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Kinema Junpo's Best Ten Japanese Films (1926-2018)

Updated February 9, 2019

There are 115 crime films in this list.

  • Shoplifters

    1

  • The Blood of Wolves

    5

  • My Friend

    8

  • The Third Murder

    19

  • Gonin Saga

    37

  • Pale Moon

    46

  • My Man

    50

  • Key of Life

    72

  • Dreams for Sale

    74

  • Fly with the Gold

    77

  • Himizu

    78

  • Cold Fish

    94

  • Rebirth

    96

  • Phone Call to the Bar

    101

  • A Night in Nude: Salvation

    124

  • Outrage

    127

  • Confessions of a Dog

    150

  • The Kiss

    170

  • Retribution

    203

  • Sun Scarred

    237

  • A Stranger of Mine

    248

  • The Motive

    275

  • The Blue Light

    309

  • Bayside Shakedown 2

    311

  • 9 Souls

    312

  • The Choice of Hercules

    332

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    345

  • Pistol Opera

    351

  • Ichi the Killer

    355

  • Brother

    356

  • Face

    362

  • Pickpocket

    367

  • Another Battle

    375

  • Bullet Ballet

    377

  • Keiho

    387

  • Adrenaline Drive

    397

  • Dead or Alive

    399

  • Fireworks

    412

  • Cure

    416

  • Bayside Shakedown

    420

  • Onibi: The Fire Within

    433

  • The Secret Garden

    440

  • A Yakuza in Love

    443

  • Postman Blues

    444

  • Rainy Dog

    446

  • Kids Return

    448

  • Swallowtail Butterfly

    456

  • Five Women

    458

  • Kamikaze Taxi

    469

  • MARKS

    470

  • Gonin

    474

  • Another Lonely Hitman

    475

  • Alone in the Night

    489

  • Sonatine

    498

  • A Night in Nude

    501

  • The Room

    507

  • The Triple Cross

    513

  • Boiling Point

    537

  • Violent Cop

    552

  • No Life King

    555

  • A Taxing Woman

    570

  • Mermaid Legend

    627

  • Ryûji

    635

  • Amagi Pass

    637

  • Tattoo Ari

    653

  • A Pool Without Water

    654

  • Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather

    657

  • The Beast to Die

    689

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    692

  • The Man Who Stole the Sun

    693

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    721

  • Hokuriku Proxy War

    733

  • Painful Bliss: Final Twist

    734

  • The Mafia in Japan -The Ambition-

    741

  • Rape! 13th Hour

    742

  • Yakuza Graveyard

    751

  • The Sea of Genkai

    753

  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Last Days of the Boss

    755

  • The Bullet Train

    764

  • A Woman Called Sada Abe

    767

  • Cops vs. Thugs

    772

  • The Executioner II: Karate Inferno

    774

  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: Head of the Boss

    775

  • A.K.A. Serial Killer

    776

  • The Castle of Sand

    778

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics

    783

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode

    793

  • Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs

    795

  • The Homeless

    797

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    800

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War

    804

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima

    808

  • Woods Are Wet

    815

  • Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    825

  • Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers

    829

  • Inn of Evil

    836

  • Evil Spirits of Japan

    844

  • Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love

    853

  • Boy

    871

  • Death by Hanging

    886