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 15 comedy films in this list.

  • The Gold Rush
  • The Congress Dances
  • The 3 Penny Opera
  • The Thin Man
  • Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo
  • Capricious Young Man
  • Ninotchka
  • Carmen Comes Home
  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era
  • Zazie dans le Métro
  • M*A*S*H
  • Annie Hall
  • The King of Comedy
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Bagdad Cafe