84+ Awesome Martial Arts Film Fights You May Not Have Seen

Do a fight scene's participants make me believe that either/any fighter has a chance of winning, or that a scene's star can legitimately best an attacking gang? Do the participants exude genuine physical ability, without needing to rely much on stunt personnel? Is the production clean and transparent, free from sloppy camerawork and overzealous editing? If so, the scene earns a place in my heart. If the movie it's from is relatively obscure, it's got a place in my list.

Here you'll find mostly lower-budget American flicks with some international ones tossed in. Some are older, some are newer, and they're in alphabetical order.

Many thanks to Mantis for his suggestions!

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1.
Above the Law (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides... (102 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
“ Yuen Biao vs. Peter Cunningham
This film is so packed with great fights, you can feel free to insert your personal favorite here instead. I chose this one for being the most satisfyingly grounded and no-nonsense brawl of the bunch, featuring tons of broken glass and the standout performance of Cunningham's career. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
2.
Adventures of Johnny Tao (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Johnny Dow struggles to make a living at his small town gas station by charging motorists to see the electric guitar used by his late father a one-hit... (90 mins.)
Director: Kenn Scott
“ Matthew Twining vs. Matt Mullins
A seat-of-the-pants encounter between two promising American Gen-Xers. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
3.
American Kickboxer (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard... (92 mins.)
Director: Frans Nel
“ John Barrett vs. Brad Morris
A 9-minute epic of realistic kickboxing action. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
4.
Angel of Death (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A career assassin becomes haunted by one of her victims following a near fatal injury to her brain. Becoming a rogue assassin settling the score with her former mob employers, chaos and power struggles ensue. (77 mins.)
Director: Paul Etheredge
“ Zoe Bell vs. John Serge
Intensity trumps choreography here, as stuntwoman Bell proves she has no equal in terms of physical legitimacy. About as realistic as a staged fight can get. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
5.
Attack of the Yakuza (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
On an isolated ranch in the desert, one man must protect his wife from a secret past that he is now forced to confront... (93 mins.)
Director: Koichi Sakamoto
“ Johnny Yong Bosch vs. Dan Southworth
An extremely tough choice, selected from a great collection of very bloody fights. Both men bring out the best in each other, proving beyond a doubt that they're much more than just ex-Power Rangers. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
6.
Balance of Power (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money... (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Bennett
“ Billy Blanks vs. James Lew
A solid karate-fu fight between two well-matched opponents, highlighted by some surprising acrobatics and the highest jumping kicks I've ever seen thrown from a standing position. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
7.
Bangkok Adrenaline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Four backpackers arrive in Thailand to party and drink. A gambling game goes wrong and with their lives... (90 mins.)
Director: Raimund Huber
“ Daniel O'Neill & Gwion Miles in a Warehouse Brawl
If you can't stand flipping and tricking, you'll hate this one. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
8.
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A martial arts instructor comes to the defense of a schoolteacher who has taken a stand against a local white supremacist organization. (90 mins.)
Director: Phillip Rhee
“ Pick any of the three encounters wherein Phillip Rhee takes on multiple attackers to show off his peerless forms work. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
9.
Blood and Bone (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend. (93 mins.)
Director: Ben Ramsey
“ Michael Jai White vs. Matt Mullins
The technique and timing between these two is immaculate. One of the most methodical fights ever filmed. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
10.
Bloodfist II (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Kickboxing champion Jake Raye thought his fighting days were over, until a call from an old friend draws... (85 mins.)
Director: Andy Blumenthal
“ Manny Samson vs. Dardo De Oro
Timothy Baker vs. Jess C.
Monsour Del Rosario vs. Freddie Ondra
Steve Rogers vs. Israel Ong

At least one of these fights - each of them representing a different fighting style - ought to satisfy any martial arts enthusiast. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
11.
Bloodmoon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Martial arts action film finds a retired detective returning to action to stop a martial arts master with steel fingers who is killing champions from all sports. (102 mins.)
Director: Siu-Hung Leung
“ Gary Daniels vs. Darren Shahlavi
The undisputed best fight of their careers. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
12.
Bloodsport 2 (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there... (90 mins.)
Director: Alan Mehrez
“ Daniel Bernhardt vs. Ron Hall
The pinnacle of a movie filled with awesome tournament-style matches. A cool clash of styles. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
13.
