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. Whether they have magical screen presence or just the physical abilities to make your jaw drop, these famous actors represent the best in kicking butt.
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. Vote up your favorite martial artists below, and then check back to see if they topped our list!
- Credits (Film): Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury, Return of the Dragon, The Big Boss
- Credits (Film): Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Rush Hour 2
- Credits (Film): The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero, Lethal Weapon 4, The Expendables 3
- Credits (Film): Blade II, Hero, Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Shanghai Knights
- Credits (Film): Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, Ong Bak 3
- Credits (Film): Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables, Fast & Furious 6, The Expendables 2
- Credits (Film): Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact, Millionaires Express, All Men Are Brothers
- Credits (Film): Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine, Kung Fu Panda 2, Tomorrow Never Dies
- Credits (Film): The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?, Spawn, Why Did I Get Married Too?
- Credits (Film): The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire, Kung Fu: The Movie, Laser Mission
- Credits (Film): X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2, Zero Dark Thirty, The Pink Panther
- Credits (Film): Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2, The Victim, Come Drink with Me
- Credits (Film): The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport, Timecop, Last Action Hero
- Credits (Film): Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Killer, Hard Boiled
- Credits (Film): The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi, Berandal, The Raid 2
- Credits (Film): Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
- Credits (Film): Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Major League, New Jack City
- Credits (Film): The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force, Return of the Dragon, Missing in Action
- Credits (Film): The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Matrix Reloaded, Point Break
- Credits (Film): The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2, Best of the Best 4: Without Warning, Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back
- Credits (Film): Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, Rush Hour 2, Memoirs of a Geisha
- Credits (Film): New Police Story, Bodyguards and Assassins, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, House of Fury, Undercover Hidden Dragon
- Credits (Film): Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave, Double Dragon, I Am Omega
- Credits (Film): Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Executioners from Shaolin, The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
- Credits (Film): Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China, The Legend Is Born – Ip Man, The Game of Death