Black Belt Jones

by General_Ripper | created - 12 Jul 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

This list includes action/martial arts titles from my collection that are NOT from Asia with many favorite action stars (Van Damme, Seagal, Norris, Statham, etc.), and also includes some titles that are not actually considered "martial arts" movies. You may want to check out my other list "Action from Asia".

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1. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 871,824 | Gross: $70.10M

2. American Kickboxer (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Sport

Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Nel | Stars: John Barrett, Keith Vitali, Terry Norton, Brad Morris

Votes: 543

3. Kickboxer (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Sport, Thriller

33 Metascore

Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

Directors: Mark DiSalle, David Worth | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi

Votes: 43,456 | Gross: $14.70M

4. Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992)

R | 92 min | Action, Sport, Thriller

David Sloan travels to Rio for a kick-box exhibition. There he saves two youngsters and stops a white slaver.

Director: Rick King | Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Dennis Chan, Richard Comar, Noah Verduzco

Votes: 2,642

5. Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)

R | 89 min | Action, Sport

This movie is supposed to be a sequel to the movie which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only now the movie revolves around the brother of the character that Van Damme played. David Sloan is... See full summary »

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Peter Boyle, Dennis Chan, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Votes: 4,842 | Gross: $1.25M

6. Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)

R | 90 min | Action, Sport

David Sloan must travel to Mexico to save his wife from a savage drug lord who's also an old nemesis.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Kamel Krifa, Brad Thornton, Jill Pierce

Votes: 2,900

7. Lionheart (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan

Votes: 28,947 | Gross: $24.08M

8. The Circuit (2002)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Years ago, Dirk Longstreet walked away from The Circuit, the merciless underground fight club with no rules, where money changes hands as men are killed. But now gangsters have got his ... See full summary »

Director: Jalal Merhi | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Simon Kim, James Kim, Bryan Genesse

Votes: 277

9. The Circuit 2: The Final Punch (2002 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Prisoners are dying at the Ogden Correctional Institution, a prison where a corrupt Warden has taken justice and business into his own hands. In the bowels of this prison, an underground ... See full summary »

Director: Jalal Merhi | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Jalal Merhi, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Blanks

Votes: 194

10. Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Drama, Sport

A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Phillip Rhee

Votes: 10,820 | Gross: $1.70M

11. Best of the Best II (1993)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The Colosseum is the fighting arena owned by the champion Bracus. Now after the death of their friend, Rhee and Roberts want revenge.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, Chris Penn, Edan Gross

Votes: 4,729 | Gross: $6.61M

12. Bloodsport (1988)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama

29 Metascore

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.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton

Votes: 67,380 | Gross: $11.81M

13. American Samurai (1992)

R | 94 min | Action

An American reporter teams up with a martial arts expert, whose half-brother is a "yakuza"--Japanese mafia--drug dealer to battle swordsmen from around the world n a Turkish arena.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: David Bradley, Mark Dacascos, Valarie Trapp, Rex Ryon

Votes: 1,576

14. Code of Silence (1985)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen, Mike Genovese

Votes: 5,836 | Gross: $20.35M

15. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 38,365 | Gross: $34.60M

16. Black Belt Jones (1974)

R | 85 min | Action, Comedy

A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jim Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers, Eric Laneuville

Votes: 1,829

17. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

20 Metascore

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 12,110 | Gross: $10.50M

18. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

39 Metascore

On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway

Votes: 7,053 | Gross: $4.00M

19. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no ... See full summary »

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele B. Chan

Votes: 4,315 | Gross: $0.90M

20. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 591,669 | Gross: $66.21M

21. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Max Ryan

Votes: 57,142 | Gross: $36.85M

22. Latin Dragon (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure

In the grand tradition of the lone hero who mysteriously appears in a town desperate for help (think "Shane, "Billy Jack", "James Bond" and "Chinese Connection"), having survived a war and ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Thomas | Stars: Fabian Carrillo, Gary Busey, Lorenzo Lamas, Robert LaSardo

Votes: 301

23. Ninja Assassin (2009)

R | 99 min | Action, Thriller

34 Metascore

A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris, Joon Lee

Votes: 63,246 | Gross: $38.11M

24. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Wallace Wood, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 11,910 | Gross: $3.28M

25. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 158,686 | Gross: $41.62M

26. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

Votes: 77,930 | Gross: $3.31M

27. Street Fighter (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.

Director: Steven E. de Souza | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa

Votes: 59,048 | Gross: $33.42M

28. The Octagon (1980)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle

Votes: 4,324 | Gross: $18.97M

29. The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

R | 95 min | Action

51 Metascore

On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.

