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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 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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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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler This film is a 1990 American action film directed by Bruce Malmuth, and starring Steven Seagal. Steven Seagal plays Detective Mason Storm, after being shot during a fire-fight that took his wife ...more

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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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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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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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Operation Condor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies

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twin warriors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies
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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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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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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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Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David This film 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 taken over ...more

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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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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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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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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