TOP 15 Martial Arts Movies Of All Time

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What is Martial Arts? It can be defined as an art or a traditional combat style in which they use their feet and hands as a weapon. Martial Art is practiced for various reasons like self-defense, sports competition, skill development, mental peace, physical fitness, etc. So now we know the actual meaning of martial arts, without any further delay let’s get into the list of my top 15 all-time best Martial arts Movies.

Top 15 Martial Arts Movies Of All Time

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Please note that all the movies listed below are best in their perspective, there is no order-wise ranking, they are written in random order

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1] The Night Comes For Us (2018)

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The action thriller movie is directed by  Timo Tjahjanto, It has a 6.9/10 rating on IMBD and a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This is available to watch on Netflix. The cast of the movie includes stars like Iko Uwais as Arian, Sunny Pang as Chien Wu, Dian Sastrowardoyo as Aima, Julie Estelle as The Operator, Hannah Al Rashid as Elena, Dimas Anggara as Wisnu, Zack lee as Bobby and many others.

A Brief plot of The Night Comes For Us (2018)

At the beginning of the story the main lead of the movie Arian works for a mafia gang whose work is illegal trafficking of drugs, girls, murdering innocents, and many others. The mafia gangsters used the local villagers to supply their illegal materials but once all the villagers opposed the mafia gang and betrayed them. This triggered the gangsters and all the gangsters including Arian set out in rage and kill all the villagers, at the end the gang members try to kill a little innocent girl, Arian opposed them but they didn’t listen to him and tried to kill the girl, this creates conflict between Arian and the mafia gang. From here Arian tries to save the girl from the gangsters and the gangsters try to kill him and the girl. Will he be able to save himself and the girl from the gangsters? You have to see the movie to know the answer!

2] Fearless (2006)

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It is a very commercially successful movie directed by Ronny Yu. It has a 7.6 rating in IMBD and a 73% rating in Roten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie comprises Jet Li as Huo Yuanjia, Nakamura Shido II as Anno Tanaka, Sun Li as Moon, Collin Chou as Yuanjia’s Father, Anthony De Longis as Spanish Swardman, and many others.

A Brief plot of Fearless (2006)

The movie is a biography of a legendary Chinese Martial Artist Huo Yuanjia who challenged the whole world to defeat him in public competitions. He radiated the culture of his nation on an international scale. When the western culture took over China he fought to restore the pride of the nation during the end of the Qing Dynasty.

3] The Raid (2011)

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This action thriller movie is directed by Gareth Evans. It has a 7.6/10 rating on IMBD and 87% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It is available to watch on MX Player for free, amazon prime videos, and Youtube. The cast of the movie comprises Iko Uwais as Rama (main lead), Joe taslim as Jaka, Yayan Ruhian as Mad Dog, Julie Estelle, Alfridus godfred, and many more stars.

A Brief plot of The Raid (2011)

The story is about a special task force that is assigned a task to penetrate a 15-storey high building belonging to notorious drug lord Tama and to take him down. However, the task force team moves into the building and finds themselves stuck in the building. Now they won’t get any help from the external team, they are on their own. Will they survive the fort of armored gangsters and take down Tama?

4] Saving General Yang (2013)

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This movie is directed by Ronny Yu. It has 6.3/10 ratings on IMBD and 4.1/5 in Vudu. The cast of the movie includes Ekin Cheng in the lead role of Yang Dalang, Raymond Lam as Yang Wulang, Li Chen as Yang Silang, Bryan Leung as Pan Renmei, Ady as Princess Chai, Wu Chun as Yang Luk-Long, and many more

A Brief plot of Saving General Yang (2013)

The movie story is of ancient China where there will be a conflict between two dynasties – Khitan and Yang. Later in the movie general Yang gets abducted by the Khitans, Khitan army was comparatively larger than the Yang’s. When Yang’s family members get to know about the abduction, they set out in a rage to rescue Yang. How will they fight against a stronger army, What will be their strategy? Will they succeed in rescuing general Yang? Watch this movie to find out.

