Martial Arts Movies

List of martial arts movies selected by visitors to our site: Mortal Kombat, Red Sun Rising, The Last Samurai, Ip Man 2, Ip Man 3, Ip Man, Boyka: Undisputed IV, The Karate Kid, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The One.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Mortal Kombat (1995)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CharactersWarriors, Actors, Ninja, Monsters
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Revenge, Rivalry, Supernatural, Fate, Teleportation
StyleExciting, 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.

Red Sun Rising (1994)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.5)
PlotMartial Arts

Thomas Hoshino (Willson) is a tough Japanese detective, who lost his partner by a deadly Yakuza killer Jaho (Lew). He tracks down the killer and his master to Los Angeles, where he teams up with Det. Karen Ryder (Farrell). Soon they discover that Yakuza prepares a gang war and weapon smuggling. Hoshino must find a way to defeat the killer who posses mystical ninja powers

The Last Samurai (2003)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.7)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
CharactersSamurai, Warriors, Military
PlotMartial Arts, War
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Ip Man 2 (2010)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, drama, biography, history, sport
CountryHong Kong, China
CharactersTeachers, Warriors, Heroes, Poor
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry, Death, On real events
StyleAction, Heavy, Exciting

Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan. However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister, to humiliate the Chinese people, the masters quickly forget their differences. Soon, the eyes of the nation are on the one man capable of securing a victory-Grandmaster Ip Man!

Ip Man 3 (2015)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreaction, drama, biography, history
CountryHong Kong, China
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Cancer
StyleFor men

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Ip Man (2008)
Mark9 (imdb: 8)
Genreaction, drama, biography, sport
CountryHong Kong, China
PlotFight, Martial Arts, Martial Arts, Rivalry, On real events
StyleDisturbing, Patriotic

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.

Boyka: Undisputed IV (2016)
Mark9 (imdb: 7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, sport
CountryThailand, USA, Bulgaria
PlotMartial Arts

In the fourth installment of the fighting franchise, Boyka is shooting for the big leagues when an accidental death in the ring makes him question everything he stands for. When he finds out the wife of the man he accidentally killed is in trouble, Boyka offers to fight in a series of impossible battles to free her from a life of servitude

The Karate Kid (1984)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, family, sport
CharactersTeens, Friends, Family
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry, Motorcycles
PlaceSchool, Los Angeles
StyleTouching, Fascinating, To cry

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.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.8)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CountryTaiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
CharactersWarriors, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Adventure, Travel
PlaceChina, Mountains
Time18th century
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting

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.

The One (2001)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersPolice, Dragons, Heroes, Spy, Twins, Doubles
PlotFight, Martial Arts, Rivalry, Superpowers
StyleExciting, Disturbing, For men

A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.

Redbelt (2008)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, sport
PlotMartial Arts, Fight

Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option.

A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA
CharactersDogs, Hired assassins, Photographers
PlotMartial Arts, Boxing, Love, Survival, Weapon, Drug addict, Money, Gambling, On real events

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

Akira (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.9)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
PlotMartial Arts, False accusations

Akira Sharma is your average Jane from Jodhpur. Early in life she sees an atrocity committed on a neighbour and learns to defend herself. And, a spitfire is born.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CharactersSnake, Pandas, Friends, Orphans, Warriors, Family, Tigers, Monkeys
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Competitions, Fate
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleFor children

When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- to give it a try.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (2014)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 5.4)
CharactersWizards, Heroes, Soldier, Military
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Supernatural, Superpowers, Pads
StyleTouching, Exciting, Fascinating

In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent. To save the victims from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights the soldiers that oppress people for their own gain. As payback, local government officials decide to pin the murder of Governor Zhuo Zhonglian on Jade, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn't commit.

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, China
CharactersPandas, Tigers, Turtles, Dragons, Chickens, Teachers, Monkeys
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Fate, Chase
PlaceChina, Village

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, melodrama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, Argentina
CharactersRobots, Teens, Scientists, Military, Hunters, Warriors, Dogs
PlotMartial Arts, Fights without rules, Technology, Adventure, Motorcycles, Lost memory
PlaceLake, Spaceships, Mars
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Bright, Vivid, Cyberpunk, Fascinating, Tense

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.

Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 5)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersTrainers, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Fights without rules, Revenge, Love
StyleDisturbing, Action, Exciting, Depressive, For men

One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight, Kurt will get two million dollars and his freedom back. Kurt at first refuses, in which a bounty is placed on his head as a way to force him to face Mongkut. Kurt soon learns he will have no other choice and will undergo his most rigorous training yet under some unexpected mentors in order to face Mongkut in hopes to regain his freedom.

Batman Begins (2005)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 8.2)
Genrefantastic, action, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersSuperhero, Mafia, Police, Friends, Heroes, Ninja, Billionaires
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Investigation, Justice
PlaceUSA, Mansions
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Interesting, Gloomy, Noir, For men, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Legend of a Rabbit (2011)
Mark8 (imdb: 3.1)
Genrecomedy, adventure, family, cartoon
PlotMartial Arts
StyleFor children

In order to keep his promise to an aging kung fu master, Fu the Rabbit must venture out of the comfort of his kitchen and team up with Penny, a kung fu prodigy, on a heroic quest to save their kung fu academy.