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Best Martial Arts Movies for Kids & Adults

Do you remember the martial arts movie that motivated you to become a martial artist? Well, here are the best martial arts movies ever made... and these movies have motivated millions of kids to become martial arts students. These great martial arts movies will entertain you with acrobatic moves, awesome battle scenes and/or great story lines. Try borrowing some of the techniques from these top martial movies for your next creative breaking test, self-defense exercise or demonstration routine. You will amaze everyone! :) Please contact us if you think that we are missing a great martial arts movie.

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Best Martial Arts Movies for Adults

  • Billy Jack - In this movie, a Hapkido expert defends a hippie commune. I love the scene where he says that he is going to kick someone's head and there is nothing that they can do to stop him.
  • Blood Sport - This martial arts movie that made a star of Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Chinese Connection - Another solid Bruce Lee film where he defeats the "evil Japanese".
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - This martial arts film is the highest grossing foreign language film in American history.
  • Drunken Master - Jackie Chan stars in this martial arts comedy. A nice movie but I prefer the 60s Hong Kong versions.
  • Enter the Dragon - "Enter the Dragon" is probably Bruce Lee's most famous movie. I also liked John Saxon who played Roper - the martial arts "hustler" in this film.
  • Fearless - Jet Li fights a variety of foreign opponents (i.e. boxer, fencer, etc.). Well-done fight scenes.
  • Fist of Legend - Jet Li stars in this movie.
  • Fists of Fury - This was Bruce Lee's first major movie and it made him a star.
  • House of Hidden Daggers - A highly-rated 2004 martial arts film with wonderful cinematography focused on ancient China.
  • Ip Man - This movie focuses on Bruce Lee's martial arts teacher.
  • Iron Monkey - Iron Monkey is a Kung Fu version of Robin Hood.
  • Karate Kid (with Ralph Macchio) - A good movie for kids because it teaches the value of practice and friendship. Wax on, wax off!
  • Kill Bill (Volumes 1 and 2) - Okay, Uma Thurman is not the best martial artist in the world but the movie has great visuals and interesting scenes.
  • Kung Fu Hustle - Kung Fu, comedy, dance routines and battles against the Axe Gang and The Beast.
  • Kung Fu Panda - Great animated martial arts film for families. Kids & adults will enjoy watching it together. In regards to Kung Fu Panda 2, my boys liked it but I did not.
  • Legend of the Drunken Master - Sequel to Drunken Master.
  • The Matrix - Everyone loves the spectacular "slow motion" martial arts moves in "The Matrix". FYI - I wish that I could just easily "download" martial arts techniques like Neo. :) Unfortunately, I have to sweat & practice like everyone else.
  • Ong Bak - This violent martial arts movie focuses on Muay Thai.
  • The Raid: Redemption - An Indonesian martial arts film where a SWAT team has to take on an entire building full of thugs. Quite exciting & very violent.
  • Sanjuro - This is a classic 1962 Samurai film starring Toshiro Mifune. It is the sequel to Yojimbo.
  • Seven Samurai - "The Seven Samurai" is my favorite martial arts movie. A poor village hires seven samurai to defend them against hundreds of bandits. The American cowboy movie "The Magnificent Seven" with Yul Brenner was based on this Japanese movie.
  • Shaolin - A 2011 martial arts movie with Jackie Chan and Andy Lau.
  • 13 Assassins - A samurai movie where the heroes must defeat an evil official.
  • 36th Chamber of Shaolin - This is supposed to be one of the greatest Kung Fu movies ever made.
  • Twilight Samurai - A very tender Samurai movie. Not tons of action but lots of great acting. Good to watch with your significant other. :)
  • Unleashed - Jet Li as "Danny the Dog". Enough said!
  • The Way of the Dragon - In this Bruce Lee movie, Chuck Norris dies!!!
  • Yojimbo - This Japanese martial arts movie was the basis for Clint Eastwood's "A Fistful of Dollars".

Best Kid Friendly Martial Arts Movies

  • Karate Kid (with Ralph Macchio) - A good movie for kids because it teaches the value of practice and friendship. Wax on, wax off!
  • Karate Kid - Latest Karate Kid version with Will Smith's kid.
  • Kung Fu Panda - Great animated martial arts film for kids. In regards to Kung Fu Panda 2, my boys liked it but I did not.
  • Shaolin Soccer - This comedy focused on a group of Shaolin "brothers" who use their martial arts knowledge to excel at soccer. Their final match is against TEAM EVIL.
  • Sidekicks - A kid-friendly martial arts movie with Chuck Norris and Joe Piscopo. Focuses on an asthmatic boy dealing with bullies. 
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior - The young female star of this movie actually has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Visitor Recommendations for Great Martial Arts Movies

  • Best of the Best - A martial arts movie that focuses on a Taekwondo tournament where the USA takes on Korea.
  • Forbidden Kingdom - A martial arts movie with Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
  • The Perfect Weapon - This is a film focused on revenge & the martial art style known as Kenpo. The movie stars Jeff Speakman.
  • Sidekicks - A kid-friendly martial arts movie with Chuck Norris and Joe Piscopo. Focuses on an asthmatic boy dealing with bullies.
  • Octagon - A ninja film with Chuck Morris.
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