Bloodsport III (1996 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Bloodsport III brings us back to the world of Alex Cardo. This time he must battle in a fight to end all fights - The Kumite... (91 mins.)
Director: Alan Mehrez
“ Daniel Bernhardt vs. Jahi Zuri
Zuri's unexpected agility, coupled with Bernhardt's smooth forms, makes for a fight worth waiting for. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
14.
Born to Defense (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Jet, a young soldier at the end of the second World War must overcome some abusive Americans who are bullying him as well as the Chinese people. (92 mins.)
Director: Jet Li
“ Jet Li vs. Kurt Roland Petersson
Their match in the ring is cool, but I prefer the killer of a fight they share in a metalwork factory. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
15.
Bounty Tracker (1993 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Almost the whole staff of a tax consultant office is slayed by a team of professional killers, only Paul Damone can escape... (86 mins.)
Director: Kurt Anderson
“ Lorenzo Lamas vs. Jeff Pruitt, Tsuyoshi Abe, Burton Richardson, Koichi Sakamoto & Leo Lee
A two-part encounter demonstrating a karate & weapons standard that Lamas would never be able to top. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
16.
Breathing Fire (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Michael, a Vietnam vet with two kids, pulls off a bank heist with his gang, which includes the bank's manager... (74 mins.)
“ Jonathan Ke Quan vs. Eddie Saavedra
The weirdest and best brother vs. brother showdown ever filmed with kicks. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
17.
China O'Brien (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
China O'Brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head... (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton & Keith Cooke in a Rally Brawl
One of the best examples of the good that can come from taking three expert fighters and just turning them loose on a gang of bad guys. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
18.
China O'Brien II (1990 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
This time China O'Brien has trouble with a dealer who puts a prize on her head because she had spoiled an important drug deal of his... (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ Cynthia Rothrock & Richard Norton's Industrial Area Brawl
The returning heroes spice up this fight with some cool acrobatics and genuine Hong Kong flair. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
19.
China Strike Force (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A young Chinese Security Officer, Darren, is called for Team 808, which fights against the smuggling of drugs and corruption... (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
“ Aaron Kwok & Norika Fujiwara vs. Coolio
The oddball entry to this list. None of the performers are legitimate martial artists and the choreography is nothing special, but the fight's hazardous setting and the ability of the performers to sell it makes this one pretty unique. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
20.
Close Range (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A rogue soldier turned outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter. (80 mins.)
“ Scott Adkins vs. Jeremy Marinas
Respectively armed with a knife and a belt, both performers go through an impressive series of throws and reversals. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
21.
College Kickboxers (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A college freshman who trains in martial arts is beaten up at work by a racist gang. His co-worker, a Chinese cook... (89 mins.)
Director: Eric Sherman
“ Ken McLeod vs. Jeff Langton
The final match of the film's tournament offers a strong exhibition of aggressive, technique-based fighting. This is the undisputed highlight of both their careers. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
22.
Contour (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After blowing a big time heist, thug-for-hire Law, must resume his day job as a shady San Francisco tour guide... (101 mins.)
Director: Eric Jacobus
“ Warehouse Randori
A fantastic, extended fight & fall demo in which Eric Jacobus, Andy Leung, Ed Kahana, Dennis Ruel, Ray Carbonel, and Tyler Wang go absolutely kick-crazy for 19 minutes. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
23.
Death Grip (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In an effort to set his life straight, Kenny Zemacus checks his autistic brother Mark out of the care...
Director: Eric Jacobus
“ Eric Jacobus vs. Alvin Hsing
Easily one of the best knife fights ever filmed. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
24.
Death Trance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction... (89 mins.)
“ Tak Sakaguchi's Inn Brawl
Tak takes on a host of weird opponents, beating them up with his rapid-fire punches and overhead smacks of his sheathed sword. I'm fairly certain he makes actual contact, most of the time. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
25.
Die Fighting (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
When a team of Shaolin-trained kung fu actors is about to get their break in Hollywood, a mysterious... (110 mins.)
Director: Fabien Garcia
“ Didier Buson vs. Xin Sarith Wuku
The combatants match each other in flexibility and agility, making for a razor-sharp brawl with admirable choreography. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
26.
Dragon Fight (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America. (96 mins.)
