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When you hear the name Bruce Lee, it automatically makes you think of some of the best kung fu movies from the 1970s. ‘70s kung fu movies are some of the most badass martial arts films of all time due to their fearless actors and fighters. The 1970s saw a backlash against wuxia-style martial arts films, which contain elements of fantasy and swordplay. The re-emergence of kung fu cinema brought gritty realism back to the silver screen. Even those less familiar with this particular era of film history will certainly remember some of Lee's most iconic films, such as Return of the Dragon.


What are the greatest ‘70s kung fu films? Robert Clouse, the famed American director of martial arts films, has several films on this list, including Bruce Lee’s only English-speaking starring role in
Enter the Dragon. You will also find numerous films directed by - or starring - Sammo Hung (the Hong Kong new wave titan.


If you’re a fan of hip-hop pioneers, The Wu-Tang Clan, you might recognize
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin as a major cultural influence on the group. This list of the top ‘70s kung fu movies has something for everyone, from Australian new wave flicks, like The Man from Hong Kong, to awesome, obscure pictures like Dance of the Drunk Mantis.
 
Vote up the best kung fu and martial arts films from the 1970s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai

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The Chinese Connection is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies

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Return of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Return of the Dragon Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao

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Fist of Fury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Fist of Fury Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao

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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing, Shen Chan

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Five Deadly Venoms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Five Deadly Venoms Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Feng Lu

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Heroes of the East is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Heroes of the East Chia Hui Liu, Yasuaki Kurata, Lung Chan

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The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Game of Death Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

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Warriors Two is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Warriors Two Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lau Kar-wing

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Crippled Avengers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Crippled Avengers Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Miao Ching

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Master of the Flying Guillotin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Master of the Flying Guillotine Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing, Kang Chin

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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Yuen Siu-tien

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Five Fingers of Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
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The Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Street Fighter Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera

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Disciples of Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Disciples of Shaolin Alexander Fu Sheng, Hark-On Fung, Chiang Han

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A Touch of Zen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
A Touch of Zen Jackie Chan, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu

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Billy Jack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Billy Jack Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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Lady Snowblood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Lady Snowblood Meiko Kaji, Kō Nishimura, Miyoko Akaza

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Return of the Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Return of the Street Fighter Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro, Masafumi Suzuki - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Shaolin Temple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Shaolin Temple Philip Kwok, Alexander Fu Sheng, David Chiang - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Trial of Billy Jack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Trial of Billy Jack Tom Laughlin, William Wellman Jr., Han Bong-soo

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Black Belt Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Black Belt Jones Scatman Crothers, Jim Kelly, Eric Laneuville

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Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Kang Chin

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Three the Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Three the Hard Way Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly

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The Fearless Hyena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Fearless Hyena Jackie Chan, James Tien

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The Man from Hong Kong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Man from Hong Kong George Lazenby, Sammo Hung, Bill Hunter

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vam... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Peter Cushing, Julie Ege, David Chiang

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Circle of Iron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Circle of Iron Christopher Lee, Eli Wallach, David Carradine

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Incident at Blood Pass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Incident at Blood Pass Toshiro Mifune, Shintaro Katsu, Yorozuya Kinnosuke

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All Men Are Brothers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Monte Cox added All Men Are Brothers Bolo Yeung, David Chiang, Tetsurō Tamba

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Dirty Ho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Dirty Ho Chia Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Wong Yue

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Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Odd Couple Sammo Hung, Lau Kar-wing, Bryan Leung

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Knockabout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Knockabout Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lau Kar-wing

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Rumble in Hong Kong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Rumble in Hong Kong

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The Super Inframan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
The Super Inframan Danny Lee, Bruce Le, Hap Wong

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Last Hurrah for Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Last Hurrah for Chivalry Damian Lau, Lau Kong, Hoi Sang Lee - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Dance of the Drunk Mantis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Kung Fu Movies
Dance of the Drunk Mantis Hwang Jang-lee, Corey Yuen, Dean Shek