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The Best Movies About Tokyo

Updated November 15, 2019 425 votes 55 voters 4.9k views49 items

List RulesFilms about or set in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Vote up the best Tokyo movies.

Tokyo, also referred to as the “Eastern Capital” is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan city in the entire world. It is the seat of the Imperial Palace which houses the Japanese government and is the most expensive city to live in if you’re an expatriate. It also happens to hold over fifty Fortune 500 companies, making it the leader among the entire world! It’s no wonder so many films have been set in this bustling, interesting city. What are the best movies about Tokyo? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list are some of the most recognizable titles within the movie industry, and have had an extremely influential affect on the industry at large. Many science fiction films have featured Tokyo as their settings. Whether you’re looking for a comedy, a suspenseful thriller, an action packed adventure, a drama, or a romance film there’s sure to be the perfect movie for you on the list below.
 
This list features the best movies about Tokyo including, Tokyo Story, Godzilla, 2012, Babel, Kill Bill Volume 1, and The Wolverine. Vote up the best Tokyo movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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    Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Tokyo Story

    Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū

    Released1953

    Directed byYasujirō Ozu

    Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging... more on Wikipedia
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    Akira is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written... more on Wikipedia

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    To Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    To Live

    Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara

    Released1952

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Ikiru is a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the... more on Wikipedia
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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia... more on Wikipedia

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    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo

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    Babel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Babel

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Cars 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Cars 2

    Owen Wilson, Michael Caine

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Lewis, John Lasseter

    Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on Wikipedia

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    Tokyo Sonata is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Tokyo Sonata

    Kōji Yakusho, Teruyuki Kagawa

    Released2008

    Directed byHiromi Kurosawa

    Tokyo Sonata is a 2008 film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It won the award for Best Film at... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Tokyo Olympiad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
    Tokyo Olympiad is a 1965 documentary film directed by Kon Ichikawa which documents the 1964... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Shutter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Shutter

    Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor

    Released2008

    Directed byMasayuki Ochiai

    Shutter is a 2008 American remake of the 2004 Thai horror film of the same name. The remake... more on Wikipedia

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    Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo N is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night

    Aoi Nakamura, Noriko Aoyama

    Released2010

    Directed byToshikazu Nagae

    Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night is a 2010 Japanese independent supernatural horror film... more on Wikipedia
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    Tokyo Drifter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Tokyo Drifter

    Eimei Esumi, Tamio Kawaji

    Released1966

    Directed bySeijun Suzuki

    Tokyo Drifter is a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The story follows Tetsuya... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Fast and the Furious: Toky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo

    Released2006

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

    The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise.... more on Wikipedia

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    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and... more on Wikipedia

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    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum

    Released2009

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    The Wind Rises

    Emily Blunt, Martin Short

    Released2013

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki... more on Wikipedia

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipedia

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Branded to Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Branded to Kill

    Kōji Nanbara, Annu Mari

    Released1967

    Directed bySeijun Suzuki

    Branded to Kill is a 1967 Japanese yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki and starring Joe... more on Wikipedia
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    Departures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    Departures

    Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki

    Released2008

    Directed byYōjirō Takita

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    All Monsters Attack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Tokyo
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    All Monsters Attack

    Hideyo Amamoto, Haruo Nakajima

    Released1969

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    All Monsters Attack, released in Japan as Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru Kaijū Daishingeki, is a... more on Wikipedia
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