Akira Kurosawa's 100 Favorite Movies

Before his death in 1998, famed Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa discussed his top 100 films with his daughter, Kazuo. Kurosawa limited himself to one title per director, giving a unique perspective on the best world directors and his personal favorites.

This list and discussion was published in Chapter 3 of A DREAM IS A GENIUS, ISBN 4-16-355570. Edited by Bungeishunju. © 1999 Translated by Noriyo Hoozawa-Arkenau, "Please excuse any errors, English is not Mr Hoozawa-Arkenau's native tongue. [...] I hope that readers will still enjoy Kurosawa's comments."

Read notes

There are 18 films in this list released in the 1950s.

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot
  • Orpheus
  • Carmen Comes Home
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Thérèse Raquin
  • The Life of Oharu
  • Journey to Italy
  • Godzilla
  • La Strada
  • Floating Clouds
  • Pather Panchali
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • The Proud Ones
  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era
  • The Young Lions
  • Les Cousins
  • The 400 Blows
  • Ben-Hur