Top 100 best japanese romance movies - IMDb

Top 100 best japanese romance movies

by silvijabalint | created - 05 Feb 2015 | updated - 17 Nov 2018 | Public

all time best japanese romance movies + manga movies (Live-action films)

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1. Koizora (2007)

129 min | Drama, Romance

Mika is a fresh high school student who starts texting a mysterious boy. She is shocked when he reveals who he is - Hiro, a delinquent attending her school. What she doesn't know is that Hiro isn't as bad as he seems.

Director: Natsuki Imai | Stars: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura, Yûko Asano, Yosuke Asari

Votes: 2,960

2. Sukitte iinayo. (2014)

102 min | Drama, Romance

About one gloomy girl named Mei who injures the most popular male student named Yamato. Somehow, Yamato likes Mei and one day, Yamato saves Mei from a stalker by kissing her. From that kiss, their love story begins.

Director: Asako Hyuga | Stars: Haruna Kawaguchi, Sôta Fukushi, Nanami Abe, Rika Adachi

Votes: 1,002

3. Noruwei no mori (2010)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 10,980 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Boku no hatsukoi wo kimi ni sasagu (2009)

122 min | Drama, Romance

Takuma knows that his life is shorter that the others and he feels that his demise is getting near. He chose to stay away from the girl that he loves so that she can easily move on. What he didn't know is that he is under-estimating her.

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Mao Inoue, Masaki Okada, Natsuki Harada, Keiko Horiuchi

Votes: 2,129

5. Ani ni aisaresugite komattemasu (2017)

99 min | Drama, Family, Romance

She is a high school girl, but not any school girl. She is cute, attractive and popular. Many boys and men want her and go to great lengths to grab her. They will do whatever it takes. One ... See full summary »

Director: Hayato Kawai | Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Ryôta Katayose, Yûdai Chiba, Towa Araki

Votes: 229

6. Close Range Love (2014)

118 min | Drama, Romance

A smart high school student falls in love with her new handsome English teacher after she begins to receive one-on-one tutoring from him.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Nana Komatsu, Mika Akizuki, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 1,087

7. Ao Haru Ride (2014– )

122 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Ko Tanaka in middle school. However, its not work because he transferred but in high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets him again.

Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Ai Kayano, Masahiro Higashide, Mikako Komatsu

Votes: 2,979

8. Taiyô no uta (2006)

119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Kaoru has a sickness that hindered her to go out when the sun is up. Despite this sickness, she fell in love with a boy named Koji. If she decides to pursue her love, it will mean risking her life.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Yui, Takashi Tsukamoto, Kuniko Asagi, Eri Fuse

Votes: 1,506

9. Sensei! (2017)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Hibiki is an awkward, 17-year-old high school sophomore who hasn't known romance. But she's about to fall in love for the very first time. With whom? A man who isn't great with words, but ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Manami Higa, Suzu Hirose, Tôma Ikuta, Kentaro Ito

Votes: 835

10. Kimi ni todoke (2010)

128 min | Drama, Romance

A girl that resemble "Sadako" of the movie Ring is being feared by her classmates. She is avoided by everyone.While everyone is avoiding her, the popular boy Shota Kazehaya befriends her, and their love begins to grow.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura, Misako Renbutsu, Haru Aoyama

Votes: 2,235

11. Kon'ya, romansu gekijô de (2018)

109 min | Fantasy, Romance

An assistant director and film fan gets his wish come true when his favourite heroine, a princess from an old film, appears in the real world.

Director: Hideki Takeuchi | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Kentarô Sakaguchi, Akira Emoto, Tsubasa Honda

Votes: 723

12. Kanojo wa uso wo aishisugiteiru (2013)

117 min | Romance

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Masataka Kubota, Ryô Yoshizawa, Mitsuki Tanimura

Votes: 1,012

13. Hiroin shikkaku (2015)

112 min | Comedy, Romance

Hatori is in love with her childhood friend Rita, but when Rita gets himself a girlfriend Hatoris world turns upside down.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Mirei Kiritani, Kento Yamazaki, Kentarô Sakaguchi, Towa Araki

Votes: 1,058

14. Orenji (2015)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl mysteriously receives advice from her future self and as a result her group of friends, along with a newly arrived, troubled classmate, learn how to be better friends and a better community.

