The Best of Bruce Lee

by russellnanamie | created - 28 Jan 2013 | updated - 06 Sep 2016 | Public

All that is the Best of Bruce Lee; 1-6: His Martial Arts Cinema 7: His Only Other American Film 8-10: The Best of His American TV Roles 11-15: The Best of His Child Star Films 16-17: Old Interviews 18-24: The Best of His Documentaries 25-26: The Best Films About Him 27-30: The Best of His Son, Brandon Lee's Films 31: His Daughter, Shannon Lee's Best Film 32-37: The Best Films with Ties to Bruce Lee

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1. 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: 20,452

aka Fist of Fury Bruce's Best Chinese Film

2. 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: 83,032 | Gross: $25.00M

Bruce's Best American Film and Still American's Best Martial Arts Movie!

3. 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: 25,819

Bruce Lee Vs. Chuck Norris Classic!

4. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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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.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 20,326

5. Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Video)

100 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

8.2
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Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »

Directors: John Little, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer, Sun-Man Bae

Votes: 2,316

For True Fans that cannot stand the insult that is The Game of Death. This is Bruce Lee's untouched G.o.D. just how he left it.

6. Game of Death (1978)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger

Votes: 13,691

7. Marlowe (1969)

M | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor, Rita Moreno

Votes: 2,540

8. The Green Hornet (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 2,007

aka The Kato Show My Favorite Episode-The Preying Mantis

9. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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The Caped Crusader and his young ward battlle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940's black and white tv show based of the comic book hero's exploits.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 14,859

Bruce Lee played Kato in 3 episodes – Batman's Satisfaction (1967) … Kato – A Piece of the Action (1967) … Kato – The Spell of Tut (1966) … Kato (uncredited)

10. Longstreet (1971–1972)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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The cases of a blind insurance investigator.

Stars: James Franciscus, Marlyn Mason, Peter Mark Richman, Ann Doran

Votes: 314

Bruce Lee played Li Tsung in 4 episodes – I See, Said the Blind Man (1971) … Li Tsung – Wednesday's Child (1971) … Li Tsung – Spell Legacy Like Death (1971) … Li Tsung – The Way of the Intercepting Fist (1971) ... Li Tsung

11. Xi lu xiang (1950)

80 min | Drama

6.9
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Bruce Lee shined in his first leading role as A-Chang in this vivacious social comedy, playing a 10-year-old orphan who's raised by a righteous uncle (Yee), groomed by a skilled thief (Fung... See full summary »

Director: Fung Fung | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chau-Shui Yee, Hoi-Chuen Lee, Fung Fung

Votes: 95

aka The Kid Bruce at the age of 10, My Favorite of his child star Films

12. Ren hai gu hong (1960)

104 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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Add a Plot

Director: Sun-Fung Lee | Stars: Cho-Fan Ng, Yin Pak, Bruce Lee, Wai-Yue Chan

Votes: 60

aka The Orphan Bruce at the age of 20

13. Thunderstorm (1957)

124 min | Drama

7.6
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Add a Plot

Director: Wui Ng | Stars: Yin Pak, Dun Lo, Ying Cheung, Bruce Lee

Votes: 68

aka The thunderstorm Bruce at the age of 17

14. Gu xing xue lei (1955)

113 min | Drama

6.9
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Lee plays a young man who comes under the tutelage of a convict and must make hard choices about his life's direction.

Director: Ji Zhu | Stars: Wood-Yau Cheung, Hark-Sun Lau, Bruce Lee, Yee Mui

Votes: 38

aka An Orphan's Tragedy Bruce at the age of 15

15. Ci mu lei (1953)

Drama

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A woman struggles to bring up three children after the death of her husband. Her eldest son, on whom she has placed great hope, shames her with his dishonesty. Her daughter, the middle ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Chun | Stars: Ying Cheung, Nin-Wah Chow, Bruce Lee, Hung Sin-Nui

Votes: 17

aka The Guiding Light Bruce at the age of 13

16. Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview (1994 Video)

30 min | Short, Talk-Show

8.8
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Bruce Lee's in-depth interview at the Pierre Berton Show, originally filmed in 1971, just a couple of years before he passed away. The footage was lost and would not be found and aired again until 1994.

Director: Michael Rothery | Stars: Pierre Berton, Bruce Lee

Votes: 90

The Water Speech

17. Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (1998 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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A collection of old interviews with Bruce Lee show us his beliefs, thoughts on fighting and what martial arts means to him.

