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The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies

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List of R-Rated martial arts movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated martial arts movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Martial Arts movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated martial arts movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Martial Arts movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Martial Arts films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Martial Arts film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List ranges from Kung Fu Hustle to Cyborg, plus much more.

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  • 1
    Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life... more on Wikipedia

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    The Legend of Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    The Legend of Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau

    Released1994

    Directed byJackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

    Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipedia

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    13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese samurai film directed by Takashi Miike and is a remake of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Fist of Fury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Fist of Fury

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1972

    Directed byLo Wei

    Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Rumble in the Bronx

    Jackie Chan, Anita Mui

    Released1995

    Directed byStanley Tong

    Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Showdown in Little Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Showdown in Little Tokyo

    Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee

    Released1991

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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  • 9
    Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Bloodsport

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker

    Released1988

    Directed byNewt Arnold

    Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Kickboxer

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid Worth, Mark DiSalle

    Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipedia

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    Police Story 3: Super Cop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Police Story 3: Super Cop

    Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh

    Released1992

    Directed byStanley Tong

    Police Story 3: Super Cop, also known as Super Cop in North America, is a 1992 Hong Kong... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    The Game of Death

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Released1978

    Directed bySammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

    This film is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    New Police Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    New Police Story

    Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse

    Released2004

    Directed byBenny Chan

    New Police Story is a 2004 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Benny Chan, and also... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Lionheart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Lionheart

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson

    Released1991

    Directed bySheldon Lettich

    Lionheart is a 1990 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Universal Soldier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Universal Soldier

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundren

    Released1992

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Universal Soldier is a 1992 American science fiction action film directed by Roland Emmerich.... more on Wikipedia

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    Kung Fu Hustle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Double Impact is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Double Impact

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cory Everson

    Released1991

    Directed bySheldon Lettich

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  • 19
    Hard to Kill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Hard to Kill

    Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock

    Released1990

    Directed byBruce Malmuth

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    The Big Boss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    The Big Boss

    Bruce Lee, Lam Ching-ying

    Released1971

    Directed byLo Wei, Wu Chia Hsiang

    The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, with... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1992

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • 22
    Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Crime Story

    Jackie Chan, Jon Polito

    Released1993

    Directed byKirk Wong, Jackie Chan

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  • 23
    Invasion U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Invasion U.S.A.

    Chuck Norris, Billy Drago

    Released1985

    Directed byJoseph Zito

    Invasion U.S.A. is a 1985 action film made by Cannon Films starring Chuck Norris. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Once Upon a Time in China III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    Once Upon a Time in China III

    Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan

    Released1992

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Once Upon a Time in China III is a 1993 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written, produced... more on Wikipedia
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    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies
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    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing

    Released1978

    Directed byLau Kar-leung

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