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A list of the best Ninja Movies. In the United States, Ninja movies surged in popularity in the early 1980's and have been with us ever since. We believe we've thought of them all, but if you think we missed one feel free to add it to the list yourself. Ninjas were the covert agents of feudal Japan. They were assassins and spies. Ninjas date back to at least the 1300's, although the word "shinobi" (another word for ninja) did not begin to appear until the 1400's. Ninjutsu is an even later word. Since espionage was considered dishonorable in Japanese cultures, ninjas were shrouded in mystery to help keep their employers identities a secret. Ninjas have been used in popular culture for centuries, appearing in countless folktales. Today, Ninja Films continue that tradition.
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Mumon:the Land of Stealth (shi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
Karashi_LA added Mumon:the Land of Stealth (shinobi No Kuni)

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Ninja Assassin Naomie Harris, Rain, Lee Joon Year of Release: 2009 Ninja Assassin is a 2009 American-German martial arts film directed by James McTeigue. The story was written by Matthew Sand, with a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski. The film stars South ...more

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Revenge of the Ninja Professor Tanaka, Sho Kosugi, Virgil Frye Year of Release: 1983 Revenge of the Ninja is an action film starring Sho Kosugi as a ninja. It is considered part of a ninja trilogy, starting with Enter the Ninja and ending with Ninja III: The Domination, but the ...more

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Ninja Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Garrick Hagon Year of Release: 2009 A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last ...more

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American Ninja Michael Dudikoff, Tadashi Yamashita, Steve James Year of Release: 1985 American Ninja is a 1985 ninja action film produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's Cannon Films. Directed by Sam Firstenberg, who specialized in this genre in the 1980s, the film stars ...more

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Mortal Kombat Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker, Talisa Soto Year of Release: 1995 Mortal Kombat is a 1995 American fantasy martial arts film written by Kevin Droney, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert, ...more

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Enter the Ninja Franco Nero, Christopher George, Sho Kosugi Year of Release: 1981 Enter the Ninja is a 1981 martial arts film directed by Menahem Golan and starring Franco Nero, Susan George and Sho Kosugi. Production was started in the Philippines with Emmett Alston ...more

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Ninja III: The Domination James Hong, Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey Year of Release: 1984 Ninja III: The Domination is a 1984 film directed by Sam Firstenberg, and stars Sho Kosugi as Yamada, Lucinda Dickey as Christie, Jordan Bennett as Officer Billy Secord, and James Hong as ...more

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Ninja II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
mhunter added Ninja II Scott Adkins Ninja II is a 2013 film directed by Isaac Florentine.

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MohamedIbrahim added The Warrior's Way Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston The Warrior's Way is a 2010 New Zealand-South Korean fantasy action film written and directed by Sngmoo Lee and starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and Tony Cox. ...more

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Christian Shewcraft added Pray for Death Sho Kosugi, Kane Kosugi, Parley Baer Pray For Death is a 1985 American martial arts action film starring Sho Kosugi.

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The Octagon Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Carter Year of Release: 1980 The Octagon is a 1980 action film starring Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson and Lee Van Cleef. It was directed by Eric Karson and written by Paul Aaron and Leigh Chapman. It was filmed in Los ...more

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American Ninja 2: The Confrontation Michael Dudikoff, Gary Conway, Steve James Year of Release: 1987 American Ninja 2: The Confrontation is a 1987 action/adventure sequel starring Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Jeff Weston, Gary Conway, Michelle Botes and Larry Poindexter. It was directed by ...more

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merebethplumo added Shinobi: Heart Under Blade Yukie Nakama, Erika Sawajiri, Laura Bailey A clash between two ninja clans, Iga and Kouga
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September 15, 2005 Shinobi - Heart Under Blade or Kouga Ninpouchou Basilisk - The Live-Action is a 2005 Japanese romantic drama film directed by Ten Shimoyama and written by Kenya Hirata. The story is an ...more

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PeterSacristan added Shinobido Naoko Ken Shinobido is a 2012 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Toshiyuki Morioka.

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JoePerrillo added Goemon Erika Toda, Masatō Ibu, Ryoko Hirosue best ninja movie out there. only competition is ninja assassins. if u havent seen goemon. u shud do that rite now... Goemon is a 2009 Japanese historical fantasy film written and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. It is loosely based on the story of Ishikawa Goemon, a legendary outlaw hero who stole valuables from ...more

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The Hunted Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro Year of Release: 1995 The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. Brian Tyler composed the film's score.

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You Only Live Twice Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Lois Maxwell Year of Release: 1967 You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, and ...more

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Christian Shewcraft added Shaolin vs. Ninja Alexander Lou, Alan Chui Chung San, Chi Ping Chang Shaolin vs. Ninja is a 1983 action film written by Chien-chi Chang and directed by Mai Chen Jsai and Robert Tai.

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DOA: Dead or Alive Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash, Sarah Carter Year of Release: 2005 DOA: Dead or Alive is a 2006 ensemble martial arts film loosely based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series Dead or Alive. It was directed by Corey Yuen and written by J. F. Lawton, Adam ...more

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Mrhighroller added Kill and Kill Again Anneline Kriel, Bill Flynn, Ken Gampu Kill and Kill Again is a 1981 South African/American action film notable for being the first live-action film to use the visual effects known as bullet-time. It is a sequel to Kill or Be Killed. ...more

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drunken.brother added The Princess Blade Yumiko Shaku, Yōko Maki, Hideaki Ito The Princess Blade is a 2001 Japanese action film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a reimagining of the manga Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura.

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Don Smith added Kill or Be Killed James Ryan, Norman Combes Kill or Be Killed is a martial arts movie that was made in South Africa in 1977 and was titled Karate Olympiad, but released in 1980 to capitalize on the popularity of American martial arts

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Elektra Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp Year of Release: 2005 Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios. The story follows ...more