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The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

Updated April 23, 2021 53.5k votes 5.0k voters 232.9k views334 items

List RulesMovies 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.
  • 1

    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan
    Released: 1973
    Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse;...  more

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  • 2

    Fist of Fury

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan
    Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is...  more

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  • 3

    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam
    Released: 2008
    Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life...  more

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  • 4

    Return of the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris
    Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and...  more
  • 5

    The Legend of Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau
    Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan,...  more

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  • 6

    Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee
    Released: 1978
    Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring...  more
  • 7

    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung
    Released: 2010
    Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, based on...  more

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  • 8

    Fist of Legend

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

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  • 9


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

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  • 10

    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing
    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, also known as The Master Killer and Shaolin Master Killer, is a...  more

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  • 11


    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker
    Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring...  more

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  • 12

    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok
    Released: 2003
    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a...  more
  • 13

    Iron Monkey

    Donnie Yen, Wong Jim
    Released: 1993
    Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and produced by Tsui Hark and...  more

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  • 14

    The Big Boss

    Bruce Lee, Lam Ching-ying
    The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, with...  more

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  • 15

    Five Deadly Venoms

    Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng
    Five Venoms aka Five Deadly Venoms is a cult 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by...  more
  • 16


    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li
    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom...  more
  • 17

    The Game of Death

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee
    This film is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and...  more

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  • 18

    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau
    House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau,...  more

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  • 19

    Ip Man 3

    Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung
  • 20

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese...  more

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  • 21


    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing
    Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and...  more

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  • 22

    Once Upon a Time in China

    Jet Li, Yuen Biao
    Released: 1991
    Once Upon a Time in China is a 1992 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written and directed...  more
  • 23

    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall
    Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and...  more

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  • 24

    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
  • 25

    Kill Bill Saga

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
    The Kill Bill Saga consists of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 in which Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman)...  more

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