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The Best Jet Li Movies

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List of the best Jet Li movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jet Li has appeared in dozens of films and he has worked with Once Upon a Time in China director Tsui Hark on five occasions. Jet Li's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Jet Li movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jet Li movies will be at the top of the list. Jet Li has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jet Li movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jet Li films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Jet Li role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jet Li performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Kiss of the Dragon, Fearless and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jet Li movies?" and "What are the greatest Jet Li roles of all time?" If you enjoy Li's martial arts mastery, you might also like our list of the best Jackie Chan movies and best Steven Seagal movies.


  • 1

    Born to Defence

    Jet Li, Paulo Tocha
    Born to Defence is a 1986 Hong Kong action film, which marked the directorial debut of Jet Li,...  more
  • 2


    Jet Li, Eric Tsang
    Hitman is a 1998 Hong Kong action film directed by Tung Wai. The film stars Jet Li, Simon Yam,...  more
  • 3

    The Master

    Jet Li, Yuen Wah
    The Master is a 1989 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed by Tsui Hark,...  more
  • 4


    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li
    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom...  more

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  • 5

    The Shaolin Temple

    Jet Li, Yu Chenghui
    The Shaolin Temple is a 1982 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts film directed by Chang Hsin Yen...  more
  • 6


    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li
    Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless...  more

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  • 7

    Fist of Legend

    Jet Li, Paul Chun
    Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features...  more

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    Kiss of the Dragon

    Bridget Fonda, Jet Li
    Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris...  more

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  • 9
    Kids From Shaolin is a 1984 Hong Kong/Chinese action-comedy kung fu film directed by Chang...  more
  • 10

    Martial Arts of Shaolin

    Jet Li, Hung Yan-yan
    Martial Arts Of Shaolin aka Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin is a 1986 Hong Kong...  more
  • 11

    This Is Kung Fu

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    The One

    Jason Statham, Carla Gugino
    The One is a 2001 American science fiction-martial arts film directed by James Wong. A rogue...  more

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  • 13

    The Forbidden Kingdom

    Jackie Chan, Jet Li
    The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and...  more

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  • 14

    The Legend

    Jet Li, Michelle Reis
    Fong Sai-yuk, also known as The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk and The Legend, is a 1993 Hong Kong...  more
  • 15

    Tai Chi Master

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li
    Tai Chi Master is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced...  more

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    The Founding of a Republic

    Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi
    The Founding of a Republic is a 2009 Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film...  more
  • 17

    Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong

    Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong is a 2003 documentary film directed by Ian Taylor....
  • 18

    My Father Is a Hero

    Jet Li, Collin Chou
    My Father Is A Hero is a 1995 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li....  more
  • 19

    Black Mask

    Jet Li, Dwight Schultz
    Black Mask is a 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok and...  more

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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock
    Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard...  more

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  • 21

    Once Upon a Time in China III

    Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan
    Once Upon a Time in China III is a 1993 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written, produced...  more
  • 22

    Last Hero in China

    Jet Li, Anita Yuen
    Last Hero in China is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Wong Jing. It...  more
  • 23

    The Bodyguard from Beijing

    Jet Li, Collin Chou
    The Bodyguard from Beijing, also known as The Defender in the United States and the United...  more

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  • 24

    Abbot Hai Teng of Shaolin

    Jet Li
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    Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez
    This film is a 2007 American action film directed by Philip G. Atwell in his directorial debut...  more