“ Jet Li's Stable Brawl
After performing conservatively for most of the movie, Li reverts to his strengths by dueling with a wooden staff, and the effect is thrilling. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
27.
Dragonwolf (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
The Devil's Cauldron, a city where depravity and violence has forged a society in which only the lethal and callous can survive... (120 mins.)
Director: Raimund Huber
“ Patrick Tang vs. Brahim Achabbakhe & Anton Kalinitchenko
Exciting use of both the tonfa and ball & chain, followed by a most satisfying hand-to-hand exchange. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
28.
Drive (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander... (100 mins.)
Director: Steve Wang
“ Mark Dacascos in a Motel/Garage Fight
A lengthy brawl featuring plenty of flips, kicks, use of furniture and footwear as a weapons, and even a sawed-off arm. The definitive Dacascos action scene. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
29.
Falcon Rising (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil's slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead. (103 mins.)
Director: Ernie Barbarash
“ Michael Jai White vs. Johnny Yang, Kim Do Nguyen, Sam Looc & Yoshi Iizuka
One can't help but be entranced by White's hard-hitting forms, especially when using them to strike opponents out of mid-leaps. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
30.
Fatal Contact (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world. (110 mins.)
Director: Dennis Law
“ Jacky Wu vs. Xing Yu
Viciously fast and brutally choreographed, the fight highlights the two performers at their kickboxing best. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
31.
Fighting Madam 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Action movie about a group of female renegades stopping a fascist psychopath who has formed a guerrilla army in his jungle hideaway (90 mins.)
Director: Teresa Woo
“ Moon Lee vs. Jackson Ng
A fun, frantic exchange in a shed filled with dynamite. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
32.
Flash Point (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger. (88 mins.)
Director: Yip Wai Shun
“ Donnie Yen vs. Collin Chou
A cool melding of flashiness and realistic fighting techniques. Yen's love for mixed martial arts is well represented here. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
33.
High-Kick Girl! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Young girl Kei Tsuchiya(played by Rina Takeda)is a very talented karate pupil, trained by her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura(played by Tatsuya Naka)... (81 mins.)
Director: Fuyuhiko Nishi
“ Tatsuya Naka vs. the Destroyers
Karate at its absolute best. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
34.
Huang jia shi jie (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a... (93 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
“ Michelle Yeoh & Cynthia Rothrock vs. Dick Wei & Fat Chung
Two fantastic heroines are born here, with the aid of two fantastic and underrated henchmen. One of the best scenes of its era. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
35.
In Hell (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment. (98 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
“ Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Michael Bailey Smith
Using a great combination of karate and grappling, Van Damme takes the fight to arguably his most intimidating opponent. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
36.
Invisible Target (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three cops team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who have their own hidden agenda. (129 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
“ Nicholas Tse & Shawn Yue vs. Jacky Wu
It's so rare to find a genuinely emotional martial arts fight; this is one. Consider its sheer grittiness and Wu's awesome portrayal as an invincible beast, and you've got a classic on your hands. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
37.
Kampfansage - Der letzte Schüler (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Welcome to the future. Civilization has been obliterated by natural catastrophes and global economic collapse... (102 mins.)
Director: Johannes Jaeger
“ Mathis Landwehr vs. Volkram Zschiesche
A quarterstaff fight transitions into a very pleasing hand-to-hand exchange. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
38.
Kill 'em All (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Captured international assassins are locked up inside a high-tech bunker known as the Killing Chamber... (86 mins.)
Director: Raimund Huber
“ Joe Lewis vs. Ice Chongko
The film is filled with a variety of diverse fights, but I especially appreciate this intricately-paced, well-choreographed exhibition of defensive karate by one of the martial arts' best practitioners. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
39.
Kiltro (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Chilean brawler and stuntman Marko Zaror marks his emergence onto the international action scene with... (93 mins.)
“ Marko Zaror vs. a Gang of 20
Proves that you don't have to be 5'6" to perform complex flipping, spinning, cut-your-throat-with-my-heel-blade combinations. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
40.
Manhattan Chase (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After six years as a guest of the state, mob hit man Jason Reed wants nothing more than to get an honest job and spend time with his young son... (97 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Hall
“ Loren Avedon & Roberto Gutierrez vs. Steve Tartalia & Brendan Kelly
It's amazing that such a sloppy movie can feature such a smooth brawl, full of cool kicks. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
41.
