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The Best Kung Fu Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Kung Fu movies ever made?” We looked at 146 of the top Kung Fu films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kung Fu” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 125+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 19 Best Kung Fu Movies



19 .) 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmzone
  • Screen Kicker Movies
  • The Cinemaholic

The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape, and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to seek revenge.




18 .) Black Mask

 Black Mask

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rate Your Music
  • Today
  • Today

Chui Chik tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project and the instructor of a special commando unit dubbed “701.” The 701 squad is used for many government missions, but after one of the agents kills a team of policemen in an uncontrollable rage, the government decides to abort the project and eliminate all the subjects. Chui Chik helped the surviving 701 agents flee the extermination attempt. Having escaped, Chui Chik went separate ways from his team. Later, he discovers that the rest of the team were responsible for a violent crime spree that was beyond the capability of the local police. He sets out to stop them, donning a disguise and using the superhero alias of “Black Mask”. Having lost the ability to feel pain due to the surgery performed on the super-soldiers by the military, Black Mask is almost invulnerable.




17 .) Dirty Ho (1979)

 Dirty Ho (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Grindhouse Database
  • Martial Arts Action Movies

A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.




16 .) Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend of Drunken Master, 1994)

 Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend of Drunken Master, 1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Rate Your Music
  • Today

Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don’t want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong must fight against the foreigners using his Drunken Boxing style, and overcome his father’s antagonism as well.




15 .) Police Story (1985)

 Police Story (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Martial Tribes
  • The Culture Trip
  • Top 10 Films

A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his name after he is framed for murder.




14 .) Tai-Chi Master (1993)

 Tai-Chi Master (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Kicker Movies

Falsely accused for cheating in a martial arts competition, two boyhood friends are banished from their Shaolin Temple and go their separate ways. As adults, they join opposing sides in a civil war. When one betrays the other, they settle their differences mano-a-mano.




13 .) The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

 The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmzone
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

The Yangs are betrayed by a government official conspiring with the Mongols. All of the Yang family males except the 5th and 6th brother are killed. Fu Sheng loses his mind after the death of his family, while the other brother takes refuge in a Buddhist temple.




12 .) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmzone
  • IMDB
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Culture Trip

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.




11 .) Five Element Ninjas (1982)

 Five Element Ninjas (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Geek
  • Inverse
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Kicker Movies

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher.




10 .) Iron Monkey (1993)

 Iron Monkey (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Inverse
  • Rate Your Music
  • TV Over Mind

Iron Monkey is a Hong Kong variation of Robin Hood. Corrupt officials of a Chinese village are robbed by a masked bandit known as “Iron Monkey”, named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Governor forces a traveling physician into finding the bandit. The arrival of an evil Shaolin monk, brings the physician and Iron Monkey together to battle the corrupt government.




9 .) The Prodigal Son (1981)

 The Prodigal Son (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Filmzone
  • Geek
  • The Cinemaholic

A rich man’s son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son’s safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better teacher. Furious kung fu battles and slapstick comedy.




8 .) The Way of the Dragon (1972)

 The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmzone
  • Martial Arts Action Movies
  • Martial Tribes
  • The Cinemaholic

Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off.




7 .) Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

 Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goliath
  • Martial Tribes
  • Rate Your Music
  • Showbox
  • The Culture Trip

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.




6 .) The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • Inverse
  • Rate Your Music
  • Showbox

The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape, and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to seek revenge.




5 .) Drunken Master (1978)

 Drunken Master (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmzone
  • Grindhouse Database
  • Rate Your Music
  • Showbox
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Today

A mischievous young man is sent to hone his martial arts skills with an older, alcoholic kung fu master.




4 .) Fist of Fury (1972)

 Fist of Fury (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Inverse
  • Martial Tribes
  • Rate Your Music
  • Today
  • Today

Chen Zhen returns to the international compound of China only to learn of his beloved teacher’s death. This is compounded by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on with his mastery of martial arts while investigating his teacher’s murder.




3 .) Fist of Legend (1994)

 Fist of Legend (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Filmzone
  • Inverse
  • Martial Tribes
  • Rate Your Music
  • Showbox
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Today

Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in fact military occupation- after reading about the death of his kung-fu master Hou Ting-An in a fight against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa.




