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The Best Kung Fu Movies of the 1990s 

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Updated October 14, 2019 1k votes 315 voters 11k views 37 items

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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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Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Jet Li, Paul Chun, Billy Chow

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gordon Chan, Yuen Woo-ping

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Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip

Released: 1995

Directed by: Stanley Tong

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Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Kent Cheng

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tsui Hark

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Donnie Yen, Wong Jim, Yu Rongguang

Released: 1993

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

Released: 1990

Directed by: Steve Barron

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Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Released: 1991

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Released: 1990

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Jet Li, Donnie Yen, David Chiang

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tsui Hark

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Woo

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Released: 1991

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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Released: 1998

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Released: 1991

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam

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Released: 1994

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Released: 1993

Directed by: Corey Yuen

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