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The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors 

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Updated October 1, 2019 72.3k votes 9.6k voters 410.1k views 240 items

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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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon
3
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero
4
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade II, Hero, Ip Man
5
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables
6
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector
7
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
8
Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?
9
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire
10
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport
11
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bolo Yeung Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact
12
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force
13
Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2
14
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
15
Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2
16
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity
17
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds
18
Iko Uwais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi
19
Yuen Biao is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China
20
Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave
21
Chia Hui Liu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
22
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway
23
Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja
24
Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien
25
Philip Ng is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
MichaelChoi added New Police Story, Bodyguards and Assassins, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai