82+ Good Martial Arts Film Fights You May Not Have Seenby The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 12 Dec 2014 | updated - 19 Apr 2016 | Public
Here are some fight scenes that may have slipped under your radar. They may not be the best you've ever seen but deserve mention for their physicality, creativity, or uniqueness. Mostly American productions.
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1. A Dangerous Place (1994)
R | 97 min | Action, Thriller
When Ethan's older brother Greg is found dead, the police rule the case a suicide, but Ethan suspects foul play stemming from Greg's recent involvement with a martial arts team called the ... See full summary »
Ted Jan Roberts vs. Corey Feldman Feldman matches himself against the real karate kid and proves that he's more than a pretty face.
2. American Brawler (2013)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial arts instructor must enter the world of illegal pit fighting in order to save his family and his dojo.
Marco Antonio Alvarez vs. Dennis Ruel A fast-paced taekwondo match that's over much too quickly.
3. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
R | 90 min | Action, Drama
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.
Votes: 7,453 | Gross: $4.00M
Michael Dudikoff vs. the Bikers Dudikoff deals out a series of throws when some rude thugs attempt to keep him out of a bar. Nice stuff.
4. American Shaolin (1991)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action
After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may ... See full summary »
Reese Madigan vs. Trevor Bushey Possibly the most creative ring fight you'll ever see.
5. Bad Blood (1994)
R | 90 min | Action, Drama
A trucker (Lamas) has to come home to help fight mobsters after his brother who embezzled $5,000,000 from them.
Lorenzo Lamas' Stickfight I can't identify his two opponents, but Lamas excels in a violent brawl in a construction area.
6. Battle Creek Brawl (1980)
R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A young Asian-American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fighting competition.
Jackie Chan vs. Stephan Merjanian A hard-fought battle in a movie of pretty easy wins for Chan. The pacing is much slower than Jackie's usual output, but with all the more time to admire his grace and physicality.
7. Belly of the Beast (2003 Video)
R | 91 min | Action
An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her.
Steven Seagal & Byron Mann vs. Warehouse Swordsmen Easily one of the strangest and most bombastic battles of Seagal's film career. Pure Hong Kong coolness.
8. 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?
Votes: 11,216 | Gross: $1.70M
Phillip Rhee vs. Simon Rhee The best in a series of semi-realistic tournament bouts. The brothers match each other well.
9. Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998 Video)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A group of Russian mobsters have stolen a huge supply of paper for printing U.S. currency, and are now flooding the market with conterfeit bills. When one of the mobsters decides to give ... See full summary »
Phillip Rhee vs. the Stick Fighters Taekwondo master Rhee takes on four stick-wielding opponents in an intricate battle, fighting back with a fencing foil.
10. Beyond the Ring (2008)
PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Drama, Family
Martial arts champion Andre Lima's fighting days ended with his wife's death. The past nine years Andre has struggled to rebuild his world around his two children. When his daughter's health suddenly fails, his finances collapse
Andre Lima vs. Justice Smith A six-minute back & forth fight between well-matched combatants. Lima's fighting style is nothing if not versatile.
11. Bloodsport: The Dark Kumite (1999)
R | 100 min | Action, Romance
Agent John Keller goes undercover into the tough prison known as Fuego Penal to find out about the corpses of prisoners disappearing without a trace. There he gets involved in a dangerous ... See full summary »
Daniel Bernhardt vs. Stefanos Miltsakakis A fast-paced wrestling match that I only wish were longer.
12. Brawl (2012)
R | 92 min | Action
A former boxer, Mike, moves to Thailand to start a new life when he is robbed and left with nothing...until he meets Yo, a skilled Muay Thai boxer, and his beautiful wife. The new friends ... See full summary »
Jawed El Berni vs. Patrick Tang Tang is surprisingly intimidating as a beast-type fighter, and Berni rocks the cage with his many spinning kicks.
13. Bridge of Dragons (1999)
R | 92 min | Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
The tough and cold mercenary Warchild, is working for the man who took care of his war training and upbringing, the greedy General Ruechang. Ruechang is planning to take over the country by... See full summary »
Dolph Lundgren vs. Valerie Chow Granted, stunt doubles may supply the brunt of the action, but it's still a neat stickfight and different from anything else seen in any Lundgren vehicle.
14. Chocolate (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
Votes: 16,667 | Gross: $0.01M
Take your pick from several cool ones wherein Jeeja Yanin takes on gangs of opponents with her self-taught boxing techniques.
