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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    Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury

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    The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

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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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    Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

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

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    Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

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

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    The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

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

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    Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

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    Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

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

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    Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow

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

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    Tony Jaa

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    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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    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets

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

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    Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

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

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

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

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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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    The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

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

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    Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

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    Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

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    Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

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

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    Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

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    The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

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    Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

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    The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless

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    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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    Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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