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1. Étoiles et toiles (1982–1986)
Episode: Episode dated 25 March 1985 (1985)

Documentary

9.6
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Stars: Frédéric Mitterrand, Annabella, Bette Davis, Georges Delerue

Votes: 40

2. Roppa no shinkon ryoko (1940)

65 min | Comedy

9.2
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Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Roppa Furukawa, Haruhisa Kawada, Aiko Mieki, Hamako Watanabe

Votes: 8

3. Asunaro monogatari (1955)

109 min

8.9
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Director: Hiromichi Horikawa | Stars: Akira Kubo, Isao Kimura, Yoshiko Kuga, Mariko Okada

Votes: 18

4. Étoiles et toiles (1982–1986)

Documentary

8.8
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Stars: Frédéric Mitterrand, Raoul Coutard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sergei Parajanov

Votes: 39

5. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 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: 282,540 | Gross: $0.27M

6. Kedamono no yado (1951)

85 min | Drama

8.6
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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Keiko Kishi, Kôji Tsuruta, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 14

7. Nonki Yokocho (1939)

85 min

8.5
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Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Kamatari Fujiwara, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Yumiko Togawa

Votes: 8

8. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Journey (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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Knowing that the Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, Kambei decides the group must go to Kanna. To avoid detection, they divide into small groups and take three separate paths to the village.

Directors: Yukio Okazaki, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

9. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Rescue (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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With Kambei pardoned, Sanae and Muzuki freed, and peace promised to Kanna, it seems the samurai's work is done. But Maro has a warning: the true struggle has only just begun.

Directors: Kahoru Igusa, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 11

10. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 23,624

11. Nioh (2017 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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It's the 16th century. A western seafarer finds himself in Japan and is met by war and demons on his quest of search and find. Will his path do the unfinished Kurosawa script justice?

Directors: Yosuke Hayashi, Fumihiko Yasuda, Shinji Higuchi, Makoto Kamiya | Stars: Alec Newman, Richie Campbell, Nicholas Boulton, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 467

12. Haru no tawamure (1949)

109 min | Drama

8.4
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Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Ureo Egawa, Musei Tokugawa, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 8

13. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Attack (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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The first battle has finally arrived. Are the villagers ready? Or has all of their hard work been in vain? They will find out only when their defenses are tested at last.

Directors: Yoshikata Nitta, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

14. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Bandits (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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The samurai must leave the caves to rescue Kikuchiyo, but as soon as they reach daylight, the towering machines ambush them. Clearly a traitor is in their midst.

Directors: Tôru Yoshida, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

15. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 133,828 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 96,832

17. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 58,413 | Gross: $0.06M

18. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 21,103

19. Red Beard (1965)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama

8.3
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan

Votes: 14,254

20. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Era's End (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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The fight against the Capital continues, with both sides suffering major losses. Saving the village now will take more costly sacrifices. What will happen to the survivors who must bury their fallen friends?

Directors: Yasuhiro Kuroda, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

21. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Gun and the Calm (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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While Katsushiro and Kirara battle with their feelings for each other, Kyuzo embarks on a solo mission into the heart of the enemy camp.

Directors: Makoto Sokuza, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

22. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 99,221 | Gross: $3.52M

23. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Drifter (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.2
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Kambei's frustrated group hears of a wandering, moneyless man who chops wood with his sword to pay for meals. As they soon learn, that is only the start of this nomad's peculiar, rice-loving, philosophizing ways.

Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 16

24. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2020)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi Knights lead the Grand Army of the Republic against the droid army of the Separatists.

Stars: Tom Kane, Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor

Votes: 39,515

25. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 39,680

26. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Votes: 29,665

27. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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: 27,762

28. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Not Rated | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 9,490

29. Kieta chutai (1955)

92 min

8.1
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Director: Akira Mimura | Stars: Ryutaro Tatsumi, Ken'ichirô Kawamura, Goro Matsuki

Votes: 11

30. Jiruba Tetsu (1950)

89 min

8.1
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Director: Isamu Kosugi | Stars: Utaemon Ichikawa, Yuriko Hamada

Votes: 14

31. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Offering (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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The first attack has sent the Bandits into a retreat, but it won't take them long to strike back. Now Kambei initiates an even bolder plan - handing Kyuzo, Gorobei, Katsushiro, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 13

32. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Storm (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Kanna is bombarded by rainfall as the Bandits make their final assault on the village. They attack from every direction, and in the battle's furious climax, it becomes clear that not all of the samurai will survive.

Directors: Tôru Yoshida, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

33. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Village (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Threats from the Bandits have shaken the farmers' resolve, and as preparations for war begin, the samurai must confront a new danger: betrayal from the farmers who have hired them.

Directors: Shunsuke Tada, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 12

34. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

8.0
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65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 177,579 | Gross: $14.50M

35. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 28,505

36. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Fool (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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After the Imperial Envoy is murdered, a citywide hunt for all samurai begins. The team plans a fast escape, but blundering Kikuchiyo seizes the moment to prove himself to the team.

Directors: Mitsuo Kusakabe, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 14

37. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Loner (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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The group has gotten the Magistrate's attention and he orders them executed, farmers and samurai alike. As they battle a string of assassins, Kambei encounters a silent, skilled samurai he is determined to recruit.

Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 21

38. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 13,221

39. Elefantes sobre una telaraña (2011)

13 min | Short

7.9
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Lucia has written a letter for her father on his birthday. Standing before the whole family, she reads the letter thanking him for being such a great dad. But what she innocently describes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Lareau | Stars: Nadine Benavente, Olga Fuster, Ramón Garrido, José Valcárcel

Votes: 10

40. My Wonderful Yellow Car (1953)

83 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Hisako Yamane, Sô Yamamura, Fubuki Koshiji

Votes: 22

41. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2020)
Episode: Bounty Hunters (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka crash land on Felucia and reluctantly join four bounty hunters in defending a village from Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang.

Director: Steward Lee | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Anna Graves, Ashley Eckstein

Votes: 709

42. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Guardians (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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The samurai find themselves in a cavern city under the watchful gaze of the mysterious Shikimoribito. Are they man or machine? Ally or enemy? A new friend tries to explain, but she is hiding something, too.

Directors: Hirofumi Ogura, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 14

43. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Pupil (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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The young, untried samurai Katsushiro volunteers his services to Kirara - and gets a chance to prove his worth when Kirara is kidnapped by the Magistrate's son.

Directors: Makoto Sokuza, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Colleen Clinkenbeard

Votes: 16

44. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.8
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74 Metascore

Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 80,640 | Gross: $4.91M

45. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 21,526 | Gross: $1.96M

46. Drunken Angel (1948)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Reizaburô Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 8,670

47. 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: 3,517

48. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,872 | Gross: $0.80M

49. Enoken no zangiri Kinta (1940)

81 min | Comedy

7.8
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Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Ken'ichi Enomoto, Sadaichi Yanagida, Hideko Sasahara

Votes: 9

50. Samurai 7 (2004)
Episode: The Friend (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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Kambei leads the samurai into a city of relaxation and pays a visit to an old friend from the Great War, Shichiroji. He now lives a peaceful life with a woman he adores. Will he take up his sword again?

Directors: Hiroyuki Okuno, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter

Votes: 14



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