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The Best Ninja Movies of All Time

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List RulesFilms about or featuring ninja characters

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 Stealth1
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    Mumon: The Land of Stealth

    Satoshi Ohno, Yuri Chinen

    Released2017

    Directed byYoshihiro Nakamura

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  • Ninja Assassin2
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    Ninja Assassin

    Naomie Harris, Rain

    Released2009

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    Year of Release: 2009
    Ninja Assassin is a 2009 American-German martial arts film directed by James McTeigue. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Revenge of the Ninja3
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    Revenge of the Ninja

    Professor Tanaka, Sho Kosugi

    Released1983

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1983
    Revenge of the Ninja is an action film starring Sho Kosugi as a ninja. It is considered part... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • American Ninja4
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    American Ninja

    Michael Dudikoff, Tadashi Yamashita

    Released1985

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Year of Release: 1985
    American Ninja is a 1985 ninja action film produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's Cannon... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Ninja5
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    Ninja

    Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara

    Released2009

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

    Year of Release: 2009
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  • Enter the Ninja6
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    Enter the Ninja

    Franco Nero, Christopher George

    Released1981

    Directed byMenahem Golan

    Year of Release: 1981
    Enter the Ninja is a 1981 martial arts film directed by Menahem Golan and starring Franco... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Ninja III: The Domination7
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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 Death8
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    Pray for Death

    Sho Kosugi, Kane Kosugi

    Released1985

    Directed byGordon Hessler

    Pray For Death is a 1985 American martial arts action film starring Sho Kosugi. After a peace... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Warrior's Way9
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    The Warrior's Way

    Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Seung-moo

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  • Heroes of the East10
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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
  • Shinobido11
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    Shinobido

    Naoko Ken, Aimi Satsukawa

    Released2012

    Directed byToshiyuki Morioka

    Shinobido is a 2012 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Toshiyuki Morioka. A hidden Ninja... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Ninja II12
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    Ninja II

    Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi

    Released2013

    Directed byIsaac Florentine

    Ninja II (aka Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) is a 2013 American-Japanese film directed by Isaac... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3 Ninjas13
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    3 Ninjas

    Clifton Powell, Patrick Labyorteaux

    Released1992

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Year of Release: 1992
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  • The Princess Blade14
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    The Princess Blade

    Yumiko Shaku, Yōko Maki

    Released2001

    Directed byShinsuke Sato

    The Princess Blade is a 2001 Japanese action film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Shaolin vs. Ninja15
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    Shaolin vs. Ninja

    Alexander Lou, Alan Chui Chung San

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Tai, Mai Chen Jsai

    Shaolin vs. Ninja is a 1983 action film written by Chien-chi Chang and directed by Mai Chen...Amazon_watch buy button
  • Gymkata16
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    Gymkata

    Richard Norton, Tadashi Yamashita

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Year of Release: 1985
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  • Ninja in the Dragon's Den17
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    Ninja in the Dragon's Den

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Hwang Jang-lee

    Released1982

    Directed byCorey Yuen

    Ninja in the Dragon's Den is a 1982 Hong Kong martial arts film written, choreographed and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Ninja Scroll18
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    Ninja Scroll

    Jōji Nakata, Daisuke Gōri

    Released1993

    Directed byYoshiaki Kawajiri

    Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japanese animated action thriller film written and directed by Yoshiaki... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Kill Bill Saga

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Duel to the Death20
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    Duel to the Death

    Damian Lau, Norman Chu

    Released1983

    Directed byChing Siu-tung

    Duel to the Death is a 1983 Hong Kong wuxia film starring Norman Chu and Damian Lau. It is the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Shinobi: Heart Under Blade21
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    Shinobi: Heart Under Blade

    Yukie Nakama, Erika Sawajiri

    Released2005

    Directed byTen Shimoyama

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  • Nine Deaths of the Ninja22
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    Nine Deaths of the Ninja

    Vijay Amritraj, Sho Kosugi

    Released1985

    Directed byEmmett Alston

    Year of Release: 1985
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  • Rage of Honor23
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    Rage of Honor

    Sho Kosugi, Ulises Dumont

    Released1987

    Directed byGordon Hessler

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  • Azumi24
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    Azumi

    Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri

    Released2003

    Directed byRyuhei Kitamura

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  • Five Element Ninjas25
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    Five Element Ninjas

    Michael Chan, Lo Mang

    Released1982

    Directed byChang Cheh

    Five Element Ninjas is a 1982 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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