Greatest martial arts films

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1.
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.)
“ Classic screwball comedy, kung-fu, drama; sadly unavailable on DVD. ” - dalldorfw
 
2.
Enter the Ninja (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds... (99 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
“ Fun 'Cannon' ninja movie. Make sure to see this one on VHS (the DVD is edited) ” - dalldorfw
 
3.
One-Armed Boxer (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing. (89 mins.)
Director: Yu Wang
“ Another classic that the DVD format neglected. ” - dalldorfw
 
4.
Armour of God (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (88 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ Jackie goes Indiana Jones in this funny and action-packed adventure comedy. Again, you should find the VHS as the DVD has been cut to hell by Miram-hacks ” - dalldorfw
 
5.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Shaw Bros//hammer co-production! Underrated mixture of kung fu and gothic horror! ” - dalldorfw
 
6.
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
“ What can I say that hasn't been said already? ” - dalldorfw
 
7.
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
“ Kind of an '80's update of ETD. Makes great use of the multiple styles that are on display. ” - dalldorfw
 
8.
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
“ More over-the-top ninja action from Cannon! Not a sequel to ETN like many have said, but done in the same spirit. Also, Sho Kosugi gets to play the good guy this time around. ” - dalldorfw
 
9.
Tang lang (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
“ One of the few martial arts films (or action films in general) where the story and characters is actually more interesting then the ass-kicking. This is not to say that there are not great fights, however. ” - dalldorfw
 
10.
Pi li da la ba (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Officer Tuba (Sammo Hung) and Police Detective Chow (David Chiang) attempt to hunt down a band of blackmailers... (88 mins.)
“ Goofball comedy has police officer Tuba (Sammo Hung) is haunted by the ghost of David Chaing (star of 'Shaolin Mantis'). The only way to rid himself of this inconvenience is to avenge the ghost's death! A little slow on action at times, but it's very funny throughout. ” - dalldorfw
 
11.
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.)
“ Van Damme at his best! Dig those split-kicks! ” - dalldorfw
 
12.
Magic Crystal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 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
“ A great mixture of martial arts action, campy comedy and bizarre fantasy. Cynthia Rothrock does so many amazing fights and stunts, you'd never know that she was nursing an injured knee when this was being filmed. WHY IS THIS NOT ON DVD?! WHY?! ” - dalldorfw
 
13.
The Invincible Armour (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides... (90 mins.)
Director: See-Yuen Ng
“ Some of Yuen-Wo Ping's greatest fights are in this one! ” - dalldorfw
 
14.
Drunken Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ The movie that made Jackie Chan a household name. Lots of action and laughs. ” - dalldorfw
 
15.
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
“ Worth finding this on VHS (the DVD has been cut by Maram-Hacks) ” - dalldorfw
 
16.
Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy... (94 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Spin-off of the first DM following the further adventures of Su Hua Chi as he goes up against a arrogant fighter who has learned to combined drunken-boxing with mantis-kung fu (!), but the main protagonist is his adopted son who will stop at nothing learn drunken boxing despite his handicap of being dumb as a box of bricks. Underrated kung fu comedy! ” - dalldorfw
 
17.
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
“ Speaking of great kung fu comedies... ” - dalldorfw
 
18.
The Big Boss (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear. (100 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
“ Bruce Lee's first big martial arts movie ” - dalldorfw
 
19.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
“ Bruce Lee will stop at nothing to avenge the murder of his sifu, even if he has to rip apart and entire karate dojo single handed! ” - dalldorfw
 
20.
Chinese Hercules (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. His vow never to fight again is tested by the cruel owner of the pier. (95 mins.)
Director: Tak Choy
“ Bolo Yeung is a great screen villain. No one can deny that his combination of bulging muscles and martial arts prowess makes him an intimidating figure, not to mention the fact that he's got a condescending smirk that you just love to hate. Sadly, most movies don't make full use of his villainousness potential, usually by letting the hero beat him way to easily and only giving Bolo a few lucky shots. THIS movie is an exception! Bolo is at his evil-best as he crushes bones, snaps, joints and nearly smashes the hero into oblivion! ” - dalldorfw
 
21.
Hard to Kill (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, Detective Mason Storm must make a speedy recovery, expose those behind the murder, and take his revenge. (96 mins.)
Director: Bruce Malmuth
“ To Steven Segeal having an entire load of buckshot emptied into his chest is just a minor setback! Great action mixed with cheese. ” - dalldorfw
 
22.
The Fearless Hyena (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jackie Chan is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu... (98 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ Jackie's directorial debut! ” - dalldorfw
 
23.
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 does some of his most dangerous stunts in this movie! ” - dalldorfw
 
