Top Ten Kung Fu Movies of All Time

Which is the greatest martial arts movie of all time. Is it Shaw bros classic "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin", Jackie Chan's "Drunken Master 2", Bruce Lee's "Chinese Connection", or something else entirely?

Place your vote and help decide.
The Top Ten
1 Enter the Dragon

In 1973 at the age of 6, I first watched Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. This lead to a life long love of martial arts, where, Judo taught me to fall, Taekwondo taught me to kick, Wing Chun taught me to reply, Aikido taught me to connect and Tai Chi taught me to breath. All taught me, balance, focus and belief in one's self. Xiexie Bruce Lee.

This movie is a lot more under-rated than I thought it would be! It's awesome man!

A very awesome movie, bruce lee shows his great fighting skills, I loved this movie.

Classic martial arts movie.

2 The Legend of Drunken Master

This is technically a re-release of Drunken Master 2 which is it's original English Title. Or you could say this is the United States and European release of the much older movie which was earlier released a few years prior in China and Asia. I went to the movies to watch this one just to see it on the big screen even though I already had my own copy of the VHS for over a few years. I took my VHS copy of the original movie with me to the movie theater to show to the patrons there that if they really want a copy they can order one online since it already existed in VHS and DVD format. It was the exact same movie with possibly a few extra scenes since the new one had to be slightly re-edited for brevity. Great Movie, but I also would expect the original Drunken master 1 to be on this list above Kung Fu panda even though I love that movie.

I think it is one of the best movies in the history.
Jackie Chan is the real Drunken Master...

It is indeed the best! They way he acts and fight while drunk is just so realistic!

Best movie ever indeed. Great story, breathtaking fights and awesome acting by jackie. It gives me plaesure.

3 Kung Fu Panda

The perfect kung fu movie. It has everything you could want, comedy, action, great animation and performances, the list goes on. Most important, the message is spot on.

Why the heck is Kungfu Panda on this list? I enjoy a good Disney movie just as much as the next person, but this should not be here. And #4? COME ON! What! ONG BAK 3, Knockabout, and every single jackie chan (yes I relize Jackie does a voice in this... Doesn't count)and bruce lee movie ever made should be on here. Not this cartoon crap. Just saying

Okay, this is fun to watch but cartoons do not belong in the category of Kung Fu movies.

Best animation, best movie and best story all in one.

4 Ip Man

Ultimate movie with greatest action by Donnie yen and the actress was also looking ultimate lynn hung mine one of the favourite actress...

With stylish grace, Donnie Yen brings to life the fluid movements of Wing Chun, that ultimately inspired Bruce Lee's Jeet Kun Do.

This is an extravagant film, the story behind the greatest master of Bruce Lee. Winning one against 20 is possible.

Doesn't have the over exaggerated flying about and teaches good principles throughout. Well made movie.

5 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

This movie is the best Shaolin movie of all time. The 35 chambers of the Shaolin Temple and the training routines are exceptionally portrayed. You can actually feel that you are part of the training. Outside of the training routines, the Shaolin Temple's philosophy is very well depicted. The invention of the 36th chamber and the way Gordon Liu comes up with it accidentally is a gem. All in all, this movie is a must have for any Kung Fu fan worth their salt. If you don't own this one, then you are not a Kung Fu connoisseur.

Lui Chia-Hui (Gordon Liu) gives a commanding performance as Sin Te. The training sequences are authentic and the portrayal of Shaolin Temple's philosophy and values is respectful. Liu is an expert at Hung Ga kung fu and brings his years of training to a film that is thankfully free of the ridiculous wire-work and fake supernatural nonsense of other Shaw and H. K. martial arts films. A must-see and a must-own.

No other kung fu movie comes close. Hands down the best, one of the few pieces of fiction that taught me valuable knowledge about life and overcoming obstacles.

Not only one of the best shaw brother movies of all time but the best kung fu movies of all time.

6 Kung Fu Panda 2

Please bring back Lord Shen at the ending of Kung Fu Panda 3.

Not as good as the original but still amazing. Or as po would put it! AWESOME!

My favorite character is Lord Shen!

Lord Shen is a great kung fu peacock.

7 Fist of Legend

Wow on my own opinion this is the best jet li movie I ever watched. There's lot of action and it seems so really, its not like other movies where he flies ha.A. to me it's the best

Original action that help set jet li apart from others.

