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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
3,865 374
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury

2
2,918 512
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
2,704 478
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

4
1,901 430
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

5
1,602 1,033
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force

6
1,625 894
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport

7
1,363 433
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

8
1,281 493
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector

9
1,109 403
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

10
1,208 477
Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?

11
1,276 969
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

12
847 394
Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2

13
896 396
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
829 277
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

15
696 267
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

16
828 290
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

17
856 474
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

18
502 357
Sonny Chiba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

19
498 262
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
401 206
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
434 335
Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow

22
522 355
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

23
449 185
Iko Uwais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

24
446 507
David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets

25
391 142
Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja