross: $0.27M

2. The Wolverine (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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60 Metascore

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

Votes: 331,222 | Gross: $132.55M

3. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 117,947 | Gross: $38.30M

4. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 146,265 | Gross: $41.61M

5. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

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

Votes: 74,896

6. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 50,998 | Gross: $0.80M

7. The 47 Ronin (1941)

241 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 1,364

8. Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

134 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing. Kenshin wanders through Japan with a reverse-edged sword ... See full summary »

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: J. Michael Tatum, Takeru Satô, Eric Vale, Yû Aoi

Votes: 15,110

9. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 19,131

10. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 24,496

11. Afro Samurai (2007 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 125 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Phil LaMarr, Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Eagles

Votes: 11,756

12. Sanjuro (1962)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 20,635

13. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Ohkusu

Votes: 40,748 | Gross: $0.85M

14. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta

Votes: 7,857

15. The Killer Elite (1975)

PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 4,123

16. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Unrated | 83 min | Action

7.9
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Votes: 4,688

17. After the Rain (1999)

91 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

Votes: 2,984

18. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader.

Director: Fuminori Kizaki | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Grey Griffin

Votes: 6,719

19. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,424

20. Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira, Miyuki Kuwano

Votes: 1,853

21. Samurai Cat (2014)

100 min | Comedy, History

6.3
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Masterless Samurai Kyutaro Madarame is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of their rival gang's beloved pet, an adorable white cat. Upon raising his sword, however, he cannot bring ... See full summary »

Directors: Takeshi Watanabe, Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Yôsuke Asari, Yoriko Dôguchi, Kaoru Hirata

Votes: 186

22. Masterless (2015)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy

4.4
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Kane Madison is an architect working in Los Angeles while his doppelganger-like spirit, an eighteenth century Ronin, wanders a parallel netherworld of masked demons and Japanese swordsmen. ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Shimahara | Stars: Adam LaVorgna, Yutaka Takeuchi, Eijiro Ozaki, James C. Burns

Votes: 86

23. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Unrated | 81 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi, Minoru Ôki

Votes: 3,636

24. Samurai Assassin (1965)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 1,456

25. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 2,645

26. Kill! (1968)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi, Tadao Nakamaru

Votes: 1,866

27. Sword of the Beast (1965)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita, Toshie Kimura

Votes: 1,769

28. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (1988–1995)

39 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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After a thousand years of exile, Talpa, ruler of the Netherworld, returns to claim the Earth as his own. The only thing that can stop him and his minions are five young men and their mystical suits of armor.

Stars: Paul Dobson, Michael Donovan, Jason Gray-Stanford, Matt Hill

Votes: 509

29. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.8
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 2,997

30. Shimokita Glory Days (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A guy moves in with 5 nubile women, paying rent by going their housework.

Stars: Sora Aoi, Yuma Asami, Manami Hashimoto, Ichitaro

Votes: 96

31. Machibuse (1970)

117 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Shintarô Katsu

Votes: 651

32. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

76 min | Horror

7.2
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi, Shuntarô Emi

Votes: 722

33. Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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The villain is called Amakusa SHIRO Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kenji Sawada, Akiko Kana, Ken Ogata

Votes: 605

34. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)

86 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Sadao Yamanaka | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Kan'emon Nakamura, Tsuruzô Nakamura, Chôemon Bandô

Votes: 1,217

35. Snow on the Blades (2014)

Action, Drama, History

6.8
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Shimura Kingo fails his duty to protect the life of the Shogun's chief minister, and spends his life tracking down the assassins. However, all but one of the assassins die before Kingo can reach them. Still, Kingo presses on.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryôko Hirosue, Masahiro Takashima

Votes: 123

36. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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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.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,145

37. Crest of Betrayal (1994)

106 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Saki Takaoka, Keiko Oginome, Renji Ishibashi

Votes: 118

38. Afro Samurai (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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In this video game adaption of the already popular anime. You can now control the emotionless Afro Samurai as he kills various cyborgs, assassins, and ninjas to become Number 1.

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu, Ron Perlman, S. Scott Bullock

Votes: 279

39. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.6
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Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes: a blind yakuza boss whose reign of terror and exploitation has made him nearly mythic... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 809

40. Samurai Wolf (1966)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono, Tatsuo Endô

Votes: 401

41. Assassination (1964)

104 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Acclaimed Chambara, Japanese Nouvelle Vague. In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becames a important figure in a complex game of power between the xogunat and the imperium.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Shima Iwashita, Eiji Okada, Isao Kimura

Votes: 586

42. Neko zamurai (2013 TV Mini-Series)

30 min | Action, Comedy, History

8.2
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A humorless samurai, nearly desperate for work, agrees to assassinate a goblin cat that is accused of possessing a man's soul.

Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Kaoru Hirata, Kaori Takahashi, Megumi Yokoyama

Votes: 31

43. Karate Warriors (1976)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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A karate fighter and a samurai join opposing gangs to take them down from the inside.

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Akane Kawasaki, Akiko Koyama, Hideo Murota

Votes: 221

44. The Cat Samurai Goes to Southern Island (2015)

85 min | Comedy, History

5.6
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Director: Takeshi Watanabe | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Moto Fuyuki, Hana Kino, Kanna Mori

Votes: 27

45. Illusion of Blood (1965)

105 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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A samurai warrior is haunted by the spirit of his first wife.

Director: Shirô Toyoda | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mariko Okada, Junko Ikeuchi, Mayumi Ôzora

Votes: 175

46. Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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As you play a fearsome Predator, you must travel from the 1930's to 2030 in order to seek revenge on a crime empire and it's leader who seeks to conquer all Predators.

Stars: Aimée Leigh, Sarah Brown, Tasia Valenza, Giselle Loren

Votes: 160

47. Samurai Wolf II (1967)

72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ichirô Nakatani, Bin Amatsu, Yûko Kusunoki

Votes: 260

48. Sakurada Gate Incident (2010)

137 min | History

6.0
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The Sakurada Gate Incident recounts the story of Mito Domain Samurai coming off house arrest named Seki Tetsunosuke (played by Osawa Takao). He along with other prominent Mito Clansmen are ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Kyoko Hasegawa, Minosuke Bandô, Akira Emoto

Votes: 42

49. Otsuyu: Kaidan botan-dôrô (1998)

96 min | Horror

6.5
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Wife in former life plagues husband as ghost in the present.

Director: Masaru Tsushima | Stars: Scott Cargle, Jeff Gimble, Alvaro J. Gonzalez, Bob Gross

Votes: 42

50. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)

Drama

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Michiko Sugata, Sanae Nakahara

Votes: 98