Martial arts films kick ass...literally. It's launched the careers of famous actors including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li and the genre is no longer just limited to Asian films. You see its influence in big studio films across all genres like the Matrix, Bourne Identity and James Bond. Check out our Top 10 Martial Arts Films of all time.
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In 2002, Hero was the most expensive and highest grossing motion picture in Chinese cinema history. A true epic martial arts film. You almost have to see why this mesmerized 1.3 billion people.
9. House of Flying Daggers
Martial arts turned to cinematic art form. Plus, it's pretty hot watching a beautiful Ziyi Zhang kicking some serious ass.
8. Kung Fu Hustle
Stephen Chow really took martial arts comedy to a whole new level. Awesome martial arts in a truly original and fantastical world.
7. Fists Of Fury
It's Bruce Lee in his second major film. Need I say more.
6. Iron Monkey
A non-stop martial arts actioner that was highly endorsed by Quentin Tarantino. If you like Tarantino's sensibilities this is right there in martial arts form.
5. Ong Bak: Thai Warrior
Tony Jaa is being touted as the next big martial arts star. This is not your traditional martial artist. Tony is all about serious neck breaking, bone crushing martial arts with real stunts that will blow your mind. He almost puts Jet Li and Jackie Chan to shame. This is a must see for anyone who loves raw martial arts and is not familiar with Tony Jaa.
Jet Li stated this was his last wushu martial arts epic film and it showed. A simple classic story with incredible martial arts sequences. A must see for all Jet Li fans.
3. Legend Of The Drunken Master
One of the earlier martial arts films which incorporated strong elements of comedy that only Jackie can deliver. The movie features several distinctive styles of fighting, including the Snake, Crane, Tiger and Monkey as well as the famous Eight Drunken Immortals and Eight Drunk Gods.
2. Game Of Death
Game of Death was the film Bruce Lee had planned to demonstrate his martial art, Jeet Kune Do. He unfortunately died before the finishing this film. If Bruce Lee's martial arts aren't enough, he even fights the Laker's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and beats down Chuck Norris!
1. Enter The Dragon
Enter The Dragon is the first Kung Fu film to have been made by a Hollywood studio and was the last completed film Bruce Lee appeared in before his death. A true classic.