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List Rules Movies featuring the Yakuza only.

A list of the best yakuza movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This yakuza movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about yakuza are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about yakuza you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous yakuza movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these yakuza movie titles for more information about the films.

List is made up of a variety of items, including Ichi the Killer and The Killer Elite.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best yakuza movies?" and "What is the greatest yakuza movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular yakuza movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these yakuza movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good yakuza movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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PeteBoyle added Beat Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Ren Osugi
Hana-Bi Hana-bi, released in the US as Fireworks, is a 1997 Japanese film written, directed and edited by, and starring Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. The film's score was composed by renowned ...more

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PeteBoyle added Beat Takeshi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura

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Outrage is a 2010 crime drama film written and directed by Takeshi Kitano. "In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese ...more

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PeteBoyle added Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Hiroki Matsukata
Battles Without Honor and Humanity is a 1973 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The screenplay by Kazuo Kasahara adapts a series of newspaper articles by journalist Kōichi Iiboshi, ...more

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Beat Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Ren Osugi
Sonatine is a 1993 Japanese film directed by Takeshi Kitano. It won numerous awards and became one of Kitano's most successful and praised films, garnering him a sizable international fan base.

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Tatyana Ali, Beat Kitano, Omar Epps
Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed, and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also ...more

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Eijirō Tōno, Seiji Miyaguchi, Ryō Ikebe
Pale Flower is a 1964 Japanese crime film directed by Masahiro Shinoda. The film is about Muraki a Yakuza hitman just released from prison. At an illegal gambling parlor, he finds himself drawn ...more

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Shinya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima
This film is a 2001 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike, written by Sakichi Sato, and based on Hideo Yamamoto's manga series of the same name. It portrays a story of feuding yakuza gangs ...more

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Seijun Suzuki, Eimei Esumi, Misako Watanabe
Youth of the Beast is a 1963 Japanese yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. Much of the film is set in Tokyo.

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Beat Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Akira Emoto
Zatoichi is a 2003 Japanese samurai drama and action film, directed, written, co-edited, and starring Takeshi Kitano in the eleventh film he has directed. Kitano plays the role of the blind ...more

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Reiko Ike, Kunie Tanaka, Hajime Hana
Graveyard of Honor is a 1975 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Written by Tatsuhiko Kamoi, it adapts Fujita Goro's novel of the same name. It is based on the life of real-life ...more

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Eimei Esumi, Tamio Kawaji, Eiji Gō
Tokyo Drifter is a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The story follows Tetsuya Watari as the reformed yakuza hitman "Phoenix" Tetsu who is forced to roam Japan avoiding ...more

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Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán
Black Rain is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda. The story centers on two ...more

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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eitarō Shindō
Drunken Angel is a 1948 Japanese yakuza film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune.

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Renji Ishibashi, Show Aikawa, Shôhei Hino
Gozu is a Japanese cult film directed by Takashi Miike and written by Sakichi Sato.

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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Chishū Ryū
The Bad Sleep Well is a 1960 film directed by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It was the first film to be produced under Kurosawa's own independent production company. It was entered into ...more

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Shinjuku Triad Society Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kippei Shiina
Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô is a film directed by Takashi Miike released on Aug 26, 1995.

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Street Mobster Bunta Sugawara, Asao Koike, Noboru Mitani
Street Mobster, known in Japan as Gendai Yakuza: Hitokiri Yota, is a 1972 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Bunta Sugawara and Noboru Ando. It is the sixth installment ...more

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Eimei Esumi, Kōjirō Kusanagi, Kanjūrō Arashi
A Colt Is My Passport is a 1967 Japanese yakuza film directed by Takashi Nomura for the Nikkatsu Corporation. This film was made available in North America when Janus Films released a special ...more

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Sympathy for the Underdog Koji Tsuruta, Noboru Ando

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Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman
The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir gangster film directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, and Robert Towne. The film is about a man who returns to Japan after several ...more

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Kōji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa
Branded to Kill is a 1967 Japanese yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki and starring Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara, Annu Mari and Mariko Ogawa. It was a low budget, production line number for the ...more

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Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Xu Jinglei
Shinjuku Incident is a 2009 Hong Kong crime drama film written and directed by Derek Yee, and also produced by and starring Jackie Chan. The film was distributed by Chan's own film company, JCE ...more

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Ken Ogata, Mitsuko Baisho, Rentarō Mikuni
Vengeance Is Mine is a 1979 film directed by Shōhei Imamura, based on the book of the same name by Ryūzō Saki. It depicts the true story of serial killer Akira Nishiguchi. It stars Ken Ogata as ...more

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Black River Tatsuya Nakadai, Isuzu Yamada, Keiko Awaji
Black River is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. The story follows a university student who moves into an apartment building and becomes involved with a waitress. The landlord ...more