Top Ten Samurai Films

 Top Ten Samurai Films


Of all the archetypes in cinema the Samurai stands shoulder to shoulder with greats such as the Cowboy, the Gladiator and the Soldier. With a rigid code of honor and conduct it’s easy to see the appeal the Samurai has with the masses. While the history of the Samurai film does date back to the silent film era, it was Akira Kurosawa who brought the genre as much notoriety as the Western or a swashbuckling Pirate film. Themes of duty, revenge, honor, a changing in times and so much more run deep in the films of the Samurai. What really makes the Samurai stand apart from all those other archetypes is, for the Samurai warrior, an honorable death is the ultimate end goal. To die with honor in the service of one’s master is the top of the mountain for these warriors. I present to you now my top ten list of what I believe are the best Samurai films ever made. Let’s take a look:

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  • steve hubbell

    Top 10 Samurai films (sort of) listed by release date rather than arbitrary ranking

    1. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa 1954)
    2. Yojimbo (Kurosawa 1962) / Sanjuro (Kurosawa 1963)
    3. Hara Kiri (Kobayashi 1962)
    4. Three Outlaw Samurai (Gosha 1963)
    5. Revenge (Imai 1964)
    6. Sword of the Beast (Gosha 1965)
    7. The Sword of Doom (Okamoto 1966)
    8. Samurai Rebellion (Kobayashi 1967)
    9. Kill! (Okamoto 1968)
    10. Goyokin (Gosha 1969)

    Honorable Mentions….

    11. Thirteen Assassins (Kudo 1963)
    12. The Great Killing (Kudo 1964)
    13. Eleven Samurai (Kudo 1966)
    14. Incident at Blood Pass (Inagaki 1970)

    No remakes, no Hollywood imitations, no animation, just the cream of the crop of samurai films available in the US on officially released DVDs with English subtitles.

    • Going old school I see. Nice list!

    • Niels Koomans


  • Good Man

    Is this list a joke?