The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors People In Film

The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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This list of the all time greatest martial arts actors (and actresses) is ranked by kung fu fans worldwide. Anyone can vote on the best martial artists here, which means these actors are truly fan favorites. If you see someone missing, you can even add them. Whether they have magical screen presence or just the physical abilities to make your jaw drop, these famous actors represent the best in kicking ass.

Though the genre of martial arts films is also occasionally known as "kung fu films," the term in fact only refers to a subset of Chinese martial arts, and can also apply to a variety of traditional practices not directly related to self-defense. (Wushu is the more accurate blanket term for Chinese martial arts and fighting techniques.) The performers on this list practice a variety of martial arts traditions and styles, including the "Jeet Kun Do" techniques innovated by people like Bruce Lee, the Muay Thai style of Tony Jaa or the traditional karate employed by Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Who are the best martial arts actors of all time? These performers also represent a variety of nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and American actors.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury

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  2. 2
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    The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

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  3. 3
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    Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon

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    The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force

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    The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport

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    Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

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    Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

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    Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

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    The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?

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  12. 12
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    Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2

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  13. 13
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    Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

    ranked low on reranks & added by chauci14
    Brandon Lee The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

  14. 14
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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2

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  15. 15
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    Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

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    Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors


    Chow Yun-Fat Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ...

  17. 17
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    Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

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    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo ...

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    Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow

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  20. 20
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    Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China

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    Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Mark Dacascos Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave

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    The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets

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    Tony Jaa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Tony Jaa

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    Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Ray Park X-Men, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe: The Rise of ...

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    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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    Don

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    Don "The Dragon" Wilson Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

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    The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

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    Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

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    Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja

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    The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

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    Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way

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    Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Cynthia Rothrock Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Rush Hour 2, Teenage ...

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    Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

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    Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me

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    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the ...

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    The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

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    Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors


    Michael Dudikoff Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

  41. 41
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    added by NathanHughes
    Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

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    Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

  43. 43
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    - 79

    added by GunFufanatic87
    Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

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  44. 44
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    Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors


    Maggie Q Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, Around the World in 80 ...

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    Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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    Randy Couture The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

  46. 46
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    Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

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    - 150


    The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless

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  48. 48
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    - 159
    Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors


    Anderson Silva Never Surrender, UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, Brass Knuckles

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    Speed Racer, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

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    A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job

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