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The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

Updated August 12, 2020 54.5k votes 5.0k voters 230.6k 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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  • Enter the Dragon1
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    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Released: 1973
    Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse;...  more
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  • Fist of Fury2
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    Fist of Fury

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1972

    Directed byLo Wei

    Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is...  more
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  • Ip Man3
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

    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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  • Return of the Dragon4
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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
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  • The Legend of Drunken Master5
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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
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  • Drunken Master6
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    Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee

    Released1978

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1978
    Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring...  more
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  • Ip Man 27
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    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byWilson Yip

    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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  • Fist of Legend8
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    Fist of Legend

    Jet Li, Paul Chun

    Released1994

    Directed byGordon Chan, Yuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1994
    Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features...  more
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  • Hero9
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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Released: 2002
    Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless...  more
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  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin10
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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
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  • Bloodsport11
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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
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  • Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior12
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    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok

    Released2003

    Directed byPrachya Pinkaew

    Released: 2003
    Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a...  more
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  • The Big Boss13
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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
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  • Iron Monkey14
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    Iron Monkey

    Donnie Yen, Wong Jim

    Released1993

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Released: 1993
    Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and produced by Tsui Hark and...  more
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  • Fearless15
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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
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  • Five Deadly Venoms16
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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
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  • The Game of Death17
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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
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  • Kickboxer18
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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
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  • Ip Man 319
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    Ip Man 3

    Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung

    Released2015

    Directed byWilson Yip

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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon20
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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
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  • House of Flying Daggers21
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau,...  more
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  • Big Trouble in Little China22
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and...  more
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  • Once Upon a Time in China23
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    Once Upon a Time in China

    Jet Li, Yuen Biao

    Released1992

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Released: 1991
    Once Upon a Time in China is a 1992 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written and directed...  more
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  • Tai Chi Master24
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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
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  • Kill Bill Saga25
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    Kill Bill Saga

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003, 2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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