Must Watch Martial Arts Movies of All Time

This list comprises of any good movie that has some form of fighting involved. There are pure-martial arts movies and there are semi-martial arts movies. Gun fu i.e. skill of using guns is also included. All languages are included. Get subtitles for the movies you haven't watched. The movies are not ranked or arranged in any particular order.
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1.
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
2.
Ip Man 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts. (108 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
3.
Iron Monkey (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities. (90 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
4.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
5.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
6.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
7.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
8.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
 
9.
The Protector (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards. (111 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
 
10.
On-Bak 2 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts. (98 mins.)
 
11.
Ong-bak 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before... (99 mins.)
 
12.
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts. (102 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
13.
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
World's best fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. There, four female rival fighters will have to work together to uncover the secret that the organizer of the tournament is trying to hide. (The movie adaptation of the best selling video game series Dead or Alive.) (87 mins.)
Director: Cory Yuen
 
14.
Tekken (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother's death. (87 mins.)
Director: Dwight Little
 
15.
The Karate Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
16.
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
 
17.
The Karate Kid (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. (140 mins.)
Director: Harald Zwart
 
18.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world. (101 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
19.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion. (95 mins.)
 
20.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
21.
Ninja Assassin (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan. (99 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
22.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
When a teenager, Chun-Li witnesses the kidnapping of her father by wealthy crime lord M. Bison. When she grows up, she goes into a quest for vengeance and becomes the famous crime-fighter of the Street Fighter universe. (96 mins.)
 
23.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
24.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
25.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
26.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. (138 mins.)
 
27.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. (129 mins.)
 
28.
Blade (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
 
29.
Blade II (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires. (117 mins.)
 
30.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula. (113 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
 
31.
Daredevil (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero. (103 mins.)
 
32.
Elektra (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins. (97 mins.)
Director: Rob Bowman
 
33.
Salt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
34.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (152 mins.)
 
35.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
 
36.
The Punisher (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion. (124 mins.)
 
37.
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw. (103 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
 
38.
The King of Fighters (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Live-action feature based on the video game "King of Fighters". (93 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
39.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
40.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
41.
Troy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
42.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
43.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
 
44.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
 
45.
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
46.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus. (55 mins.)
“ Nice story line, very well done. ” - aiyush87
 
47.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed... (55 mins.)
 
48.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
“ Jet Li vs Jackie Chan says it all. ” - aiyush87
 
49.
The Medallion (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. (88 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
50.
The One (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. With only one version remaining, he races against the clock to finish him and become "The One." (87 mins.)
Director: James Wong
 
51.
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
 
52.
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
“ Very good movie, not an Ong-Bak wannabe. In my opinion, an original. ” - aiyush87
 
53.
Chocolate (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money. (110 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ Watch Ong-Bak before watching this. ” - aiyush87
 
54.
Reign of Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk. (117 mins.)
Director: Chao-Bin Su
 
55.
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot... (120 mins.)
Director: Yun-ho Yang
 
56.
Kickboxer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother. (97 mins.)
 
57.
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
This movie is suppose to be a sequel to the movie which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only now the... (89 mins.)
Director: Albert Pyun
 
58.
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
David Sloan must travel to Mexico to save his wife from a savage drug lord who's also an old nemesis. (90 mins.)
Director: Albert Pyun
 
59.
Bloodsport (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Newt Arnold
 
60.
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
 
61.
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
 
62.
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. (105 mins.)
Director: Keanu Reeves
 
63.
Flashpoint (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The missions and trials of a Toronto police tactical unit. (41 mins.)
 
64.
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot... (120 mins.)
Director: Yun-ho Yang
 
65.
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested. (134 mins.)
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
 
66.
Tai Chi Zero (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Fung
 
67.
The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Based on a true historic figure during Ayothaya Era, the film depicts the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a... (100 mins.)
Director: Nopporn Watin
 
68.
True Legend (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school... (115 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
69.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government. (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
70.
Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Yip Wai Shun
 
71.
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
 
72.
Redbelt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition. (99 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
73.
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
 
74.
Fearless (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. (104 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
 
75.
Dragon Eyes (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself. (91 mins.)
Director: John Hyams
 
76.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. (95 mins.)
Director: RZA
 
77.
Warrior (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
78.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman