Entertainment The Best Movies Directed by Zhang Yimou  

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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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All Zhang Yimou director credits are included. This list of every movie that Zhang Yimou has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Zhang Yimou movie is and which actors starred in the Zhang Yimou film.

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Who has Zhang Yimou worked with as a director? Talent includes the likes of Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, and Alan Rickman.

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Gong Li, He Saifei, Baotian Li
Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung
Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. Hero was first ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more

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Gong Li, Ge You, Jiang Wu
To Live, also titled Lifetimes in some English versions, is a Chinese epic film directed by Zhang Yimou in 1994, starring Ge You, Gong Li, and produced by the Shanghai Film Studio and ERA ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Hao Zheng
The Road Home is a 2000 Chinese romantic drama film directed by Zhang Yimou. It also marked the cinematic debut of the Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. The Road Home was written by author Bao Shi, ...more

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Gong Li, Wei Li, Xingli Niu
Ju Dou is a 1990 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang and starring Gong Li as the title character. It is notable for being shot in vivid Technicolor long after the process had ...more

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Gong Li, Zhang Yimou, Jiang Wen
Red Sorghum is a 1987 Chinese film about a young woman's life working on a distillery for sorghum liquor. It is based on the novel Red Sorghum Clan by Nobel laureate Mo Yan. The film marked the ...more

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Gong Li, Liu Peiqi, Huiqin Yang
The Story of Qiu Ju is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and, as in many of his films, stars Gong Li in the title role. The screenplay is an adaption of Chen ...more

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Shawn Dou, Cheng Taisheng, Li Xuejian
Under the Hawthorn Tree is a 2010 drama romance film directed by Zhang Yimou.

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Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou
Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written ...more

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Wei Minzhi, Zhang Huike, Fanfan Li
Not One Less is a 1999 drama film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, adapted from Shi Xiangsheng's 1997 story "A Sun in the Sky". It was produced by Guangxi Film Studio and released by ...more

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Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Yuan Nie
The Flowers of War is a 2011 Chinese historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. ...more

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Gong Li, Fu Biao, Li Xuejian
Shanghai Triad is a 1995 Chinese film, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. The film is set in the criminal underworld of 1930s Shanghai, Republic of China and spans seven days. ...more

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Zhao Benshan, Sun Honglei, Fu Biao
Happy Times is a 2000 tragicomedy film directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, starring Zhao Benshan and Dong Jie. It is based loosely on the short story, Shifu: You'll Do Anything for a ...more

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Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles is a 2005 drama film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Ken Takakura. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 22 October 2005 and was ...more

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Josh Brolin, Lars von Trier, Golshifteh Farahani
To Each His Own Cinema is a 2007 French anthology film commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a collection of 34 short films, each 3 minutes in length, by ...more

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Zhao Benshan, Sun Honglei, Yan Ni
A Simple Noodle Story, internationally A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is a 2009 film directed by Zhang Yimou. It is a remake of Blood Simple, the 1984 debut of the Coen brothers, whose films ...more

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Zhang Yimou, Jiang Wen, Ge You
Keep Cool is a 1997 Chinese black comedy directed by Zhang Yimou and adapted from the novel Evening Papers News by Shu Ping. The film about a bookseller in love in 1990s Beijing, marked a move ...more

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The First Emperor Plácido Domingo, Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves
The First Emperor is a 2007 musical martial arts film written by Jin Ha, Tan Dun and directed by Brian Large.

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Qingfeng Li Jun, Zhu Yan, Wang Qimin

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Alan Rickman, Max von Sydow, Lena Olin
Lumière and Company was a collaboration between forty-one international film directors in which each made a short film using the original Cinématographe camera invented by the ...more

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Gong Li, Wang Xueqi, Ge You
Codename Cougar is a 1989 Chinese thriller film. It was co-directed by Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang. Unlike the bulk of Zhang's early work which were all historical pieces, Codename Cougar is ...more