2 .) Ip Man (2008)

 Ip Man (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Filmzone
  • Inverse
  • Martial Tribes
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Kicker Movies
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Culture Trip

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung.




1 .) Enter the Dragon (1973)

 Enter the Dragon (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Grindhouse Database
  • IMDB
  • Inverse
  • Martial Tribes
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Kicker Movies
  • Showbox
  • The Culture Trip
  • Today

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.




 


The 125+ Additional Best Kung Fu Movies Ever Made



 

#MoviesDirectorsLists
20A Touch Of Zen Geek
The Culture Trip
21Fearless (2006) 
The Cinemaholic
Filmzone
22Five Deadly Venoms (1978) 
Grindhouse Database
Today
23
Heroes of the East/Shaolin Challenges Ninja (1978)
 
The Cinemaholic
Filmzone
24Kill Bill Vol. 1 
Martial Tribes
The Culture Trip
25
Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)
 Today
Inverse
26
Legend of the Red Dragon (1994)
 Goliath
Today
27
Master of The Flying Guillotine (1976)
 
Rate Your Music
Grindhouse Database
28Once Upon a Time in China 
Rate Your Music
TV Over Mind
29
Once Upon a Time in China 2 (1992)
 Inverse
Rate Your Music
30Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)Prachya PinkaewToday
IMDB
31Rumble in the Bronx (1995) 
TV Over Mind
Inverse
32Shaolin Soccer (2001) 
The Culture Trip
Martial Tribes
33Shaolin Temple 
Martial Arts Action Movies
Top 10 Films
34
The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)
 
TV Over Mind
Martial Tribes
35A Fist Full of Talons (1983) 
Grindhouse Database
36
American Commando Ninja (1987)
 
Den Of Geek
37Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)Jackie ChanIMDB
38Azumi (2003)Ryûhei KitamuraIMDB
39Bastard Swordsman 
Martial Arts Action Movies
40Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) Goliath
41Black Belt Jones (1974) 
Grindhouse Database
42Blind Fist of Bruce 
Rate Your Music
43Born Invincible (1978) 
Grindhouse Database
44Broken Oath (1977) 
Grindhouse Database
45Burning Paradise Geek
46Chinese Connection Today
47Chinese Super Ninjas (1982) 
Grindhouse Database
48Circle of Iron (1978) 
Rate Your Music
49Crippled Avengers 
Rate Your Music
50Drunken Tai Chi (1984)Woo-Ping YuenIMDB
51Drunken Wu Tang (1984) 
Den Of Geek
52Duel For Gold 
Martial Arts Action Movies
53Encounters Of The Spooky Kind 
Top 10 Films
54Firecracker Today
55Fist of Fury II (1977) 
Grindhouse Database
56Fists of the White Lotus (1981) 
Grindhouse Database
57Five Fingers of Death (1972) 
Grindhouse Database
58
Five Venoms vs. Wu Tang (1978)
 Goliath
59Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (2002 Video)Allen Hai-Han LanIMDB
60Gymkata (1986) 
Den Of Geek
61Heart of a Dragon (1985) Goliath
62Hoero tekken (1982)Norifumi SuzukiIMDB
63House Of Traps Geek
64Invincible Armour 
Rate Your Music
65Invincible Shaolin 
Rate Your Music
66Jade Dagger Ninja (1982) 
Den Of Geek
67Kill Bill Vol. 2 
Martial Tribes
68Killer Today
69King Boxer (1972) BFI
70Kung Fu Excorsist Today
71Kung Fu Panda (2008)Mark OsborneIMDB
72Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)Tung Cho ‘Joe’ CheungIMDB
73Kung Fu Zombie 
Top 10 Films
74Lady Iron Monkey (1979) 
Den Of Geek
75Lady Whirlwind Geek
76Legendary Weapons of China” Today
77Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979) BFI
78Magic Of Spell Geek
79Magnificent Butcher 
Rate Your Music
80Martial Club 
Top 10 Films
81Master Killer (1978) 
Grindhouse Database
82Matching Escort (1983) 
Den Of Geek
83Miami Connection 
Top 10 Films
84Millionaires Express Geek
85Mystery Of Chess Boxing 
Top 10 Films
86Mystery of Chess Boxing” Today
87Ninja Assassin (2009)James McTeigueIMDB
88Ninja Hunter (1987) Goliath
89
Ninja III : The Domination (1984)
 