24.
Police Story 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Hong Kong super-cop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of the first Police Story are out for revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ Another one of Chan's classic action/comedies! ” - dalldorfw
 
25.
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.)
“ Yes, this movies has a lot of explosions, car-chases and gunfights, but there is also plenty of martial arts on display (at one point Jet Li even breaks a guy's neck with a axe-kick!). I have to say, I really enjoyed this movie, though I will be the first to admit that most of the criticisms against it are pretty valid (especially where the editing is concerned) ” - dalldorfw
 
26.
The Young Master (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace... (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ More Jackie Chan greatness. Hilarious comedy mixed with amazing kung fu! ” - dalldorfw
 
27.
The Way of the Dragon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. (100 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lee
“ Not as series as other Bruce Lee movies; this one is played more like a fish-out-of-water comedy, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of fast and brutal martial arts battles on display! The fight between Lee and Norris is one of the greatest moments in movie history. ” - dalldorfw
 
28.
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his... (107 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ David Carradine is not really a martial artist, but this underrated actor still managed to give Chuck Norris (world karate champion turned action film star) a run for his money! Classic spaghetti-western style action movie. ” - dalldorfw
 
29.
Above the Law (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop and uncovers CIA wrongdoing. (99 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ This might be Steven Segeal's best movie. ” - dalldorfw
 
30.
The Quest (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers... (95 mins.)
“ Underrated martial arts tournament film, taking place in the 1920's. Jean-Claude Van Damme is not only the star, but the writer and director as well. ” - dalldorfw
 
31.
The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen. (111 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ This emotionally involving swordplay drama proves that there was a time in Jimmy Wang Yu's career when he could act. ” - dalldorfw
 
32.
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer... (101 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ As good as the first movie, with just as much gripping drama and more blood! ” - dalldorfw
 
33.
Dragon Flies (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up. (111 mins.)
“ One of Brian Trenchard-Smith's best action movies. Jimmy Wang Yu and Grant Page destroy an entire restaurant at one point ” - dalldorfw
 
34.
Wake of Death (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After his wife is brutally murdered, an ex-cop wages war against the Chinese triads. (91 mins.)
“ Underrated revenge picture. Van Damme doesn't do too many flying split-kicks in this one; the martial arts is more down to earth. ” - dalldorfw
 
35.
Magnificent Butcher (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu... (108 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Intense fights and great comedy. ” - dalldorfw
 
36.
Tai-Chi Master (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
“ Forget the hack-job version titled 'Twin Warriors;' the only way to see this one is in it's uncut version with it's original title, it's now on DVD thanks to Dragon Dynasty ” - dalldorfw
 
37.
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
“ Tony Jaa is one of the most acrobatic martial arts movie stars since Biao Yuen and one of the most brutal since Steven Seagal! ” - dalldorfw
 
38.
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
“ Somehow manages to be even better than 'Ong-Bak!' ” - dalldorfw
 
39.
Marked for Death (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder. (93 mins.)
“ Seagal shows off some of his best (and most brutal) aikido in this one ” - dalldorfw
 
40.
Kung Fu Zombie (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A criminal comes to town in order to kill Billy Chong over a past dispute. But instead of getting his own hands dirty... (80 mins.)
Director: Hwa I Hung
“ Jackie Chan "clone," Billy Chong battles the supernatural in this campy kung fu comedy ” - dalldorfw
 
41.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Even martial arts hating film-snobs love this one! ” - dalldorfw
 
42.
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
“ ...And this one! ” - dalldorfw
 
43.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ This one, as well ” - dalldorfw
 
44.
Sanjuro (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ ...And also this one... ” - dalldorfw
 
45.
Universal Soldier (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too. (102 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ ...And they hate this one, but screw 'em. Van Damme fights Dolph Lundren! You're going to tell me that's not awesome?! ” - dalldorfw
 
46.
Code of Silence (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ "When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you." ” - dalldorfw
 
47.
Warriors Two (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
“ Another exiting, funny and creative kung fu comedy from Sammo Hung ” - dalldorfw
 
48.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
“ The complex storyline never comes to any sort of conclusion (there were supposed to be sequels, but they never made), but martial arts fans must see this for the brilliant and bloody swordplay, and fans of great cinema in general for the great cinematography and top-notch acting! ” - dalldorfw
 
49.
Duel to Death (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win? (86 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
“ Not as excessively action-packed as many would have you believe (though it still has damn good action); this film is more about the warrior mindset and asks why many feel driven to fight in something as superficial as a 'duel to the death.' What is the purpose of such things? National pride? Pressure form higher ranking martial artists? Your own personal vanity?

