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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.

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Quentin Tarantino and Jackie Chan are among the directors that have worked on a R Martial arts film.

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Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Takashi Miike

13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese samurai film directed by Takashi Miike and is a remake of the1963 Eiichi Kudo film. Toward the end of the Edo period, A group of thirteen assassins—comprising ...more

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Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol

Released: 2003

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai martial arts action film. It was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, featured stunt choreography ...more

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Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

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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Chuck Norris, Tracy Scoggins, Bernie Kopell

Released: 2005

Directed by: William Tannen

The Cutter is a direct to video action film released in 2005, starring Chuck Norris, Joanna Pacuła, Daniel Bernhardt, Bernie Kopell and Marshall R. Teague. After a deadly kidnapping rescue gone ...more
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Jackie Chan, Jon Polito, Kent Cheng

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kirk Wong, Jackie Chan

Crime Story is a 1993 Hong Kong action film directed by Kirk Wong, and starring Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Law Kar-ying and Puishan Au-yeung. The film was released in Hong Kong on 24 June 1993. ...more
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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung

Released: 1988

Directed by: Newt Arnold

Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims ...more

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Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Chow

Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were ...more

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Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao

Released: 1972

Directed by: Lo Wei

Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee in his second major role ...more

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Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung

Released: 1992

Directed by: Stanley Tong

Police Story 3: Super Cop, also known as Super Cop in North America, is a 1992 Hong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie reprises his "Kevin" Chan Ka-Kui ...more

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Chuck Norris, Mark Margolis, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1990

Directed by: Aaron Norris

Delta Force 2 is a 1990 action film, and a sequel to the Chuck Norris film The Delta Force, also starring Norris as Maj. Scott McCoy. In this film, McCoy leads his Delta team into the fictional ...more
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Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip

Released: 1995

Directed by: Stanley Tong

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, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III

Released: 1989

Directed by: David Worth, Mark DiSalle

Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and co-directed by David Worth. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion ...more

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Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee, Dolph Lundren

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu

Released: 2004

Directed by: Benny Chan

New Police Story is a 2004 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Benny Chan, and also produced by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 24 ...more
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Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing, Shen Chan

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lau Kar-leung

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, also known as The Master Killer and Shaolin Master Killer, is a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Liu Chia-liang and starring Gordon Liu. The film follows ...more

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson, Deborah Rennard

Released: 1991

Directed by: Sheldon Lettich

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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

This film is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt. Lee passed during the making of the film. The ...more

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Coolio, Mark Dacascos, Norika Fujiwara

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stanley Tong

China Strike Force is a 2000 Hong Kong action film starring Aaron Kwok, Norika Fujiwara, Leehom Wang and Ruby Lin. It was directed by Stanley Tong and written by Steven Whitney and Stanley
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Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Stephen Furst

Released: 1982

Directed by: Michael Miller

Silent Rage is a 1982 romantic/action/science fiction/horror movie starring Chuck Norris and directed by Michael Miller.
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Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Christy Chung

Released: 1993

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

Tai Chi Master is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the film. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 18 November 1993.

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Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui

Released: 1993

Directed by: Johnnie To

The Heroic Trio is a 1992 Hong Kong action film directed by Johnny To, starring Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, and Anita Mui as the titular trio. Other cast include Damian Lau, Anthony Wong ...more

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Chuck Norris, Alberta Watson, Al Waxman

Released: 1991

Directed by: Aaron Norris

The Hitman is a 1991 action/crime film starring Chuck Norris. It was directed by Aaron Norris and written by Don Carmody, Robert Geoffrion and Galen Thompson.