Den Of Geek
90No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)Corey YuenIMDB
91
Opium And The Kung Fu Master
 
Top 10 Films
92Pedicab Driver 
Martial Arts Action Movies
93Project A 
Rate Your Music
94Project A 2 
Martial Arts Action Movies
95Return of the Dragon” Today
96Romeo Must Die” Today
97Rush Hour 
TV Over Mind
98Seven Blows of The Dragon” Today
99Seven Samurai!!!” Today
100Shadowless Sword (2005)Young-jun KimIMDB
101Shanghai Express 
Martial Arts Action Movies
102Shaolin Intruders Geek
103Shaolin Martial Arts” Today
104Shaolin Youth Posse (1984) 
Den Of Geek
105Shogun’s Assassin Today
106Sister Streetfighter (1974) 
Grindhouse Database
107Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)Woo-Ping YuenIMDB
108Snake in The Monkey’s Shadow (1979) 
Grindhouse Database
109Spooky Encounters 
Rate Your Music
110Story of Ricky 
Rate Your Music
111
Swordsman with an Umbrella (1970)
 Goliath
112Taoism Drunkard Geek
113Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)Steve BarronIMDB
114The 18 Bronzemen 
Martial Arts Action Movies
115The 5 Deadly Venoms 
Rate Your Music
116The Bastard Swordsman Geek
117The Big Boss 
Rate Your Music
118The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)Corey YuenIMDB
119The Chinese Connection (1972) 
Grindhouse Database
120The Crippled Masters (1979) Goliath
121The Drunken Master Today
122The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter 
Top 10 Films
123The Fabulous Trio” Today
124The Fearless Hyena 
Rate Your Music
125The Five Fingers of Death Today
126The Flying Guillotine.” Today
127The Hammer of God (1970) 
Grindhouse Database
128The Iron Monkey.” Today
129The Karate Kid (2010)Harald ZwartIMDB
130The Killer 
The Culture Trip
131The Magnificent Butcher (1979) 
Grindhouse Database
132The Matrix 
The Culture Trip
133The Octagon” Today
134
The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms”
 Today
135The Story of Ricky (1991) Goliath
136The Streetfighter (1974) 
Grindhouse Database
137The Valiant Ones 
Martial Arts Action Movies
138The White Dragon Today
139The Young Master 
Rate Your Music
140
They Call Me Phat Dragon (1979)
 Goliath
141True Game Of Death (1979) 
Den Of Geek
142
Vampire Raiders Vs Ninja Queen (1988)
 
Den Of Geek
143Warriors Two 
Rate Your Music
144Wing Chun (1994)Woo-Ping YuenIMDB
145Winners & Sinners (1983)Sammo Kam-Bo HungIMDB
146
Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain
 
Top 10 Films

 


18 Best Kung Fu Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI 10 great kung fu films
Den Of Geek 10 of the Weirdest Kung Fu Movies Ever
Filmzone Top 10 Best Kung Fu Movies of All Time
Geek 11 Obscure Kung Fu Movies You Need To See
Goliath The 10 Craziest Kung Fu Movies
Grindhouse Database Dirty Basterds and Master Killers: 20 Classic Grindhouse Kung Fu Films
IMDB All time best Kungfu Movies (A Must Watch)
Inverse The 10 Coolest Kung Fu Movies to Watch Before ‘Iron Fist’
Martial Arts Action Movies Ten Great Kung Fu Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen
Martial Tribes 10 of the Best Kung Fu Films of All Time!
Rate Your Music The Best Kung Fu Movies – Rate Your Music
Screen Kicker Movies Screenkicker Top 5 Kung Fu Movies Ever
Showbox 5 Best Kung Fu movies of All Times
The Cinemaholic Best Kung Fu Movies | 12 Top Chinese Kungfu Films of All Time
The Culture Trip The 10 Best Kung-Fu Films of All Time
Today Your favorite kung fu films
Top 10 Films Top 10 1980s Kung Fu Films
TV Over Mind The Five Best Kung Fu Movies of the 90s

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