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The Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids

Updated October 1, 2019 330 votes 38 voters 2.1k views22 items

List RulesVote 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!

And if you like these movies, check out our list of the best ninja movies.

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    Kung Fu Panda
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

    Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Kung Fu Panda 2
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    Kung Fu Panda 2

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2011

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

    Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2010

    Directed byHarald Zwart

    The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    15
    5

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell

    Released1990

    Directed bySteve Barron

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Karate Kid, Part II
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    The Karate Kid, Part II

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Pressman

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American live-action film.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    3 Ninjas
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    3 Ninjas

    Clifton Powell, Patrick Labyorteaux

    Released1992

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    3 Ninjas is a 1992 American martial arts comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Spy Next Door
    9
    5

    The Spy Next Door

    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2010

    Directed byBrian Levant

    The Spy Next Door is a 2010 American spy comedy family film directed by Brian Levant, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Kung Fu Panda 3
    10
    6

    Kung Fu Panda 3

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2015

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

    Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
    9
    6

    Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

    Brenda Song, Anna Hutchison

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Laing

    Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is a 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Brenda Song and... more on Wikipedia
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    3 Ninjas Knuckle Up
    6
    4

    3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

    Donal Logue, Charles Napier

    Released1995

    Directed byShin Sang-ok

    3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is a 1995 American martial arts comedy film and a sequel to the films 3... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
    6
    4

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

    Corey Feldman, Vivian Wu

    Released1993

    Directed byStuart Gillard

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a 1993 American action film, the second sequel to the 1990... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Last Airbender
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    The Last Airbender

    Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone

    Released2010

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Sidekicks
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    Sidekicks

    Chuck Norris, Danica McKellar

    Released1992

    Directed byAaron Norris

    Sidekicks is a 1992 action film starring Jonathan Brandis and Chuck Norris.
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    3 Ninjas Kick Back
    6
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    3 Ninjas Kick Back

    Robert Miano, Sab Shimono

    Released1994

    Directed byCharles T. Kanganis

    3 Ninjas Kick Back is a 1994 American sequel to the film 3 Ninjas. It received mostly negative... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Surf Ninjas
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    4

    Surf Ninjas

    Kelly Hu, Rob Schneider

    Released1993

    Directed byNeal Israel

    Surf Ninjas is a 1993 American comedic family film involving martial arts, directed by Neal... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie
    5
    4

    Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie

    Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank

    Released1995

    Directed byBryan Spicer

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American superhero film based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    TMNT
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    4

    TMNT

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Munroe

    TMNT is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy action film and a part of the Teenage Mutant... more on Wikipedia
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    Kids From Shaolin
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    5

    Kids From Shaolin

    Jet Li, Chia Hui Liu

    Released1984

    Directed byHsin-yan Chang

    Kids From Shaolin is a 1984 Hong Kong/Chinese action-comedy kung fu film directed by Chang... more on Wikipedia
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    Magnificent Butcher
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    Magnificent Butcher

    Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

    Released1979

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping, Sammo Hung

    Magnificent Butcher is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Karate Dog
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    The Karate Dog

    Chevy Chase, Jaime Pressly

    Released2004

    Directed byBob Clark

    The Karate Dog is a 2004 television film directed by Bob Clark and produced by Frank Hübner.... more on Wikipedia