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The Best Toshiro Mifune Movies

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

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

Shinsengumi and Yojimbo are included on this list along with many more.

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    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 Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Kyōko Kagawa. The film is loosely based on King's Ransom, by Ed...  more

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    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 Akira Kurosawa. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin to combat bandits who...  more

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    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 first film to be produced under Kurosawa's own independent production company. It was entered into the...  more

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    Yojimbo

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1961

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Yojimbo is a 1961 jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a rōnin, portrayed by Toshiro Mifune, who arrives in a small town where competing lords vie for supremacy. The...  more

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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from a...  more

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    Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

    Toshiro Mifune, Rentarō Mikuni

    Released1954

    Directed byHiroshi Inagaki

    Miyamoto Musashi (aka Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto) is a 1954 Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki and the first film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy of historical adventures....  more
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    Throne of Blood

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1957

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh drama....  more

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    Rashomon

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1950

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori and...  more

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    Sanjuro

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1962

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Sanjuro is a 1962 black-and-white Japanese samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. It is a sequel to Kurosawa's 1961 Yojimbo. Originally an adaptation of the Shūgorō...  more

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    Samurai Assassin

    Toshiro Mifune, Hideyo Amamoto

    Released1965

    Directed byKihachi Okamoto

    Samurai Assassin is a 1965 Japanese movie directed by Kihachi Okamoto and starring Toshiro Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto, Yunosuke Ito, and Michiyo Aratama. Samurai Assassin is set in 1860, immediately...  more
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    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

    Toshiro Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta

    Released1956

    Directed byHiroshi Inagaki

    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island is a 1956 Japanese samurai film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, and the third film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy....  more
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    Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

    Toshiro Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta

    Released1955

    Directed byHiroshi Inagaki

    Duel at Ichijoji Temple (aka Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple) is a 1955 Japanese samurai film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, adapted from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, and the second film of...  more
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    The Life of Oharu

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1952

    Directed byKenji Mizoguchi

    The Life of Oharu 西鶴一代女, Saikaku Ichidai Onna, "Saikaku's Amorous Woman" is a 1952 historical fiction black-and-white film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi starring Kinuyo Tanaka as Oharu, a one-time...  more
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    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 town doctor and his new trainee. The film was based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection, Akahige...  more

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    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 being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune....  more
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    1941

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee

    Released1979

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy,...  more

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    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 Mifune as General Makabe Rokurōta and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki....  more

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    Samurai Rebellion

    Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai

    Released1967

    Directed byMasaki Kobayashi

    Samurai Rebellion is a 1967 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Its original Japanese title is Jōi-uchi: Hairyō tsuma shimatsu, which translates approximately as "Rebellion: Result of the...  more
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    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 co-written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, and Hideo Oguni. The story concerned an elderly factory owner so...  more
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    Winter Kills

    Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges

    Released1979

    Directed byWilliam Richert

    This film is a 1979 film, directed by William Richert, based on the novel by Richard Condon. Its cast includes Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō...  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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    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 of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky....  more
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    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 Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky. The film's setting was changed to Edo-period Japan....  more
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    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 starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police...  more

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    Death of a Tea Master

    Toshiro Mifune, Taketoshi Naitô

    Released1989

    Directed byKei Kumai

    Death of a Tea Master is a 1989 historical drama film written by Yoshikata Yoda and directed by Kei Kumai....  more