You may remember me mentioning ‘The List‘.

Bruce Lee‘The List’ is something I found on IMDb (Internet Movie Database).  It lists what is (in the opinion of the writer) the top 250 greatest martial arts movies of all time.  The writer, ‘Eric-Scissorhands’, describes it on the page as:

“A genre  as horrendous as it is pure genius, no one can deny that Martial Arts Action Movies have influenced some of the finest directors of the past 3 decades. This is the definitive list of the Top 250 Greatest Martial Arts Movies from The East, to West, And Back Again….

Movies that fall under my (Eric Scissorhands’) “Martial Arts” category and will be considered and included here are as follows: Hand to Hand Combat, (Kung Fu, Hapkido, Filipino Kali, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Karate, Pankration, MMA, Etc…) Samurai, Ninjas, and Anything to do with Weapon Use & Swordplay.”

I was pretty intrigued so I read through the whole list and made the decision, to start watching the movies in this list.  After more thought I made the decision:

“I’ll really make something of it. I’ll watch every single movie, in ascending order (loosely, I’ll throw a few in out of order, plus some movies are harder to find), then review and discuss it online and encourage others to join me!”

I also plan on creating a list of my own, of the most entertaining movies I’ve reviewed, so with each review a movie will be added to list, where I think it suits!

So that’s why I started this website, and in case you’re wondering whats on the list, I’ve put it below.  This list may not be the current list (it does get updated occasionally), but this is the list I will be using, as well as throwing in a couple of movies not on the way that may or may not be on the list (everyone needs a break right?).


The List

Tony JaaAnd so below is the list!  The title of the movies is followed by any notable Martial Arts actors (that I know of anyway!).  I’ve also created my own list of movies I’ve reviewed so far, ranking them in order of what I found the most entertaining.

