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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.

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.

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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 assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Chin Siu-ho Legend of the Fox, also known as Legend of a Fox, is a 1980 Hong Kong film based on Louis Cha's novel The Young Flying Fox. It was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, directed by Chang Cheh ...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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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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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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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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Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing, Kang Chin Master of the Flying Guillotine is a 1976 Taiwanese wuxia film starring Jimmy Wang Yu, who also wrote and directed the film. It is a sequel to Wang's 1971 film One Armed Boxer, and thus the film ...more

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Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Butterfly and Sword is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film loosely based on the novel Liuxing Hudie Jian by Gu Long. Directed by Michael Mak, the film starred Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Jimmy Lin, Joey ...more

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Damian Lau, Norman Chu, Eddy Ko Duel to the Death is a 1983 Hong Kong wuxia film starring Norman Chu and Damian Lau. It is the directorial debut of Ching Siu-tung.

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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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Philip Kwok, Alexander Fu Sheng, Shen Chan The Brave Archer, also known as Kungfu Warlord, is a 1977 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and ...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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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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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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Cheng Pei-pei, David Chiang, Lo Lieh Golden Swallow, also known as The Girl with the Thunderbolt Kick, is a 1968 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Chang Cheh and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring Cheng Pei-pei, Jimmy ...more

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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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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

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Cecilia Cheung, Hiroyuki Sanada, Nicholas Tse The Promise is a 2005 Chinese epic fantasy film directed by Chen Kaige, starring Jang Dong-gun, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse. It is loosely adapted from The Kunlun Slave, a ...more

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Zhao Wei, Andy Lau, Ekin Cheng The Duel is a 2000 Hong Kong wuxia comedy film directed by Andrew Lau and starring Andy Lau, Ekin Cheng, Nick Cheung, Kristy Yang, Zhao Wei and Patrick Tam. The film is adapted from Juezhan ...more

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Jimmy Wang, Tien Feng, Lisa Chiao Chiao Return of the One-Armed Swordsman, also known as One-Armed Swordsman Return, is a 1969 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Chang Cheh and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio. The film is a sequel ...more

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Donnie Yen, Kim So-yeon, Lau Kar-leung Seven Swords is a 2005 Hong Kong wuxia film produced and directed by Tsui Hark, starring Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Charlie Yeung, Sun Honglei, Lu Yi and Kim So-yeon. The story is loosely adapted ...more

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Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and directed by Rob Minkoff, and starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The film is loosely based on the novel ...more

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Shen Chan Bastard Swordsman, also known as Reincarnate Swordsman, is a 1983 Hong Kong wuxia film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio.

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Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Anita Mui Moon Warriors is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Sammo Hung, written by Alex Law and starring Andy Lau, Kenny Bee, Anita Mui and Maggie Cheung.

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Shintaro Katsu, Jimmy Wang, Michie Terada Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman, also known as Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman, is a 1971 Hong Kong and Japanese wuxia/chambara crossover film directed by Chinese film director Hsu ...more

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Chia Hui Liu, Chingmy Yau, Aaron Kwok Legend of the Liquid Sword is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia comedy film loosely based on Gu Long's Chu Liuxiang novel series. The film was written and directed by Wong Jing.

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Alexander Fu Sheng The Brave Archer 2, also known as Kungfu Warlord 2, is a 1978 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and ...more

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Nora Miao, Elliot Ngok, Ti Lung Clans of Intrigue is a 1977 Hong Kong wuxia film adapted from Fragrance in the Sea of Blood of Gu Long's Chu Liuxiang novel series. The film was directed by Chor Yuen, produced by the Shaw ...more

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David Chiang, TetsurĊ Tamba, Danny Lee The Water Margin, also known Outlaws of the Marsh and Seven Blows Of The Dragon, is a 1972 Hong Kong film adapted from the Chinese classical novel Water Margin. It was produced by the Shaw ...more

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Stephen Chow, Chingmy Yau, Sandra Ng Royal Tramp is a 1992 Hong Kong film based on Louis Cha's novel The Deer and the Cauldron. The film was one of the five top grossing Hong Kong films in 1992. Stephen Chow, who played the ...more

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Yu Rongguang, Waise Lee, Brigitte Lin The East Is Red, also known as Swordsman III, is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film. The main character in the film is loosely based on Dongfang Bubai, a character in Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, ...more

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Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai The Eagle Shooting Heroes is a 1993 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Jeffrey Lau. It is a parody of Louis Cha's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes.

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Philip Kwok, Alexander Fu Sheng, Shen Chan The Brave Archer and His Mate, also known as The Brave Archer 4 and Mysterious Island, is a 1982 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novels The Legend of the Condor Heroes and The Return of ...more

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Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Simon Yam Holy Weapon is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Wong Jing. The film's Chinese title means Seven Princesses of Wuxia.

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Derek Yee Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, also known as Chivalrous Killer, is a two-part 1978 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.

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Zhang Ziyi, Sammo Hung, Cecilia Cheung The Legend of Zu, also known as Zu Warriors in the United States, is a 2001 Hong Kong film produced and directed by Tsui Hark. The film starred Ekin Cheng, Louis Koo, Cecilia Cheung, Patrick ...more