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Akira Kurosawa's Top 100

My father always said that the films he loved were too many to count, and to make a top ten rank. That explains why you cannot find in this list many of the titles of the films he regarded as wonderful. The principle of the choice is: one film for one director, entry of the unforgettable films about which I and my father had a lovely talk, and of some ideas on cinema that he had cherished but did not express in public. This is the way I made a list of 100 films of Kurosawa’s choice.

Published posthumously. Organized chronologically.

  • Broken Blossoms

    1

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    2

  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    3

  • The Gold Rush

    4

  • The Fall of the House of Usher

    5

  • Un Chien Andalou

    6

  • Morocco

    7

  • The Congress Dances

    8

  • The 3 Penny Opera

    9

  • Lover Divine

    10

  • The Thin Man

    11

  • Our Neighbor, Miss Yae

    12

  • Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo

    13

  • Capricious Young Man

    14

  • Grand Illusion

    15

  • Stella Dallas

    16

  • Composition Class

    17

  • Earth

    18

  • Ninotchka

    19

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    20

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot

    21

  • My Darling Clementine

    22

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    23

  • The Big Sleep

    24

  • Bicycle Thieves

    25

  • The Blue Mountains: Part I

    26

  • The Third Man

    27

  • Late Spring

    28

  • Orpheus

    29

  • Carmen Comes Home

    30

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    31

  • Thérèse Raquin

    32

  • The Life of Oharu

    33

  • Journey to Italy

    34

  • Godzilla

    35

  • La Strada

    36

  • Floating Clouds

    37

  • Pather Panchali

    38

  • Daddy Long Legs

    39

  • The Proud Ones

    40

  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era

    41

  • The Young Lions

    42

  • Les Cousins

    43

  • The 400 Blows

    44

  • Breathless

    45

  • Ben-Hur

    46

  • Younger Brother

    47

  • The Long Absence

    48

  • Stowaway in the Sky

    49

  • Purple Noon

    50

  • Zazie dans le Métro

    51

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    52

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    53

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    54

  • Any Number Can Win

    55

  • The Birds

    56

  • Red Desert

    57

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    58

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    59

  • In the Heat of the Night

    60

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade

    61

  • Midnight Cowboy

    62

  • M*A*S*H

    63

  • Johnny Got His Gun

    64

  • The French Connection

    65

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    66

  • Solaris

    67

  • The Day of the Jackal

    68

  • Conversation Piece

    69

  • The Godfather: Part II

    70

  • Sandakan No. 8

    71

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    72

  • The Travelling Players

    73

  • Barry Lyndon

    74

  • Lullaby of the Earth

    75

  • Annie Hall

    76

  • Padre Padrone

    77

  • Gloria

    78

  • A Distant Cry from Spring

    79

  • La traviata

    80

  • Fanny & Alexander

    81

  • Fitzcarraldo

    82

  • The King of Comedy

    83

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    84

  • The Killing Fields

    85

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    86

  • A Summer at Grandpa's

    87

  • Paris, Texas

    88

  • Witness

    89

  • The Trip to Bountiful

    90

  • When Father Was Away on Business

    91

  • The Dead

    92

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    93

  • Bagdad Cafe

    94

  • The Whales of August

    95

  • Running on Empty

    96

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    97

  • Buddies

    98

  • La Belle Noiseuse

    99

  • Fireworks

    100