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'60s kung fu, and other martial arts movies, represent some of the best titles in Hong Kong action-cinema history. American films are conspicuously absent from this list, as Hong Kong and Taiwanese filmmakers churned out captivating tales of betrayal, revenge, and romance throughout the decade.


What are the best ‘60s kung fu and other martial arts movies? The 1960s saw a return to the wuxia style of film making - a style that had been politically suppressed in the 1930s and ‘40s. Wuxia films contain elements of fantasy, often set in historical Chinese epochs such as the Ming Dynasty, and involve using weapons in combat, such as swords, spears, and staffs. Shaw Brothers Studios, the venerated Hong Kong film production company, is responsible for many of the greatest ‘60s kung fu and other martial arts movies. Their in-house directors went on to produce countless genre classics. King Hu, a Shaw Brothers director, helmed the classic wuxia film
Come Drink With Me, noted for its use of a strong female protagonist.

Another big name in Hong Kong cinema was Chang Cheh, director of
The One-Armed Swordsman. This seminal film represented a shift in the wuxia style, leading to a trend of male antiheroes, violent swordplay, and extreme violence.


Eventually, the wuxia films of the 1960s gave way to the gritty kung fu films of the 1970s, but not before leaving an indelible legacy. The movies on this list proved highly influential to future generations of filmmakers, and there are plenty of good ‘60s kung fu and other martial arts movies to choose from. Help us rank this list by voting up your favorites. Are you a wuxia supporter, or more of a kung fu acolyte? Let us know what you think in the comment section!

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The One-Armed Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
The One-Armed Swordsman Jimmy Wang, Chung-Hsin Huang, Lisa Chiao Chiao

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Come Drink with Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Come Drink with Me Jackie Chan, Cheng Pei-pei, Elliot Ngok

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Dragon Inn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Dragon Inn

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Kill! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Kill! Tatsuya Nakadai, Eijirō Tōno, Tadao Nakamaru

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The Steel Edge of Revenge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
The Steel Edge of Revenge

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Return of the One-Armed Swords... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman Jimmy Wang, Tien Feng, Lisa Chiao Chiao

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Trail Of The Broken Blade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Trail Of The Broken Blade

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The Magnificent Trio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
The Magnificent Trio Lo Lieh, Jimmy Wang, Chan Hung-lit

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Have Sword Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Have Sword Will Travel David Chiang, Hark-On Fung, Miao Ching

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The Invincible Fist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies

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Female Demon Ohyaku is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Female Demon Ohyaku

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ninja 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
ninja 5

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Ninja 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies

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Terror Beneath the Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Terror Beneath the Sea Sonny Chiba, Franz Gruber, Mike Daneen

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The Cave of the Silken Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
The Cave of the Silken Web Chien Yu, Fan Ho, Wu Wei

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Quick Draw Okatsu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies

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Fencing Master is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Fencing Master

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ninja 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
ninja 3

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Karate: The Hand of Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
Karate: The Hand of Death Frank Blaine

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The Cobra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Kung Fu Movies
The Cobra