5] Rise Of The Legend (2014)

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This movie is directed by Roy Chow Hin Yeung. It has 6.4/10 ratings on IMBD and 63% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie comprises Eddie Peng as Wong Fei Hung the main lead, Angelababy as Orchid, Sammo Hung as Master Lui, Wang Luodan as Chun, Byron Mann as Black Crow, Zhang Jin, and many other popular stars.

A Brief plot of Rise Of The Legend (2014)

This drama, the action-thriller movie is about an Orphan Wong Fei whose father was killed when he was a small child by some dangerous gangsters, after a few years when Fei grew up to be an adult in some other place and returned to his birthplace to take revenge on his father’s murderers He found out that the gangsters he was looking for are very notorious and the whole village was being tortured by them. Fei sets out on a journey to find and kill the gangster and o avenge his father’s death and bring peace to the villagers. Will he succeed?

6] Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)

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This movie is directed by a famous Thai director Prachya Pinkaew. It was commercially very successful and has an IMBD rating of 7.1/10 and an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie includes Tony Jaa in the main lead as Tien, Mum Jokmok as Humlae, Dan Chupong as Bodyguard 4, Panna Rittikrai as a villager, Pumwaree Yodkamol as Muay Lek and may other famous Thai artists.

A Brief plot of Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)

It is a story of a small peace-loving village in Thailand. The villagers of this village are connected to a Buddhist statue in the village which they believe that is protecting their village. But some greedy people from the city steal the statue which creates widespread fear and rage among the villagers. Now it is upon Boonting to go to Bangkok and be and beat the bad guys and bring back Ong Bak the stolen Buddha statue. Will he succeed?  Watch the movie To find out.

7] Raging Phoenix (2009)

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This is an action romance genre movie directed by Rashane Limtrakul. It has an IMBD rating of 6/10 and 7.3 on MyDramaList. This movie is available for free on MX player The cast of this movie comprises of JeeJa Yanin as Deu, Nui Sandang as Kee Moo, Roongtawan Jindasing as Jaguar London, Sompong Lertwimonkasem as Dog, Kazu Patrick Tang as Sanim, Boonprasert Salangam as Bull, Tim Man, Patrick Tang, Tulaya Huntra, Marc Hoang, David Bueno, Saroch Ruampaothai and many other artists.

A Brief plot of  Raging Phoenix (2009)

A Martial Arts warrior Deu along with her group of warriors tries to unravel the mystery of widespread gangsters who are kidnapping girls with super-abilities. But what are they doing with those girls? Will they succeed in rescuing the girls or will they get in trouble? Watch the movie on MX player to find out.

8] Ninja Assassin (2009)

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This is a movie that belongs to the action, drama category. It is directed by James McTeigue and distributed by the Warner Bros. It has an IMBD rating of 6.3/10 and 4.2/5 on Vudu. The cast of the movie includes Rain as Raizo, Naomie Harris as Mika Coretti, Sho Kosugi as Ozunu, Rick Yune as Takeshi, Jonathan Chanpensely as Yakuza Henchman, Rick Yune, Sung Kang, and many other Artists.

A Brief plot of Ninja Assassin (2009)

There is a group of people who kidnap children of small age forcefully torture and train them to such a level that they become elite assassins- Ninjas, they don’t have any fear, appetite, or room for emotions in their life. Later they are sent on missions to assassinate people. One among these trained assassins is the lead of the movie – Raizo.

Who as told earlier trained to be emotionless and mercy less. But during a mission, he somehow falls in love with a girl who he was supposed t assassinate. Later in order to protect the girl he goes against his people. Hence avenge to the betrayal they send Ninjas who were trained just like Raizo to kill him. Will he be able to stay alive and protect the girl (his lover) from the gang of elite Ninjas? Watch the movie to find out.

