Akira Kurosawa's influence on George Lucas' Star Wars is well documented. Which films did Kurasawa cherish most?

But which films did Kurosawa himself love best? The following list appears in the third chapter of Kurosawa's posthumously published book Yume wa tensai de aru (A Dream is a Genius), and is excerpted from a section titled 100 Films of Kurosawa's Choice. The list was edited and compiled by Kazuko Kurosawa, the director's daughter.


"My father always said that the films he loved were too many to count, and to make a top ten rank. That explains why you cannot find in this list many of the titles of the films he regarded as wonderful," Kurosawa writes in her preface, wherein she describes her curation process. "The principle of the choice is: one film for one director, entry of the unforgettable films about which I and my father had a lovely talk, and of some ideas on cinema that he had cherished but did not express in public. This is the way I made a list of 100 films of Kurosawa's choice."

"Concentrating on this work, sometimes I burst into tears because I could not resist from the wish to see my father again," she continues, "sometimes I regret that I should have asked him about many more things."


100 Films of Kurosawa's Choice

1. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (Griffith, 1919) USA

2. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (Wiene, 1920) Germany


3. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler – Ein Bild der Zeit [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler] (Lang, 1922) Germany

4. The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925) USA

5. La Chute de la Maison Usher [The Fall of the House of Usher] (Jean Epstein, 1928) France


6. Un Chien Andalou [An Andalusian Dog] (Bunuel, 1928) France

7. Morocco (von Sternberg, 1930) USA

8. Der Kongress Tanzt (Charell, 1931) Germany

9. Die 3groschenoper [The Threepenny Opera] (Pabst, 1931) Germany

10. Leise Flehen Meine Lieder [Lover Divine] (Forst, 1933) Austria/Germany

11. The Thin Man (Dyke, 1934) USA

12. Tonari no Yae-chan [My Little Neighbour, Yae] (Shimazu, 1934) Japan

13. Tange Sazen yowa: Hyakuman ryo no tsubo [Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo] (Yamanaka, 1935) Japan


14. Akanishi Kakita [Capricious Young Men] (Itami, 1936) Japan

15. La Grande Illusion [The Grand Illusion] (Renoir, 1937) France

16. Stella Dallas (Vidor, 1937) USA

17. Tsuzurikata Kyoshitsu [Lessons in Essay] (Yamamoto, 1938) Japan

18. Tsuchi [Earth] (Uchida, 1939) Japan

19. Ninotchka (Lubitsch, 1939) USA

20. Ivan Groznyy I, Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky Zagovor [Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II] (Eisenstein, 1944-46) Soviet Union


21. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946) USA

22. It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946) USA

23. The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946) USA

24. Ladri di Biciclette [The Bicycle Thief] [Bicycle Thieves] (De Sica, 1948) Italy


25. Aoi sanmyaku [The Green Mountains] (Imai, 1949) Japan

26. The Third Man (Reed, 1949) UK

27. Banshun [Late Spring] (Ozu, 1949) Japan

28. Orpheus (Cocteau, 1949) France

29. Karumen kokyo ni kaeru [Carmen Comes Home] (Kinoshita, 1951) Japan

30. A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan, 1951) USA

31. Thérèse Raquin [The Adultress] (Carne 1953) France

32. Saikaku ichidai onna [The Life of Oharu] (Mizoguchi, 1952) Japan

33. Viaggio in Italia [Journey to Italy] (Rossellini, 1953) Italy

34. Gojira [Godzilla] (Honda, 1954) Japan

35. La Strada (Fellini, 1954) Italy

36. Ukigumo [Floating Clouds] (Naruse, 1955) Japan

37. Pather Panchali [Song of the Road] (Ray, 1955) India

38. Daddy Long Legs (Negulesco, 1955) USA

39. The Proud Ones (Webb, 1956) USA

40. Bakumatsu taiyoden [Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate] (Kawashima, 1957) Japan


41. The Young Lions (Dmytryk, 1957) USA

42. Les Cousins [The Cousins] (Chabrol, 1959) France

43. Les Quarte Cents Coups [The 400 Blows] (Truffaut, 1959) France

44. A bout de Souffle [Breathless] (Godard, 1959) France

45. Ben-Hur (Wyler, 1959) USA

46. Ototo [Her Brother] (Ichikawa, 1960) Japan

47. Une aussi longue absence [The Long Absence] (Colpi, 1960) France/Italy
48. Le Voyage en Ballon [Stowaway in the Sky] (Lamorisse, 1960) France


