I was talking to my friends about some of the best martial arts movies and our lists were a little different. These are the movies we came up with. I agree with some, but wanted to post this to potentially get some other opinions.
Story – A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Stars- Toshirô Mifune
Genre- Action, Drama
Director- Akira Kurosawa
Other Writing Credits: Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
The Way Of The Dragon
Story – A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.
Genre- Action, Comedy, Crime
Director- Bruce Lee
Stars- Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris
Clip below – (Chuck Norris v Bruce Lee)
Game of Death
Story – A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.
Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee (uncredited)
Writer: Robert Clouse (as Jan Spears)
Main Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp
Runtime- 1h 25min
Fist of Fury (aka Chinese Connection)
Story – A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.
Director: Wei Lo
Year made – 1972
Writer: Wei Lo (screenplay) (as Lo Wei)
Main Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
Runtime – 1h 47min
More info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068767/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Story – During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
Director: Wilson Yip
Year made – 2008
Writers: Edmond Wong (screenplay), Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan)
Main Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
Runtime – 1h 46 min
More info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Story – Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts.
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Year made – 1978
Writers: Lung Hsiao (as Hua-An Hsi), See-Yuen Ng
Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang
More Info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080179/?ref_=nv_sr_2
The Raid Redemption
Story – A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
Year made – 2011
Director: Gareth Evans (as Gareth Huw Evans)
Writer: Gareth Evans (as Gareth Huw Evans)
Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
More info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Story – A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.
Year made – 2006
Director: Ronny Yu
Writers: Chris Chow, Richard Epcar (dubbed version), Chi-long To
Main Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong
More Info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446059/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Story – A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Year made – 2000
Director: Ang Lee
Main Writers: Du Lu Wang (book), Hui-Ling Wang (screenplay)
Main Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang
More Info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190332/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Story – 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.
Year made – 2003
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Writers: Panna Rittikrai (story), Prachya Pinkaew (story)
Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol
More Info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368909/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Alright well that’s my top 10 best martial arts movies list, but please feel free to comment below whether you agree, or not!