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto | Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Kento Yamazaki, Ryô Ryûsei, Hirona Yamazaki

Votes: 1,181

15. Isshuukan furenzu (2017)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Yuki Hase befriended a lonely girl classmate when he notices that she's always alone. Upon knowing the girl, he found out a serious matter about her that can either make him put a space between them, or make them closer to each other.

Director: Shôsuke Murakami | Stars: Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Seika Furuhata, Sairi Itô

Votes: 839

16. Sutorobo ejji (2015)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Ninako confesses her love to Ren. But get rejected because he is already have a girlfriend. They promise to stay as a friend. Some other guy confess their love to her but she rejects them. Is it because she still wants to be with Ren?

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Sôta Fukushi, Jingi Irie, Ena Koshino

Votes: 696

17. Bokura no gohan wa ashita de matteru (2017)

109 min | Drama, Romance

Ryota and Koharu are high school students. Ryota is indifferent to people and says very little. Koharu is not afraid of to speak her mind and she has a bright personality. Since a game of ... See full summary »

Director: Masahide Ichii | Stars: Yûko Araki, Hairi Katagiri, Chieko Matsubara, Karen Miyama

Votes: 237

18. Kôkô debyû (2011)

93 min | Comedy, Romance

Haruna who devoted herself to softball decide to find a boyfriend in high school by instruction from Yoh, who is willingly to teach her how to get a boyfriend but with only one condition, don't fall in love with him at all.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Junpei Mizobata, Ito Ono, Masaki Suda, Rina Aizawa

Votes: 529

19. L.DK (2014)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Aoi lives in an apartment by herself. Shusei moves in next to Aoi's apartment. Shusei is a very popular student. Due to a mistake, Aoi makes the sprinkler go off in his room. Until his room is fixed, he stays with Aoi.

Director: Taisuke Kawamura | Stars: Kento Yamazaki, Ren Kiriyama, Ayame Gôriki, Takashi Fujii

Votes: 1,071

20. Bokura ga ita: Zenpen (2012)

123 min | Drama, Romance

It chronicles the love relationship between a boy called Motoharu Yano and a girl called Nanami Takahashi, starting from their teenage years and continuing during their early twenties.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Sôsuke Takaoka, Yuika Motokariya

Votes: 557

21. Relife (2017)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man, failing at life, is offered a new start as a 10 years younger high-school student.

Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Taishi Nakagawa, Yûna Taira, Mahiro Takasugi, Elaiza Ikeda

Votes: 637

22. 100-kai nakukoto (2013)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Shuichi had a motorcycle accident 4 years ago. Because of the accident, he lost the last year of his memory. One day, at a friend's wedding, Shuichi has a fateful meeting with Yoshimi. They... See full summary »

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Tadayoshi Ohkura, Mirei Kiritani, Rie Tomosaka, Shûgo Oshinari

Votes: 66

23. Dogwood Tree (2010)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yui Aragaki, Tôma Ikuta, Nichola Grant, Manatsu Hayashi

Votes: 1,031

24. Dakishimetai: Shinjitsu no monogatari (2014)

122 min | Romance

Tsukasa got into a severe car accident when she was a high school student. She still suffers from the effects of that accident, with memory impairment and needing to use a wheelchair. ... See full summary »

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Ryô Nishikido, Jun Fubuki, Aya Hirayama

Votes: 303

25. Hirunaka no ryuusei (2017)

119 min | Family, Romance

Suzume Yosano's parents have decided to move to Bangladesh when her father's job gets transferred there. However, they're not taking her with them. So, Suzume moves to Tokyo to live with ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Mei Nagano, Shôhei Miura, Alan Shirahama, Maika Yamamoto

Votes: 467

26. Tada, kimi wo aishiteru (2006)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Heavenly Forest is About a Photographer name Makoto who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru. The two first met when Makoto attended his University ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Munetaka Aoki, Saori Ban

Votes: 2,839

27. Evergreen Love (2016)

112 min | Drama, Romance

Sayaka works as a property agent. One day after work, she finds a man, named Itsuki, collapsed outside her house. She takes him in and they start to live together. Itsuki teaches her about cooking and plants, but holds many secrets.

Director: Kôichirô Miki | Stars: Kazuyuki Aijima, Takanori Iwata, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shin'ya Ohwada

Votes: 347

28. Ookami shoujo to kuro ouji (2016)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Erika captured a photo of a handsome guy and told her friends that he is her boyfriend. Upon finding this out, the boy proposed to go with her pretense as long as she acts as his pet dog.