Martial Law II: Undercover (1991 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Sean and Billie are undercover cops and martial arts masters. Investigating the death of a cop, they... (91 mins.)
Director: Kurt Anderson
“ Evan Lurie vs. Oscar Dillon & Rico McClinton
Muscle-bound martial artist takes on two huge bruisers. Believe me, it's very fun to watch. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
42.
Merantau (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations... (134 mins.)
Director: Gareth Evans
“ Iko Uwais vs. Mads Koudal & Laurent Buson
One of the more visibly taxing fights I've seen. You get the impression that the performers are genuinely giving it their all, with very pleasing results. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
43.
Mission of Justice (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
"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. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Barnett
“ Jeff Wincott vs. "the Gauntlet"
Wielding his signature twin clubs, Wincott takes on 18 similarly-armed opponents, featuring some of the best choreography this side of the Pacific. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
44.
Magic Crystal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Looking to cash in on the popularity of Steven Spielberg's mega-hits E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark... (95 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
“ Cynthia Rothrock & Andy Lau vs. Richard Norton
Arguably the best fight between Rothrock and Norton, and a powerful early showing by a young Lau...staged next to a flying saucer. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
45.
Mortal Enemies (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After making a brotherly bond with a fellow orphan and reunited by tragedy they fight to save Verdy's fiancée and stop the international crime scandal together. (103 mins.)
Director: Asun Mawardi
“ Robin Shou & Verdy Bhawanta vs. the Pirates
This brawl's a star-maker: Shou is serviceable, but newcomer Verdy excels at his capoeira- and pro wrestling-style choreography. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
46.
Muay Thai Giant (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An action movie about a 7-foot-tall docile man who learns Muy Thai and then uses his new skills to help solve a case of stolen diamonds. (103 mins.)
“ Nathan Jones vs. Sylvester Terkay, Luther Reigns & Tom Howard
Panna Rittikrai proves that he can choreograph a pro wrestling-style fight just as well as a muay thai match. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
47.
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered. (95 mins.)
“ Scott Adkins vs. Kane Kosugi
A maelstrom of martial arts technique with some broken furniture and weapons thrown in for good measure. Kane has never looked better. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
48.
No hoi wai lung (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Bun Yuen
“ Yuen Biao, Cynthia Khan & Monsour Del Rosario vs. Billy Chow
Overlook the excessive undercranking and you'll see a wonderfully-choreographed fight with Chow at his near-best as an unstoppable brawler. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
49.
No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then... (85 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
“ Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Ron Pohnel
Most folks tend to laud the final battle featuring Kurt McKinney, but I prefer the faster, lengthier, and technically-sounder fight directly before it. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
50.
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops. (92 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
“ Loren Avedon vs. Matthias Hues
A furious brawl taking both men through two buildings and finishing in an alligator pit. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
51.
No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two feuding brothers (one a policeman, the other a martial arts expert) of different political views... (101 mins.)
Director: Lucas Lo
“ Loren Avedon & Keith Vitali vs. Rion Hunter & Mark Russo
Some obvious doubling present, but it doesn't take away from the best fight ever staged in an airplane hangar and atop a scaffold. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
52.
On Deadly Ground (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Mystical martial artist/environmental agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation. (101 mins.)
Director: Steven Seagal
“ Steven Seagal's Bar Brawl
Quite possibly the best fight scene staged in a bar, ever. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
53.
Out for Justice (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective, fellow officer and best friend of Detective Gino Felino, will turn the case into a personal vendetta, unleashing an all-out attack against Richie Madano's brutal gang. (91 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
“ Steven Seagal's Bar Brawl
See above. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
54.
Police Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
“ Jackie Chan's Mall Brawl
The most intense and creative instance of Chan just cutting loose against a gang of opponents. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
55.
Pedicab Driver (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Lo Tung and his friend Malted Candy, pedicab drivers working the streets of Macao, have both fallen in love... (95 mins.)
“ Sammo Hung vs. Lau Kar Leung
A fierce but humorous brawl. The hand-to-hand portion is good, but the pole fight is what makes this memorable. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
56.
Raging Phoenix (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A violent gang is abducting and killing women around Thailand. Sanim and his friends, having had loved ones abducted... (112 mins.)