49. Plein Soleil [Purple Noon] (Clement, 1960) France/Italy

50. Zazie dans le métro [Zazie on the Subway](Malle, 1960) France/Italy

51. L'Annee derniere a Marienbad [Last Year in Marienbad] (Resnais, 1960) France/Italy


52. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Aldrich, 1962) USA

53. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962) UK

54. Melodie en sous-sol [Any Number Can Win] (Verneuil, 1963) France/Italy

55. The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963) USA

56. Il Deserto Rosso [The Red Desert](Antonioni, 1964) Italy/France

57. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols, 1966) USA

58. Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967) USA

59. In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967) USA

60. The Charge of the Light Brigade (Richardson, 1968) UK

61. Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger, 1969) USA

62. MASH (Altman, 1970) USA

63. Johnny Got His Gun (Trumbo, 1971) USA

64. The French Connection (Friedkin, 1971) USA

65. El espíritu de la colmena [Spirit of the Beehive] (Erice, 1973) Spain

66. Solyaris [Solaris] (Tarkovsky, 1972) Soviet Union

67. The Day of the Jackal (Zinneman, 1973) UK/France

68. Gruppo di famiglia in un interno [Conversation Piece] (Visconti, 1974) Italy/France


69. The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974) USA

70. Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo [Sandakan 8] (Kumai, 1974) Japan

71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman, 1975) USA

72. O, Thiassos [The Travelling Players] (Angelopoulos, 1975) Greece

73. Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975) UK

74. Daichi no komoriuta [Lullaby of the Earth] (Masumura, 1976) Japan

75. Annie Hall (Allen, 1977) USA
76. Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino [Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano] (Mikhalkov, 1977) Soviet Union


77. Padre Padrone [My Father My Master] (P. & V. Taviani, 1977) Italy

78. Gloria (Cassavetes, 1980) USA

79. Harukanaru yama no yobigoe [A Distant Cry From Spring] (Yamada, 1980) Japan


80. La Traviata (Zeffirelli, 1982) Italy

81. Fanny och Alexander [Fanny and Alexander] (Bergman, 1982) Sweden/France/West Germany


82. Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982) Peru/West Germany

83. The King of Comedy (Scorsese, 1983) USA

84. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Oshima, 1983) UK/Japan/New Zealand

85. The Killing Fields (Joffe 1984) UK

86. Stranger Than Paradise (Jarmusch, 1984) USA/ West Germany

87. Dongdong de Jiaqi [A Summer at Grandpa's] (Hou, 1984) Taiwan

88. Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984) France/ West Germany

89. Witness (Weir, 1985) USA

90. The Trip to Bountiful (Masterson, 1985) USA

91. Otac na sluzbenom putu [When Father was Away on Business] (Kusturica, 1985) Yugoslavia


92. The Dead (Huston, 1987) UK/Ireland/USA

93. Khane-ye doust kodjast? [Where is the Friend's Home] (Kiarostami, 1987) Iran


94. Baghdad Cafe [Out of Rosenheim] (Adlon, 1987) West Germany/USA

95. The Whales of August (Anderson, 1987) USA

96. Running on Empty (Lumet, 1988) USA

97. Tonari no totoro [My Neighbour Totoro] (Miyazaki, 1988) Japan

98. A un [Buddies] (Furuhata, 1989) Japan

99. La Belle Noiseuse [The Beautiful Troublemaker] (Rivette, 1991) France/Switzerland


100. Hana-bi [Fireworks] (Kitano, 1997) Japan

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