Director: John Little | Stars: Bruce Lee, Peter Archer, Pierre Berton, Linda Lee Cadwell

Votes: 79

18. How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.9
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More than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, cinema, music, sport, dance, video ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Webb | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Chan, Margaret Cho, Raymond Chow

Votes: 462

My Favorite Bruce Lee Documentary

19. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,203

20. The Unbeatable Bruce Lee (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

7.4
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A look at the life of superstar Bruce Lee.

Director: Phillip Dye | Stars: Bruce Lee, Greg O'Neil, Diane McBain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 56

21. Bruce Lee, the Legend (1984)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary

7.3
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The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee.

Director: Leonard Ho | Stars: Bruce Lee, James B. Nicholson, Hoi-Chuen Lee, Raymond Chow

Votes: 718

22. Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee (1993)

92 min | Documentary, Action

7.0
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The truth behind the mysterious death of Bruce Lee is exposed in this documentary that includes accounts by people who were present at the time of Lee's premature death. Features never-before-seen exclusive footage of Bruce Lee.

Director: Toby Russell | Stars: Jon T. Benn, Linda Lee Cadwell, Chaplin Chang, Leo Fong

Votes: 107

23. The Life of Bruce Lee (1994 TV Movie)

68 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Documentary about martial arts actor Bruce Lee, from his birth in 1940 till his death in 1973, with interviews with his fellow actors and family. Dedicated to his son, Brandon.

Director: Guy Scutter | Stars: Bob Bremer, Jackie Chan, James Coburn, Taky Kimura

Votes: 217

24. The Curse of the Dragon (1993)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

7.0
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Documentary of the life of actor Bruce Lee, with interviews with cast members and crews who worked with him.

Directors: Tom Kuhn, Fred Weintraub | Stars: George Takei, Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 704

25. Li xiao long (2010)

129 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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The life story of martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee.

Directors: Manfred Wong, Wai Man Yip | Stars: Aarif Rahman, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Christy Chung, Jennifer Tse

Votes: 1,674

My Favorite Film about Bruce Lee

26. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.0
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A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Michael Learned

Votes: 23,675 | Gross: $35.11M

27. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 146,242 | Gross: $50.69M

Brandon's Best American Film

28. Rapid Fire (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents protecting him, the only one he can trust is Ryan... See full summary »

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 6,876 | Gross: $14.36M

29. Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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Two cops have to work together to bring down the yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful women.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tia Carrere

Votes: 13,589 | Gross: $2.28M

30. Legacy of Rage (1986)

R | 87 min | Action

6.4
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Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael (played ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wong, Regina Kent, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 826

Brandon's Best and Only Chinese Film

31. Hun shen shi dan (1998)

95 min | Action

6.1
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Professional thief Martin is assigned to steal the largest diamond in the Czech Repbulic, the Czar's Prism for $3M. Needing extra help, Martin brings in his former partner Mandy, an ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Shannon Lee, Michael Wong, Anita Yuen, Jordan Chan

Votes: 298

aka Enter the Eagles Shannon's Best Film

32. 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: 19,791

Let Li's remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury aka The Chinese Connection.

Just as good as Bruce Lee's original. Let Li and Yuen Wo Ping (aka Woo-Ping Yuen) always amaze. A must see for fan's of; Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Yuen Wo Ping, or Martial Arts Films.

33. 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: 66,027 | Gross: $24.62M

aka Huo Yuan Jia Let Li's unofficial prequel to Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury aka The Chinese Connection.

A Beautiful and Epic Film, this is Let Li at his Best. A must see for everyone!

34. Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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49 Metascore

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Wai-Keung Lau | Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 8,698 | Gross: $0.05M

Donnie Yen's follow up to his TV show Fist of Fury which is a TV version of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, aka The Chinese Connection, and therefore can be looked at as a prequel to Bruce Lee's film.

This film is a far cry from Bruce Lee's work. Still the film has its moments.

35. 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: 186,013

aka Yip Man A film about Bruce Lee's first Sifu or Master, Yip Man

An amazing film, with an amazing story. Donnie Yen fighting in this film is some of the best I have ever seen. Ip Man is a must see.

36. 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: 79,780 | Gross: $0.21M

aka Yip Man 2 The sequel to Ip Man, with a cameo of a would be young Bruce Lee... not the real Bruce obviously.

Not as good as the first, but still a good film. A must see only if you love Bruce Lee, Donnie Yen and the fist Ip Man.

37. Yip Man 3 (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.1
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57 Metascore

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson

Votes: 32,549 | Gross: $2.68M

aka Yip Man 3 Another sequel to Ip Man, with two cameos of a not yet realized Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee fans watch it for the scene where Bruce Lee negotiates Dance lessons for tutelage in Wing Chun.