This movie digs deep into it's subject matter. ” - dalldorfw
 
50.
Billy Jack (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway. (114 mins.)
Director: T.C. Frank
“ OK, it's a little too preachy and heavy handed at times, but there is no denying it's power. Also, the fight scenes are quite spectacular. Tom Laughin kicks plenty of redneck ass with the help of his stunt-double; hapkido master, Bong Soo Han! One of the few sequels that surpasses the original (the original being 'Born Losers'). ” - dalldorfw
 
51.
Five Fingers of Death (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament. (104 mins.)
Director: Chang Ho Cheng
“ Chinese vs. Japaneses was a very old idea even then, but this movie does it with such style and energy that it feels fresh. One of Lieh Lo's few good guy roles. ” - dalldorfw
 
52.
Eastern Condors (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines. (93 mins.)
“ A Chinese 'Dirty Dozen' with unbelievable stunts ” - dalldorfw
 
53.
The Miracle Fighters (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Former Royal Guardsman Kao was forced to be on the run when his superior couldn't tolerate him being a Manchu marrying a Han woman... (95 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ This is the closest thing to a kung fu movie directed by Fredrico Fellini and staring the three stooges that we will ever see ” - dalldorfw
 
54.
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
“ Choreographer Yuen Wo Ping and actor Jet Li at their very best! ” - dalldorfw
 
55.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
“ This vastly underrated revenge film only gets what little attention it does get because of a vastly overrated revenge film (you know the one). ” - dalldorfw
 
56.
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan. (89 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
“ ...And it's sequel ” - dalldorfw
 
57.
Po jie (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Angry and aggressive orphan Lotus Lin gets raised as a Buddhist in a Shaolin temple after her mother dies in the wake of giving birth to her in prison... (98 mins.)
Director: Chang Ho Cheng
“ This "unofficial remake" (aka rip-off) of LSB Isn't quite as deep as the original, but it still makes for a great, hard-hitting martial arts-drama! See this to learn why Angela Mao is called 'The Queen Of Kung Fu.' ” - dalldorfw
 
58.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
“ Sword & sorcery/Romantic comedy/Wuxia epic delivers everything it promises; wildly creative special effects, laughs, a beautiful love-story and lots of sword-clinking action! ” - dalldorfw
 
59.
A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this installment of a phenomenal saga of the super natural, four young people are caught in a tug-o-war... (104 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
“ As good as the first! ” - dalldorfw
 
60.
The Magic Blade (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again (86 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
“ Another amazing swordplay fantasy ” - dalldorfw
 
61.
Versus (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
“ Words can not even describe it... ” - dalldorfw
 
62.
Circle of Iron (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Moore
“ This one's more about martial arts philosophy then action, but fights are still plentiful. Written by Bruce Lee in 1970 (he was originally intended to produce, direct and star) ” - dalldorfw
 
63.
Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape. (88 mins.)
Director: Samo Hung
“ Jackie's best western feature. ” - dalldorfw
 
64.
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
“ The plot Isn't all that original, but the acting, direction and fights are way above average ” - dalldorfw
 
65.
Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him. (106 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ One of John Woo's few kung fu movies, and one of his best ” - dalldorfw
 
66.
The Rebel (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In French ruled Vietnam in 1922, the French and Vietnamese officers plot to sniff out arch-rebel De Canh... (103 mins.)
Director: Charlie Nguyen
“ Vitnam's first action movie (!) and one of the very few martial arts films to focus on the obscure (in the west anyway) art called, vo thuat ” - dalldorfw
 
67.
Black Dynamite (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
“ Yes, it's a goofball spoof and the kung fu is played mostly for slapstick, but there is no denying that Micheal Jai White shows off some impressive skill (he's also very funny) ” - dalldorfw
 
68.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. (115 mins.)
“ Great movie based on a great series! ” - dalldorfw
 
69.
Fist of the North Star (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind. (110 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
“ Fictitious kung fu style (Hokuto Shinken) causes people to explode via pressure points! Based on the classic TV. series ” - dalldorfw
 
70.
The Banquet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet. (131 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ Hamlet goes east. A wire-fu masterwork! ” - dalldorfw
 
71.
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 is the next Donnie Yen! ” - dalldorfw
 
72.
Unleashed (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life. (103 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ One of Jet Li's best acting roles and the action is brilliant! ” - dalldorfw
 
73.
In the Line of Duty (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Michelle Yip of the Hong Kong police is a mild-mannered Kung Fu expert; Michael Wong from air security is happy-go-lucky... (96 mins.)
Director: David Chung
“ Michelle Yoeh and Hiroyuki Sanada star in this hard-edged and violent crime-drama, featuring some of the most breathtaking (and brutal) action ever filmed! ” - dalldorfw
 
74.
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
“ A lighter goofier "sequel" to ITLOD. Features one of the best climaxes in action history!

