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The Best Sonny Chiba Movies

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List of the best Sonny Chiba movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sonny Chiba'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 Sonny Chiba movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sonny Chiba movies will be at the top of the list. Sonny Chiba has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sonny Chiba movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Sonny Chiba films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List is made up of a variety of films, including Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread and Terror Beneath the Sea.

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    The Street Fighter

    Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima

    Released1974

    Directed byShigehiro Ozawa

    The Street Fighter, literally Clash, Killer Fist!, is a Japanese martial arts film released in 1974 and produced by Toei Company Ltd. It was released in the US by New Line Cinema and became one of...  more

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    Shogun's Samurai

    Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba

    Released1978

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Shogun's Samurai, also known as "The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy" and "Intrigue of the Yagyu Clan", is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is the first...  more
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    G.I. Samurai

    Sonny Chiba, Kenzo Karawasaki

    Released1979

    Directed byMitsumasa Saito

    G.I. Samurai is a 1979 Japanese feature length film focusing on the adventures of a modern day Japan Ground Self-Defense Force team that accidentally travels in time to the Warring States period. The...  more
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    Samurai Reincarnation

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released1981

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Samurai Reincarnation is a 1981 film starring Sonny Chiba and directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film was based on the novel Makai Tensho. The film was nominated for three 'Awards of the Japanese...  more

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    Message from Space

    Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba

    Released1978

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Message from Space is a film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, one of the co-directors of Tora! Tora! Tora!. The film stars Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, and in a rare foreign film appearance, Vic Morrow....  more
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to end her...  more

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    Return of the Street Fighter

    Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro

    Released1974

    Directed byShigehiro Ozawa

    Return of the Street Fighter is a 1974 martial arts film and the second in a series starting with The Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba. In this sequel, Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to...  more

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    Executioner

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released1974

    Directed byTeruo Ishii

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    Released1973

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima is a 1973 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It is the second film in a five-part series that Fukasaku made in a span of...  more
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    Sister Street Fighter

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroshi Miyauchi

    Released1974

    Directed byKazuhiko Yamaguchi

    Sister Street Fighter is a spin-off of The Street Fighter. The plot revolves around Lǐ Hóng-Lóng, the female martial artist of the title. When her brother Lǐ Wàn-Qīng is kidnapped by drug lords, she...  more

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    The Street Fighter's Last Revenge

    Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike

    Released1974

    Directed byShigehiro Ozawa

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    Shogun's Ninja

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released1980

    Directed byNorifumi Suzuki

    Shogun's Ninja is an action adventure drama film directed by Noribumi Suzuki....
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    Legend of the Eight Samurai

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released1983

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Legend of the Eight Samurai is a 1983 Japanese historical martial arts fantasy film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The script is adapted from a 1982 novel Shin Satomi Hakkenden by Toshio Kamata, a...  more
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    Killing Machine

    Sonny Chiba, Asao Koike

    Released1975

    Directed byNorifumi Suzuki

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    Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon

    Sonny Chiba, Jerry Ito

    Released1977

    Directed byYukio Noda

    Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon is a 1977 action movie starring Sonny Chiba as the international assassin Golgo 13. It was the second live-action movie based on the Golgo 13 manga....  more
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    Champion of Death

    Sonny Chiba, Mikio Narita

    Released1975

    Directed byKazuhiko Yamaguchi

    Champion Of Death, also known as Karate Bullfighter, is a Japanese martial arts film made by the Toei Company in 1975. It was the first in a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka Ichidai, a...  more
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    The Executioner II: Karate Inferno

    Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba

    Released1974

    Directed byTeruo Ishii

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    Aces: Iron Eagle III

    Louis Gossett, Jr.

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Glen

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    Ninja Wars

    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released1982

    Directed byMitsumasa Saito

    Ninja Wars is a 1982 action adventure fantasy film, written by Ei Ogawa and Futaro Yamada and directed by Kosei Saito....  more
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    Dragon Princess

    Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi

    Released1976

    Directed byYutaka Kohira

    Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his band...  more
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    The Triple Cross

    Sonny Chiba, Kirin Kiki

    Released1992

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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    The Fall of Ako Castle

    Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba

    Released1978

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    The Fall of Ako Castle is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It depicts the story of the Forty-seven Ronin. The film is one of a series of period films...  more
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    Bullet Train

    Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba

    Released1975

    Directed byJunya Sato

    Super Express bullet train to explode if it starts to travel below 80 km/h -- the source of inspiration for the movie "Speed". The film was later shortened and reissued internationally as Crisis...  more
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    Karate Kiba

    Sonny Chiba, Adolph Caesar

    Released1976

    Directed byRyuichi Takamori, Simon Nuchtern

    Karate Kiba or Bodyguard Kiba is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1973 and based on an action manga by Ikki Kajiwara. A recut version was released in the U.S. in 1976 as The...  more
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    Doberman Deka

    Sonny Chiba

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Doberman Deka is a hardboiled manga series written by Buronson and drawn by Shinji Hiramatsu. It was serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump manga anthology from 1975 throughout 1979 and was originally...  more