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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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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Woo

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dean Martin, Cynthia Gibb

Released: 1990

Directed by: Deran Sarafian

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Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Vincent Zhao

Released: 1993

Directed by: Corey Yuen

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JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Phongphat Wachirabanjong

Released: 2008

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

Chocolate, also known as Zen, Warrior Within, is a 2008 Thai martial arts film starring Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda in her debut film performance. It is directed by Prachya Pinkaew, ...more

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Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, Eddie Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joseph Zito

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dayle Haddon, Ralf Möller

Released: 1989

Directed by: Albert Pyun

Cyborg, known in the UK as Cyborg 009, is a 1989 American martial-arts science fiction film directed by Albert Pyun. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Gibson Rickenbacker, a mercenary who battles a ...more

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Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

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Jet Li, Yuen Wah, Jerry Trimble

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tsui Hark

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX

Released: 2000

Directed by: Andrzej Bartkowiak

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Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Wong Jing

Released: 1994

Directed by: Corey Yuen, Yuen Biao, Wong Jing

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Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Carter

Released: 1980

Directed by: Eric Karson

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Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

Released: 1992

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Dany Verissimo, Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Pierre Morel

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Released: 1992

Directed by: John Woo

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Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Sorapong Chatree

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tatchakorn Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai

Ong-Bak 3 is a 2010 Thai martial arts film directed, produced and written by Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai. The film's story is a follow-up to Ong Bak 2, where Tien is put to be brutally beaten ...more
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Tatchakorn Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Tsui Hark

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Ben Ramsey

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Kevin Hooks

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Directed by: Andrzej Bartkowiak

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

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