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The Best Japanese Language Movies On Netflix

Updated November 13, 2020 4.4k votes 2.3k voters 33.5k views19 items

Japanese culture has long pervaded American mainstream cinema. It's not all Harijuku girls and anime, however. Some of the best Japanese language movies are on Netflix, and each category is even more exciting than the last. This list includes many good, thrilling, horrific, and action packed Japanese movies, some of which have even been remade as American hits. 

For those of you with more high-brow tastes, some won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Though it hardly seems possible, there isn’t a single Godzilla movie on this list, but hopefully Netflix will add one someday! Feel free to add any movies that might be missing from this list, and be sure to vote up the best Japanese language films streaming on Netflix.

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  • 1
    Bleach
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    17

    Bleach

    Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki

    Released2018

    Directed byShinsuke Sato

  • 2
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    Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse

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    A Silent Voice
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    11

    A Silent Voice

    Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami

    Released2016

    Directed byNaoko Yamada

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  • 4
    Blame!
    14
    2

    Blame!

    Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa

    Directed byHiroyuki Seshita

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    Expelled from Paradise
    14
    4

    Expelled from Paradise

    Rie Kugimiya, Shin-ichiro Miki

    Directed bySeiji Mizushima

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    Flavors of Youth
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    7

    Flavors of Youth

    Taito Ban, Mariya Ise

    Released2018

    Directed byLi Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing, Yoshitaka Takeuchi

  • 7
    Mary and the Witch's Flower
    10
    2

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet

    Released2017

    Directed byHiromasa Yonebayashi

  • 8
    GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle
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    GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

  • 9
    In This Corner of the World
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    In This Corner of the World

    Rena Nōnen, Yoshimasa Hosoya

    Released2016

    Directed bySunao Katabuchi

    Suzu marries into a family living outside of Hiroshima and quickly settles into her new life, until World War II challenges her ability to survive.

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  • 10
    The Garden of Words
    12
    2

    The Garden of Words

    Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa

    Released2013

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

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    Tuna Girl
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    Tuna Girl

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    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
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    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Ichirō Nagai, Sumi Shimamoto

    Released1979

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    The End of Evangelion
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    The End of Evangelion

    Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao

    Released1997

    Directed byHideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki

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  • 14
    Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey

    Released2012

    Directed byToshiyuki Kubooka, Michael Sinterniklaas

  • 15
    Mirai
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    Mirai

    Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki

    Released2018

    Directed byMamoru Hosoda

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  • 16
    Gantz: O

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  • 17
    The Forest of Love
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    The Forest of Love

  • 18
    Fullmetal Alchemist
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    Fullmetal Alchemist

    Ryosuke Yamada, Atomu Mizuishi

    Released2017

    Directed byFumihiko Sori

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    River's Edge
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    River's Edge

    Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa

    High schooler Haruna befriends loner Yamada, then is drawn into the tangled relationship between him, a model and the girl who loves him unreasonably.