9] The Protector (2005)

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This is a very successful movie directed by Prachya Pinkaew with a budget of 50 lakhs USD and it managed to get 2.7 crores USD at the Box office. The action, Drama, and Crime movie has a rating of 7/10 on IMBD and a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie was originally released in English, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Mandarin languages and later dubbed into many other languages including Hindi. The cast of the movie includes Tony Jaa as Kham the main lead, Mum Jokmok as Mark, Jon Foo as Wushu the fighter, Lateef Crowder as Capoeira Fighter, Nathan jones as T.K, Don Ferguson, and many other stars.

A Brief plot of The Protector (2005)

This is a story of a legendary Martial Arts warrior named Kham, who lived in the jungles of Thailand and they have elephants and wild bulls as pets. Once greedy people from Australia steal the Elephants from Kham and smuggle them illegally to Australia. Kham in range decides to travel to Australia and bring back his elephant from them. But when he goes to Australia he finds that the smugglers are notorious and widespread gangsters. Will he be able to save himself and his elephants in the concrete jungle? Watch the movie to find out. This movie is currently available on Amazon prime videos and YouTube.

10] Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

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This is a movie that comes under the category of action, adventure, and history. The movie is directed by   Tsui Hark. It has managed to collect 2.97 crores HKD at the box office with a rating of 7.2/10 ratings on IMBD and 89% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie consists of iconic stars like Jet Li cast as Wong Fei Hung, Rosamund Kwan as Thirteenth Aunt, Hung Yan-yan as Shaho Gang member, Donnie Yen, Max Mok as Siu Chung Mok, Biao Yuan as Leung Foon, Shi-Kwan Yen, Shun Lau, Jacky Cheung, Kent Cheng, Mike Leeder, John Wakefield, and many other stars.

A Brief plot of Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

As the name itself suggests the story of the movie dates back to the Late ’80s when people from America, France, and the British were colonializing China and looting their wealth. This made a Martial Artist upset and he wants to fight against the foreigners for the independence of his country. He starts to recruit young people of like mindset and teaches and trains them in Martial Arts. Will he succeed in kicking out the foreigners? Watch the movie to find out.

11] The Matrix (1999)

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This is a movie directed by Lana Wachowski, and Lilly Wachowski. This movie comes under the category of Sci-fi Action, and adventure. The movie not only comprises thrilling martial art style fights but also has a  unique storyline. This movie was a massive blockbuster and has 3 sequels each with amazing fight scenes. The cast of the movie includes Keanu Reeves in the lead role named Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss as the female lead Trinity, Hugo Weaving as the main evil lead, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Gloria Foster as The Oracle, Marcus Chong as a Tank, Joe Pantoliano as Cypher, Matt Doran as Mouse and many other iconic actors.

A Brief plot of The Matrix (1999)

As mentioned before the movie has a Unique storyline and cannot be explained easily. The movie shows what happens if Artificial Intelligence surpasses the intelligence of humans and takes control of the world. The story starts with a computer programmer Neo who was an expert hacker getting approached by some group of people saying that he was the ‘Chosen One, who then shows him the whole world from a different perspective.

Later the story takes an interesting turn when they unplug him from the matrix. The matrix-The computerized world created by the robots under which they have imprisoned the minds of humans. Now Neo should fight against the AI agents in order to save the human race. Well, I have tried to explain the plot as much as I can. I know that if you are unaware of this movie and reading about it for the first time you would be confused right now. But I guarantee you that this movie will open up a new world before you and unlocks your imagination.

12] House Of Flying Daggers (2004)

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This is an action, Romance genre movie directed by Yi-Mou Zhang. The making of the movie has earned it many international awards. The movie is comprised of many unpredictable twists and turns. This movie has 7.5/10 ratings on IMBD and 85% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie includes stars like Zhang Ziyi as Xiao Mei, Yi-Mou Zhang, Andy Lau as Leo the main villain, Takeshi Kaneshiro as captain Jin, Jiusheng Wang, and many other famous Chinese stars.

