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The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting

Updated January 28, 2021 29.2k votes 13.5k voters 1.5m views57 items

List RulesMovies must feature mixed martial arts fighting

Over the past decade, MMA and UFC 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. Never Back Down, Warrior, and Undisputed, are among the best fighting movies and also streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

These top MMA fighting 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. 

If you like these movies, be sure to check out the best boxing movies.

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    Warrior

    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy

    Released2011

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    Never Back Down

    Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou

    Released2008

    Directed byJeff Wadlow

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    Undisputed III: Redemption

    Scott Adkins, Robert Costanzo

    Released2010

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

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    Undisputed II: Last Man Standing

    Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins

    Released2006

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

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    Blood and Bone

    Gina Carano, Michael Jai White

    Released2009

    Directed byBen Ramsey

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    Bloodsport

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker

    Released1988

    Directed byNewt Arnold

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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

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    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Clouse

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    Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

    Michael Jai White, Lyoto Machida

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Jai White

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    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byWilson Yip

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    Here Comes the Boom

    Salma Hayek, Arianny Celeste

    Released2012

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    Fighting

    Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard

    Released2009

    Directed byDito Montiel

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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok & Pumwaree Yodkamol

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    Kickboxer

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid Worth, Mark DiSalle

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    Circle of Pain

    Bai Ling, Dean Cain

    Released2010

    Directed byDaniel Zirilli

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    Lionheart

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson

    Released1991

    Directed bySheldon Lettich

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    Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2008

    Directed byTatchakorn Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai

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    The Protector

    Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum

    Released2005

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    Redbelt

    Tim Allen, Jennifer Grey

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Mamet

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    The Quest

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore

    Released1996

    Directed byJean-Claude Van Damme

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    Tapped Out

    Anderson Silva, Michael Biehn

    Released2013

    Directed byAllan Ungar

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    Unleashed

    Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins

    Released2005

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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    The Philly Kid

    Michael Jai White, Devon Sawa

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Connery

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    The Game of Death

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Released1978

    Directed bySammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

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    Mortal Kombat

    Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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