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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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  • 1
    Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima
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    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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  • 2
    Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba
    22
    3

    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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    Sonny Chiba, Kenzo Karawasaki
    22
    5

    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
  • 4
    Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba
    19
    5

    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
  • 5
    Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro
    22
    8

    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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  • 6
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada
    16
    2

    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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  • 7
    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
    23
    11

    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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  • 8
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroshi Miyauchi
    17
    4

    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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  • 9

    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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  • 10
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada
    15
    2

    Released1974

    Directed byTeruo Ishii

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  • 11
    Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike
    19
    9

    Released1974

    Directed byShigehiro Ozawa

    The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is a 1974 martial arts film and the third in a series starting with The Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba. The film is currently in public domain....  more
  • 12
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada
    13
    5

    Released1980

    Directed byNorifumi Suzuki

    Shogun's Ninja is an action adventure drama film directed by Noribumi Suzuki....
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  • 13
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada
    13
    4

    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
  • 14
    Sonny Chiba, Jerry Ito
    10
    2

    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
  • 15
    Sonny Chiba, Asao Koike
    15
    8

    Released1975

    Directed byNorifumi Suzuki

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  • 16
    Louis Gossett, Jr.
    18
    13

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Glen

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  • 17
    Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba
    12
    4

    Released1974

    Directed byTeruo Ishii

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  • 18
    Sonny Chiba, Mikio Narita
    14
    7

    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
  • 19
    Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada
    11
    4

    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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  • 20
    Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba
    11
    4

    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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  • 21
    Sonny Chiba, Kirin Kiki
    11
    4

    Released1992

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    The Triple Cross is a 1992 Japanese film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku....  more
  • 22
    Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi
    10
    4

    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
  • 23
    Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba
    10
    5

    Released1977

    Directed byKazuhiko Yamaguchi

    Karate Bearfighter is a Japanese martial arts film made by Toei Company in 1975 and directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. It is the second installment of a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka...  more
  • 24
    Sonny Chiba
    8
    2

    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
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  • 25
    Sonny Chiba, Tatsuo Umemiya
    13
    10

    Released1961

    Directed byKoji Ota

    Uchu Kaisokusen, known as Invasion of the Neptune Men in the United States, is a tokusatsu SF/superhero film produced by Toei Company Ltd. in 1961. The movie starred then 22-year old Sonny Chiba as...  more