Entertainment

The Best Wuxia Movies 

Reference
2.6k votes 631 voters 127.5k views 131 items

List Rules Vote 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.

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

list ordered by
1
Hero is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
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

More Hero 

#357 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #325 of 748 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

2
Ranker Video
Zactoichi added
Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat
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

More Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

#347 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #91 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

3
Ranker Video
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

More House of Flying Daggers 

#327 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #328 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

4
Ranker Video
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

More Reign of Assassins 

#78 of 129 The Best Free Movies On YouTube, Ranked #24 of 28 The Best Movies Directed by John Woo

5
Ranker Video
Ananda Everingham, Sorapong Chatree, Jesdaporn Pholdee
Queens of Langkasuka is a 2008 Thai historical fantasy adventure film directed by Nonzee Nimibutr, and written by two-time S.E.A. Write Award winner Win Lyovarin. Known as "Pirates Of ...more
6
Ranker Video
The Sword of Many Lovers
Michelle Reis, Leon Lai, Elvis Tsui
The Sword of Many Lovers, also known as Sword of Many Loves, is a 1993 Hong Kong film based on Jin Yong's novel The Young Flying Fox. The film was produced by Golden Harvest and directed by Poon ...more
7
Ranker Video
The Jade Faced Assassin
Ku Feng, Lily Ho, Mei Sheng Fan
The Jade Faced Assassin is a 1971 Hong Kong film adapted from Gu Long's novel Juedai Shuangjiao. The film was directed by Yan Jun, produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, and starred Lily Ho and ...more
8
Everlasting Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
Everlasting Chivalry
Ming Chiang, Kin Ming Lee, Liang Hsieh Chen
Everlasting Chivalry is a 1980 Taiwanese film adapted from Gu Long's Chu Liuxiang novel series. The film was directed by Li Chao-yung and starred Meng Fei as the lead character.
9
Ranker Video
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

More Kung Fu Hustle 

#540 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #401 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

10
Ranker Video
Cecilia Cheung, Andy On, Francis Ng
The White Dragon is a 2004 Hong Kong wuxia comedy film directed by Wilson Yip and starring Cecilia Cheung and Francis Ng. The White Dragon is directed by Wilson Yip, whose best known works to ...more
11
Ranker Video
Sammo Hung
Bandits From Shantung is a 1972 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Huang Feng.
12
Ranker Video
Shih Szu
The Black Tavern is a 1972 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Teddy Yip and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring Shih Szu.
13
Ranker Video
Elliot Ngok, Miao Ching, Jason Pai Piao
The Duel of the Century is a 1981 Hong Kong film adapted from Juezhan Qianhou of Gu Long's Lu Xiaofeng novel series. The film was directed by Chor Yuen, produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, and ...more
14
Ranker Video
Danny Lee, Norman Chu, Eddy Ko
The Battle Wizard is a 1977 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and directed by Pao Hsueh-li. The film ...more
15
Ranker Video
When one of their brothers is murdered and their boss is held prisoner in the Green Dragon Prison, the Hwa Clan, led by the poisonous Lady Nine Flower, attempts his rescue. Unfortunately they ...more
16
Ranker Video
Secret Service of the Imperial Court
Lo Lieh, Bryan Leung, Ku Feng
Secret Service of the Imperial Court, also known as Police Pool of Blood, is a 1984 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and starring Bryan Leung. The film is strikingly ...more
17
Ranker Video
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

More A Touch of Zen 

#171 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #93 of 416 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

18
Ranker Video
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
19
Ranker Video
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
20
Ranker Video
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

More Swordsman II 

#225 of 416 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies #25 of 47 The Best Jet Li Movies

21
Ranker Video
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

More Come Drink with Me 

#61 of 416 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies #46 of 46 The Best '60s Action Movies

22
Ranker Video
Lo Lieh, Ti Lung, Ku Feng
The Emperor and His Brother is a 1981 Hong Kong wuxia film based on Louis Cha's novel The Book and the Sword. Produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, the film was directed by Chor Yuen and starred ...more
23
Ranker Video
The Swordswoman of Huangjiang
He Zhigang, Xu Qingang
The Swordswoman of Huangjiang was a 13-film wuxia series. The only film of the series which still exists today was its first installment, Uproar At the Baolin Temple, which is the lone surviving ...more
24
Uproar At The Baolin Tem... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Wuxia Movies
Uproar At The Baolin Temple
Szu-ying Chien, Qin-fang Xu, Yisheng Zheng
25
Ranker Video
Lo Wei, Lisa Chiao Chiao, James Tien
The Eunuch is a 1971 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Teddy Yip, and starring Pai Ying and Lisa Chiao Chiao.