Director: RZA | Stars: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, RZA

Votes: 57,526 | Gross: $15.63M

30. The Karate Killers (1967)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battle T.H.R.U.S.H. spies to seize Dr. True's secret chemical formula used in extracting gold from sea water.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Joan Crawford, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 476

31. The Tournament (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Thriller

A tournament is watched by dozens of wealthy men betting on which one of the 30 assassins will survive the next 24 hours "kill or die" and claim the USD10,000,000 prize. It takes place in an English town with plenty of CCTVs.

Director: Scott Mann | Stars: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ian Somerhalder

Votes: 32,656

32. Fearless (2006)

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

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: 68,024 | Gross: $24.63M

Huo Yuan Jia, Fearless

33. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 66,393 | Gross: $0.49M

Siu lam juk kau, Shaolin Soccer

34. Samouraïs (2002)

R | 90 min | Action

Half a century ago, a Japanese family summoned a demon known as Kodeni to dispose of its adversaries. Once the killing was done, the family was cursed. Now, Tokyo Police Inspector Fujiwara ... See full summary »

Director: Giordano Gederlini | Stars: Cyril Mourali, Maï Anh Le, Yasuaki Kurata, Saïd Serrari

Votes: 648

35. Fighter (I) (2007)

100 min | Action, Drama

Aicha attends Kung Fu at her high school in Copenhagen. Her Muslim, Turkish father wants her to study hard and become a doctor but instead she starts training at a Kung Fu club where Emil helps with her training. They become friends.

Director: Natasha Arthy | Stars: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Cyron Melville, Molly Blixt Egelind

Votes: 1,376

36. Forced Vengeance (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A casino security guard is forced into violence from when the Hong Kong mob threatens his friends.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Chuck Norris, Mary Louise Weller, Camila Griggs, Michael Cavanaugh

Votes: 2,397 | Gross: $6.66M

37. Max Havoc: Ring of Fire (2006)

89 min | Action

Max, having forsaken his life as a former world kick-boxing champion to redefine himself as a world class photographer, is on his way to photograph top tennis star and athlete Suzy Blaine. ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Ingram | Stars: Mickey Hardt, Christina Cox, Dean Cain, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 212

38. Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action

Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane ... See full summary »

Directors: Albert Pyun, Isaac Florentine | Stars: Mickey Hardt, Nikki Ziering, Scott L. Schwartz, Diego Wallraff

Votes: 767

39. Rapid Fire (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 7,326 | Gross: $14.36M

40. Supreme Champion (2010)

R | 86 min | Action

Stephan Bonnar is Troy Jennings, a mixed martial arts superstar, whose girlfriend is kidnapped by ex-fighter Lucien Gallows. In a desperate attempt to rescue her, Troy must challenge eight fighters and face Gallows in a fight to the death.

Directors: Ted Fox, Richard Styles | Stars: Stephan Bonnar, Daniel Bernhardt, Leila Arcieri, Marieh Delfino

Votes: 176

41. The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry

Votes: 10,951 | Gross: $25.75M

42. The Transporter (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise.

Directors: Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze, François Berléand

Votes: 263,481 | Gross: $25.30M

43. Transporter 2 (2005)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Mercenary Frank Martin, who specializes moving goods of all kinds, surfaces again this time in Miami, Florida when he's implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of a powerful USA official.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Kate Nauta, Alessandro Gassman

Votes: 175,400 | Gross: $43.10M

44. Transporter 3 (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand

Votes: 143,405 | Gross: $31.72M

45. Wushu Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action

China, 1862: Lord Lindsey rules the opium trade and enslaves the innocent. The only hope for the oppressed nation is a covert group of trained Wushu Warriors - The Red Lotus Society - who will fight to restore justice to its people.

Director: Alain Desrochers | Stars: Matt Frewer, Tod Fennell, Amber Goldfarb, Gang Zhao

Votes: 396

46. Romeo Must Die (2000)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

An avenging cop seeks out his brother's killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong

Votes: 62,106 | Gross: $55.97M

47. War (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

36 Metascore

An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as "Rogue" who murdered his partner.

Director: Philip G. Atwell | Stars: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez, John Lone

Votes: 79,412 | Gross: $22.47M

48. Exit Wounds (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

39 Metascore

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 29,758 | Gross: $51.76M

49. Fire Down Below (1997)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller