Five Venoms films

Kung-fu films that feature a decent percentage of the Five Venoms (to be a contender it needs 3 or more of the 6, yes I know, confusing but Wei Pai/Snake was one of the 5 Venoms in the film but doesn't usually appear in the Venoms' films. I will note a few examples with only 2 of the core Venoms). All but one are directed by Chang Cheh and they are all from the Shaw Brothers. Anything else is a cheap cash-in and, to be honest, some of the ones on the list might also be but you'll have to judge that for yourself.

List order: We include a few proto-Venom films in which the team started to coalesce before the Five Deadly Venoms films and then, following that films success, the appearance of members of the group in other films often using a similar formula (with the same actors playing similar roles). As the films came thick and fast I've also noted the release dates (at least according to IMDB, some sources vary) - HK ones unless otherwise noted.

Further reading: Venom Filmography.

Key:

Centipede - Lu Feng
Snake - Wei Pai
Scorpion - Sun Chien
Lizard - Kuo Chui/Philip Kwok
Toad - Lo Meng
Last Student - Chiang Sheng
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1.
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
“ Just sticking this at the top to get the picture as the list's thumbnail.

The list starts with the next entry: ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
2.
The Four Assassins (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four friends learn kung fu to avenge the death of their friend against the manchus. (103 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Marco Polo

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6)

The first of the proto-Venom films, with the first three Venoms coming together but often in very minor (and sometimes uncredited) roles.

Release: 25 December 1975 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
3.
The Shaolin Avengers (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Shaolin Avengers

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 18 June 1976 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
4.
Cai li fa xiao zi (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
International favorite Alexander Fu Sheng cemented his stardom in this, the fourth film in his esteemed director's "Shaolin" series... (96 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang, Ma Wu
“ aka New Shaolin Boxers

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 3 September 1976 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
5.
Shaolin Temple (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Shaolin Temple is the last place to resist defeat by the Manchu Dynasty, mostly because of their unique fighting style... (126 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Shaolin Temple

Centipede, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (4/6) - Toad joins the team.

Release: 22 December 1976 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
6.
The Naval Commandos (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(112 mins.)
“ Centipede, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (4/6).

Release: 7 April 1977 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
7.
Jiang hu han zi (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Magnificent Wanderers

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 27 May 1977 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
8.
The Brave Archer (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young man must complete a series of martial art tests and overcome assassins along the way. (127 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Brave Archer

Centipede, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (4/6).

Release: 30 July 1977 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
9.
Chinatown Kid (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After getting in trouble with local gangs, a young man (Fu Sheng) flees to San Francisco, where the same gangs are still causing problems... (115 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6) - enter the Scorpion.

Release: 2 December 1977 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
10.
Life Gamble (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
LIFE GAMBLE is the tale of a simple blacksmith (Kuo Chue) with extraordinary martial arts skills who... (96 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Life Gamble

Centipede, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (4/6).

Release: 26 April 1978 (Taiwan) / 22 February 1979 (Hong Kong) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
11.
“ Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (6/6) - the full team.

Release: 13 May 1978 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
12.
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
“ Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (6/6), obviously.

Release: 12 August 1978 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
13.
Invincible Shaolin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach... (98 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (6/6).

Release: 19 November 1978 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
14.
Crippled Avengers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil. (107 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 21 December 1978 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
15.
Avenging Warriors of Shaolin (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two friends who long to be heroes join the fight against a Ching warlord and his students. They get help from a Kung Fu student and a rebel. They also save Hung Si Quan's life. (110 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Shaolin Rescuers

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 24 March 1979 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
16.
Za ji wang ming dui (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The heroes pose as gun dealers and acrobats in order to get close to the bad guys so they can avenge the death of one of their brothers. In the end they lock the bad guys in a warehouse for a final battle to the death. (100 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Shaolin Daredevils

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 29 June 1979 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
17.
The Magnificent Ruffians (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Yuan Ying Fei is the descendant of the one known as Golden Sword and himself is a master of the technique as well as being boss of the town... (82 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Magnificent Ruffians

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 20 September 1979 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
18.
The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy. (86 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Kid With the Golden Arm

Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (6/6).

Release: 2 November 1979 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
19.
Shaolin Hellgate (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 19 January 1980 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
20.
Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Wu Tang chief sends out his men, each of whom is given a symbol so they can recognize each other. The largest is given to Lee, whom the others are to obey. (101 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede, Scorpion, Toad and Last Student (4/6) - the only one of the Venom films without Lizard.

Release: no date (elsewhere: 12 April 1980) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
21.
The Flag of Iron (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(113 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Flag of Iron

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 14 August 1980 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
22.
The Rebel Intruders (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three refugees become sworn brothers during a war. One (Kuo Chui/Philip Kwok) works in a whore house... (99 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Killer Army

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6).

Release: 10 September 1980 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
23.
Legend of the Fox (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(129 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Legend of a Fox

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: no date (elsewhere: 15 November 1980) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
24.
Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples. (91 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka 10 Tigers of Kwangtung

Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (6/6) - the last film with the full team.

Release: 20 December 1980 (Taiwan) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
25.
“ aka Sword Stained With Royal Blood

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 6 March 1981 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
26.
The Masked Avengers (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member... (92 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: no date (elsewhere: 15 May 1981) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
27.
She diao ying xiong chuan san ji (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
This is "The brave archer 3" (92 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Brave Archer 3

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, Toad and Last Student (5/6) - exit the Toad.

Release: 12 November 1981 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
28.
Shu shi shen chuan (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Philip Kwok
“ aka Ninja in the Deadly Trap

Centipede, Lizard (who also directs) and Last Student (3/6).

Release: no date

A crossover with ninjas films. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
29.
House of Traps (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka House of Traps

Centipede, Scorpion, Lizard, and Last Student (4/6).

Release: 9 January 1982 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
30.
Brave Archer 4 (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Brave Archer and His Mate is the fourth in a series originally starring international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng as master martial artist Kuo Tsing... (100 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Brave Archer and His Mate

Centipede, Lizard and Last Student (3/6).

Release: 25 February 1982 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
31.
Ode to Gallantry (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ aka Ode to Gallantry

Scorpion, Lizard, and Last Student (3/6) - the only one without Centipede and the last appearance of Scorpion. So, technically, this is the last film that could qualify as a Venom film under our criteria.

Release: 16 December 1982 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
32.
Attack of the Joyful Goddess (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A troupe of traveling performers stop in a small town. However, the general who controls the town has designs on the group's leading actress. They must figure a way to get out of town before the general has his way with her. (92 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede and Last Student (2/6).

Having only 2 Venoms puts it outside of the remit of this list, but is worth a mention as it was also directed by Chang Cheh. However, we are now at the asymptote so you can stop here if you like, but we are close to the end.

Also, like the next one, a crossover with kung-fu horror films. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
33.
The Nine Demons (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede and Last Student (2/6).

I've included it here as it sometimes gets labelled as a Venoms film, but tends to fall out of the remit of this list. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
34.
Shanghai 13 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Centipede and Last Student (2/6).

And we are done. These two did appear in one more film, Fight Among the Supers, but it wasn't directed by Chang Cheh, so this really is it. ” - Mighty_Emperor