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List Rules Movies must have martial arts in them.

All the best movies with martial arts action compiled into a list of the best martial art movies. Martial arts movies are amazing to watch, so they're a perfect fit for film. From the revenge tactics of The Bride in the Kill Bill series to the martial arts mastery of Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and Way of the Dragon (among many others), this list of movies with martial arts is a great fit for anyone who loves action.

Martial arts films have been with us for decades. This list includes all different forms of martial arts including karate, jiu jitsu, kenpo, muay thai, and many other fighting techniques. While most of these films are action oriented, some are also comedic (like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon), or even animated (Kung Fu Panda). Martial art movies are also the perfect kind of film that a dad can enjoy with this teenage son or any other action-loving family member. If you're into martial art movies, then this is the list for you.

What are the best martial arts movies? Take a look at this list and you'll see for yourself.

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Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Released: 1973 Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse; starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. This was Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death ...more

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Ip Man Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan Released: 2008 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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Fist of Fury Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao 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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WilliamAndersen added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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Fist of Legend Jet Li, Paul Chun, Billy Chow Released: 1994 Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the lead role. The ...more

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The Legend of Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui 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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Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai Released: 1978 Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The film was a success at the Hong Kong box office, ...more

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Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol Released: 2003 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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Dark Ether added Ip Man 2 Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi Released: 2010 Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, Ip Man 2 was ...more

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jessemob added Return of the Dragon Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and directed by Bruce Lee, who also stars in the lead role. This was Bruce Lee's only completed ...more

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Fearless Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and ...more

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Bloodsport Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung 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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Hero Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung Released: 2002 Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. ...more

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Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi Released: 2004 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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Iron Monkey Donnie Yen, Wong Jim, Yu Rongguang Released: 1993 Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and produced by Tsui Hark and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Donnie Yen, Yu Rongguang, Jean Wang, Angie Tsang and Yuen Shun-yi. It ...more

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ladynka added The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing, Shen Chan 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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The Raid: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
seffer added The Raid: Redemption Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Victoria The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. This is the second collaboration of Evans and ...more

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Five Deadly Venoms Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Feng Lu Five Venoms aka Five Deadly Venoms is a cult 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Chang Cheh, starring the Venom Mob, and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, about five kung-fu ...more

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WilliamAndersen added Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a 2003 action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Released: 1999 The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
The Game of Death Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris Game of Death is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt. Lee died during the making of the film. Over 100 ...more

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Kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III 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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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita Released: 2010 The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Rumble in the Bronx Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip 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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Once Upon a Time in China Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Kent Cheng Released: 1991 Once Upon a Time in China is a 1991 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. It is the first film in the Once Upon a ...more

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Milo added Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows ...more

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ladynka added Police Story Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung Police Story is a 1985 Hong Kong action film written and directed by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the lead role. It is the first of the Police Story series featuring Chan as a Hong Kong ...more

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The Protector Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum, Jon Foo Released: 2005 Tom-Yum-Goong Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง, IPA: is a 2005 Thai martial arts action film starring Tony Jaa. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who also directed Jaa's prior breakout film Ong-Bak. As ...more

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Richard777 added The Big Boss Bruce Lee, Lam Ching-ying, Nora Miao The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, with assistance from Bruce Lee. It stars Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien and Tony Liu. Bruce Lee's first major ...more

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WilliamAndersen added Once Upon a Time in China II Jet Li, Donnie Yen, David Chiang Once Upon a Time in China II is a 1992 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jet Li returning as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. It is the second film and ...more

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WilliamAndersen added Kill Bill Volume 2 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson 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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Tai Chi Master Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Christy Chung 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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Milo added 13 Assassins Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki 13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Takashi Miike. The screenplay was written by Daisuke Tengan. The film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film ...more

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Shu Qi, Donnie Yen, Anthony Wong Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a 2010 Hong Kong martial arts film directed and produced by Andrew Lau, and starring Donnie Yen as Chen Zhen, a role made famous by Bruce Lee in ...more

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Unleashed Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Jet Li Released: 2005 Unleashed is a 2005 martial arts action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier, written by Luc Besson, and produced by Jet Li. It stars Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, and Kerry Condon. The ...more

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Ip Man 3 Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang

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Above the Law Sharon Stone, Steven Seagal, Pam Grier Above the Law is a 1988 American action film written, produced and directed by Andrew Davis, and also produced by and starring Steven Seagal in his film debut. The film co-stars Pam Grier, ...more

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Desertrat89 added Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Cecilia Cheung Shaolin Soccer(Chinese: 少林足球; Pinyin: Shàolín Zúqiú) is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film co-written, directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead ...more

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The Transporter Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films' The Hire series. The film stars Jason ...more

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ladynka added The Legend Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Vincent Zhao Fong Sai-yuk, also known as The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk and The Legend, is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia-comedy film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-yuk. The film ...more

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The Last Dragon William H. Macy, Vanity, Keshia Knight Pulliam The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts musical film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. The film was a critical disappointment but a financial success, and ...more

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Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
ChrisMoraites added Shaolin Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Andy Lau Shaolin is a 2011 action drama film written by Alan Yuen, Chi Kwong Cheung, Quiyu Wang and 2 more and directed by Benny Chan.

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Master of the Flying Guillotine Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing, Kang Chin Master of the Flying Guillotine is a 1976 Taiwanese wuxia film starring Jimmy Wang Yu, who also wrote and directed the film. It is a sequel to Wang's 1971 film One Armed Boxer, and thus the film ...more

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MichaelChoi added Birth of the Dragon Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen Birth of the Dragon is a 2017 martial arts action film directed by George Nolfi. The true story revolves around the young martial artist Bruce Lee (Philip Ng), who challenges kung fu master Wong ...more

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Executioners from Shaolin Chia Hui Liu, Lo Lieh, Chen Kuan-tai Executioners from Shaolin or Hung Hsi Kuan is a 1977 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung. It is released as Shaolin Executioners outside of Hong Kong and as Executioners of ...more

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance Taketoshi Naitô, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yoshi Katō Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is a 1972 film directed by Kenji Misumi, the first in a series of six. The film tells the story of Ogami Ittō, a wandering assassin for hire who is ...more

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Blood and Bone Gina Carano, Michael Jai White, Kimbo Slice Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts film directed by Ben Ramsey and written by Michael Andrews. The film stars Michael Jai White, Eamonn Walker and Julian Sands, and ...more

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Milo added Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai Yojimbo is a 1961 jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a rōnin, portrayed by Toshiro Mifune, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for ...more

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Romeo Must Die Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX Released: 2000 Romeo Must Die is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen, and starring Jet Li and Aaliyah. ...more