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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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1
3,263 295
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury

2
2,316 384
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jet Li The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

3
2,473 407
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon

4
1,319 857
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Chuck Norris The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force

5
1,578 358
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Donnie Yen Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

6
1,385 762
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport

7
1,082 315
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

8
1,046 403
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tony Jaa Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector

9
1,084 773
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Steven Seagal Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

10
957 334
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

11
993 391
Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Jai White The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?

12
730 341
Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Sammo Hung Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2

13
733 326
Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Scott Adkins X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2

14
675 226
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added Brandon Lee The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

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15
690 254
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bolo Yeung Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

16
736 394
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

17
575 225
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
444 314
Sonny Chiba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Sonny Chiba Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

19
421 231
Yuen Biao is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Yuen Biao Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China

20
377 289
Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Stephen Chow Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow

21
331 158
Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Mark Dacascos Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave

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425 305
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pat Morita The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

23
370 444
David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
David Carradine Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets

24
369 150
Iko Uwais is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Iko Uwais The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

25
252 287
Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Ray Park X-Men, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

26
406 213
Chia Hui Liu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Chia Hui Liu Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

27
309 107
Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Robin Shou Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja

28
270 140
Don
wiabux added Don "The Dragon" Wilson Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

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239 102
Phillip Rhee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Phillip Rhee The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

30
220 179
Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

31
366 200
Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cynthia Rothrock Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

32
294 249
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jim Kelly Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way

33
219 128
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

34
234 110
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Dolph Lundgren Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

35
211 194
Ernie Reyes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Ernie Reyes, Jr. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Rush Hour 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

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115 37
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 36 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 Days

37
162 79
Sho Kosugi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
madamsundin added Sho Kosugi The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

38
207 182
Cheng Pei-pei is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cheng Pei-pei Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me

39
145 80
Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

40
94 73
Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
mainpleine added Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

41
171 182
Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Dudikoff Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

42
153 214
Shintaro Katsu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Shintaro Katsu Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

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158 100
Jeff Speakman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Jeff Speakman Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

44
717 308
Philip Ng is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
MichaelChoi added Philip Ng New Police Story, Bodyguards and Assassins, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

45
128 101
Benny Urquidez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Benny Urquidez Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

46
149 145
Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Randy Couture The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

47
145 184
Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Anderson Silva Never Surrender, UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, Brass Knuckles

48
130 170
Collin Chou is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Collin Chou The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless

49
88 91
Al Leong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Al Leong Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

50
108 88
Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Bill Wallace A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job