A Brief plot of House Of Flying Daggers

The movie starts with two captains Jin and Leo talking about the order of the general that they have to catch the new leader of the flying daggers. They were suspicious of a girl Mei who was a dancer,  two captains plan to follow her and find out about the new leader. So, they make a plan according to that they first imprison the girl and later Captain Jin pretends to help her break out from the prison and that he has a lot of respect for The Flying Daggers and he wants to join them.

Later on the journey, he falls in love with Mei and his general betrays him and tries to kill him when the flying daggers come in to rescue them. The later story takes an interesting turn when Jin finds out that the girl was also a member of flying daggers and also not blind and an even more shocking twist was that captain Leo was also a part of flying daggers. There are still more twists and turns in the story and I would recommend you watch it.

13] Police Story (1985)

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It is an action comedy movie directed by  Jackie Chan, Ding Sheng, Stanley Tong, and Benny Chan. It has an IMBD rating of 7.5 and a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is composed of iconic

Actors like Jackie Chan as Senior inspector and the main lead, Maggie Cheung as May, Brigitte Lin as Selina Fong, Bill Tung, Chor Yuen as  Mr.Chu, and many more star actors.

A Brief plot of Police Story (1985)

We are talking about Martial Arts and Jackie Chan’s name is not there in the list, how is it possible? The Jackie Chan starer movie is a mixture of comedy, drama, and intense action scenes. This movie is well known for its astonishing stunts. Jackie Chan played the role of the main inspector in FDA, the story revolves around chan, his girlfriend May, and the disloyal policemen. Jackie Chan gets the blame for killing his colleague officer and the whole police force turns against him, now he has to prove that he is innocent, how will he do that? Find out by watching the movie.

14] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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This is a movie directed by Ang Lee. It has an IMBD rating of 7.9/10 and 97% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. By looking at the numbers above you will now be knowing how popular this movie is. The cast of the movie consists of iconic stars like Michelle Yeoh cast as Yu Shu Lien, Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu, Cheng Pei-Pei as Jade Fox, Chow Yun-fat as Master Li Mu Bai, Chang Chen as Lo ‘Dark Cloud, Xian Gao as Bo, Su Ying Huang as Auntie Wu, De Ming Wang as a police inspector, Kai Li as Gou Jun Pei, Yan Hai as Madame Yu, Sihung Lung as Sir Te, Fazeng Li as Governor Yu and many more others.

A Brief plot of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

The story dates back to early 19th century China. The renowned swordsman Li Mu Bai decides to stop fighting and give up the blood-shedding job. He hands over his legendary 400-year-old Destiny sword to a next-generation female warrior – Yu Shu Lien and asks her to look after the sword and not let it fall in the wrong hands as it is powerful. However, after some time a masked thief steals the sword. Who is the masked thief? How can they bring back the sword before it’s too late? This is the main plot of the movie.

15] Enter the Dragon (1973)

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Of course, the list will be incomplete without this masterpiece. It is a movie directed by Robert Clouse. It is one of the most successful and iconic movies of all time. It has a 7.6/10 IMBD rating and a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast of the movie has legendary actors like Bruce Lee cast in the movie as Lee, Jim Kelly as Williams, Chuck Norris, Ahna Capri as Tania, Bolo Yeung as Bolo, Robert wall as O’Harra, Shih Kien as Han, and many more actors.

A Brief plot of Enter the Dragon (1973)

The story revolves around two main characters Lee and Han. Lee is an officer of a secretive Intelligence group and a Martial arts expert who was asked to go to a tournament which was held on a remote island that belonged to former officer Han, who is now corrupted and involved in the illegal trafficking of drugs (Opium) and also involved in white slavery. The task assigned t Lee is to search for proof and arrest the drug lord. As the story goes on it turns out that Han was responsible for the abduction of Lee’s sister and her death, Now Lee has personal agenda also. What will happen next? Will Lee succeed in arresting Han or will put himself in danger? Watch the movie to find out.

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