The Best Ken Watanabe Movies

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List of the best Ken Watanabe movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ken Watanabe's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ken Watanabe movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ken Watanabe movies will be at the top of the list. Ken Watanabe has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ken Watanabe movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ken Watanabe films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ken Watanabe role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ken Watanabe performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include Hei no naka no chûgakkô and Bruce's Fist of Vengeance.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ken Watanabe movies?" and "What are the greatest Ken Watanabe roles of all time?"

Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood are among those who have directed Ken Watanabe at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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  • The Last Samurai
    Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
    Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Inception
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Batman Begins
    Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
    John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Paul Weitz
  • Dandelion
    Ken Watanabe, Kōji Yakusho, Tsutomu Yamazaki
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Juzo Itami
  • Shanghai
    John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Mikael Håfström
  • Memories of Tomorrow
    Ken Watanabe, Asami Mizukawa, Teruyuki Kagawa
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • The Unbroken
    Nao Matsushita, Ken Watanabe, Erika Toda
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Setsurō Wakamatsu
  • Kizuna
    Ken Watanabe, Houka Kinoshita
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Kichitaro Negishi
  • Chūshingura 1/47
    Ken Watanabe, Takako Matsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Shunsaku Kawake
  • Year One in the North
    Ken Watanabe, Sayuri Yoshinaga
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Isao Yukisada
  • The Sea and Poison
    Ken Watanabe, Eiji Okuda, Kyōko Kishida
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Kei Kumai
  • MacArthur's Children
    Ken Watanabe, Masako Natsume, Juzo Itami
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda
  • Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
    Ken Watanabe, Kyōka Suzuki, Kaori Momoi
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Kōki Mitani
  • Bruce's Fist of Vengeance
    Ken Watanabe, Bruce Le, Jim Gaines
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Bill James
  • Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan
    Ken Watanabe, Renji Ishibashi, Yōsuke Eguchi
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Tomoyuki Takimoto
  • 19
    Ken Watanabe, Yui Natsukawa
    • Released: 2010
  • 20
    Ken Watanabe, Hideji Otaki, Joe Odagiri
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Makoto Kiyohiro