Top films of Akira Kurosawa by LMdC

1. Ran (1985)

2. Seven Samurai (1954)
3. Red Beard (1965)
4. Rashomon (1950)
5. Ikiru (1952)
6. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
7. High and Low (1963)
8. Drunken Angel (1948)
9. Sanjuro (1962)
10. Yojimbo (1961)
11. Dersu Uzala (1975)
12. Kagemusha (1980)
13. Stray Dog (1949)
14. Throne of Blood (1957)
15. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
16. The Idiot (1951)
17. The Lower Depths (1957)
18. One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

I still need to see: The Most Beautiful (1944) No Regrets For Our Youth (1946) The Quiet Duel (1948) Scandal (1950) I Live In Fear (1955) Dodes’ka den (1970)  Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) Rhapsody In August (1990) Madadayo (1993)


  1. I haven't seen any of the Kurosawa films that you haven't, so I can't offer any thoughts there. You've also seen a few more of his films than I have.

    Seven Samurai is my number 1. I consider it not only his best film, but the best non-English language film ever made.

    I haven't seen your number 3 - Redbeard.

    My top 3 would be Seven Samurai, Ikuru, and Throne of Blood.

    1. I am a diehard fan of Kurosawa's work. Seven Samurai is one of the greatest films ever made. However, I prefered Ran over it because of the King Lear adaptation and the vibrant colors.
      I tend to put unusual number ones in my tops because I like underappreciated films from well known directors. When writing about Kurosawa Seven Samurai is a given this is why it isn't my #1. Red Beard isn't often regarded as Kurosawa's greatest work but I admire this film very much.


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