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20 best movies like The Last Dragon (1985)

List of the best movies like The Last Dragon (1985): Best of the Best 4: Without Warning, Knucklehead, Wing Chun, Pray for Death, American Shaolin, Blood and Bone, Debt Collectors, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Headshot, Bad Asses on the Bayou.

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Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Partners
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Hostage, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A group of Russian mobsters have stolen a huge supply of paper for printing U.S. currency, and are now flooding the market with conterfeit bills. When one of the mobsters decides to give herself in and hand over a data CD to the DA, she is shot and killed, but not before handing the disc to an unsuspecting Tommy Lee. Despite working with the police as a martial arts instructor, Lee doesn't go to the cops with the disc, but instead goes on the run, giving the mafia time to kidnap his daughter and hold as a hostage in exchange for return of the disc. Will Tommy ever see his daughter again?

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, comedy, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersFriends, Losers, Partners, Orphans
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Fights without rules, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleExciting, For men

The film centers on a fight promoter (Mark Feuerstein) deeply in debt to his crooked rival. Desperate for a new fighter that will help him win back everything he owes, the promoter catches a break when a 450-pound church handyman (Paul "Big Show" Wight) who has spent his entire life in an orphanage agrees to wrestle on behalf of his fellow orphans.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, comedy, drama
CountryHong Kong
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Karate, Martial Arts
PlaceVillage
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: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Ninja, Heroes
PlotRobbery, Adventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Black humor, Serious, For men

Akira Saito, a Japanese businessman lives in Tokyo with his Japanese-American wife Aiko and their children, Takeshi and Tomoya. When the family has a chance to move to the United States so that Aiko can teach the children about their American heritage, they pack up and head for Houston, Texas and run a restaurant. This is where the trouble begins....

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
CharactersHeroes, Losers, Tough guys
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Art, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, For men

After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersGangsters, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Boxing, Fight, Competitions, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Partners, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Friendship, Debts, Rivalry
StyleSerious, For men

A pair of debt collectors are thrust into an explosively dangerous situation, chasing down various lowlifes while also evading a vengeful kingpin.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, comedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersHeroes, Criminals, Celebrities, Actors
PlotLove, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Investigation, Mystery
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, For men

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a global martial arts & film sensation, also operating under the simple alias of "Johnson" as the world's best undercover private contractor. Retired for years, a chance encounter with a lost love brings him back to the game. This time, he'll be deadlier than ever. Probably.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryIndonesia
Duration02:21
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Ninja, Hired assassins, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight
PlaceIndonesia
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

A young man washes ashore, his memory gone - but his past comes back to haunt him after he is nursed back to health and his killing ability is needed when he takes on a powerful drug lord.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes, Partners
PlotRivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, For men

The third installment in the successful Bad Ass action-comedy franchise. Bad Asses on the Bayou reunites the dynamic duo, Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) and Bernie Pope (Danny Glover), as they travel to Louisiana to attend the wedding of their dear friend Carmen Gutierrez (Loni Love). What was pictured as a wedding weekend escape to the south turns violently ugly as madness and mayhem ensue, pressing our senior heroes to once again serve justice.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, comedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Friends, Tough guys, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Karate, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Kitchen
StyleExciting

Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Partners
PlotRobbery, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Italy, New York
StyleExciting, Action, Light, Fascinating, Heavy

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes, Partners
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Chase, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceChicago
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A Chicago cop is caught in the middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:31
CharactersHeroes
PlotAdventure, Travel, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Boxing
PlaceIslands, Asia, New York
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersGangsters, Friends, Partners
PlotFriendship, Rivalry
PlaceNight Clubs, New York
StyleExciting, For men

'Sugar' Ray is the owner of an illegal casino and must contend with the pressure of vicious gangsters and corrupt police who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organised crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama
CountryHong Kong
CharactersHeroes
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleFor men

A plump butcher student of 'Wong Fei Hung', Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as 'Five Dragons'. He is accused of raping the Head of that school's goddaughter and killing his son. Now Ko, the Head of Five Dragons, wants revenge.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, adventure, crime
CountryHong Kong
Duration01:26
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
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Trainers
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Fights without rules
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Inspirational, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Warriors, Veterans
PlotWar, On real events, Travel, Martial Arts, Hockey
PlaceIndonesia
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

Rusty Wittenburg is a Navy SEAL struggling to balance his family life and his job. He fights daily to maintain the line between reality and the nightmares his PTSD conjures up for him. Dedicated to his team and his mission, he is willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow brothers and teammates.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, drama, biography
CountryUSA, China, Canada
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotOn real events, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:44
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Special agents, Partners
PlotInvestigation, Rivalry
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics cop with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of 'Fatal Beauty' begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike works for the original owner of the drugs and tries to tell himself that since he does not handle the drugs, he is 'clean'. Mike becomes Rita's constant companion.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersGangsters
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Chase, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. Killing his Partner was someone's mistake, because he's now Out For Justice.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Special Forces, Heroes, Pupils, Friends
PlotDancing, Adventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge
PlaceSchool
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men

Former Green Beret Louis Stevens returns to his hometown of Miami after completing military service in Brazil, only to learn that his old high school has become a haven for gangs and drug dealers. After Stevens uses his capoeira skills to kick several drug dealers off of the school property, Kerrigan, one of Stevens' old teachers, sees the impact that Stevens has on the students. Kerrigan gives him the task of teaching Capoeira to a handful of the worst at-risk students at the school.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, drama
CountryHong Kong
Duration01:46
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Partners
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Revenge, Pursuit, Chase
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Jackie Chan has to beat a super-criminal street racer.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersTough guys, Warriors, Partners
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Death, Chase, Missing people
PlaceHotels, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

A family man who turns out to be a retired mob enforcer must travel across the country to find his daughter who has gone missing.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
CharactersSnipers, Heroes, Friends
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto
StyleExciting, For men

Jack Spade returns from the army in his old ghetto neighbourhood when his brother, June Bug, dies. Jack declares war on Mr. Big, powerful local crimelord. His army is led by John Slade, his childhood idol who used to fight bad guys in the 70s.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, France
CharactersHeroes, Friends
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Eddie Lomax (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a drifter who has been in a suicidal funk since the death of his close friend Johnny (Danny Trejo). Riding his motorcycle into a small desert town where Johnny once lived, Lomax is confronted by a gang of toughs, who beat him and steal his bike. However, Lomax is not a man to take an injustice lying down, and soon he begins exacting a violent revenge on the men who stole his motorcycle, with local handyman Jubal Early (Pat Morita) lending a hand and several area ladies offering aid and comfort.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersHackers, Mafia, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Chase, Pads, Rivalry
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

During a routine prison work detail, convict Piper is chained to Dodge, a cyberhacker, when gunfire breaks out. Apparently, the attack is related to stolen money that the Mafia is after, and some computer files that somebody wants desperately to bury. The pair, who don't exactly enjoy each other's company, escape and must work together if they are to reach Atlanta alive. Luckily, they meet a woman who may be willing to help them.

Markimdb: 4
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:49
CharactersHeroes
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

On these streets everyone is fighting for a way out, but after a lifetime of hard knocks, a down-on-his-luck cage fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is chosen to compete against the MMA world champion during a massive competition. The stakes are high and the reward great...but should he lose, it will cost him his life.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, western, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersHeroes, Special agents, FBI
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Rivalry
PlaceTexas, Mexico
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love.





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