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Movies Directed By Akira Kurosawa

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List of all movies directed by Akira Kurosawa, listed alphabetically. These popular films directed by Akira Kurosawa include trailers of the movies when available. This collection includes some of the best movies directed by Akira Kurosawa, so use the list to find some movies you haven't already seen. From Akira Kurosawa's studio films to Akira Kurosawa's independent films, this Akira Kurosawa filmography includes movies from all genres.

List ranges from Dreams to Madadayo, plus much more.

Almost all Akira Kurosawa director credits are included. If you’re wondering, “What movies did Akira Kurosawa direct?” or “What is the best Akira Kurosawa movie?” then this list will answer your questions.
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    Dersu Uzala

    Dersu Uzala

    Yury Solomin, Aleksandr Pyatkov

    Released1975

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Dersu Uzala is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa, his first... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Dodes'ka-den

    Dodes'ka-den

    Kin Sugai, Shinsuke Minami

    Released1970

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Dodes'ka-den is a 1970 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa and based on the Shūgorō... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dreams

    Dreams

    Martin Scorsese, Chishū Ryū

    Released1990

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa, Ishirō Honda

    Dreams is a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams the film's director, Akira... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Drunken Angel

    Drunken Angel

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1948

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Drunken Angel is a 1948 Japanese yakuza film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 5
    The Idiot

    The Idiot

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1951

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    The Idiot is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie is based on the novel... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    High and Low

    High and Low

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1963

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    High and Low is a 1963 police procedural crime drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    I Live in Fear

    I Live in Fear

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1955

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    I Live In Fear is a 1955 Japanese film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    To Live

    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
  • 9
    Kagemusha

    Kagemusha

    Tatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara

    Released1980

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa, Ishirō Honda

    Kagemusha is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese, kagemusha is a term used to denote a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Madadayo

    Madadayo

    Kyōko Kagawa, George Tokoro

    Released1993

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Madadayo is a 1993 Japanese comedy film. It is the thirtieth and final film to be completed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    No Regrets for Our Youth

    No Regrets for Our Youth

    Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara

    Released1946

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    No Regrets for Our Youth is a 1946 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    One Wonderful Sunday

    One Wonderful Sunday

    Chieko Nakakita, Ichirô Sugai

    Released1947

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    One Wonderful Sunday is a 1947 Japanese film co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Ran

    Ran

    Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima

    Released1985

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Rashomon

    Rashomon

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1950

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Red Beard

    Red Beard

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1965

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Red Beard is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Rhapsody in August

    Rhapsody in August

    Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa

    Released1991

    Directed byHiromi Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa

    Rhapsody in August is a 1991 Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The story centers on an elderly... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1962

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Sanjuro is a 1962 black-and-white Japanese samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Sanshiro Sugata

    Sanshiro Sugata

    Takashi Shimura, Ryūnosuke Tsukigata

    Released1943

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Sanshiro Sugata is the directorial debut of the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. First... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    Sanshiro Sugata Part II

    Sanshiro Sugata Part II

    Ryūnosuke Tsukigata, Seiji Miyaguchi

    Released1945

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Sanshiro Sugata Part II is a 1945 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Scandal

    Scandal

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1950

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Scandal is a 1950 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Toshirō Mifune,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1954

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Stray Dog

    Stray Dog

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1949

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Bad Sleep Well

    The Bad Sleep Well

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1960

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    The Bad Sleep Well is a 1960 film directed by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It was the... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1958

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    The Hidden Fortress is a 1958 jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Lower Depths

    The Lower Depths

    Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada

    Released1957

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    The Lower Depths is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, based on the play The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button