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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.
list ordered by
1
4,017 399
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
3,038 541
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
2,809 501
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero
4
2,001 460
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade II, Hero, Ip Man
5
1,673 1,075
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
1,680 934
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
1,367 503
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector
8
1,434 460
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables
9
1,157 427
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
10
1,278 501
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
1,321 1,035
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds
12
899 412
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
872 299
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire
14
960 411
Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2
15
877 303
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact
16
732 282
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
17
887 505
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity
18
526 372
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
527 273
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
457 350
Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow
21
558 378
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway
22
426 227
Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
487 196
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
470 531
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
424 152
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