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Kento Yamazaki, Megumi Abe, Riria Baba

Votes: 933

29. Bandeiji (2010)

119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Four boys have their friendship and musical talents tested in the ever changing worlds of the music industry and real life in 1990s Japan.

Director: Takeshi Kobayashi | Stars: Jin Akanishi, Kii Kitano, Kengo Kôra, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 415

30. I Like (2005)

104 min | Drama, Romance

A high school student named Yu has a crush on one of her classmates, Yosuke. The boy spends most of his time sitting outside and playing his guitar, and Yu sits nearby and listens. One day,... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Ishikawa | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Hiromi Nagasaku, Eita

Votes: 1,004

31. Kyô no Kira kun (2017)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

When Ninon found out that her neighbor and popular classmate Yuji only has one year to live. She decided to go out of her way and help him attain happiness on his remaining time.

Director: Taisuke Kawamura | Stars: Taishi Nakagawa, Marie Iitoyo, Shôno Hayama, Rieko Miura

Votes: 458

32. Paradaisu kisu (2011)

115 min | Drama

A chance encounter leads Yukari, a burnt out high school student, to a group of dedicated fashion design students. She becomes their model for their graduating exhibition and discovers her talent for modeling.

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Osamu Mukai, Shunji Igarashi, Kento Kaku

Votes: 1,494

33. Clover (2014)

120 min | Drama, Romance

A woman chooses between her childhood best friend and her stoic boss.

Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Emi Takei, Mark Chinnery, Natsuna, Haruka Kinami

Votes: 203

34. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

Votes: 136,917 | Gross: $57.49M

35. Inishiêshon rabu (2015)

110 min | Romance

An ordinary guy falls in love with her dream girl Maya. Maya feels doubt and betray when they begin a long term relationship. Her feeling completely reverses some day.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Shôta Matsuda, Atsuko Maeda, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Fumino Kimura

Votes: 849

36. Gekijôban Ôran kôkô hosutobu (2012)

105 min | Comedy

Haruhi Fujioka (Haruna Kawaguchi) is a female high school student the prestigious Ouran Academy. Unlike most of the students who come from wealthy families, Haruhi Fujioka comes from a ... See full summary »

Director: Chul Han | Stars: Haruna Kawaguchi, Yûsuke Yamamoto, Ryô Ryûsei, Masaya Nakamura

Votes: 175

37. Love Letter (1995)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Katsuyuki Shinohara

Votes: 6,991

38. Laundry (2002)

126 min | Drama, Romance

A young man named Teru, mentally altered by a childhood injury, runs a laundry and falls for Mizue, a lonely young woman with internal scars.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Koyuki, Takashi Naitô, Ken'ichirô Tanabe

Votes: 592

39. Dolls (2002)

114 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 15,582 | Gross: $0.00M

40. Kiyoku yawaku (2013)

126 min | Comedy, Romance

Kanna Seto lost her childhood friend Haruta in a car accident when she was a freshman in high school. Carrying the emotional pain from that incident throughout her life, Kanna is still ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Yûki Furukawa, Masaki Okada, Haru

Votes: 315

41. Sugar & spice: Fûmi zekka (2006)

125 min | Drama, Romance

After graduating from high school, Shiro is clueless how to proceed with his education. For the moment, he takes a small job at a local gas station, to much displease of his parents. His ... See full summary »

Director: Isamu Nakae | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Erika Sawajiri, Mari Natsuki, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 286

42. Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu (2008)

115 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A lonely university student develops a romance with a beautiful interesting woman, who turns out to be a cyborg from the future.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide, Risa Ai, Nya Daigo

Votes: 3,533

43. Sekai no chûshin de, ai o sakebu (2004)

138 min | Drama, Romance

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Takao Osawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa, Mirai Moriyama

Votes: 2,832

44. Harufuwei (2009)

85 min | Drama, Romance

In this high school romance Hiro is dismayed to learn her new love Shu will be going away to college in Tokyo. She asks him not to go.

Director: Eriko Kitagawa | Stars: Kii Kitano, Masaki Okada, Junpei Mizobata, Riisa Naka

Votes: 387

45. Ima, ai ni yukimasu (2004)

119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Shidô Nakamura, Akashi Takei, Karen Miyama

Votes: 4,293