...and of course Rothrock does her trademark 'Scorpion kick;' you had to ask? ” - dalldorfw
 
75.
Mirageman (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A club bouncer with a dark past and great fighting skills decides to become a superhero. (90 mins.)
“ The first superhero movie from Chili; this martial arts/black-comedy is the film that inspired 'Kick-Ass' (sort of). Marko Zaror is magnificent! ” - dalldorfw
 
76.
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
“ Relies more on gunfights and explosions than the above title (which was almost entire martial arts based), but when Hit-Girl pulls out that double-edged blade...well, you'll see why it's on this list.

(One question; where did they find a stuntwoman for a 11-year-old? Did they hire a midget, or what?) ” - dalldorfw
 
77.
For Y'ur Height Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor's invention, the N-bomb... (88 mins.)
Director: Eddie Nicart
“ Speaking of midgets (tee-hee)! Greatest midget, kung fu, spy-spoof ever! ” - dalldorfw
 
78.
Shôrinji kenpô (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of [i]Shorinji Kempo[/i]... (87 mins.)
Director: Noribumi Suzuki
“ This film is about the creation and development of kempo-karate starring Sonny Chiba as Doshin So! ” - dalldorfw
 
79.
The Street Fighter (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza. (91 mins.)
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
“ Sonny Chiba is one of the most brutal martial arts movie stars (almost making Steven Seagal look like a boyscout)! Here you get to see him at his gut-wrenchingly gory best (he even tears off someone's genitals at one point) ” - dalldorfw
 
80.
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi returns. In this sequel, he sets out to bust up a phony charity put together by the Yakuza. (88 mins.)
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
“ Not as good as the first, but damn close. Chiba hits an opponent in the back of the head so hard his eyes bulge out like a wolf in a Tex Avory cartoon! ” - dalldorfw
 
81.
Sister Street Fighter (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring... (92 mins.)
“ Not a sequel to 'The Streetfighter,' but a film starring Chiba's real life pupil, the underrated Sue Shiomi! ” - dalldorfw
 
82.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
“ The first film in a great series of movies, basted on the equally amazing graphic novel (a.k.a "thick comic-book') ” - dalldorfw
 
83.
Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film. (87 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
“ More Chiba! ” - dalldorfw
 
84.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
“ One of the bloodiest finals in film history! ” - dalldorfw
 
85.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. (89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
“ Part 3 ” - dalldorfw
 
86.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge. (81 mins.)
Director: Buichi Saitô
“ Another riveting chapter in this brilliant series ” - dalldorfw
 
87.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader. (89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
“ This one has the most elaborate plot in the series (the action is damn good too). ” - dalldorfw
 
88.
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out. (83 mins.)
“ The last film in the series. This time Ogami Itto faces off against supernatural enemies (!) but to find out how the story ends you'll have to read the magna. ” - dalldorfw
 
89.
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system. (91 mins.)
Director: Simon Nam
“ The goriest martial arts movie ever made (and one of the funniest)! ” - dalldorfw
 
90.
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.)
“ Neat action-martial arts horror flick. ” - dalldorfw
 
91.
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.)
“ The sequel is even better (Donnie Yen helped choreograph the action scenes). The comic relief is annoying, but (spoiler) he dies, so all's well that ends well. ” - dalldorfw
 
92.
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers... (130 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Superb samurai conspiracy movie. ” - dalldorfw
 
93.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
“ Pretty much all the Zatoichi movies are worth watching. I won't list them all here as there are a lot of them (about 30 I'd say), but I recommend checking out the whole series, starting with this one. ” - dalldorfw
 
94.
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped... (97 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
“ Classic Shakespearean kung fu drama from the Shaw Bros. and the first Chinese film to include lesbianism. ” - dalldorfw
 
95.
Lang man feng bao (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A young rebel falls for the sister of a local kickboxing champion. In order to stay out of jail, he... (108 mins.)
Director: Patrick Leung
“ A more realistic kickboxing movie and one of the few that doesn't glorify the sport (it's basically betrayed as something of a voluntary cockfight). Not on DVD. ” - dalldorfw
 
96.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains. (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
“ Director Hideo Gosha has often been referred to as the Samuel Fuller of Japan. Need I say anything more? ” - dalldorfw
 
97.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ How could this one not be on the list? ” - dalldorfw
 
98.
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! ” - dalldorfw
 
99.
Project A (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music. (105 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ Again; see the movie, but avoid the Mirimhacks version. ” - dalldorfw
 
100.
Project A 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dragon is now transferred to be the police head of Sai Wan district, and has to contend with a gangster kingpin, anti-Manchu revolutionaries, some runaway pirates, Manchu Loyalists and a corrupt police superintendent. (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ The same applies here. ” - dalldorfw