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The Best Wuxia Movies

Updated August 7, 2020 2.7k votes 702 voters 133.0k views131 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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  • 1
    Hero is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    Reign of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Dragon Gate Inn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    A Touch of Zen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Kung Fu Hustle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    The Bride with White Hair is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Come Drink with Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Swordsman II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Wing Chun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Ashes of Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    The Sentimental Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    14 Blades is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    The One-Armed Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    The One-Armed Swordsman

    Jimmy Wang, Chung-Hsin Huang

    Released1967

    Directed byChang Cheh

    One-Armed Swordsman is a 1967 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Kung Fu Cult Master is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Bastard Swordsman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    Released1983

    Directed byChang Cheh

    Bastard Swordsman, also known as Reincarnate Swordsman, is a 1983 Hong Kong wuxia film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    The Storm Riders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    The Storm Riders

    Shu Qi, Sonny Chiba

    Released1998

    Directed byAndrew Lau

    The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film based on the manhua series Fung Wan by artist Ma... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Eagle Shooting Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    The Eagle Shooting Heroes

    Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung

    Released1993

    Directed byJeffrey Lau

    The Eagle Shooting Heroes is a 1993 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Jeffrey Lau. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    New Dragon Gate Inn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    New Dragon Gate Inn

    Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen

    Released1992

    Directed byChing Siu-tung, Tsui Hark, Raymond Lee

    New Dragon Gate Inn is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Raymond Lee and produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Last Hurrah for Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    Damian Lau, Lau Kong

    Released1979

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    Flying Dagger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    Flying Dagger

    Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai

    Released1993

    Directed byChu Yen-ping

    Flying Dagger is a 1993 wuxia comedy film directed by Chu Yen-ping and written and produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Butterfly and Sword is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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    Butterfly and Sword

    Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Mak

    Butterfly and Sword is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film loosely based on the novel Liuxing Hudie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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