15. Choyleefut: Speed of Light (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Having taken his father's advice, one man decides to return home in pursuit of a fresh start. While training at his father's martial arts school, he learns that his father has given consent... See full summary »
Kane Kosugi vs. Ian Powers Nice moves, minimal wire-fu, and undeniable athleticism in a respectable ring fight.
16. Code of Silence (1985)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 6,226 | Gross: $20.35M
Chuck Norris' Bar Brawl Arguably the most fluid fight Norris has under his belt.
17. Cold Harvest (1999 Video)
R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A bounty hunter protects his dead brother's wife in a lawless world after a comet has devastated much of earth.
Gary Daniels vs. Bryan Genesse A box-smashing, weapon-stealing duel that has Genesse looking the best he ever will.
18. Day of the Panther (1988)
84 min | Action
A martial-arts expert goes after a criminal gang and its boss, who were responsible for the death of his partner.
Edward John Stazak's Warehouse Brawl Australia's answer to Van Damme shines in this Hong Kong-inspired randori.
19. Deadly Bet (1992)
R | 92 min | Action
Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Gerald Okamura vs. Dino Homsey Feel free to take your pick from a smattering of solid ring fights, but my favorite's a kung fu/kickboxing bout that allows tiny Master Okamura to show his moves against a giant opponent.
20. Deadly Target (1994)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Hong Kong police detective Charles Prince (Gary Daniels) arrives in Los Angeles to extradite a notorious Chinese gangster back to Hong Kong for trial. But soon, his suspect escapes. With ... See full summary »
Ken McLeod vs. Bill Ryusaki A fight between two masters I'd love to have seen more work from.
21. Dei seung chui keung (2001)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure
A sports company decides to make history by simulcasting the first all-Internet martial arts competition.
Patricia Ja Lee vs. Nicola Berwick A nice, weapons-based exchange atop of a floating platform. Feel free to choose your personal favorite from all the fights, but this one's mine.
22. Dragon Eyes (2012)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself.
Cung Le vs. Trevor Prangley A hard-won battle between MMA competitors - one that has yet to take place in a real ring.
23. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.
Votes: 25,654 | Gross: $35.11M
Jason Scott Lee vs. Ong Soo Han For a long time, this was my favorite fight scene of all.
24. Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)
94 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice.
Donnie Yen vs. the Double Devils Yen kills with a staff as he takes on a party of armed opponents in a baseball diamond.
25. Enemies Closer (2013)
R | 85 min | Action, Thriller
Deep within a forest on the U.S.-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
Tom Everett Scott vs. Zahary Baharov Unexpectedly, the best fight in a Van Damme movie belongs to two different guys.
26. Female Reporter (1989)
90 min | Action, Comedy
Rothrock stars as Cindy, an American FBI agent who travels to Hong Kong to arrest a criminal newspaper editor, Ronny Dak (filmmaker Ronny Yu) who prints counterfeit money using the ... See full summary »
Cynthia Rothrock vs. Jeffrey Falcon & Vincent Lyn Feet of fury transition into an impressive stickfight. Rothrock is unstoppable.
27. Fighting Madam (1987)
93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A crimefighting organization called the Angels goes up against a drug-smuggling ring headed by a female kung-fu killer.
Moon Lee vs. Yukari Oshima A short but furious match between action heroines.
28. Fighting Spirit (1992)
92 min | Action, Fantasy
Billy is a young fighter whose sister Judith was hurt after a near gang rape. When he learns she must have surgery, crime boss Russell has Billy compete in illegal street fights. When Billy... See full summary »
Loren Avedon's Randori The only good fight in this movie takes place close to the end, when Avedon invades the villains' hideout and takes on a horde of attackers.
29. Firepower (1993)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In the near future, street gangs have their own city zones where cops can't go. Two tough cops are sent undercover in one of them to investigate an illegal cure for AIDS. But they must first fight in a deathmatch, and the match is fixed.
Gary Daniels vs. Lelagi Togisala A neat weapon-based match inside a cage.
30. Force of Execution (2013)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime
A crime boss sends his top man to kill a prisoner. He gets the wrong man and pays the price. 6 months later he's back on his feet. His ex boss is now being squeezed out by Ice Man, who's responsible for the "wrong man" deal.
Bren Foster vs. Alex Terzieff, Michael-David Aragon, Lucas Leggio, Bobby Burns & Raliegh Wilson Making quick work of all men in a cramped hallway, Foster soundly steals the show out from under his better-known costars.
31. Hapkido (1972)
R | 97 min | Action, Drama
Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »
Angela Mao vs. the Black Bear School The Lady Whirlwind earns her name with nonstop spinning kicks.
