Karate movies

List of the best karate movies according to visitors: Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Wing Chun, Excessive Force II: Force on Force, Charlie's Angels, Enter the Dragon, The Raid, Fist of Fury, Bloodsport, Mortal Kombat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.2
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Tough guys
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Martial Arts

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, comedy, drama
CountryHong Kong
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Karate, Martial Arts
StyleExciting, For men

Martial arts expert Wing Chun battles bandits in this magical film that provides as many laughs as it does wallops. Besides horse thieves, Wing Chun must deal with the men around her who simply can't handle a strong, independent woman. Ultimately, she must dish out "lessons" again and again and again until the respect for her remarkable skills is finally won.

Markimdb: 4.1
CharactersMafia, Spy, Blonde girls, Heroes, Special agents
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Basketball, Revenge, Karate
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Stacie Randall plays Harley, a Special Forces agent-turned-investigator, who arrives on the scene of an apparent mob hit to help the local police. In actuality, she's hunting down Francis Lydell, her former C.O. and lover, who shot her in the head when she turned down his offer to become part of the freelance assassination squad he was forming. Ignoring the need for surgery to remove the bullet fragment which still causes her to have occasional bouts of disorientation, she continues her quest to bring down Lydell before he has the chance to kill a Mafia informant being held at the police station. Written by Chris Holland

Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryGermany, USA
CharactersSpy, Partners
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate
StyleExciting, Light

When a systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels from across the globe are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect society.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryHong Kong, USA
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate, Investigation
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

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

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryIndonesia, USA
CharactersSpecial Forces, Killers, Warriors
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Fight, Martial Arts
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryHong Kong
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Tough guys, Teachers
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Karate
PlacePrison, Japan, China, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, biography, sport
CharactersHeroes, Friends
PlotOn real events, Martial Arts, Fight, Fights without rules, Karate
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Heavy, Serious, For men

Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not fought him yet.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CharactersMonsters, Ninja, Warriors, Actors
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Fights without rules
StyleExciting, By games, Disturbing

For nine generations an evil sorcerer has been victorious in hand-to-hand battle against his mortal enemies. If he wins a tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, desolation and evil will reign over the multiverse forever. To save Earth, three warriors must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, their own inner demons, and superhuman foes in this action/adventure movie based on one of the most popular video games of all time.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryTaiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
CharactersNinja, Heroes, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Travel, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight
PlaceMountains, China
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Epic, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
PlotOn real events, Martial Arts, Karate, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Japan, Asia, Korea
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

An account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after World War II to become a fighter pilot but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one after another. This film concentrates on the period when he is still young, and developing his famous karate style, Kyokushin.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersHired assassins, Killers, Blonde girls, Warriors
PlotTravel, Martial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts, Death
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Black humor

An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, family, sport
CharactersTeens, Family, Friends
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Karate, Motorcycles, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than self-defense. Armed with newfound confidence, skill and wisdom, Daniel ultimately faces off against his tormentors in this hugely popular classic underdog tale.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, comedy
CountryHong Kong
CharactersTeachers, Heroes, Alcoholics
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Boxing, Fight, Karate
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, For men

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

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, biography
CountryHong Kong, China
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Self-sacrifice
StyleInspirational, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Tense, For men

Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA, China
CharactersFamily, Friends, Trainers
PlotMartial Arts, Karate, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching, Serious

12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is a kung fu master. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Japan, Canada
CharactersDogs, Teens, Robots, Scientists, Cyborgs
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Fights without rules, Motorcycles, Technology
PlaceSpaceships, Mars, Lake
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense, Cyberpunk

When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, South Africa, Philippines
CharactersNinja, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Chase
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap the base colonel's daughter.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryHong Kong
CharactersSpy, Special Forces
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Chase, Lost memory
PlaceAircraft, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Light, Tense, For men, Disturbing

A group of covert CIA operatives trailing a potential new energy source are double-crossed by corrupt agent Morgan, who causes a helicopter crash in remote South Africa. The sole survivor, suffering severe amnesia, is nursed to recovery by a kindly native tribe who call him "Whoami" after the question he keeps asking. With the help of a mysterious reporter Christine, Whoami pieces together his past and tracks the turncoat agent and his criminal cohorts.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryHong Kong, South Korea, USA
CharactersGangsters, Heroes
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Cars, Karate
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryHong Kong, Taiwan, China
PlotTravel, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Martial Arts
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Serious, For men, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Taiwan, Hong Kong
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Martial Arts, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, comedy, drama, adventure, crime
CountryHong Kong, USA
PlotDancing, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Basketball, Revenge
PlaceRussia, Party
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Serious, For men

Young Jason Stillwell moves with his parents to Seattle, where local bullies harass them without mercy. Jason's father Tom does not believe in violence, so the family takes it on the chin. One day Jason enrolls in a martial arts class and quietly rises in rank to be a major contender. His mettle is tested in an international match against Ivan, a Russian champion.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CharactersSamurai, Blind
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts

Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatôichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Heroes, Police, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their differences, both men excel at martial arts, and utilize their formidable skills when they go up against Yoshida, a vicious yakuza drug dealer with ties to Kenner's past.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, melodrama, adventure, biography, history
CountryHong Kong
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight
PlaceSchool, China
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious, For men

Set in late 19th century Canton, this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung against foreign forces' plundering of China.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, sport
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Accountant
PlotRobbery, Martial Arts, Karate, Conspiracies
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Fascinating

Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, biography, sport
CountryChina, Hong Kong, USA
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Martial Arts, Friendship

Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his nation. The son of a great fighter who didn't wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, Huo resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, adventure, crime
CountryHong Kong
CharactersSnipers, Gangsters, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Karate
PlaceItaly, China, Asia
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Czech Republic
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier, Blind
PlotRevenge, Technology, Conspiracies, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by Presidential order. This forces the G.I. Joes into not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.