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List Rules Movies must feature mixed martial arts fighting

Over the past decade, MMA fights have risen from the underground into a legitimate sport, spawning countless pay-per-view events and a reality TV show. Two fighters in an octagon ring is considered by many to be the closest sport we have to a refined street brawl. The fighting movies on this list cover all genres, although most of them are action and dramas. As MMA becomes more entrenched in our sports culture, we can expect to see even more good MMA fight movies making their way into our theaters. Including Never Back Down, Warrior, and Undisputed, the best fighting movies are also streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

These are films that focus on the sport of mixed martial arts as a central theme. We've also included a few other fighting movies, because they're awesome. What are the best MMA movies? What's your favorite fight movie? If there are any MMA films you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. 

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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Never Back Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou, Evan Peters Never Back Down is a 2008 martial arts film starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. It was theatrically released on March 14, 2008. The film's tagline is "Win or ...more

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Undisputed III: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Scott Adkins, Robert Costanzo, Lateef Crowder Undisputed III: Redemption is the third installment to the 2002 action film Undisputed. The film stars Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir and Hristo Shopov, and was directed by ...more

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Undisputed II: Last Man Standi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a 2006 direct-to-video martial arts film and is the sequel to the 2002 boxing film Undisputed. The film stars Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Eli Danker and ...more

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Blood and Bone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Gina Carano, Michael Jai White, Kimbo Slice Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts film directed by Ben Ramsey and written by Michael Andrews. The film stars Michael Jai White, Eamonn Walker and Julian Sands, and ...more

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Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse; starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. This was Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death ...more

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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims ...more

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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdow... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Lyoto Machida, Evan Peters Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown is a 2011 American martial arts film starring Evan Peters, Michael Jai White, Dean Geyer, Alex Meraz, Todd Duffee, Scott Epstein and Jillian Murray. It is a ...more

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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai martial arts action film. It was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, featured stunt choreography ...more

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Fighting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán Fighting is a 2009 sports action drama film directed by Dito Montiel, with a screenplay by Robert Munic and Montiel, and starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard and Luis Guzmán. It was ...more

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Ip Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, Ip Man 2 was ...more

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The Raid: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
faliquemuhammad added Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Victoria The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. This is the second collaboration of Evans and ...more

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Lionheart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson, Deborah Rennard Lionheart is a 1990 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and co-starring Brian Thompson, along with Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, and Ashley Johnson. ...more

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Here Comes the Boom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Salma Hayek, Arianny Celeste, Kevin James Here Comes the Boom is a 2012 Action Comedy film written by Kevin James, Allan Loeb, Rock Reuben and directed by Frank Coraci.

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Southpaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) fights to get his daughter back as well as revive his professional career, after a ...more

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The One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jason Statham, Carla Gugino, Jet Li The One is a 2001 American science fiction-martial arts film directed by James Wong. A rogue Multiverse agent (Jet Li) goes on a manhunt for versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill, ...more

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Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and co-directed by David Worth. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion ...more

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Redbelt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tim Allen, Jennifer Grey, Chiwetel Ejiofor Redbelt is a 2008 American martial arts comedy-drama film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The cast also includes Tim Allen, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, Emily ...more

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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Sorapong Chatree Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is a 2008 Thai martial arts film co-directed by and starring Tony Jaa. It is a follow-up to Jaa's 2003 breakout film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Initially claimed to be ...more

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The Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar The Quest is a 1996 American martial arts film directed by Jean-Claude Van Damme in his directorial debut, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Roger Moore, James Remar and Janet ...more

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Fighter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
DavidLalande added Cyron Melville, Molly Blixt Egelind, Xian Gao Fighter is a 2007 action drama world cinema film written by Nikolaj Arcel,Natasha Arthy and Rasmus Heisterberg and directed by Natasha Arthy.

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The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films' The Hire series. The film stars Jason ...more

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The Philly Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Devon Sawa, Neal McDonough The Philly Kid is a 2012 American dramatic action film directed by Jason Connery, produced by After Dark Films, written by Adam Mervis.

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Circle of Pain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bai Ling, Dean Cain, Kimbo Slice

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Kung Fu Hustle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were ...more

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Locked Down is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bai Ling, Vinnie Jones, Forrest Griffin

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Like Water is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Like Water is a 2011 documentary film directed by Pablo Croce.

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The Protector is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum, Jon Foo Tom-Yum-Goong Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง, IPA: is a 2005 Thai martial arts action film starring Tony Jaa. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who also directed Jaa's prior breakout film Ong-Bak. As ...more

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
TedZoltanRozmann added Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto Mortal Kombat is a 1995 American fantasy martial arts film written by Kevin Droney, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert, ...more

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Tapped Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
RichardEdwardG.Lacson added Tapped Out Anderson Silva, Michael Biehn, Martin Kove A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents.

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
kingchillin22 added Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
RichardEdwardG.Lacson added Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and ...more

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Fist of Legend is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
psyqyq added Jet Li, Paul Chun, Billy Chow Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the lead role. The ...more

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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Eduardo Caballero added Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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Flash Point is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Donnie Yen, Fan Bingbing, Collin Chou Flash Point is a 2007 Hong Kong action film directed by Wilson Yip, and starring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Xing Yu, Lui Leung-wai and Fan Bingbing. Yen plays Ma Jun, a police sergeant ...more

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Fightville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
"Mixed Martial Arts has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far ...more

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Never Surrender is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Quinton Jackson Never Surrender is a 2009 film about an MMA champion who finds himself fighting in illegal underground cage fights. The film's cast features a number of real MMA fighters. It was filmed in Los ...more

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Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
sxmenthol added Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Jet Li Unleashed is a 2005 martial arts action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier, written by Luc Besson, and produced by Jet Li. It stars Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, and Kerry Condon. The ...more

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Best of the Best 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
BaretGibot added David Boreanaz, Eric Roberts, Chris Penn Best of the Best 2 is a 1993 martial arts film directed by Robert Radler, and starring Eric Roberts and Phillip Rhee. It is the first sequel to the 1989 film Best of the Best. The plot follows ...more

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The Legend Is Born – Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Louis Fan The Legend Is Born – Ip Man is a 2010 Hong Kong semi-biographical martial arts film based on the early life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, directed by Herman Yau and starring Dennis To in ...more

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The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
bojanthebest added Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris Game of Death is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt. Lee died during the making of the film. Over 100 ...more

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Damage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Laura Vandervoort, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Walton Goggins Damage is a 2009 American action film written by Frank Hannah and directed by Jeff F. King, and starring Steve Austin, Walton Goggins, Laura Vandervoort and Lynda Boyd. The film was released in ...more

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The Legend of Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial arts ...more

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Cradle 2 the Grave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
sandysingh added Gabrielle Union, Kelly Hu, DMX Cradle 2 the Grave is a 2003 American action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, and starring Jet Li and DMX. The film was released in the United States on February 28, 2003.

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Man of Tai Chi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
MBInsomniac added Keanu Reeves, Iko Uwais, Yoo Seungjun Man of Tai Chi is a 2013 Chinese-American martial arts film starring Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen. The film is Reeves's directorial debut. Man of Tai Chi is a multilingual narrative, partly ...more

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Green Street Hooligans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Ricardo Nobrega added

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Black Belt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tatsuya Naka, Yuji Suzuki, Akihito Yagi Kuro-obi is a 2007 film directed by Shunichi Nagasaki.

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Universal Soldier: Day of Reck... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Jones Jr., Dolph Lundren Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is a 2012 American science fiction action film written, edited and directed by John Hyams, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins and Dolph ...more