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Top 10 Awesome Martial Arts Movies Of All Time

by Joe|August 23, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Awesome Martial Arts Movies Of All Time

Martial arts movies gain recognition in making action packed spectacles that also launched some of the iconic stars like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Tony Jaa and made guys want to learn martial arts like Kung Fu and Muay Thai.

Another martial arts movie, The Grandmaster, will be seen by American audience this month. Legendary Hong Kong director Kar Wai Wong is taking us again to the story of Ip Man’s life and will give us another breathtaking martial arts extravaganza. With that, we decided to list down the Top 10 Awesome Martial Arts Movies Of All Time.

Top 10 Awesome Martial Arts Movies of All Time

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#10 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

You got Ang Lee, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is fantasy filled epic movie that is aesthetically spectacular. It tells the story of two fighters to hunt down the stolen magical Jade sword. It brought everyone to the edge of their seat to see the grandiose martial arts. Crouching Tiger has everything; love, a convincing tale, astonishing cinematography, remarkable clothing, spectacular places, and gravity resisting martial arts. Oh, check out the bamboo forest fighting. Awesome.

#9 Seven Samurai (1954)

Our list is not complete without the greatest martial arts film of all time. Seven Samurai tells the story of a seasoned samurai has fallen on difficult times, addresses a town's request for defense from outlaws. As an outcome, he collects 6 various other samurai to assist him. This spectacular adventure dramatization by well known director Akira Kurosawa has been considered as one of the best Japanese movies that was brought to the west and influenced countless filmmakers. Do not let the white and black and subtitles stop you from viewing this work of art.

#8 Ong-Bak (2003)

Muay Thai is, of course, most popular in Thailand. And whenever we mention Muay Thai, the movie Ong-bak is associated to it. Tony Jaa started his career as Muay Thai king and this has been followed by two sequels. Tony Jaa enacts Ting, a guy who stays in a peaceful and little town. Ting feels he should pursue the criminals who took their sacred Buddha statue, Ong-Bak. Leveraging his non-traditional martial arts, the star has actually become acclaimed as the next huge star of the category. He also became known for making thrilling real-life stunts.

#7 Hero (2002)

Wuxia literally means a "martial hero." It is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists. Hero is a wuxia movie and Jet Li is always associated in any kind of wuxia movies. The film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. This movie is well-received around the world, even the distribution of this film to U.S. was done by Quentin Tarantino himself. Our late Roger Ebert called it "beautiful and beguiling, a martial arts extravaganza defining the styles and lives of its fighters within Chinese tradition."

#6 Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man is a semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee.The battle scenes in Ip Man are so devastatingly incredible, that you’ll be persuaded to consider training in Wing Chun. Donnie Yen plays as Bruce Lee's mentor is perfect for the role. He is meek, soft-spoken and remarkably badass when it concerns fight. Ip Man also has a fascinating historic take at the world Ip Man lived in and what life he had, which is somewhat resembled in 1930's Southern China. And, he trained Bruce Lee. Isn’t that enough to interest you?

#5 13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins is a samurai epic with a loose historical basis, which was produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa. It was highly acclaimed by critics, as a martial arts and samurai film that concentrates on tale in the middle of violence. The kickass battles make 13 Assassins terrifically amusing, an ambitious big-budget impressive, directed with fantastic visuals and appear.

#4 The Way Of The Dragon (1972)

Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in one movie? Seriously? The Way of the Dragon marked the most memorable battle ever seen on big screen. This is also called as Return of the Dragon, to ride on the success of Enter the Dragon, as its sequel. According to the Bruce Lee Documentary, this is Linda Lee Cadwell's (Bruce's wife) favorite of all her husband's films.

#3 Fist of Legend (1994)

Fist of Legend is a remake of Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury" which introduced to the western world to the magnificent skills of Jet Li. Happening in 1937, the movie informed the tale of a guy who goes back to Shanghai to discover his master dead and the city under Japanese military. As an outcome, he vows retribution on the army's monstrous general. Fist of Legend inspired the Wachowski brothers to hire choreographer Yuen Woo-ping for the fight scenes in The Matrix.

#2 The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)

The best of both worlds can be achieved by Jackie Chan – martial arts and comedy. The Legend of Drunken Master made him an iconic Hong Kong actor worldwide. This opened him opportunity to conquer Hollywood although he declined some projects to avoid being typecast. Drunken Master is a very funny movie and it is known for its amazingly long 20-minute fight scene which makes it one of the best martial arts films ever created.

#1 Enter the Dragon (1973)

It’s definitely more than adequate that our number one choice for Awesome Martial Arts Movies Of All Time is a Bruce Lee film. Enter the Dragon is the first Kung Fu film made by a Hollywood studio, and Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973. Enter the Dragon is a true classic and this film boasts the world’s most legendary fighter at the top of his game. In 2004, Enter the Dragon was deemed "culturally significant" in the U.S. and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The film was considered for two of the American Film Institute's 100 series lists. Lee's character was considered a possible candidate for AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains list. The film itself was also a candidate for AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills, a list of America's most heart-pounding movies.

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Comments (2)

asantemassawa August 25, 2013 at 12:30 am

“Joe”

I don’t know how old you are but the fact that a good amount of your top 10 is comprised of movies after the year 2000 and/or Hollywood-driven blockbusters speaks volumes.

If you’ve never heard of Gordon Liu, Alexander Lo, or have never seen a movie called “Shaolin vs Lama” or “5 Deadly Venoms”, I suggest you research all of the aforementioned, because your list is…uh…shortsighted.

Char August 28, 2013 at 5:19 am

Shaolin and Wu Tang would be nice :)

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