The common expression “martial arts” specifies to Asian martial arts – Judo, Kung Fu, and Karate. The genre of martial art derives from Asian films that focus on the skills, philosophies, and exploits which deal with specific fighting skills and styles. Martial art movies were originally the product of 1920’s Chinese cinema which was later carried over to Hong Kong cinema after the World War II. It reached its place in world cinema in the 1980s. Below is the list of top 5 best martial art movies of all time.

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A Thai martial arts action film, Ong-Bak, starring Tony Jaa, was directed by Prachya Pinkaew. The movie was released in the year 2003. Besides using hand and feet, Tony Jaa fights with his elbows and knees in this movie. The flawless stunt was coordinated by Panna Riitikrai who is a Thai martial arts choreographer, screenwriter, and actor.

The plot of the movie is:  A mob from city steal the village’s sacred head of Buddha and  Tony Jaa, a humble farmer, goes to get the head back and single-handedly smashes every enemy in his way with his bare hands. It is noteworthy that no special effects or stunt doubles were used.

#2.House of Flying Daggers:

The starting 20 minutes of this movie defines why the Chinese government assigned its director, Zhang Yimou, to direct the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games held in Beijing in 2008. The House of Flying Daggers is packed with traditional Chinese music, brightly colored silk cloth, dancing, and obviously, martial arts. The stunts were choreographed by Tony Ching Siu-tung.

Plot: In the ninth century, the Tang dynasty is struggling to keep control over China. A group of rebels named “The House of Flying Daggers” steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor. The government assigns two police deputies to investigate dancer Mei, who is rumored to be associated with the rebel group. But the cops end up helping her escape after falling for her charms.

#3.Police Story:

The lead actor Jackie Chan is a Hong-Kong cop who achieved his first big hit by individually capturing a huge drug-lord. The drug-lord frames Jackie Chan in the murder of another Hong-Kong cop. The movie focuses on how Chan keeps himself from being arrested or getting killed while clearing the charges on him.

#4.Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon:

Li Mu Bai is a great warrior, famed all over China for his daring, adventurous life. Li decides to present his ancient and powerful sword to an old friend. But a mysterious martial arts master steals the sword. The movie focuses on how Li retrieves the sword and returns it to the rightful owner.

#5.Enter the Dragon:

The enormous box office hit of 1973, Enter the Dragon, stars the unmatched martial art superstar, Bruce Lee. Unfortunately, Bruce Lee died before the release the movie.

The movie circles around three main characters. Bruce Lee is recruited by an agency to spy on a tournament held by Han who is an opium smuggler. The deadly tournament is hosted on an island, and Lee’s goal is to get out of there alive.