Top 10 Blockbuster Martial Art Films of All Time

  • Enter the Dragon (1973):
    • Director: Robert Clouse
    • Starring: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
    • Plot: Bruce Lee plays a martial artist who goes undercover to participate in a deadly martial arts tournament on a remote island. IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000):
    • Director: Ang Lee
    • Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi
    • Plot: This film is set in ancient China and follows the story of two skilled warriors and a young noblewoman who embark on an adventure to recover a stolen sword with mystical powers. IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • The Matrix (1999):
    • Directors: The Wachowskis
    • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
    • Plot: While not exclusively a martial arts film, “The Matrix” introduced groundbreaking action sequences, including the use of “bullet time.” IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 – ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
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  • Ip Man (2008):
    • Director: Wilson Yip
    • Starring: Donnie Yen
    • Plot: “Ip Man” is a biographical film that depicts the life of Ip Man, the legendary Wing Chun master and teacher of Bruce Lee. IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Hero (2002):
    • Director: Zhang Yimou
    • Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
    • Plot: “Hero” is an epic wuxia film that tells the story of a nameless warrior (Jet Li) who is invited to the palace to recount his victories against three deadly assassins. IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • The Raid: Redemption (2011):
    • Director: Gareth Evans
    • Starring: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Joe Taslim
    • Plot: Set in an apartment building controlled by a ruthless drug lord, a SWAT team must fight their way to the top floor to apprehend the criminal. IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003):
    • Director: Prachya Pinkaew
    • Starring: Tony Jaa
    • Plot: “Ong-Bak” follows the journey of a young man from a rural Thai village who travels to Bangkok to recover a stolen Buddha head. IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Drunken Master (1978):
    • Director: Yuen Woo-ping
    • Starring: Jackie Chan
    • Plot: Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung, a young martial artist who learns the Drunken Fist style of kung fu. IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003):
    • Director: Quentin Tarantino
    • Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox
    • Plot: Although not a traditional martial arts film, “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” is known for its stylized action sequences. IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 – ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
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  • Seven Samurai (1954):
    • Director: Akira Kurosawa
    • Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura
    • Plot: “Seven Samurai” is a classic Japanese film that tells the story of a group of masterless samurai who are hired to defend a village from bandits. IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 – ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
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