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On this list of the greatest ‘90s kung fu and other martial arts movies, you'll find all of your favorite action stars: Wesley Snipes, Keanu Reeves, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Jackie Chan. These martial artists all kicked, punched, and dodged their way to the top in these '90s kung fu films.


What are the best ‘90s kung fu and other martial arts movies? Hollywood franchises like
The Matrix, Blade, and Rush Hour all made the cut, as did Hong Kong films like Iron Monkey and Fist of Legend, starring Jet Li. Although The Matrix is a distinctly Americanized film, it borrowed elements of the Chinese kung fu style of wuxia, including flying and use of weapons. It also managed to retain some of the grittier kung fu features of ‘70s Hong Kong films, such as unarmed combat and the use of an antihero.

On this list, you’ll also find familiar names in the director’s chair. Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung, whose work spans decades of martial arts cinema, teams up with another legend, Jackie Chan, for the “Kung Fu Comedy” Mr. Nice Guy.


There are many good ‘90s kung fu and other martial arts movies to choose from, so help us re-rank this list. Vote up the best '90s kung fu flicks, and let us know what you think in the comment section.

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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The Legend of Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial arts ...more

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Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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Fist of Legend Jet Li, Paul Chun, Billy Chow Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the lead role. The ...more

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on ...more

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Once Upon a Time in China Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Kent Cheng Once Upon a Time in China is a 1991 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. It is the first film in the Once Upon a ...more

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Iron Monkey Donnie Yen, Wong Jim, Yu Rongguang Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and produced by Tsui Hark and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Donnie Yen, Yu Rongguang, Jean Wang, Angie Tsang and Yuen Shun-yi. It ...more

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Rumble in the Bronx Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui. Released in Hong Kong in 1995, Rumble in the Bronx had a successful theater run, and ...more

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Universal Soldier Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundren, Jerry Orbach Universal Soldier is a 1992 American science fiction action film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam ...more

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Operation Condor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies

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Who Am I? Jackie Chan, Ed Nelson, Kane Kosugi Who Am I? is a 1998 Hong Kong action film directed by Benny Chan and Jackie Chan, who also starred in the lead role. The film was released in the Hong Kong on January 17, 1998.

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Mortal Kombat Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto Mortal Kombat is a 1995 American fantasy martial arts film written by Kevin Droney, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert, ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Kevin Nash, Frank Welker, David Warner Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American live-action film. It is the sequel to the 1990 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Secret of the Ooze was then ...more

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Wing Chun Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Cheng Pei-pei Wing Chun is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts action drama film produced and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Michelle Yeoh and Yen Chi-tan. The film was preceded by a 1994 television series of ...more

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Hard to Kill Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler Hard to Kill is a 1990 American action film directed by Bruce Malmuth, and starring Steven Seagal. Steven Seagal plays Detective Mason Storm, who falls into a coma after being shot during a ...more

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Hard Target Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Wilford Brimley Hard Target is a 1993 American action film directed by Chinese film director John Woo in his American directorial debut. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work ...more

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Lionheart Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson, Deborah Rennard Lionheart is a 1990 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and co-starring Brian Thompson, along with Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, and Ashley Johnson. ...more

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Twin Dragons Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, David Chiang Twin Dragons is a 1992 Hong Kong action comedy film directed by Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, and starring Jackie Chan in two roles as a pair of twin brothers. A blockbuster Telugu film titled Hello ...more

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Story of Ricky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
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Once Upon a Time in China II Jet Li, Donnie Yen, David Chiang Once Upon a Time in China II is a 1992 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jet Li returning as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. It is the second film and ...more

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Marked for Death Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David Marked for Death is a 1990 action film directed by Dwight H. Little. It stars Steven Seagal as John Hatcher, a former DEA troubleshooter. Upon moving back to his home town, Hatcher finds it ...more

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Double Impact Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cory Everson, Julie Strain Double Impact is a 1991 American action film written and directed by Sheldon Lettich, and written, produced by and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in a dual role as Chad and Alex Wagner. The film ...more

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Out for Justice Steven Seagal, Julianna Margulies, Gina Gershon Out for Justice is a 1991 American crime thriller directed by John Flynn, and produced by and starring Steven Seagal. The film is about a veteran police detective who vows to kill the crazy, ...more

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Beverly Hills Ninja Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan Beverly Hills Ninja is a 1997 American martial arts comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, written by Mark Feldberg and Mitch Klebanoff. The film stars Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin ...more

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Mr. Nice Guy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
Mr. Nice Guy Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick Mr. Nice Guy is a 1997 Hong Kong action film directed by Sammo Hung, who makes a cameo as an unfortunate cyclist. The film stars Jackie Chan and Richard Norton. The film was released in the Hong ...more

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twin warriors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
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The Legend Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Vincent Zhao Fong Sai-yuk, also known as The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk and The Legend, is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia-comedy film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-yuk. The film ...more

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a 1995 American action film set on board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Los Angeles. Directed by Geoff Murphy, it stars Steven ...more

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City Hunter Jackie Chan, Gary Daniels, Chingmy Yau City Hunter is a 1993 Hong Kong action comedy film written and directed by Wong Jing, starring Jackie Chan, Joey Wong, Chingmy Yau and Richard Norton. The film is based on the Japanese manga of ...more

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Showdown in Little Tokyo Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee, Dolph Lundren Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee. This was Brandon Lee's first American film role. The film was ...more

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Death Warrant Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dean Martin, Cynthia Gibb Death Warrant is a 1990 action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was written by David S. Goyer while a student at USC, and was Goyer's first screenplay to be sold and produced ...more

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3 Ninjas Clifton Powell, Patrick Labyorteaux, Victor Wong 3 Ninjas is a 1992 American martial arts comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Victor Wong, Michael Treanor, Max Elliott Slade, and Chad Power. It was the only 3 Ninjas film released ...more

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Maximum Risk Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, David Hemblen Maximum Risk is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Hong Kong director Ringo Lam in his American directorial debut, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge. The ...more

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Street Fighter Kylie Minogue, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ming-Na Wen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Street Fighter is a 1994 American action film written and directed by Steven E. de Souza. It is based loosely on the video game Street Fighter II, produced by Capcom, and stars Jean-Claude Van ...more

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The Quest Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar The Quest is a 1996 American martial arts film directed by Jean-Claude Van Damme in his directorial debut, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Roger Moore, James Remar and Janet ...more

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Rapid Fire Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso Rapid Fire is a 1992 American action film directed by Dwight H. Little, and starring Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe and Nick Mancuso. The film was released in the United States on August 21, 1992. ...more