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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

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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.

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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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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
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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
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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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David Chiang, Hark-On Fung, Ti Lung
The New One-Armed Swordsman, also known as Triple Irons, is a 1971 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Chang Cheh and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring David Chiang. Chiang replaced ...more
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Elliot Ngok
Killer Darts is a 1968 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and starring Yueh Hua and Chin Ping.
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Leslie Cheung, Chen Kuan-tai, Tien-chu Chin
Little Dragon Maiden, also known as The Brave Archer 5, is a 1983 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Return of the Condor Heroes. Little Dragon Maiden and The Brave Archer and His ...more
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New Tales of the Flying Fox Bryan Leung, Felix Wong, Kara Hui
New Tales of the Flying Fox is a 1984 Hong Kong film based on Louis Cha's novel The Young Flying Fox. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and directed by Lau Sze-yuk.
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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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Krista Kosonen, Zhang Jingchu, Cheng Taisheng
Jade Warrior is a Finnish-Chinese co-produced movie. It combines elements of the wuxia genre with Finnish Kalevala mythology. It was directed by Antti-Jussi Annila. The movie opened in Finland ...more
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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
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Derek Yee, Candice Yu
Death Duel is a 1977 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Chor Yuen under the Shaw Brothers Studio banner. The film stars Derek Yee and Ling Yun and marked the debut of Candice Yu for Shaw Studio ...more
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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
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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
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Everlasting Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 16 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.
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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, 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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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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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
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Sammo Hung
Bandits From Shantung is a 1972 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Huang Feng.
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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.
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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
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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