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1. The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Kaizô Hayashi | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Shirô Sano, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Hai-Ping Yang

Votes: 332

2. The Stairway to the Distant Past (1995)

101 min | Drama

Mike Hama is a private investigator who has been reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront on a borrowed bicycle.

Director: Kaizô Hayashi | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Haruko Wanibuchi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 159

3. Wana (1996)

106 min | Drama, Mystery

Japan's favorite hard-boiled detective Maiku Hama (Masatoshi Nagase) returns for the third time in this crime drama. A crazed killer has been poisoning women around the city and planting ... See full summary »

Director: Kaizô Hayashi | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Yui Natsukawa, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kiyotaka Nanbara

Votes: 110

4. Confucius (2010)

TV-MA | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Director: Mei Hu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Xun Zhou, Jianbin Chen, Quan Ren

Votes: 3,443

5. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Votes: 86,967 | Gross: $174.64M

6. 1911 (2011)

R | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

37 Metascore

A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.

Directors: Li Zhang, Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Winston Chao, Bingbing Li, Chun Sun

Votes: 5,602 | Gross: $0.13M

7. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 487,783 | Gross: $1.02M

8. Judge Archer (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Drama

The spear signifies political power, the arrow personal ambition. What happens when the two collide?

Director: Haofeng Xu | Stars: Yang Song, Chenghui Yu, Chengyuan Li, Yenny Martin

Votes: 450

9. Red Family (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A group of North Korean spies, disguised as an ordinary South Korean family, work as spies in South Korea.

Director: Ju-hyoung Lee | Stars: Yu-mi Kim, Byung-ho Son, Woo Jung, So-young Park

Votes: 186

10. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 23,245 | Gross: $0.96M

11. The Vulture (2009)

134 min | Drama

A Japanese company is being targeted by a Chinese financial group that takes advantage of weak and struggling firms - in other words, a vulture. A Japanese financier/former vulture Masahiko Washizu is recruited to fight the threat.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Nao Ohmori, Tetsuji Tamayama, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 65

12. The Outrage (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,273

13. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 217,092 | Gross: $111.55M

14. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 22,192

15. Comandante (2003)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone, Juanita Vera, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Votes: 3,515

17. Mt. Tsurugidake (2009)

139 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1907, a group of men climb an unconquered peak in the last unmapped region of Japan.

Director: Daisaku Kimura | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryûhei Matsuda, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 172

18. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 547,308 | Gross: $124.99M

20. All In (2003– )

Action, Drama, Romance

As a kid, all Kim In Ha ever did was follow his uncle around and help him cheat in gambling. As a high school student, he hung out with his friends at the basement of a theater. As Kim In ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeong-won Choi, Jerry G. Angelo, Chris Trouble Delfosse, Cesar Garcia

Votes: 274

21. Che: Part Two (2008)

Not Rated | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Votes: 30,978

22. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 268,776 | Gross: $72.31M

23. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 58,967 | Gross: $0.80M

24. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 12,355 | Gross: $0.36M

25. A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Kidnapped boy Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther) strikes up a friendship with his captor Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner): an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by honorable Texas Ranger "Red" Garrett (Clint Eastwood).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther

Votes: 69,173 | Gross: $31.16M

26. The Sands of Kurobe (1968)

196 min | Drama

Kitagawa is an engineer charged with construction of a gigantic tunnel through the Japan Alps for the transportation of equipment in the building of the massive Kurobe Dam. The tunnel ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Osamu Takizawa, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 66

27. Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981)

131 min | Action, Romance

A teenage delinquent schoolgirl named Izumi Hoshi inherits her father's Yakuza clan.

Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, Rentarô Mikuni, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 349

28. West Side Story (2020)

Crime, Drama, Musical | Post-production

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, Maddie Ziegler, Rita Moreno

29. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 292,246 | Gross: $0.27M

30. Inn of Evil (1971)

121 min | Crime, Drama

The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 465

31. Silmido (2003)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama

Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Kyung-gu Sol, Jun-ho Heo, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 3,901

32. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Not Rated | 237 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Elaine Jin

Votes: 5,975

33. A Taxing Woman (1987)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 1,560

34. The Other Son (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director: Lorraine Lévy | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.16M

35. Shanghai (2010)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

36 Metascore

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow, David Morse

Votes: 8,832 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Shanghai Beach (1983– )

45 min | Drama

Just before the WWII, at the verge of Japanese general invasion to China, XU Wenqiang, a disenchanted college graduate, went to Shanghai and met DING Li, a simple street merchant. The two ... See full summary »

Stars: Pui-San Auyeung, Lap Ban Chan, Angie Chiu, Man Ching Chong

Votes: 239

37. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 443,719 | Gross: $144.84M

38. They Call Me Jeeg (2015)

112 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called "The gypsy".

Director: Gabriele Mainetti | Stars: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Stefano Ambrogi

Votes: 11,747

39. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 101,758

40. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-Hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Zach Aguilar

Votes: 7,002 | Gross: $0.54M

41. The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017)

113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A group of warriors protect the world from a monster invasion.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Ni Ni, Aarif Rahman, Dongyu Zhou

Votes: 926 | Gross: $0.12M

42. Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

64 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa

Votes: 738 | Gross: $0.06M

43. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 22,818 | Gross: $5.22M

45. Crazy Thunder Road (1980)

95 min | Action

When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels betrayed. Especially the reputedly... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike, Kôji Nanjô, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 267

46. Brutal Tales of Chivalry (1965)

90 min | Action, Crime

After World War II, their town was a pile of rubble. Gennosuke, the second generation boss of the Kamizu Group was upholding yakuza chivalry by keeping black-market and illegal items out of... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Saeki | Stars: Ken Takakura, Ryô Ikebe, Yoshiko Mita, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 131

48. The Command (2018)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, August Diehl

Votes: 10,789

49. A Taxi Driver (2017)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-jin Yoo, Jun-yeol Ryu

Votes: 10,574 | Gross: $1.53M