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The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies  

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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
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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Hero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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 attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. Hero was first ...more
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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The Protector is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more
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Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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The Forbidden Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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The Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
ralph-engstrom added 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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Shaolin Soccer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Cecilia Cheung
Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film co-written, directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, to apply ...more
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Kung Fu Hustle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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 One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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 until he meets the last remaining ...more
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Ninja Assassin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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 Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Romeo Must Die is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX
This film 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. The ...more
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New Police Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Bulletproof Monk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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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Kiss of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies
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