The best kung fu movies

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1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 230,332 | Gross: $128.08M

2. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 29,130

3. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,446 | Gross: $25.00M

4. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 20,654

5. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chui

Votes: 11,701

6. Jing wu ying xiong (1994)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Chow

Votes: 19,886

7. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 108,505 | Gross: $17.11M

8. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 66,269 | Gross: $24.62M

9. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action

7.2
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The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 4,771

10. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (1993)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Sze-Man Tsang

Votes: 13,969 | Gross: $14.68M

11. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

7.5
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,830

12. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 64,513 | Gross: $4.56M

13. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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74 Metascore

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti, Anita Mui

Votes: 37,722 | Gross: $11.55M

14. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 26,037

15. The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Juana Collignon

Votes: 93,170 | Gross: $52.08M

16. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 346,365 | Gross: $215.43M

17. Wong Fei Hung (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.4
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Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 15,003

18. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 8,361

19. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Hung

Votes: 80,361 | Gross: $0.21M

20. Yip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 186,894