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50 Best Samurai Films of All Time (by Paste Magazine)

A list created by sleestakk

WORK IN PROGRESS *

First thoughts: this is a super predictable, obvious list of with the bare minimum of observation or research.

1-3: PRE-MUROMACHI | BEFORE THE 14th CENTURY A.D.
4-10: THE AGE OF CIVIL WAR | 1460s – 1603
11-48: THE EDO PERIOD | ca. 1603 – 1860s
49-61: THE END OF THE SAMURAI | LATE 19th CENTURY

There are 61 entries in the list bc the original list includes trilogies and series counted as single entries. They have been split into individual entries.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/08/the-50-best-samurai-films-of-all-time.html?a=1

Movies on 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time (by Paste Magazine) List
TitleDirector(s)Year Released
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's TailAkira Kurosawa1945
Gate of HellTeinosuke Kinugasa1953
RashomonAkira Kurosawa1950
Throne of BloodAkira Kurosawa1957
The Hidden FortressAkira Kurosawa1958
RanAkira Kurosawa1985
Heaven and EarthHaruki Kadokawa1990
The Master SpearmanTomu Uchida1960
KagemushaAkira Kurosawa1980
Legend of the Eight SamuraiKinji Fukasaku1983
HarakiriMasaki Kobayashi1962
The 47 RoninKenji Mizoguchi1941
The 47 SamuraiHiroshi Inagaki1962
YojimboAkira Kurosawa1961
SanjuroAkira Kurosawa1962
The Tale of ZatôichiKenji Misumi1962
Zatôichi Meets YojimboKihachi Okamoto1970
An Actor's RevengeKon Ichikawa1963
Gonza the SpearmanMasahiro Shinoda1986
Red BeardAkira Kurosawa1965
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of VengeanceKenji Misumi1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River StyxKenji Misumi1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to HadesKenji Misumi1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in PerilBuichi Saito1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of DemonsKenji Misumi1973
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in HellYoshiyuki Kuroda1974
Shogun AssassinKenji Misumi, Robert Houston1980
After the RainTakashi Koizumi1999
Dora-heitaKon Ichikawa2000
Samurai AssassinKihachi Okamoto1965
Samurai WolfHideo Gosha1966
GoyokinHideo Gosha1969
Seven SamuraiAkira Kurosawa1954
ZatoichiTakeshi Kitano2003
13 AssassinsTakashi Miike2010
The Ambush: Incident at Blood PassHiroshi Inagaki1970
Sword of the BeastHideo Gosha1965
Kill!Kihachi Okamoto1968
Samurai I: Musashi MiyamotoHiroshi Inagaki1954
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji TempleHiroshi Inagaki1955
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu IslandHiroshi Inagaki1956
Samurai RebellionMasaki Kobayashi1967
Three Outlaw SamuraiHideo Gosha1964
The Hidden BladeYôji Yamada2004
Samurai SagaHiroshi Inagaki1959
Samurai FictionHiroyuki Nakano1998
The Sazen Tange and The Secret of the UrnHideo Gosha1966
A Bloody Spear on Mount FujiTomu Uchida1955
The Sword of DoomKihachi Okamoto1966
Satan's SwordKenji Misumi1960
Satan's Sword: The Dragon GodKenji Misumi1960
Satan's Sword III: The Final ChapterKazuo Mori1961
Lady SnowbloodToshiya Fujita1973
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya Fujita1974
AssassinationMasahiro Shinoda1964
Shinsengumi: Assassins of HonorTadashi Sawashima1969
Red LionKihachi Okamoto1969
When the Last Sword Is DrawnYojiro Takita2003
Tenchu!Hideo Gosha1969
The Twilight SamuraiYôji Yamada2002
UnforgivenLee Sang-Il2013