The Best Movies Directed by Zhang Yimou

List of all movies directed by Zhang Yimou ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Zhang Yimou are listed here and include movie posters and Zhang Yimou movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Zhang Yimou as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Zhang Yimou movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Zhang Yimou film is can be factored into this list.

From Zhang Yimou's studio films to Zhang Yimou's independent films, this Zhang Yimou filmography keeps tabs on all Zhang Yimou movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

The list you're viewing is made up of movies like Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

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  • Raise the Red Lantern
    Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, Saifei He
    56 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    Teenage Songlian (Gong Li), whose family has been devastated by the recent death of her father, becomes the third concubine of wealthy Master Chen (Ma Jingwu). She soon discovers that behind the ...more

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  • Hero
    Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung
    53 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for defeating three of the king's most dangerous enemies. When Nameless recounts his ...more

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  • To Live
    You Ge, Gong Li, Niu Ben
    31 votes
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    Fugui's (Ge You) gambling leads him to lose everything, including his wife, Jiazhen (Gong Li), and his home. Over the following decades, he struggles to live as a peasant. He tries joining a theater ...more
  • The Road Home
    Zhang Ziyi, Honglei Sun, Yulian Zhao
    26 votes
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. Before returning to the city, Yusheng symbolically honors his father's ...more

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  • House of Flying Daggers
    Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi
    38 votes
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    The Tang Dynasty is fighting to keep control over China, a battle they are losing to several rebel groups. One such group is the House of Flying Daggers, who steal from the wealthy and give to the ...more

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  • The Story of Qiu Ju
    Gong Li, Lei Laosheng, Liu Peiqi
    17 votes
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Yimou Zhang
    In a small town in China, village elder Wang (Lei Laosheng) ends an argument with the peasant Qinglai (Liu Peiqi) by kicking him. Incensed, Qinglai's indomitable and heavily pregnant wife, Qiu Ju ...more