martial art filmsby ChopStixxx | created - 18 Dec 2013 | updated - 19 Dec 2013 | Public
My list (in no particular order) of my favourite martial art films starring names like Jet Li, Scott Adkins, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, etc.
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1. Ip Man (2008)
R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
A chinese masterpiece featuring the very talented martial artist Donnie Yen.
2. Fearless (2006)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.
Votes: 69,158 | Gross: $24.63M
Jet Li fighting... Need more?
3. Ip Man 2 (2010)
R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.
Votes: 86,309 | Gross: $0.21M
4. Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two cops have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.
Votes: 14,971 | Gross: $2.28M
Dolph Lundgren & Brandon Lee = radarpar!
5. Blood and Bone (2009)
R | 93 min | Action, Drama
In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Very underrated actor (Michael Jai White) and movie.
6. Hero (2002)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.
Votes: 165,600 | Gross: $53.71M
7. Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010 Video)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Boyka is back. This time he is fighting in the first ever inter-prison tournament with one knee.
Scott Adkins character "Yuri Boyka" took over this franchise... Solid fight flick.
8. Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006 Video)
R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges.
Scott Adkins breakthrough indie-role as Yuri Boyka, better than the original, great fight scenes.
9. Never Back Down (2008)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.
Votes: 90,582 | Gross: $24.85M
Full of clichés and shirtless "teenagers" fighting, but still a good b-movie.
10. Kickboxer (1989)
R | 97 min | Action, Sport, Thriller
Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.
Votes: 44,782 | Gross: $14.70M
11. Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
R | 89 min | Action, Sport
This movie is supposed to be a sequel to the movie which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only now the movie revolves around the brother of the character that Van Damme played. David Sloan is... See full summary »
Votes: 4,950 | Gross: $1.25M
Sasha Mitchell is quite good. Definetely watchable... but after this, the franchise died...
12. Lionheart (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.
Votes: 29,847 | Gross: $24.08M
13. Bloodsport (1988)
R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.
Votes: 69,253 | Gross: $11.81M
14. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.
Votes: 14,122 | Gross: $4.66M
Terrible acting, but still makes the list due to some cool 80's fight scenes and music. I'm a vintage nerd... Also, Van Dammerer
15. Mission of Justice (1992 Video)
R | 91 min | Action
"Law and order" mayorial candidate Brigitte Nielsen is the ruthless and racist leader of a secret neo-fascist group out to take control of the city by whatever means necessary.
16. Martial Law II: Undercover (1991 Video)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime
Sean and Billie are undercover cops and martial arts masters. Investigating the death of a cop, they uncover a deadly ring of murder and corruption at a glitzy nightclub where the rich are ... See full summary »
Rothrock & Wincott... kinda cool DTV action flick! :)
17. Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
R | 100 min | Action
Fight matches, that end when a man is either unconscious or dead, are fought in Tijuana. 2 naive friends, hoping to make a quick buck, go there. One owes money to a loan shark - giving them plenty of practice in no rule fights.
18. Shootfighter II (1996)
R | 95 min | Action
Shingo & the boys (Nick & Ruben) are blackmailed into helping Rawlins infiltrate an underground shootfighting ring in an attempt
19. The Karate Kid (1984)
PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.
Votes: 157,759 | Gross: $90.82M
Yea I know but I grew up on this *beep*
20. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance
Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.
Votes: 65,515 | Gross: $115.10M
Yea i still know, but come on... Japan?! That's pretty darn cool...
21. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
PG | 112 min | Action, Drama, Family
Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.
Votes: 44,023 | Gross: $38.96M
This time with a bonsai tree... that's pretty awesome!
22. The Quest (1996)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.
Votes: 22,297 | Gross: $21.60M
23. The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.
Votes: 96,652 | Gross: $52.08M
Chan & Li... 2 legends..
24. Ninja (2009)
R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Adkins & Floorentine = great martial art filmteam
25. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered.
Adkins & Floorentine again...
26. Best of the Best (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
Votes: 11,062 | Gross: $1.70M
Silly swedish title... translates: Karate champions
27. Best of the Best II (1993)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The Colosseum is the fighting arena owned by the champion Bracus. Now after the death of their friend, Rhee and Roberts want revenge.
Votes: 4,860 | Gross: $6.61M
After this one made the list, the rest of the franchise is terrible.
28. Merantau (2009)
R | 134 min | Action, Drama
A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.
29. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.
Votes: 315,708 | Gross: $93.62M
30. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 402,439 | Gross: $13.66M
Hardy kicks ass
31. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 470,816 | Gross: $117.24M
32. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.
Votes: 172,249 | Gross: $6.39M
33. Rocky III (1982)
PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.
Votes: 155,968 | Gross: $125.05M
34. Rocky IV (1985)
PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.
Votes: 168,620 | Gross: $127.87M
4 and also Ivan Drago... just sayin'
35. Rocky Balboa (2006)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
Votes: 189,913 | Gross: $70.27M
36. Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy
A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.
Votes: 35,588 | Gross: $31.24M
37. Big Stan (2007)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy
A weak con man panics when he learns he's going to prison for fraud. He hires a mysterious martial arts guru who helps transform him into a martial arts expert who can fight off inmates who want to hurt or love him.
All the prison raping...
38. Here Comes the Boom (2012)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Votes: 81,619 | Gross: $45.29M
Kevin James & Bas Rutten = nice combo!
39. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.
Votes: 67,471 | Gross: $4.56M
40. Chok-Dee (2005)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama
Featuring Master Saekson Janjira. This DVDs shows special training drills that you can use to develop balance endurance and so much more its unbelievable. After watching this, DVD,Fighting ... See full summary »
Chok Dee med Dida Diafat