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The Best Ninja Movies of All Time

Updated October 1, 2019 6.0k votes 3.2k voters 329.8k views25 items

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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
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    Mumon:the Land of Stealth (shinobi No Kuni)

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    Ninja Assassin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Ninja Assassin

    Naomie Harris, Rain

    Released2009

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    Year of Release: 2009
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    Revenge of the Ninja is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Revenge of the Ninja

    Professor Tanaka, Sho Kosugi

    Released1983

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1983
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    Elektra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

    Year of Release: 2005
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    American Ninja is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    American Ninja

    Michael Dudikoff, Tadashi Yamashita

    Released1985

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1985
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    Ninja is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Ninja

    Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara

    Released2009

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

    Year of Release: 2009
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    Enter the Ninja is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Enter the Ninja

    Franco Nero, Christopher George

    Released1981

    Directed byMenahem Golan

    Year of Release: 1981
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    You Only Live Twice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    You Only Live Twice

    Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence

    Released1967

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    Year of Release: 1967
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    DOA: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    DOA: Dead or Alive

    Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash

    Released2006

    Directed byCorey Yuen

    Year of Release: 2005
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    Ninja III: The Domination is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Ninja III: The Domination

    James Hong, Sho Kosugi

    Released1984

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1984
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    Pray for Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Pray for Death

    Sho Kosugi, Kane Kosugi

    Released1985

    Directed byGordon Hessler

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    The Octagon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    The Octagon

    Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1980

    Directed byEric Karson

    Year of Release: 1980
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    The Warrior's Way is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    The Warrior's Way

    Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Sngmoo

    The Warrior's Way is a 2010 New Zealand-South Korean fantasy action film written and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    American Ninja 2: The Confront is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

    Michael Dudikoff, Gary Conway

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1987
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    Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Mortal Kombat

    Bridgette Wilson, Frank Welker

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Year of Release: 1995
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    Heroes of the East is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Heroes of the East

    Chia Hui Liu, Yasuaki Kurata

    Released1978

    Directed byLau Kar-leung

    Heroes of the East, also known as Challenge Of The Ninja, Shaolin Vs. Ninja and Shaolin... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Shinobido is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Shinobido

    Naoko Ken

    Released2012

    Directed byToshiyuki Morioka

    Shinobido is a 2012 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Toshiyuki Morioka.amazon_watch buy button
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    The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    The Hunted

    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2003

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Year of Release: 1995
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    Ninja II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Ninja II

    Scott Adkins

    Released2013

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

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    Kill and Kill Again is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Kill and Kill Again

    Anneline Kriel, Bill Flynn

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Hall

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    The Princess Blade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    The Princess Blade

    Yumiko Shaku, Yōko Maki

    Released2001

    Directed byShinsuke Sato

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    Shaolin vs. Ninja is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Shaolin vs. Ninja

    Alexander Lou, Alan Chui Chung San

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Tai, Mai Chen Jsai

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    Kill or Be Killed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Kill or Be Killed

    James Ryan, Norman Combes

    Released1980

    Directed byIvan Hall

    Kill or Be Killed is a martial arts movie that was made in South Africa in 1977 and was titled... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Shinobi: Heart Under Blade

    Yukie Nakama, Erika Sawajiri

    Released2005

    Directed byTen Shimoyama

    A clash between two ninja clans, Iga and Kouga
    Date Released: 
    September 15, 2005
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    Goemon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ninja Movies of All Time
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    Goemon

    Erika Toda, Masatō Ibu

    Released2009

    Directed byKazuaki Kiriya

    best ninja movie out there. only competition is ninja assassins. if u havent seen goemon. u shud do that rite now...
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