best of martial art movies

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1.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
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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
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Big Boss (1971)
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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
 
4.
Bloodsport (1988)
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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
 
5.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Shaolin (2011)
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After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. (131 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
 
9.
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
 
10.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government. (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
11.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
Drunken Master (1978)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
15.
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
 
16.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
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A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
 
17.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
18.
The Protector (2005)
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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
 
19.
Wheels on Meals (1984)
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Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective... (108 mins.)
Director: Samo Hung
 
20.
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
 
21.
Project A (1983)
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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
 
22.
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
 
23.
Dragon (2011)
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A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
24.
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
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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
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
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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
 
27.
The City of Violence (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral... (92 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
 
28.
The Crow (1994)
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A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
29.
Police Story (1985)
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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.)
 
30.
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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... (98 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen