Old School Kung-Fu Movies

by TheGoremand | created - 31 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 May 2016 | Public

Kung-Fu movies with great fight choreography and are typically set in an earlier period of time.

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1. The Prodigal Son (1981)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Frankie Chan

Votes: 2,769

One of the earlier movies that portrayed Wing Chun on film (the style that Bruce Lee first learned). I'm a big fan of Yuen Biao and he does a great job in the starring role. Lam Ching Ying, another favorite of mine, plays his teacher and the villain is outstanding! Watch for a Sammo Hung who plays his second teacher, he's hilarious.

Excellent choreography and faster-paced fight scenes makes this a top notch Kung-Fu movie!

2. Warriors Two (1978)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Casanova Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Chia Yung Liu

Votes: 1,064

Along with Prodigal Son, this is often considered one of the best movies portraying an authentic style of Wing Chun. The master/teacher played by Leung Kar-Yan is the same character Yuen Biao plays in the previous movie listed. This is not a direct sequel however.

3. The Young Master (1980)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A talented martial arts student goes after his expelled brother, who get into bad company.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Biao Yuen, Lily Li

Votes: 6,045

The is one of Jackie Chan's best classic Kung-Fu movies. There are some amazing scenes where you see 3 different fights happening in one continuous shot. Jackie Chan is funny as always but the fight scenes are mind-blowing!

4. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 91,414 | Gross: $25.00M

5. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

58 Metascore

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 29,689

6. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 5,814

7. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,589

8. Fist of Fury (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 24,008

9. My Young Auntie (1981)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy

Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 593

10. The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

R | 75 min | Action, Drama

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang

Votes: 1,184

11. The Magnificent Butcher (1979)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A hot headed young butcher, who is also a kung fu disciple, gets embroiled in a feud with a rival shaolin temple.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen, Pai Wei

Votes: 2,024

Showing how quick a big man can really be, Sammo Hung stars as a student of Wong Fei Hong (played by the legendary Kwan Tak-Hing). With some sharp fight scenes, this movie also features faces like Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying, Fung Hak On, and many others!

12. Iron Fisted Monk (1977)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A lowly restaurant worker aims to take revenge on the Manchurian thugs who killed his boss by joining a Shaolin temple under the advise of the monk that rescued him from certain death.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sing Chen, James Tien, Hark-On Fung

Votes: 659

Sammo Hung in one of his earliest starring roles, this movie featured some great fight scenes. But this might not be appropriate for children as there are also some rape scenes.

13. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Siu Tin Yuen), a Master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 33,703

Jackie Chan plays a young and mischievous Wong Fei-Hong who must learn discipline and sharpen his Kung-Fu skills with Beggar So, a famous character of the genre.

14. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 9,965

A movie that constantly overshadowed by Drunken Master, Jackie Chan teams with Yuen Woo Ping and Simon Yuen (Beggar So from Drunken Master) to bring you more Kung-Fu badassery!

15. Heroes of the East (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,873

16. Fists of the White Lotus (1980)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Drama

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang, Kara Wai

Votes: 1,161

17. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 22,805

18. Dirty Ho (1976)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Yue Wong, Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 848

19. Mu mien jia sha (1985)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action

Tian Yuan, a mercenary hired to destroy the Shaolin Temple, disguises himself and infiltrates the temple. Once in, he challenges the High Priest of Shaolin for rule of the Temple.

Director: Siu Ming Tsui | Stars: Rongguang Yu, Qin Chen, Zu-Rong Chen, Jinyou Ding

Votes: 86

This classic Kung-Fu flick features a visually stunning intro and is credited as the movie that inspired the name for the rap group Wu-Tang Clan

20. Tang lang (1978)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama

Shaolin Mantis (Orig. Tang lang) is a 1978 Shaw Brothers film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring David Chiang and Liu Chia Hui. Shaolin Mantis tells the story of a man who learns martial arts by observing a praying mantis.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: David Chiang, Cecilia Wong, Lily Li, Chia Yung Liu

Votes: 505

21. 5 Masters of Death (1974)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama

Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!!

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi

Votes: 907

22. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 2,064

23. Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1980)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama

The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Sheng Chiang

Votes: 347

24. Knockabout (1979)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The brothers and small time crooks Yipao and Taipao convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Chia Yung Liu, Biao Yuen, Kuang Yu Wang

Votes: 1,093

Yuen Biao's breakout role in this movie proved he had what it took to be a star. While the first half of the movie is a little slow, the end fight with Sammo Hung against Lau Kar-Wing is fantastic!

25. Dreadnaught (1981)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ka-Yan Leung, Shun-Yee Yuen, Tak-Hing Kwan

Votes: 622

A silly comedy/Kung-Fu flick, this one still features some excellent fight choreography. You really can't expect any less of Yuen Woo Ping! Also keep an eye out for Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hong, a role he is most famous for portraying!

26. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

When thugs prey upon innocent factory workers, a small-time scammer trains for revenge by studying the moves of Shaolin temple monks.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua

Votes: 3,005

27. Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)

90 min | Action, Comedy

Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Hou Hsiao, Chia-Hui Liu, Lily Li, Jason Piao Pai

Votes: 1,512

28. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy

A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Hou Hsiao, Kara Wai, Lieh Lo

Votes: 821

29. Enter the Fat Dragon (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

An apprentice farmer (Sammo Hung) ventures to the city and helps his family battle a gang of thugs.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Chun Yang, Roy Chiao, Meg Lam

Votes: 596

30. The Fearless Hyena (1979)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Action

Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Tien, Dean Shek, Hui Lou Chen

Votes: 3,701

31. Dragon Lord (1982)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Mars, Michael Wai-Man Chan, Shirley Yim

Votes: 3,130

32. Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (1978)

97 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Multi-Hand Chick asks Crazy Frog for protection after stealing someone's wallet at the casino. Foolishly he accepts, and even more foolishly he follows her home and removes his Invincible ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Maka | Stars: Meg Lam, Jason Piao Pai, Yuet Sang Chin, Fat Chung

Votes: 155

33. Shaolin Temple (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

A young man, hounded by a psychopathic general, learns martial arts at the Shaolin temple to avenge his father's death. To achieve this he forgoes a budding romance with his kungfu master's daughter, a shepherdess.

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang | Stars: Jet Li, Hai Yu, Chenghui Yu, Lan Ding

Votes: 3,755

34. The Victim (1980)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Chung Yao, a martial arts expert, has long been on the run from his stepbrother, who he caught trying to rape his wife on their wedding night. His brother has never given up the chase ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Yi Chang, Fanny Wang

Votes: 505

35. The Buddhist Fist (1980)

90 min | Action, Adventure

Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime,... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Shun-Yee Yuen, Siu Ming Tsui, Lung Chan, Hsi Chang

Votes: 328

36. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong, Lily Li

Votes: 1,215



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