8 Mortal Kombat

I like this movie but why is this over great martial arts movies like-five deadly venoms, the protector, iron monkey, game of death, fearless, crouching tiger hidden dragon, and tai chi master?

The sequel to this film ruined a good chance of seeing an amazing video game film.

Love to way the video game was brought out to live! and wish they had made more!

9 Master of the Flying Guillotine

Master of the Flying Guillotine rocks... It needs to take the number 1 spot. Not only that but One Arm Boxer and the New One Armed Swordsman should be mentioned in this list.

This and woodend soldiers gets my vote for best. I can't believe people voted for drunken master. It is garbage.

It's an old Kung Fu Classic but just an awesome movie period.

Just super cool

10 Kill Bill: Volume 1

An "I love you" note to kung fu movies by one of the great directors of our time.

The greatest homage to martial arts movies ever made.

The Contenders
11 The Matrix
12 The Chinese Connection

Unbeatable, unique action hero hailing from Asia. He remains the best in our memories forever and ever.

Fist of fury is a brilliant mixture of entertainment and martial arts. Bruce Lee is unstoppable!

The "Little Dragon" will always be number one in the martial arts movie era.

Jackie Chan's crap movie beat this?! This is one of the best kung Fu movies of all time, period

13 The Protector

Best cinematic action scene shot in one take.

14 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
15 The Karate Kid

This movie is awesome! Best kun fu movie ever! Come on its 42. please vote!

16 Shaolin

This movie changed my life. Watched it 80 times before I could move again.

Good movie for sure

17 Five Deadly Venoms

All time favorite. They need to remake this with current technology. If they do it right it will be a blockbuster. Need to keep it true to the original though!

Chang Cheh directed The Five Venoms and made 18 other films with the same actors. Legend of the Fox is probably the best of the lot, but this one is awesome too.

You can't go wrong with this movie possibly the best kung fu movie all time. And I've seen all of the good ones this bay far is the best

This is a classic and should be on everyone's list.

18 Kung Fu Panda 3
19 Iron Monkey

Kung Fu Panda?!?! Can I nominate Justin Beiber as well?

Long Step Mantis is the greatest.

For real on the Kung Fu Panda comment.

Donnie Yen. That is all.

20 Kung Fu Hustle

Why is this so low? It's pretty good, should be in the top ten at least in my opinion

Classic Kung Fu comedy, very entertaining movie.

Best movie in the world

Just go watch it then tell everyone whats the best kung fu movie

21 5 Fingers of Death

One of the first Shaw Brothers movies to get a theatrical release in the U. A.

One of the best KF movies made. I spent years trying to get a copy.

A must see kung fu classic.

22 Rush Hour
23 The One-Armed Swordsman

I do not agree with this list.

Great martial arts story.

24 Return of the Dragon

Chuck Norris's techniques in Karate are not that great ( okay, he was Karate world champion in real life, but against who? ). Bruce Lee techniques ( Jeet Kune Do ) are more diverse ( and in real life he had beaten Chuck Norris without a doubt, he was superfast, very powerful [ just look for real demonstrations on YouTube ] ). In the movie Bruce Lee is really show us 10% of his fighting skills because if he had shown 100% of his fighting capacities Chuck Norris would be beaten in 2 seconds. Also, I like this movie because it was filmed in Rome ( it changes from Chinese movies ) and the Chemistry between actress Nora Miao and Bruce Lee works very well in this movie ( She's also a great Kung Fu fighter. Check out some of her early seventies movies on YouTube ).

I read a comment about how Chuck Norris would've won... he would not have won against Bruce Lee. There's no way. Chuck Norris was Bruce Lee's student. And on one occasion Cuck Norris said that Bruce Lee could take him down in a fight.

This was a pretty good movie, but realistically Chuck Norris would've given Bruce Lee a serious beating if he had tried. Think about it this way...
1) It was a decently close fight, not like Bruce totally won without suffering some blows...
2) It was Bruce's movie! The storyline demanded that Bruce, who has cast himself as the protagonist, beat the villain (Chuck Norris)

In real life, Chuck Norris easily could've killed Bruce Lee. :)

He is so epic I went to the graveyard in Seattle and I saw his name on one of the graveyards I'm like WHAT THE?!?!

25 Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

Jackie Chan even rocks the Snake Fist style!

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