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The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids  

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110 votes 13 voters 22 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite kids karate movies to watch.

Is there anything more fun than watching two martial arts masters at the top of their game? Everybody loves them, but it can be hard to find a list of appropriate martial arts movies for kids.

Many kung-fu movies are overly violent or might teach kids the wrong lessons, but the good Karate films for young kids teach the honor, discipline, and respect that is at the core of most martial arts. Not only are the movies fun, but martial arts is a rewarding and valuable practice for young kids, with some studies even linking it to improvements in children with learning and attention issues. If your kids are interested in martial arts, then these are the kids karate movies to watch, like 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up.

So if you've ever asked yourself, what ninja films can kids watch? Look to the list below for answers to this and similar questions. From old live-action classics like the Karate Kid and 3 Ninjas, to newer animated movies like the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, there's a wide variety to choose from. So vote up the best kung-fu films for children, add any items you don't see, and everybody start kung-fu fighting!

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman
Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more
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Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount ...more
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Kung Fu Panda 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman
Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. Continuing his "legendary adventures of ...more
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The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita
The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel ...more
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas
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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Corey Feldman, Vivian Wu, Paige Turco
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a 1993 American action film, the second sequel to the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. It was produced by Clearwater Holdings Ltd. and ...more
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3 Ninjas Kick Back is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Robert Miano, Sab Shimono, Dustin Nguyen
3 Ninjas Kick Back is a 1994 American sequel to the film 3 Ninjas. It received mostly negative reviews from critics. This is the only 3 Ninjas film with a video game adaptation. Despite being ...more
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3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Donal Logue, Charles Napier, Vincent Schiavelli
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is a 1995 American martial arts comedy film and a sequel to the films 3 Ninjas and 3 Ninjas Kick Back. The film was directed by Sang-ok Shin. The film was shot in 1992, the ...more
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3 Ninjas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
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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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Brenda Song, Anna Hutchison, Justin Chon
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is a 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Brenda Song and Shin Koyamada. Koyamada plays a Chinese monk who visits the title character, an American teenager ...more
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The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel
The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The ...more
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TMNT is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans
TMNT is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy action film and a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, the film features the voice talents ...more
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Jaden Smith
The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and it was produced by Jaden's parents Will and Jada. It is a ...more
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Sidekicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Chuck Norris, Danica McKellar, Joe Piscopo
Sidekicks is a 1992 action film starring Jonathan Brandis and Chuck Norris.
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The Spy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta
The Spy Next Door is a 2010 American spy comedy family film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Magnús ...more
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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Karan Ashley
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American superhero film based on the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The film stars the regular television cast of Karan Ashley, ...more
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Kids From Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Jet Li, Chia Hui Liu, Yu Chenghui
Kids From Shaolin is a 1984 Hong Kong/Chinese action-comedy kung fu film directed by Chang Hsin-yen. It stars Jet Li, Yu Chenghui, Yu Hai and Ding Lan from the original 1982 Shaolin Temple film, ...more
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Surf Ninjas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Kelly Hu, Rob Schneider, Leslie Nielsen
Surf Ninjas is a 1993 American comedic family film involving martial arts, directed by Neal Israel and written by Dan Gordon. The film stars Ernie Reyes Jr., Rob Schneider, Nicolas Cowan, and ...more
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Magnificent Butcher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Pai Wei
Magnificent Butcher is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Sammo Hung, Kwan Tak-hing, Yuen Biao, Wei Pai, Lee Hoi San, Chiang Kam, Fan Mei Sheng, Fung Ging ...more
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The Karate Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids
Chevy Chase, Jaime Pressly, Jon Voight
The Karate Dog is a 2004 television film directed by Bob Clark and produced by Frank Hübner. It stars Chevy Chase, Simon Rex, Jon Voight, and Jaime Pressly. Nicollette Sheridan and Pat ...more