Kinema Junpo's Best Films of the Year (1927-Present)

Kinema Junpo (キネマ旬報) is a Japanese film magazine that has run since 1919. Since 1927, they've given an award for Best Film of the Year. It's particularly interesting seeing where (since 1978) their choices match or disagree with the Japan Academy Prize.

Check out additional lists for The Japan Academy Film Prize for Picture of the Year (1978-Present) and BFI’s Best Japanese Films from 1925 to Now

  • The Woman Who Touched The Legs
  • Chuji's Travel Diary II: Story of Bloody Shinshu
  • Samurai Town Story Part I
  • Beheading Place
  • What Made Her Do It?
  • The Neighbor's Wife and Mine
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Passing Fancy
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
  • Wife! Be Like a Rose!
  • Sisters of the Gion
  • Unending Advance
  • Five Scouts
  • Earth
  • Spring on Leper's Island
  • Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family
  • Battle of Hawaii
  • Morning for the Osone Family
  • The Ball at the Anjo House
  • Drunken Angel
  • Late Spring
  • Until the Day We Meet Again
  • Early Summer
  • Ikiru
  • An Inlet of Muddy Water
  • Twenty-Four Eyes
  • Floating Clouds
  • Darkness at Noon
  • Rice
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Kiku and Isamu: Two Siblings Born in Japan
  • Her Brother
  • Bad Boys
  • Being Two Isn't Easy
  • The Insect Woman
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Red Beard
  • The Great White Tower
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Double Suicide
  • Where Spring Comes Late
  • The Ceremony
  • The Long Darkness
  • Tsugaru Folksong
  • Sandakan No. 8
  • Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director
  • The Youth Killer
  • The Yellow Handkerchief
  • Third Base
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Zigeunerweisen
  • Muddy River
  • Fall Guy
  • The Family Game
  • The Funeral
  • And Then
  • The Sea and Poison
  • A Taxing Woman
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Black Rain
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • My Sons
  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don't
  • All Under the Moon
  • A Dedicated Life
  • A Last Note
  • Shall We Dance?
  • The Eel
  • Fireworks
  • Wait and See
  • Face
  • Go
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • A Boy's Summer in 1945
  • Nobody Knows
  • Pacchigi!
  • Hula Girls
  • I Just Didn't Do It
  • Departures
  • Dear Doctor
  • Villain
  • Postcard
  • Our Homeland
  • Pecoross' Mother and Her Days
  • The Light Shines Only There
  • Three Stories of Love
  • In This Corner of the World
  • The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue
  • Shoplifters
  • It Feels So Good
  • Wife of a Spy