“ Jeeja Yanin vs. Jindasing Roongtawan
Though it's a stretch to believe that anybody can absorb *this* many punishing blows of knees, feet, and elbows, it's an amazingly-choreographed and satisfyingly long exchange. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
57.
Rapid Fire (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed... (95 mins.)
“ Brandon Lee vs. Al Leong
A well matched, well shot, back & forth fight demonstrating complex technical exchanges, tactical feinting, and acrobatics. The best of both their unique careers. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
58.
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
“ Sho Kosugi & Keith Vitali vs. Steve Ketcher, Donre Sampson, Steven Lambert & Jogi Hollands
The ninja warrior and karate fighter turn a playground into a war zone with weapons-inclusive choreography. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
59.
Ring of Steel (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A champion fencer accidentally kills an opponent in a match. Disgraced, he is blackballed from the fencing community... (94 mins.)
Director: David Frost
“ Robert Chapin vs. Gary Kasper
Not a strict martial arts battle, but the swordfighting equivalent of something so cool you can only find it in a B-movie. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
60.
Sakura Killers (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Ninjas steal a research tape. Colonel chuck connors sends two agents undercover to retrieve it. Ninjas are sent to scare them off. The two seek help and are trained by a ninja master to become Ninjas themselves. (83 mins.)
“ Mike Kelly, George Nicholas & Manji Otsuki vs. Jack Long
An exciting, high-speed sword fight accentuated by plenty of outrageous ninja tricks. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
61.
Showdown (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Radler
“ Kenn Scott vs. Ken McLeod
A climatic battle of youths, the strength lies in its emotional impact. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
62.
Skin Trade (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network. (96 mins.)
“ Tony Jaa vs. Michael Jai White
Expectations for this one may be unattainably high, but both performers get to show off why they're stars of the martial arts scene. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
63.
Special Forces (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
In a former Soviet Republic, the President is oppressing the people and with help from a former Bosnian General who's a sadist... (93 mins.)
“ Scott Adkins vs. Vladislavas Jacukevicius
Adkins' first collaboration with director Isaac Florentine. You know it's a good match when you get such a great, lengthy showdown out of the very first outing. And why the heck hasn't Vlad been in more onscreen fights? ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
64.
Superfights (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Jack Cody has always wanted to enter the world of the Superfights, a free fighting tournament. One night... (94 mins.)
Director: Siu-Hung Leung
“ Brandon Gaines vs. Keith Vitali
Brave a stunningly poorly-acted movie for a 6-minute encounter featuring some of the best kicking combinations you'll ever see. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
65.
The Girl from the Naked Eye (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Sandy, a call girl at "The Naked Eye", ends up dead, her friend and only ally in the world, Jake, goes on a manhunt to find out who killed her. (84 mins.)
Director: David Ren
“ Jason Yee vs. Sonny Sison, Chad Guerrero, Masaaki Endo & Anthony Nanakornpanom
Shot in a single take with a single panning camera, this is simultaneously one of the smoothest and one of the most believable one-against-many fights I have ever seen. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
66.
The King of the Kickboxers (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother's death in this martial arts film. (99 mins.)
Director: Lucas Lowe
“ Loren Avedon vs. Billy Blanks
Wearing costumes representing rivalling Hindu deities, they bring the house down inside a huge bamboo cage with nonstop flying and spinning kicks. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
67.
The Master (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny... (92 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
“ Jet Li vs. Jerry Trimble
From the Li archives comes the miniature dream match of wushu expert vs. champion kickboxer. The movie is questionable but their final fight doesn't disappoint. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
68.
The Perfect Weapon (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline... (83 mins.)
Director: Mark DiSalle
“ Jeff Speakman vs. James Lew, Ray Sua & Leo Lee
Excellent choreography in a three-on-one fight that does an sound job of bringing kenpo karate to Hollywood. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
69.
The Process (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
When martial arts champion Pinoy travels to America, his fighting skills are put to the test when he finds himself in the middle of a violent gang war... (90 mins.)
Director: Ernie Reyes Jr.
“ Shishir Inocalla, Ernie Reyes, Jr. & Sr. Home Invasion
An action-packed segment featuring three very talented men using acrobatic kicks and a variety of weapons to fight off waves of attackers, along with UFC star Kimo Leopoldo. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
70.
