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1. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 8,824

2. The Legend II (1993)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Cantonese hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are trying to overthrow the Manchurian emperor and re-establishing the Ming dynasty. The ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Adam Cheng, Michelle Reis

Votes: 3,790

3. The Legend (1993)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, History

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis, Sibelle Hu

Votes: 6,855

4. Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang

Votes: 8,369

5. Swordsman II (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong | Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee

Votes: 3,760

6. Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Late 1800s Foshan, Guangdong: Wong Fei Hung/Jet Li trains men in martial arts to help defend against foreign powers already holding Hong Kong and Macau. He looks after cute 13th Aunt, who's just returned from England. Lots of fight scenes.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 15,965

7. The 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: 3,635

8. Dragon (2011)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang, Jia-Min Li

Votes: 12,859 | Gross: $0.01M

9. The Blade (1995)

105 min | Drama, Action

After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xin Xin Xiong, Sonny Su, Valerie Chow

Votes: 2,753

10. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,936

11. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,629

12. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 3,786

13. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

Votes: 8,330

14. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fujio Suga

Votes: 1,509

15. Zatôichi (1989)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

Older, wiser but still a wandering loner, the blind, peace-loving masseur Ichi seeks a peaceful life in a rural village. When he's caught in the middle of a power struggle between two rival... See full summary »

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanako Higuchi, Takanori Jinnai, Ryûtarô Gan

Votes: 1,330

16. The Avenging Eagle (1978)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly... See full summary »

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Sheng Fu, Lung Ti, Feng Ku, Lung Chan

Votes: 705

17. The Hammer of God (1970)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The golden age of kung-fu film's first superstar Jimmy Wang Yu (even before Bruce Lee) wrote, directed and starred in his classic favorite of a noble young martial arts student who won't ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao

Votes: 460

18. Drunken Master II (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy

74 Metascore

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

Directors: Chia-Liang Liu, Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti, Anita Mui

Votes: 39,985 | Gross: $11.55M

19. Police Story 2 (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

The Hong Kong supercop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers, while the villains of Police Story (1985) are out for revenge.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Kwok-Hung Lam, Bill Tung

Votes: 14,838

20. Armour of God (1986)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang | Stars: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Rosamund Kwan, Lola Forner

Votes: 15,764

21. Wheels on Meals (1984)

TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Chinese friends, who operate a food truck in Barcelona, Spain, use their martial arts expertise to help their private investigator friend protect the pickpocket Sylvia, who's been targeted by a ruthless gang.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Benny Urquidez

Votes: 10,298

22. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

30 Metascore

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.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno

Votes: 14,139 | Gross: $4.66M

23. No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Action

In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Loren Avedon, Max Thayer, Cynthia Rothrock, Patra Wanthivanond

Votes: 1,361 | Gross: $0.11M

24. No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990)

R | 101 min | Action

Two feuding brothers (one a policeman, the other a martial arts expert) of different political views, join forces to avenge the death of their father, a retired agent, killed by the mafia.

Director: Lucas Lowe | Stars: Loren Avedon, Keith Vitali, Joseph Campanella, Wanda Acuna

Votes: 681

25. American Shaolin (1991)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action

After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may ... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Lowe | Stars: Trent Bushey, Kim Chan, Reese Madigan, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 1,154

26. The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sport

A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother's death in this martial arts film.

Director: Lucas Lowe | Stars: Loren Avedon, Richard Jaeckel, Don Stroud, Billy Blanks

Votes: 1,258

27. 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?

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Phillip Rhee

Votes: 11,066 | Gross: $1.70M

28. 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.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, Chris Penn, Edan Gross

Votes: 4,865 | Gross: $6.61M

29. Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A martial arts instructor comes to the defense of a schoolteacher who has taken a stand against a local white supremacist organization.

Director: Phillip Rhee | Stars: Phillip Rhee, Christopher McDonald, Gina Gershon, Mark Rolston

Votes: 1,757

30. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

39 Metascore

On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway

Votes: 7,316 | Gross: $4.00M

31. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

20 Metascore

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 12,532 | Gross: $10.50M

32. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no ... See full summary »

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele B. Chan

Votes: 4,423 | Gross: $0.90M

33. American Samurai (1992)

R | 94 min | Action

An American reporter teams up with a martial arts expert, whose half-brother is a "yakuza"--Japanese mafia--drug dealer to battle swordsmen from around the world n a Turkish arena.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: David Bradley, Mark Dacascos, Valarie Trapp, Rex Ryon

Votes: 1,628

34. Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Drama

Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to ... See full summary »

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Mark Dacascos, Stacey Travis, Geoffrey Lewis, Paco Christian Prieto

Votes: 5,096 | Gross: $3.27M

35. Crying Freeman (1995)

102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A woman sees an assassin outside San Francisco killing yakuza men and later in Vancouver. She's been told that he leaves no witness. Will she be his next victim or...?

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Julie Condra, Kevan Ohtsji, Mark Dacascos, Debbie Podowski

Votes: 10,792

36. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 58,689 | Gross: $11.26M

37. Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer (1988– )

60 min | Animation, Action, Crime

Emu Hino, a 29-year-old virgin, witnesses a mob hit and fears that the killer will now find her and kill her. Indeed, he sets out to do so; he's Yo Hinomura, a talented potter and artist ... See full summary »

Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Steve Bulen, Chiharu Kataishi, Edie Mirman

Votes: 849

38. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama

The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, James Booth, Dwayne Alexandre

Votes: 4,039 | Gross: $0.36M

39. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 3,934 | Gross: $10.33M

40. Pray for Death (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton

Votes: 1,514



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