According to IMDb, These Are the 30 Best Films of All-Time

30. Hara-Kiri (1962)

Rating: 8.6

Originally titled Seppuku, Hara-Kiri is a Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi and starring Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanshiro Tsugumo — a warrior who serves no lord. Set between 1619-1630 under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate, Hara-Kiri is centered around Hanshiro’s desire to commit seppuku.

Seppuku, which is a form of Japanese ritual suicide, was common amongst samurai who wanted to avoid capture during battle — or, in the case of disgraced samurai, as an option to avoid execution at someone else’s hands. Although Hanshiro is set on committing seppuku, his decision is not so simple. Hanshiro learns truths about his family that result in the warrior embarking on a revenge-filled quest. 

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29. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Rating: 8.6

Commonly referred to as Star Wars, 1977’s Episode IV – A New Hope is a landmark film in cinematic history. George Lucas’ original entry in a galaxy far, far away was lauded for being ahead of its time — both in terms of storytelling and the technology that was utilized in the film. In our introduction to the Star Wars universe, Princess Leia is being held hostage under the orders of Darth Vader. It is up to Luke Skywalker and Han Solo (and a few friends) to save Leia and restore order in the galaxy. People of all walks of life have bonded over this franchise, and it easy to see why after watching A New Hope.

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