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The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

Updated August 12, 2020 52.1k votes 4.9k voters 225.5k views333 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.
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  • 1
    Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Released: 1973
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    Fist of Fury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Fist of Fury

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1972

    Directed byLo Wei

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  • 3
    Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Released: 2008
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    Return of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Return of the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

    Released1972

    Directed byBruce Lee

    Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    The Legend of Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    The Legend of Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau

    Released1994

    Directed byJackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

    Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee

    Released1978

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1978
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  • 7
    Ip Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Released: 2010
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  • 8
    Fist of Legend is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Fist of Legend

    Jet Li, Paul Chun

    Released1994

    Directed byGordon Chan, Yuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1994
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  • 9
    Hero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Released: 2002
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  • 10
    Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Bloodsport

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker

    Released1988

    Directed byNewt Arnold

    Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing

    Released1978

    Directed byLau Kar-leung

    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, also known as The Master Killer and Shaolin Master Killer, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

    Released: 2003
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  • 13
    The Big Boss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    The Big Boss

    Bruce Lee, Lam Ching-ying

    Released1971

    Directed byLo Wei, Wu Chia Hsiang

    The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, with... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Iron Monkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Iron Monkey

    Donnie Yen, Wong Jim

    Released1993

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1993
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  • 15
    Fearless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Fearless

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li

    Released2006

    Directed byRonny Yu

    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Five Deadly Venoms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Five Deadly Venoms

    Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng

    Released1978

    Directed byChang Cheh

    Five Venoms aka Five Deadly Venoms is a cult 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Kickboxer

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid Worth, Mark DiSalle

    Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    The Game of Death

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Released1978

    Directed bySammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

    This film is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Ip Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Ip Man 3

    Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung

    Released2015

    Directed byWilson Yip

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  • 20
    House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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  • 21
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    Once Upon a Time in China is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Once Upon a Time in China

    Jet Li, Yuen Biao

    Released1991

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Released: 1991
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  • 23
    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 24
    Tai Chi Master is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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    Tai Chi Master

    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li

    Released1993

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Tai Chi Master is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Kill Bill Saga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies
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