The Protector 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
When the owner of a major elephant camp is murdered, Kham finds himself the number one suspect and on... (104 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ Tony Jaa vs. Marrese Crump
A rough match taking place in front of an enormous docked ship. Crump looks absolutely legitimate as he takes the fight to Jaa and drives him to desperation. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
71.
The Tournament (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins... (95 mins.)
Director: Scott Mann
“ Kelly Hu vs. Scott Adkins
A relentlessly vicious brawl in a church that secured Hu's reputation as an action heroine. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
72.
Thunderbolt (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Jackie Chan has to beat a super-criminal street racer. (110 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
“ Jackie Chan's Garage Fight
No one takes on multiple opponents quite as entertainingly as Jackie. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
73.
Tiger Cage 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and divorce lawyer team up with a gangster to clear their names after getting involved in a dirty money scheme led by a vicious money launderer, who plans to expand his business and wipe out anyone who stands in his way. (95 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Donnie Yen vs. John Salvitti
The real-life friendship between these two translates into an absolutely mesmerizing swordfight that only two guys who know each other this well can pull off without killing each other for real. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
74.
Triple Impact (1992 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three experts in different styles of combat must join forces when they're hired to go to the jungles of Asia and find and retrieve a priceless artifact, the golden head of Buddha. A team of evil mercs wants to get to the head first. (97 mins.)
Director: David Hunt
“ Dale Cook, Ron Hall & Bridgett Riley vs. Ned Hourani's Gang
A ton of action from some of the most underrated performers of this genre. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
75.
U.S. Seals II (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A commando of retired US SEALs must invade an island in North Japan from where a rogue ex-SEAL menaces to launch a nuclear strike against the US. Because of a leak of natural gas, fighting is restricted to blade weapons. (95 mins.)
“ A weapons-filled randori in a junkyard featuring Michael Worth, Karen Kim, Hakim Alston, Mitch Gould, Dan Southworth, Sophia Crawford, Marshall Teague, and Andy Cheng supplying as much martial arts action in a few minutes as some people see in a whole year. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
76.
Under the Gun (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A debt-ridden night club owner has to take on Italian and Asian mobsters, corrupt police, and an angry... (90 mins.)
Director: Matthew George
“ Richard Norton vs. Sam Greco
Proves that with enough skill and imagination, you can stage a very neat bar brawl on a micro budget. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
77.
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges. (98 mins.)
“ Michael Jai White vs. Scott Adkins
Choose between two very good encounters. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
78.
Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Boyka is back. This time he is fighting in the first ever inter-prison tournament with one knee. (96 mins.)
“ Scott Adkins vs. Lateef Crowder
No two fighters have ever moved so gracefully while hitting each other so hard. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
79.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit. (114 mins.)
Director: John Hyams
“ Scott Adkins vs. Andrei Arlovski
A bloody brawl in a sporting goods store, featuring both combatants beating the heck out of each other with baseball bats. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
80.
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an... (97 mins.)
Director: John Hyams
“ Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Andrei Arlovski
Van Damme visibly ages several years during what's arguably the most aggressive and demanding fight of his career. Arlovski is virtually unstoppable. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
81.
Wheels on Meals (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective... (108 mins.)
Director: Samo Hung
“ Jackie Chan vs. Benny Urquidez
Using his excellent kickboxing techniques, Urquidez beats back the comedian in Jackie and draws out the martial artist for arguably the best grounded fight he's ever had. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
82.
Who Am I? (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why. (120 mins.)
“ Jackie Chan vs. Yung Kwan & Ron Smoorenburg
A creative encounter in which everybody shines. Smoorenburg in particular is a virtual tornado of kicks. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
83.
Wicked Game (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A pair of small time thieves bungle their biggest heist, get pulled into a scheme of deadly deceit and ultimately stumble onto a second chance to redeem themselves. (95 mins.)
“ Johnny Yong Bosch in a Hangar Brawl
Yong is like a young Jackie Chan as he fights, flips, falls, and utterly amazes with the aid of the spectacular Alpha Stunts team. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
 
84.
Knockabout (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film. (92 mins.)
“ Yuen Biao & Sammo Hung vs. Lau Kar Wing
The most entertaining and genuinely acrobatic demonstration of monkey kung fu ever put to film, and one of the few fights choreographed in the "classic" Hong Kong style that I actually like. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist