The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors People In Film
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The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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, Enter the Dragon, Limitless

    ) open
  2. 2
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    Rush Hour, Kung Fu Panda, Enter the Dragon

    ) open
  3. 3
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    The Expendables 2, The Expendables, Hero

    ) open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force

    ) open
  5. 5
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Expendables 2, Bloodsport, Kung Fu Panda 2

    ) open
  6. 6
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    - 266

    ranked low on reranks
    Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

    ) open
  7. 7
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, Ong Bak 2: The ...

    ) open
  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Snatch, The Expendables 2, Lock

    ) open
  9. 9
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Machete, Above the Law, Above the Law

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2

    ) open
  11. 11
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    The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Black Dynamite

    ) open
  12. 12
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    - 252

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

    ) open
  13. 13
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    added by chauci14
    The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Kung Fu: The Movie

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

    ) open
  15. 15
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    Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

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  16. 16
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    Blade, Blade, Blade II

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  17. 17
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ...

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  18. 18
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    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo ...

    ) open
  19. 19
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    Kung Fu Hustle, Kung Fu Hustle, Kung Fu Hustle

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

    ) open
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    added by wiabux
    Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave

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  22. 22
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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, X-Men, G.I. Joe: The Rise of ...

    ) open
  25. 25
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    - 156

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Stealing Harvard

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  27. 27
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

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  28. 28
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    added by wiabux
    Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja

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  29. 29
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    - 96

    The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

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  30. 30
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    - 22

    Tony Jaa

  31. 31
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    added by wiabux
    Best of the Best, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

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  32. 32
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    Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, Lady Dragon

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

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  34. 34
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    - 179

    Enter the Dragon, Take a Hard Ride, Three the Hard Way

    ) open
  35. 35
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    added by GunFufanatic87
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

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  36. 36
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    - 167

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 133
    - 144

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me

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  38. 38
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    - 120

    Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

    ) open
  39. 39
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    - 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Rocky IV, The Expendables 2, The Expendables

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  40. 40
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    - 48

    added by madamsundin
    The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Ninja Assassin

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  41. 41
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    - 47

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

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  42. 42
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    - 35

    added by mainpleine
    Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

    ) open
  43. 43
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    - 60

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

    ) open
  44. 44
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    - 80

    added by GunFufanatic87
    The Expendables 2, The Expendables, Invincible

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  45. 45
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    - 56

    added by NathanHughes
    Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, 1408

    ) open
  46. 46
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    The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless

    ) open
  47. 47
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    - 133

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

    ) open
  48. 48
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    added by kingdavid
    Speed Racer, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    ) open
  49. 49
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    added by NathanHughes
    A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job

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  50. 50
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    added by madamsundin
    The Expendables, Tekken, Game of Death

    ) open
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