32. Honor and Glory (1993)
R | 84 min | Action
FBI agent Tracy Pride is on a mission to capture businessman Jason Slade, who is involved in extortion and murder. Teaming up with her is her sister Joyce, a news reporter; Dragon, Tracy's ... See full summary »
Cynthia Rothrock, Robin Shou, Chuck Jeffreys & Donna Jason vs. Don Miller & Richard Yuen A long, multi-part battle in which the physicality makes up for a lot of the awkwardness.
33. Into the Sun (2005)
R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
When a government official is killed, an American operative with experience in the Yakuza culture is brought in to investigate.
Steven Seagal, Kosuke Toyohara & Pace Wu vs. Kuroda's Thugs Our heroes rampage through a house of gangsters, slaughtering all they come across with swords.
34. Irresistible Force (1993 TV Movie)
80 min | Action
A disgruntled retiring cop and his new butt kicking female partner must take on a well-armed terrorist group that holds up a supermarket.
Cynthia Rothrock's Cookware Store Brawl It hurts just to watch how hard she hits with those frying pans...
35. 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.
Sasha Mitchell's Bar Brawl Displaying a more aggressive side than in his previous appearances, Mitchell hangs with the best brawlers in this one.
36. Knock Off (1998)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A fashion designer who must join forces with a C.I.A. agent to combat terrorism.
Votes: 13,172 | Gross: $10.08M
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Fruit Market Melee The closest that Van Damme will ever come to a Jackie Chan-style fight.
37. Live by the Fist (1993)
R | 77 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man is unjustly convicted of a brutal crime. In prison he must fight for survival, justice and freedom.
Jerry Trimble's Stone Quarry Brawl What he lacks in worthy opponents, Trimble makes up with some of the best kicks you'll ever see.
38. Magic Kid II (1994)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family
Kevin Ryan must protect himself and his uncle from the TV studio that is producing his hit martial arts show when the execs try strong-arm tactics to keep Kevin from leaving.
Ted Jan Roberts vs. Richard Rabago A neat stickfight between masters of different generations.
39. Marked for Death (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.
Votes: 18,316 | Gross: $46.04M
Steven Seagal vs. Basil Wallace To date, this is the least one-sided fight that the Buddhist Bonecrusher's ever participated in.
40. Martial Law (1990 Video)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime
An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.
Chad McQueen & Cynthia Rothrock vs. David Carradine & Philip Tan While McQueen and Carradine bat about in the limelight, Rothrock and Tan stage a minor classic in the background.
41. Martial Outlaw (1993 Video)
R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A DEA agent and his brother, a Los Angeles cop, battle the Russian mafia.
Jeff Wincott vs. the Russian Circle See Jeff display good use of improvised weapons and excellent conditioning in a satisfyingly long match.
42. Maximum Risk (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A cop/flic discovers that he had a twin who just got murdered in Nice, France. In order to find out who did it, he takes his place including the cute girlfriend in Little Odessa, NYC.
Votes: 18,899 | Gross: $14.50M
Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Stefanos Miltsakakis Choose from three encounters wherein Van Damme must improvise when his kicks are countered by his opponent's grappling.
43. Beauty Investigator (1992)
86 min | Action, Comedy
A cop goes undercover as a nightclub singer to catch a professional hitman.
Moon Lee vs. Jeong-il Choi Choi's unexpectedly great form complements Lee's, and the two have a well-balanced, well-paced fight in a construction area.
44. Miao tan shuang long (1989)
Unrated | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
Martial arts adventure about a tough FBI cop (Cynthia Rothrock) high-kicking her way to the final showdown with a Chinese Mafia boss.
Cynthia Rothrock vs. Yasuyoshi Shikamura Rothrock wields a strand of wire to counter Shikamura's katana. When that doesn't work, a pair of sai do the trick.
45. Night of the Warrior (1991)
R | 99 min | Action, Sport
Miles Keane pays the debts for his dancing bar back by illegal fighting. When his debt is paid, he refuses further collaboration. But the fight mafia forces him to continue by threating his... See full summary »
Lorenzo Lamas vs. Ray Sua A painful-looking (and literally dirty) slugfest.
46. Ninja (2009)
R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Scott Adkins vs. The Ring Just about everything that Adkins does looks good, and this is no exception.
47. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)
95 min | Action, Comedy
Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.
Conan Lee vs. Hiroyuki Sanada Choose between two demonstrations of raw talent.
48. One in the Chamber (2012)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. vs. Dolph Lundgren A surprisingly rough brawl. I'm surprised how Gooding's character holds his own against the karate giant.
49. Only the Strong (1993)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Drama