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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
3,829 372
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
2,891 506
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
2,683 475
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

4
1,885 427
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

5
1,587 1,022
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
1,611 888
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
1,347 426
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
1,269 490
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
1,101 399
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

10
1,197 473
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
1,264 959
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

12
839 392
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
820 272
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
888 392
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
689 260
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
818 288
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

17
851 469
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

18
501 352
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
493 261
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
397 202
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
432 330
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
512 350
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

23
442 182
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
441 501
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
385 139
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

26
333 168
Don
wiabux added Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

27
288 320
Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
X-Men, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

28
453 240
Chia Hui Liu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

29
286 127
Phillip Rhee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

30
281 152
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

31
261 199
Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

32
352 276
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way

33
407 232
Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

34
168 64
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, Around the World in 80 Days

35
319 143
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

36
194 101
Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

37
242 224
Ernie Reyes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Rush Hour 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

38
197 106
Sho Kosugi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
madamsundin added The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

39
241 204
Cheng Pei-pei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me

40
121 93
Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
doremifasola added Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

41
750 328
Philip Ng is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
MichaelChoi added New Police Story, Bodyguards and Assassins, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

42
188 133
Jeff Speakman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

43
198 213
Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

44
175 231
Shintaro Katsu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
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

45
182 177
Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

46
152 126
Benny Urquidez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

47
114 109
Al Leong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

48
137 110
Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job

49
12 20
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Babis Bailis added The Expendables 3, Furious 7

50
168 218
Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Never Surrender, UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, Brass Knuckles