Martial Arts Movies That Kick Ass

Awesome movies that are in no particular order. Added a couple of 80's goofy ones to make 49, so YMMV depending on taste.
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1.
The Blade (1995)
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After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker... (105 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
2.
Wu ye lan hua (1983)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Peng-Yi Chang
 
3.
Heroes Among Heroes (1993)
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Action-packed as usual with Donnie Yen kicking his adversaries in the role of "Beggar Su". Basic plot... (91 mins.)
 
4.
Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
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After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across. (93 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Wang Yu
 
5.
Ninja Checkmate (1979)
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Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge... (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kuo
 
6.
Iron Monkey (1993)
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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
 
7.
The Shaolin Temple (1982)
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The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital... (95 mins.)
Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
 
8.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
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The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton... (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
9.
Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
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The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production... (99 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
10.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
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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
 
11.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
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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
 
12.
Long hu men (1979)
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Two young kung fu experts are terrorized by an evil warlord whose weapon is known as the Hell's Wind Staff... (85 mins.)
Director: Chun-Ku Lo
 
13.
Fearless (2006)
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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
 
14.
Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of... (97 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
15.
Fist of Legend (1994)
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In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese. (103 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
16.
District B13 (2004)
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Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. (84 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
 
17.
The Duel (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow... (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau
 
18.
SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
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A near retired cop and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top assassin to kill the cops. (93 mins.)
Director: Yip Wai Shun
 
19.
Ip Man (2008)
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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
 
20.
New Police Story (2004)
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A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets. (123 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
 
21.
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
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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
 
22.
Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
23.
Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
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A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
24.
Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bundling... (106 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
25.
Wing Chun (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Wing Chun, a woman living in a remote village often pillaged by robbers. When Wing Chun finally loses her cool and defeats them... (96 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
26.
Zatoichi (2003)
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The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
27.
Ichi (2008)
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains. (120 mins.)
Director: Fumihiko Sori
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Ong-bak 2 (2008)
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A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts. (98 mins.)
 
31.
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her. (98 mins.)
Director: Chris Nahon
 
32.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
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Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... (134 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
33.
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult... (113 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
34.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
 
35.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
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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
 
36.
Seven Swords (2005)
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Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General. (153 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
37.
Shogun Assassin (1980)
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death. (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Houston
 
38.
Shadowless Sword (2005)
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So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family. (117 mins.)
Director: Young-jun Kim
 
39.
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
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A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem. (101 mins.)
 
40.
Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi (1980)
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The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples. (91 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
41.
Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead. (107 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
42.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
43.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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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
 
44.
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
45.
Zu Warriors (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu's mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu... (104 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
46.
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
 
47.
The Last Dragon (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow... (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
48.
Pray for Death (1985)
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After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges. (92 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
49.
Five Element Ninjas (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He... (107 mins.)
Director: Chang Cheh