The Top 50 Samurai Films of All Time

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1

Seven Samurai

1954    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Drama    Ensemble Film    Foreign Language Film

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Yojimbo

1961    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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3

Rashômon

1950    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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4

Throne of Blood

1957    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Shakespeare

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5

Ran

1985    Akira Kurosawa    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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6

The Hidden Fortress

1958    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Adventure    Costume Adventure    Foreign Language Film

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7

Sanjuro

1962    Akira Kurosawa    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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8

Harakiri

1962    Masaki Kobayashi    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Mystery

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9

Kagemusha

1980    Akira Kurosawa    Rated PG

Epic    Foreign Language Film    Historical Epic

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10

13 Assassins

2010    Takashi Miike    Rated R

Action    Ensemble Film    Foreign Language Film

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11

The Last Samurai

2003    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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12

The Sword of Doom

1966    Kihachi Okamoto    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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13

Samurai Rebellion

1967    Masaki Kobayashi    Not Rated

Action Thriller    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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14

Shogun Assassin

1980    Robert Houston    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Comics

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15

The Twilight Samurai

2002    Yôji Yamada    Not Rated

Action    Costume Romance    Drama

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16

The Wolverine

2013    James Mangold    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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19

The Blind Swordsman: Zatôichi

2003    Takeshi Kitano    Rated R

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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22

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

1972    Buichi Saito    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Comics

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25

Three Outlaw Samurai

1964    Hideo Gosha    Not Rated

Action    Based-on-Television    Drama

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26

The Tale of Zatoichi

1962    Kenji Misumi    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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28

47 Samurai

1962    Hiroshi Inagaki    Not Rated

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Drama

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29

Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal

1999    Kazuhiro Furuhashi    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Animation

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30

Sword of the Beast

1965    Hideo Gosha    Not Rated

Action    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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31

Kill!

1968    Kihachi Okamoto    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy Drama

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33

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues

1962    Kazuo Mori    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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34

The 47 Ronin

1941    Kenji Mizoguchi    Not Rated

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Drama

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35

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

1970    Kihachi Okamoto    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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36

The Steel Edge of Revenge

1969    Hideo Gosha    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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37

New Tale of Zatoichi

1963    Tokuzô Tanaka    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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38

Humanity and Paper Balloons

1937    Sadao Yamanaka    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Samurai Film

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39

Gate of Hell

1953    Teinosuke Kinugasa    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Marriage Drama

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40

Fight, Zatoichi, Fight

1964    Kenji Misumi    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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41

Adventures of Zatoichi

1964    Kimiyoshi Yasuda    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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42

Red Sun

1971    Terence Young    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Hybrid Western

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43

Samurai Assassin

1965    Kihachi Okamoto    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Period Film

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44

Zatoichi the Fugitive

1963    Tokuzô Tanaka    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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45

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

1964    Kazuo Ikehiro    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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46

Zatoichi's Flashing Sword

1964    Kazuo Ikehiro    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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47

Samurai Spy

1965    Masahiro Shinoda    Not Rated

Action    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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48

The Thirteen Assassins

1963    Eiichi Kudo    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Foreign Language Film

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49

Zatoichi's Revenge

1965    Akira Inoue    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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Zatoichi on the Road

1963    Kimiyoshi Yasuda    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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