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List of the Best Martial Arts Movies
Here is a list of the some of the best martial arts movies ever made. This list contains martial arts films seen as popular classics and/or highly rated by critics.
Click on the titles of these famous martial arts films in order to see their movie trailers, basic storyline, rating from film review sites, etc.
You can also watch many of these movies online.
Most Popular or Highly Rated Martial Arts Movies (Not in Rank Order)
- Bloodsport - A 1988 martial arts movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
- Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - A 2000 martial arts movie starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi.
- Drunken Master - A 1978 martial movie starring Jackie Chan.
- Enter the Dragon - A 1973 martial arts movie starring Bruce Lee.
- Fearless - A 2006 martial arts movie starring Jet Li.
- Fist of Fury - A 1972 martial arts movie starring Bruce Lee.
- Fist of Legend - A 1994 martial arts movie starring Jet Li.
- Ip Man - A 2008 martial arts movie starring Donnie Yen.
- Ip Man 2 - A 2010 martial arts movie starring Donnie Yen.
- Iron Monkey - A 1993 martial arts movie starring Donnie Yen.
- Kill Bill - A 2003 martial arts movie starring David Carradine (famous for the Kung Fu TV series) and Uma Thurman.
- The Karate Kid - A 1984 martial arts movie starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.
- Kung Fu Hustle - A 2004 martial arts comedy starring Stephen Chow.
- Kung Fu Panda - A 2008 animated martial arts movie.
- The Matrix - A 1999 martial arts movie starring Keanu Reeves.
- Once Upon A Time In China - A 1991 martial arts movie starring Jet Li.
- Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior - A 2003 martial arts movie starring Tony Jaa.
- Seven Samurai - A 1954 Japanese martial arts movie starring Toshiro Mifune. This page allows you to watch the complete movie for free via Hulu (but with Hulu ads).
- Tai Chi Master - A 1993 martial arts movie starring Jet Li.
- 13 Assassins - A 2010 martial arts movie.
- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - A 1978 martial arts film starring Gordon Liu.
- Way of the Dragon - A 1972 martial arts movie starring Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.
Other Interesting or Noteworthy Martial Arts Movies
- Above the Law - A 1998 movie starring Steven Seagal, a master in Aikido. This is Seagal's film debut.
- Best of the Best - A 1989 martial arts movie focused on Taekwondo, misfit Americans and a powerful Korean team. This movie stars Phillip Rhee, James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts.
- Billy Jack - A 1971 martial arts movie focused on a Hapkido expert fighting for Native American rights.
- 5 Deadly Venoms - This is a classic Kung Fu movie where the fighters employ five different animal-based styles - centipede, lizard, scorpion snake and toad. It was filmed in 1978.
- House of Flying Daggers - A highly-rated 2004 martial arts film with wonderful cinematography.
- The Karate Kid (2010) - A 2010 martial arts movie with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Decent movie but not as good as the original The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio.
- Kickboxer - A 1989 martial arts movie with a memorable scene of Jean-Claude Van Damme kicking a banana tree.
- The Protector - This 2005 martial arts film features Tony Jaa of Ong Bak fame.
- The Raid - A 2011 Indonesian martial arts movie featuring a police squad that must escape an apartment building full of villains.
- Sanjuro - A 1962 samurai movie starring Toshiro Mifune. This movie is seen as the sequel to Yojimbo.
- Shaolin Soccer - A 2004 martial arts comedy that revolves around a soccer team comprised of misfit Shaolin Kung Fu experts. This page allows you to watch the complete movie for free via Hulu (but with Hulu ads).
- The Tale of Zatoichi - This is a classic 1962 martial arts movie focused on a blind former samurai who is a master swordsman. The success of this movie generated numerous sequels. This page allows you to watch the complete movie for free via Hulu (but with Hulu ads).
- Twilight Samurai - A 2002 samurai movie focused on a lowly samurai who cares deeply for his young daughters. A very tender movie.
- Unleashed - This is a 2005 martial arts movie with jet Li as "Danny the Dog". When Jet Li is leashed, he is under control. When he is unleashed, watch out!
- When The Last Sword Is Drawn - A 2003 samurai movie that focuses on a samurai willing to do anything for his family. This page allows you to watch the complete movie for free via Hulu (but with Hulu ads).
- Yojimbo - This 1961 Japanese martial arts movie was the basis for Clint Eastwood's "A Fistful of Dollars". The movie starred Toshiro Mifune and was directed by Akira Kurosawa.
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