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The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies 

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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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Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robert Clouse

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Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Wilson Yip

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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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, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai

Released: 1978

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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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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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Return of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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Released: 1972

Directed by: Bruce Lee

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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Released: 2010

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Released: 2010 Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man and a sequel to Ip Man (2008). Continuing after the events ...more

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Jet Li, Paul Chun, Billy Chow

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gordon Chan, Yuen Woo-ping

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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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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Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung

Released: 2002

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

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 attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. Hero was first ...more

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Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol

Released: 2003

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

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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Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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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Released: 2000

Directed by: Ang Lee

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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ladynka added 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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Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Feng Lu

Released: 1978

Directed by: Chang Cheh

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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Donnie Yen, Wong Jim, Yu Rongguang

Released: 1993

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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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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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Released: 1971

Directed by: Lo Wei, Wu Chia Hsiang

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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The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

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Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Ip Man 3 Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang

Released: 2015

Directed by: Wilson Yip

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Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Kent Cheng

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tsui Hark

Released: 1991 Once Upon a Time in China is a 1991 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li as Chinese martial arts master and folk hero of Cantonese ethnicity, ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more

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Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Chow

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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Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Christy Chung

Released: 1993

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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