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The best 2000s kung fun and martial arts movies are a diverse mix of Hollywood blockbusters and cult hits from across the globe. Some of them were filmed in the United States or Europe, while others were filmed more traditionally in Asia. The common thread uniting all of them are the kickass action sequences that will inspire you to try a few martial arts moves of your own!


In the below list of the best '00s kung fu films, you’ll find venerated franchises like
Kill Bill and The Matrix. Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves use tried-and-true kung fu moves on their enemies, leaving scores of foes in their wake as they go on to save the day and seek vengeance. Also on this list, you'll find a healthy dose of comedy martial arts, in titles like The Foot Fist Way (starring Danny McBride) and Kung Fu Panda (voiced by Jack Black).


When considering the best kung fu movies, you can't forget to leave out the classics that paved the way for the rest of these iconic films.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became a sleeper hit, garnering numerous awards and accolades for its fight sequences and compelling story.

Vote up the best kung fu flicks from the 2000s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!  
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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Ip Man 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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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Fearless 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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House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
House of Flying Daggers Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more

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Hero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Hero Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. ...more

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a 2003 action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Chocolate JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Phongphat Wachirabanjong Chocolate, also known as Zen, Warrior Within, is a 2008 Thai martial arts film starring Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda in her debut film performance. It is directed by Prachya Pinkaew, ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Kill Bill Volume 2 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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The Protector is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Protector 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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Kung Fu Hustle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Kung Fu Hustle 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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Shaolin Soccer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Cecilia Cheung Shaolin Soccer(Chinese: 少林足球; Pinyin: Shàolín Zúqiú) is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film co-written, directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead ...more

The Best 2000s Family Movies

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The Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
ralph-engstrom added The Grandmaster Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Cung Le The Grandmaster is a 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film was directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony ...more

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The Forbidden Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Forbidden Kingdom Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and directed by Rob Minkoff, and starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The film is loosely based on the novel ...more

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Delete is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Delete Seth Rogen, David Cross, Lucy Liu The Kung Fu Panda franchise from DreamWorks Animation, consists of two films: Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. The first two were distributed by Paramount Pictures, while the third movie will ...more

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Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Unleashed 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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The One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The One 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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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning 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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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Black Dynamite Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall, Salli Richardson Black Dynamite is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, and Tommy Davidson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and ...more

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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Brotherhood of the Wolf Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French historical horror-action film directed by Christophe Gans, written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, starring Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Emilie ...more

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Ninja Assassin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Ninja Assassin Naomie Harris, Rain, Lee Joon Ninja Assassin is a 2009 American-German martial arts film directed by James McTeigue. The story was written by Matthew Sand, with a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski. The film stars South ...more

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Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Rush Hour 2 Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more

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District 13 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
District 13 Dany Verissimo, Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle District 13, is a 2004 French action film, directed by Pierre Morel and written and produced by Luc Besson. The film is notable for its depiction of parkour in a number of stunt sequences that ...more

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Curse of the Golden Flower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Curse of the Golden Flower Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written ...more

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Kiss of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Kiss of the Dragon Bridget Fonda, Jet Li, Tchéky Karyo Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris Nahon, written and produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson, and starring an international cast of Jet ...more

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Romeo Must Die is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Romeo Must Die Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX Romeo Must Die is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen, and starring Jet Li and Aaliyah. ...more

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Redbelt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Redbelt 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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DOA: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
DOA: Dead or Alive Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash, Sarah Carter DOA: Dead or Alive is a 2006 ensemble martial arts film loosely based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series Dead or Alive. It was directed by Corey Yuen and written by J. F. Lawton, Adam ...more

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Never Back Down is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Never Back Down 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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Versus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Versus Hideo Sakaki, Tak Sakaguchi, Kenji Matsuda Versus is a 2000 Japanese independent zombie action film co-written, produced, and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. The film is set somewhere in the deep forest of Japan, known as the Forest of ...more

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The Foot Fist Way is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Foot Fist Way Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Ben Best The Foot Fist Way is a 2006 low-budget comedy film directed by Jody Hill and starring Danny McBride. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, picked up ...more

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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Matrix Reloaded Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more

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The Twilight Samurai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Twilight Samurai Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Tetsurō Tamba The Twilight Samurai or Tasogare Seibei is a 2002 Japanese film directed by Yoji Yamada. Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, it follows the life of Seibei ...more

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Chil... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Toshiyuki Morikawa Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, written by Kazushige Nojima, and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji ...more

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Transporter 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Transporter 2 Jason Statham, AnnaLynne McCord, Amber Valletta Transporter 2 is a 2005 French action film directed by Louis Leterrier and produced by Luc Besson. It is the sequel to The Transporter. It is followed by Transporter 3. The film stars Jason ...more

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Bulletproof Monk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Bulletproof Monk Jaime King, Seann William Scott, Chow Yun-Fat Bulletproof Monk is a 2003 American action film directed by Paul Hunter in his directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Seann William Scott, and Jaime King. The film is loosely based on the ...more

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Cradle 2 the Grave is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Cradle 2 the Grave 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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New Police Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
New Police Story Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu New Police Story is a 2004 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Benny Chan, and also produced by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 24 ...more

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Rush Hour 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Rush Hour 3 Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 martial arts/action-comedy-Adventure film, and the third and final installment in the Rush Hour series, starring Jackie Chan as Inspector Lee and Chris Tucker as Detective ...more

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Turtles Forever is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Turtles Forever Michael Sinterniklaas, Marc Thompson, Darren Dunstan Turtles Forever is a 2009 American television film produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios. The movie is a crossover film featuring three different incarnations of the titular heroes ...more

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The Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
The Matrix Revolutions Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third installment of The Matrix trilogy. The film was released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film ...more

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Transporter 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Transporter 3 Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Semmy Schilt Transporter 3 is a 2008 French action film, and is the third installment in the Transporter franchise. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprised their roles, as Frank ...more

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TMNT is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
TMNT Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans TMNT is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy action film and a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, the film features the voice talents ...more