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The Best Wuxia Movies

Updated February 27, 2021 3.7k votes 748 voters 136.1k views151 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Wuxia films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best wuxia movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. For more movies like this, check out these action movies lists on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant, as well as the Best Foreign Films on Amazon Prime and the Best Foreign Films on Netflix Instant

This wuxia movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of wuxia films also contains wuxia movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This wuxia films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best wuxia movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This wuxia movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for the best movies, in your opinion, by clicking the thumbs up button.

List of wuxia films includes wuxia movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Share the list with your friends to see how their opinions stack up against yours.

These are the top films in the wuxia genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the wuxia genre in it. Be it the motifs of the wuxia genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

If you're a fan of The 14 Amazons or Curse of the Golden Flower, make sure you give them some love. If we missed any wuxia movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous wuxia movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about wuxia movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the wuxia movies. List includes photos and wuxia movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

Examples include Clan of Amazons and The Face Behind The Mask.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these wuxia movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good wuxia movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest wuxia movies, here is the full wuxia movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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  • Hero1
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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless...  more
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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2
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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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    #94 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#296 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • House of Flying Daggers3
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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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  • Kung Fu Cult Master4
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    Kung Fu Cult Master

    Jet Li, Sammo Hung

    Released1993

    Directed bySammo Hung, Wong Jing

    Kung Fu Cult Master is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Heaven...  more
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  • New Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon5
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    Released2004

    Directed byHui On Jen, Liang Kai Cheng, Lin Jui Yang

    New Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2004 DVD film based on the novel by Wang Du Lu. The...  more
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  • Reign of Assassins6
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    Reign of Assassins

    Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn Woo, Chao-Bin Su

    Reign of Assassins is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Su Chao-pin and co-directed by John Woo....  more
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  • Dragon Gate Inn7
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    Dragon Gate Inn

    Feng Hsu, Miao Tien

    Released1967

    Directed byKing Hu

    Dragon Gate Inn, also known as Dragon Inn, is a 1967 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu....  more
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  • A Touch of Zen8
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    A Touch of Zen

    Jackie Chan, Roy Chiao

    Released1969

    Directed byKing Hu

    A Touch of Zen is a 1971 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu. The film won significant...  more
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  • Kung Fu Hustle9
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle is a Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed,...  more
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  • Seven Swords10
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    Seven Swords

    Donnie Yen, Kim So-yeon

    Released2005

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Seven Swords is a 2005 Hong Kong wuxia film produced and directed by Tsui Hark, starring...  more
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  • The Promise11
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    The Promise

    Cecilia Cheung, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released2005

    Directed byChen Kaige

    The Promise is a 2005 Chinese epic fantasy film directed by Chen Kaige, starring Jang...  more
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  • The Bride with White Hair12
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    The Bride with White Hair

    Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng

    Released1993

    Directed byRonny Yu

    The Bride with White Hair is a 1993 Hong Kong film directed by Ronny Yu, starring Brigitte Lin...  more
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  • Come Drink with Me13
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    Come Drink with Me

    Jackie Chan, Cheng Pei-pei

    Released1966

    Directed bySammo Hung, King Hu

    Come Drink with Me is a 1966 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by King Hu. Set during the Ming...  more
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  • Swordsman II14
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    Swordsman II

    Jet Li, Michelle Reis

    Released1991

    Directed byChing Siu-tung, Stanley Tong

    Swordsman II, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very...  more
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  • The Duel15
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    The Duel

    Zhao Wei, Andy Lau

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrew Lau

    The Duel is a 2000 Hong Kong wuxia comedy film directed by Andrew Lau and starring Andy Lau,...  more
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  • The Sentimental Swordsman16
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    The Sentimental Swordsman

    Elliot Ngok, Ti Lung

    Released1977

    Directed byChor Yuen

    The Sentimental Swordsman is a 1977 Hong Kong wuxia film written and directed by Chor Yuen and...  more
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  • A Man Called Hero17
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    A Man Called Hero

    Shu Qi, Yuen Biao

    Released1999

    Directed byAndrew Lau

    A Man Called Hero is a 1999 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Andrew Lau. It is loosely based...  more
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  • The Brave Archer18
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    The Brave Archer

    Philip Kwok, Alexander Fu Sheng

    Released1977

    Directed byChang Cheh

    The Brave Archer, also known as Kungfu Warlord, is a 1977 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis...  more
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  • 14 Blades19
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    14 Blades

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byDaniel Lee

    14 Blades is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Daniel Lee, starring Zhao Wei, Donnie Yen, Wu Chun,...  more
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  • Wing Chun20
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    Wing Chun

    Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen

    Released1994

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Wing Chun is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts action drama film produced and directed by Yuen...  more
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  • Ashes of Time21
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    Ashes of Time

    Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung

    Released1994

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based...  more
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  • Bastard Swordsman22
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    Released1983

    Directed byChang Cheh

    Bastard Swordsman, also known as Reincarnate Swordsman, is a 1983 Hong Kong wuxia film...  more
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  • Swordsman23
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    Swordsman

    Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Sam Hui

    Released1990

    Directed byAnn Hui, Ching Siu-tung, Tsui Hark, King Hu, Andrew Kam

    The Swordsman or Swordsman is a 1990 Hong Kong wuxia film. King Hu was credited as the...  more
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  • Flying Swords of Dragon Gate24
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    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

    Jet Li, Chia Hui Liu

    Released2011

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a 2011 wuxia film directed by Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li,...  more
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  • Moon Warriors25
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    Moon Warriors

    Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau

    Released1993

    Directed bySammo Hung

    Moon Warriors is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Sammo Hung, written by Alex Law and...  more
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