Movies on “Martial Arts” is quite a hot topic in Hollywood! Everyone loves hardcore fight scenes but when it is blended with martial arts, it reaches a new level. The earliest movie to incorporate martial arts was the Spencer Tracy starred 1955 movie Bad Day at Black Rock. Ever since then martial artists like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are credited with some of the most successful action-packed martial arts movies. If you are wondering which movie to start with, don’t worry! We have collected some of the best martial arts movies according to the Rotten Tomatoes score.
a. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000): 97%
Through this movie, director Ang Lee made his mark into the top ranks of Hollywood directors. When Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat) hands his sword to his lover Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) for its safekeeping, it gets stolen. To recover his stolen sword, he embarks on a mission to find it. Set in the backdrop of the 18th century Qing Dynasty, this movie is famous for its action scenes.
b. Fist of Legend (1994): 100%
A remake of the 1972 movie Fist of Fury starring Bruce Lee, Fist of Legend tells the story of a martial arts student Chen Zhen (Jet Li). Chen who studies in Japan, returns to China, only to find that his teacher is dead after fighting a match against Ryuichi Akutagawa (Jackson Liu). Chen sets out to prove that his master was killed wrongfully and a new drama unfolds after Ryuichi is proven guilty.
c. The Man from Nowhere (2010): 100%
Taek-Sik Cha (Won Bin) gets involved in a drug mafia’s drama when he finds that his only friend, So-Mi Jeong (Kim Sae-Ron), a little girl is kidnapped. An ex-special agent, Taek sets out on a journey to rescue the little girl. Praised for its emotional content and brutality, this South Korean thriller went on to win several awards.
d. The Twilight Samurai (2002): 99%
Set in 1860s Japan, The Twilight Samurai revolves around the life of widower samurai Seibei Iguchi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his two daughters. His feelings for his old flame Tomoe linuma is rekindled when she arrives in his village following a divorce. Under the pressure of society, family, and his samurai code of honor he is hesitant to marry her. A brilliant film on muted colors portraying the impressive Japanese architecture, this film won 12 awards.
e. Seven Samurai (1954): 100%
This movie might be old, but undeniably it’s a classic! This movie is Akira Kurosawa’s best work with a fantastic plot, stunning action scenes, and memorable characters. A village requests a samurai to protect it from the hands of a cruel gang of bandits. In order to do so, the veteran samurai gathers six other samurais and a terrific fight follows when the village is attacked by 40 bandits.
All the above movies were the best of its time and remain classic to date. With engrossing content and well-planned action scenes that seem so natural, all these movies are arguably the best of the lot.