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" or Bruce Lee's "Chinese Connection"?

Place your vote and help decide.

The Top Ten

1 Enter the Dragon

Classic martial arts movie.

Bruce lee not a hero but a superhero

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

Very good every time enjoy the movie

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2 Ip Man

Other people will no doubt give a more poetic account of this film, but this truly manages to combine not just incredible (and for once realistic) fight scenes with engaging characters and a fantastic story together in a hugely enjoyable movie, well worth a watch if you are a fan of any of the others in this list

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.

Man...Donnie yen does a fabulous job

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3 The Legend of Drunken Master

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

This movie kicks ass. Plain and simple. - Badoosh45

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

very good

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4 Kung Fu Panda

Best ANIMATED Kung fu movie ever

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.

I love it crazy! - SnowyAqua

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5 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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.

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.

Original and unique kung fu movie easily in the top three one of the best. the fight scenes are old school

The36chamer of sharlin

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6 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.

The best movie of jet li I ever watched, fantastic


7 The Chinese Connection

you can't get a better martial art master then

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

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

Two Words: Japanese Dojo

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8 Return of the Dragon

Bruce Lee beat up Chuck Norris in this film

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?!?!

I'm a martial artist over 20 years. I seen chuck Norris in person at OK finals. Norris beat bill super foot Wallace. Learn before you bash. Bruce Lee was very good, Chuck knew judo ground fighting to as well as teaching IFAF. BRUCE SHORE ONE INCH POWER, BUT IN REAL FIGHT NOT THAT ESSY.. both awesome, both devoted as well as friends. To say one is better is ignorant of knowledge and is stupid..

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9 Master of the Flying Guillotine

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

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

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.

Hands down my all time favorite old school kung fu film. ' ridiculous.

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10 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.

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The Contenders

11 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!

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

Possibly the best cast ever in any martial arts movie

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.

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12 Game of Death
13 The Protector


Best cinematic action scene shot in one take.

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14 Eagle's Claw
15 Shaolin

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

I Think Shaolin Best Inspirational Movie, I Inspired From That Movie... (prash tak)

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16 Iron Monkey

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

Long Step Mantis is the greatest.

Donnie Yen. That is all.

For real on the Kung Fu Panda comment.

17 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.

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18 Kung Fu Panda 2

My favorite character is Lord Shen!

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

Lord Shen is my emperor.

All hail Lord Shen!

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19 Romeo Must Die
20 The One-Armed Swordsman V 2 Comments
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