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The Best 2000s Kung Fu Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite martial arts films that were released in the 2000s

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

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    The Protector

    Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum

    Released2005

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    Chocolate

    JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe

    Released2008

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

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    Fearless

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li

    Released2006

    Directed byRonny Yu

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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Chow

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    Unleashed

    Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins

    Released2005

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Delete

    Seth Rogen, David Cross

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • House of Flying Daggers12
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    The Twilight Samurai

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa

    Released2002

    Directed byYoji Yamada

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    Romeo Must Die

    Grace Park, Aaliyah

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

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    Brotherhood of the Wolf

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel

    Released2001

    Directed byChristophe Gans

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  • Kill Bill Volume 116
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Grandmaster

    Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo

    Released2013

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Black Dynamite

    Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Sanders

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  • The Forbidden Kingdom20
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    The Forbidden Kingdom

    Jackie Chan, Jet Li

    Released2008

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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    Michael Sinterniklaas, Marc Thompson

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    District 13

    Dany Verissimo, Cyril Raffaelli

    Released2004

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    Kiss of the Dragon

    Bridget Fonda, Jet Li

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Nahon

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    Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse

    Released2004

    Directed byBenny Chan

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    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

    Released2001

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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