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The Best Wuxia Movies  

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wong Kar-wai and Wong Jing have both directed Wuxia movies, as have many other great directors.

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Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung
Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. Hero was first ...more
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more
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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more
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Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Shawn Yue
Reign of Assassins is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Su Chao-pin and co-directed by John Woo. The film is shot in China and set during the Ming Dynasty. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, who plays an ...more
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Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were ...more
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Jackie Chan, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu
A Touch of Zen is a 1971 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu. The film won significant critical acclaim and became the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes ...more
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Feng Hsu, Miao Tien, Chien Tsao
Dragon Gate Inn, also known as Dragon Inn, is a 1967 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu. The film was remade in 1992, as New Dragon Gate Inn, and again in 2011 as The Flying Swords of ...more
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Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. Wong completely eschews ...more
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Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Chin Ka-lok
Swordsman II, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very loosely adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. It was the second part of a ...more
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Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou
Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written ...more
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Kung Fu Cult Master Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Chingmy Yau
Kung Fu Cult Master is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Directed by Wong Jing, it featured fight choreography by Sammo Hung, and ...more
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Jackie Chan, Cheng Pei-pei, Elliot Ngok
Come Drink with Me is a 1966 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by King Hu. Set during the Ming Dynasty, it stars Cheng Pei-pei and Yueh Hua as warriors with Chan Hung-lit as the villain, and ...more
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Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Sam Hui, Sharla Cheung
The Swordsman or Swordsman is a 1990 Hong Kong wuxia film. King Hu was credited as the director but he allegedly left the project midway, and the film was completed by a team led by producer ...more
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Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Zhao Wei
14 Blades is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Daniel Lee, starring Zhao Wei, Donnie Yen, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui and Qi Yuwu. The film was released on 4 February 2010 in China and on 11 February 2010 in ...more
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Jimmy Wang, Chung-Hsin Huang, Lisa Chiao Chiao
One-Armed Swordsman is a 1967 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio. Directed by Chang Cheh, it was the first of the new style of wuxia films emphasizing male anti-heroes, ...more
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Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng, Eddy Ko
The Bride with White Hair is a 1993 Hong Kong film directed by Ronny Yu, starring Brigitte Lin and Leslie Cheung. The film's main character, Lian Nichang, is loosely based on the protagonist of ...more
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Jet Li, Chia Hui Liu, Louis Fan
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a 2011 wuxia film directed by Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Gwei Lun-mei, Louis Fan and Mavis Fan. The film is a remake of Dragon ...more
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Huang Yi, Angus Tung, Peter Ho
New Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2004 DVD film based on the novel by Wang Du Lu. The DVD film as released in the West is composed of footage from a Taiwanese television serial of the same ...more
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Damian Lau, Lau Kong, Hoi Sang Lee
Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed by John Woo, and starring Damian Lau and Wei Pai. The film is a precursor to Woo's heroic bloodshed ...more
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Shu Qi, Sonny Chiba, Anthony Wong
The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film based on the manhua series Fung Wan by artist Ma Wing-shing. Directed by Andrew Lau, it starred Ekin Cheng as Wind and Aaron Kwok as Cloud. The plot ...more
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Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Jimmy Lin
Flying Dagger is a 1993 wuxia comedy film directed by Chu Yen-ping and written and produced by Wong Jing. The film features a large cast of stars and parodies numerous Hong Kong films.
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Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung Ka-fai
New Dragon Gate Inn is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Raymond Lee and produced by Tsui Hark, starring Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen. It was released as ...more
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Zhao Wei, Jiang Wen, Wang Xueqi
Warriors of Heaven and Earth is a 2003 Chinese action adventure film directed by He Ping. The film's notable cinematography captures a wide range of landscapes across China's Xinjiang province. ...more
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Alexander Fu Sheng, Eddy Ko, Lung Wei Wang
The Avenging Eagle is a 1978 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring Ti Lung, Alexander Fu and Ku Feng. A remake of the film, titled The 13 Cold-Blooded Eagles, was ...more
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Shu Qi, Yuen Biao, Nicholas Tse
A Man Called Hero is a 1999 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Andrew Lau. It is loosely based on the manhua series Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword by Hong Kong artist Ma Wing-shing. It won ...more