With Shôchiku Eiga (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,298,152 | Gross: $342.55M

2. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 100,775 | Gross: $2.73M

3. She's All That (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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51 Metascore

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker

Votes: 76,156 | Gross: $63.37M

4. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.4
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81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 212,067 | Gross: $140.54M

5. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.0
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61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 90,665 | Gross: $4.18M

6. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 41,069

7. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with the other man's girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself a reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 34,458 | Gross: $23.36M

8. A Man Apart (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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36 Metascore

A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant, Larenz Tate, Geno Silva

Votes: 41,682 | Gross: $26.18M

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: 23,348

10. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 35,814 | Gross: $13.78M

11. Enigma (2001)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.4
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64 Metascore

A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 18,990 | Gross: $4.30M

12. Holy Smoke (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Comedy

5.9
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57 Metascore

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee

Votes: 13,086 | Gross: $1.76M

13. Girlfight (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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70 Metascore

Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

Votes: 8,769 | Gross: $1.52M

14. Hachi-ko (1987)

107 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toshinori Omi, Toshirô Yanagiba

Votes: 3,835

15. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 22,814 | Gross: $0.40M

16. Hamlet (2000)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.0
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70 Metascore

Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora, Sam Shepard

Votes: 8,628 | Gross: $1.57M

17. Iris (I) (2001)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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76 Metascore

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Votes: 15,963 | Gross: $1.29M

18. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.3
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 11,529

19. Sonatine (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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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.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura

Votes: 15,448

20. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 8,191 | Gross: $0.09M

21. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.6
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 4,846

22. The Claim (2000)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.5
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62 Metascore

A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan, Ron Anderson, Marty Antonini

Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $0.67M

23. Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991)

PG | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima

Votes: 5,528 | Gross: $0.52M

24. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.2
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 5,867

25. Good Morning (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 5,947

26. Late Autumn (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada

Votes: 3,558

27. Passion of Mind (2000)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.6
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28 Metascore

A psychological romantic thriller where fantasy and reality become indistinguishable for a woman leading a double life in her dreams.

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Demi Moore, Eloise Eonnet, Hadrian Dagannaud-Brouard, Chaya Cuénot

Votes: 2,965 | Gross: $0.77M

28. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the run.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 5,001

29. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 3,907

30. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kôkichi Takada, Ryôtarô Kawanami, Kinnosuke Takamatsu

Votes: 2,625

31. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,544 | Gross: $0.05M

32. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History

5.9
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After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

Director: Charlton Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle

Votes: 655

33. Tokyo Twilight (1957)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

8.3
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Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû, Isuzu Yamada

Votes: 2,636

34. B. Monkey (1998)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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49 Metascore

A young woman attempts to end her criminal career. But she needs love to make it.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Asia Argento, Jared Harris, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 3,121 | Gross: $0.03M

35. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

5.3
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King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and interracial romance made ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Evelyne Kraft, Danny Lee, Feng Ku, Wei Tu Lin

Votes: 1,376 | Gross: $0.02M

36. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War

8.8
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 3,720

37. Long de xin (1985)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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Story of a cop who forsakes his dreams of sailing around the world so that he can care for his mentally disabled brother. Innocently caught up in a gangland fight, the brother is kidnapped ... See full summary »

Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fruit Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Emily Chu, Hoi Mang

Votes: 3,433

38. All the Little Animals (1998)

R | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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51 Metascore

Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Thomas | Stars: John Hurt, Christian Bale, Daniel Benzali, James Faulkner

Votes: 2,476 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Brother (I) (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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47 Metascore

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.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô

Votes: 20,257 | Gross: $0.45M

40. Early Spring (1956)

145 min | Drama

8.0
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi, Keiko Kishi

Votes: 2,243

41. 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: 1,651

42. Hitori musuko (1936)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

7.9
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A widow sends her only son away to receive a better education. Years later, she visits him, finding him a poor school teacher with a wife and son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Shin'ichi Himori, Masao Hayama, Yoshiko Tsubouchi

Votes: 2,529

43. 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: 2,465

44. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

116 min | Drama

7.9
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 1,739

45. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 4,039

46. Gin-iro no kami no Agito (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

6.5
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It is 300 years into the future. Earth's environment had been devastated by mankind's own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Sugiyama | Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Aoi Miyazaki, Yûko Kotegawa, Masaru Hamaguchi

Votes: 4,074

47. Hana yori mo naho (2006)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 1,219

48. The Eel (1997)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.4
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A businessman kills his adulterous wife and is sent to prison. After the release, he opens a barbershop and meets new people, talking almost to no one except an eel he befriended while in prison.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Akira Emoto

Votes: 4,960 | Gross: $0.41M

49. Scandal (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

7.3
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A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

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

Votes: 2,864

50. Bushi no ichibun (2006)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Rei Dan, Mitsugorô Bandô, Takashi Sasano

Votes: 2,897 | Gross: $0.02M


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