  1. Fist of Fury – Bruce Lee
  2. Fearless – Jet Li
  3. Ip Man – Donnie Yen
  4. The Legend of Drunken Master – Jackie Chan
  5. Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee
  6. Fist of Legend – Jet Li
  7. Kung Fu Hustle – Stephen Chow
  8. Ong Bak – Tony Jaa
  9. Way of the Dragon – Bruce Lee
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeow
  11. Drunken Master – Jackie Chan
  12. Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey – Bruce Lee (You guessed it!)
  13. Police Story – Jackie Chan
  14. Chocolate – Yanin JeeJa
  15. Supercop – Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh
  16. Hero – Jet Li, Donnie Yen
  17. Dragons Forever – Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez
  18. Heroes of the East – Gordon Liu
  19. Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector) – Tony Jaa, Lateef Crowder, Jon Foo, Nathan Jones, Johnny Nguyen
  20. Wheels on Meals – Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung
  21. Once Upon a Time in China – Jet Li
  22. 8 Diagram Pole Fighter – Gordon Liu
  23. House of Flying Daggers – Zhang Ziyi
  24. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin – Gordon Liu
  25. Tai Chi Master – Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh
  26. Project A– Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo HungJackie Chan
  27. The Raid Redemption
  28. Ip Man 2 – Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung
  29. The Big Boss – Bruce Lee
  30. Legendary Weapons of China
  31. Unleashed Jet Li
  32. Come Drink With Me
  33. Iron Monkey – Donnie Yen
  34. The Streetfighter –  Sonny Chiba
  35. Warriors Two – Sammo Hung
  36. A Touch of Zen
  37. My Young Auntie
  38. 13 Assassins
  39. Wing Chun – Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen
  40. The Legend 2 – Jet Li
  41. Shaolin Soccer – Stephen Chow
  42. Kill Bill Vol 1.
  43. Kill Bill Vol 2.
  44. Kill Zone – Donnie Yen, Jacky Wu Jing, Sammo Hung
  45. Operation Condor – Jackie Chan
  46. Flash Point – DonineYen, Collin Chou
  47. Five Deadly Venoms
  48. Scott AdkinsShaolin –  Jackie Chan, Jacky Wu Jing
  49. Seven Samurai
  50. Dragon Inn
  51. Shogun Assassin
  52. Dao
  53. The Matrix
  54. Once Upon a Time in China 2 – Jet Li, Donnie Yen
  55. Dragon (aka Wuxia or Swordsmen) – Donnie Yen
  56. Fist of White Lotus – Gordon Liu
  57. Goeman
  58. Project A Pt 2 – Jackie Chan
  59. Kiss of the Dragon Jet Li
  60. Lady Snowblood
  61. The Legend – Jet Li
  62. Knock About Biao Yuen, Sammo Hung
  63. The Man from Nowhere
  64. The One Arm Swordsman
  65. Police Story 2 Jackie Chan
  66. Dynamite Fighters – Michelle Yeoh
  67. Zatoichi
  68. True Legend – Michelle Yeoh
  69. District B13
  70. The Prodigal Son – Biao Yuen, Sammo Hung
  71. The Forbidden Kingdom – Jackie Chan, Jet Li
  72. Kung Fu Wing Chun – Collin Chou
  73. Odd Couple – Sammo Hung
  74. Reign of Assassins Michelle Yeoh
  75. Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin – Jet Li
  76. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
  77. Karate for Life
  78. Fighter in the Wind
  79. Red Cliff
  80. Five Fingers of Death
  81. Master of the Flying Guillotine
  82. Spooky Encounters – Sammo Hung
  83. Taken
  84. Azumi
  85. Warrior
  86. The Martial Club (aka Wu Guan) 
  87. Undisputed 3: Redemption – Scott Adkins, Lateef Crowder
  88. The Victim Sammo Hung
  89. Arahan
  90. The Bourne Ultimatum
  91. Executioner from Shaolin
  92. Merantau
  93. SF: Episode One
  94. Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky
  95. The Iceman Cometh Yuen Biao
  96. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen – Donnie Yen
  97. Fatal Contact Jacky Wu Jing
  98. Shaolin & Wu Tang
  99. The City of Violence
  100. The Rebel
  101. Harakiri
  102. Gladiator
  103. The Twilight Samurai
  104. Crippled Avengers
  105. 300
  106. Legend of the Fox
  107. Miracles – Jackie Chan
  108. The Sword of Doom
  109. Batman Begins (martial arts? yeah right! don’t think so)
  110. The Executioner  – Sonny Chiba
  111. Rumble in the Bronx – Jackie ChanDonnie Yen
  112. Ashes of Time
  113. Five Element Ninja
  114. Magnificent Butcher – Sammo Hung
  115. The Young Master – Jackie Chan
  116. The Shaolin Temple – Jet Li
  117. Eastern Condors – Sammo Hung
  118. Bloodsport – Van Damme
  119. The Legend is Born: Ip Man
  120. Dragon Tiger Gate – Donnie Yen
  121. Curse of the Golden Flower – Chow Yun-Fat
  122. Yojimbo
  123. Cowboy Bebop the Movie
  124. Snake in the Eagles Shadow – Jackie Chan
  125. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
  126. Who Am I? – Jackie Chan
  127. In the Line of Duty – Michelle Yeoh
  128. Zatoichi meets the One Armed Swordsman
  129. Pedicab Driver
  130. Kung Fu Panda
  131. Undisputed 2 – Last Man Standing Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White
  132. Bodyguards and Assassins Donnie Yen
  133. Last Hurrah for Chivalry
  134. Ninja Scroll
  135. 5 Shaolin Masters
  136. Black Dynamite Michael Jai White
  137. Boxer from Shantung
  138. Legendary Assassin – Wu Jing
  139. Dirty Ho – Gordon Liu
  140. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
  141. Robin-B-Hood – Jackie Chan
  142. 14 Blades – Donnie Yen
  143. Twin Dragons – Jackie Chan
  144. The Lady Hermit
  145. The Tattooed Swordswoman
  146. Flag of Iron
  147. Samurai Rebellion
  148. Lightning Fists of Shaolin
  149. Sanjuro
  150. Legend of the Red Dragon Jet Li
  151. District 13: Ultimatum
  152. Equilibrium
  153. Hapkido
  154. Ong BakJacky Wu Jing 2: The Beginning Tony Jaa
  155. Ninja Assassin
  156. Hanna
  157. Bruce Lee My Brother (aka The Young Bruce Lee)
  158. Musa
  159. Shaolin Mantis
  160. City Hunter – Jackie Chan, Richard Norton
  161. Blood and Bone Michael Jai White
  162. The Storm Riders
  163. The Book of Eli
  164. Return of the One Armed Swordsman
  165. Righting Wrongs – Yuen Biao
  166. Kick Ass
  167. The Lost Bladesman – Donnie Yen
  168. Sword of the Beast
  169. Two Champions of Shaolin
  170. The Duel
  171. The Millionaires Express Sammo Hung
  172. The Bride with White Hair
  173. Moon Warriors Sammo Hung
  174. Seven Swords Donnie Yen
  175. Last Hero in China Jet Li
  176. The Invincible Armour
  177. Dreadnaught Yuen Biao
  178. The Killing Machine
  179. Once Upon a Time in High School
  180. Gorgeous – Jackie Chan
  181. The Last Dragon
  182. The Banquet – Zhang Ziyi
  183. In the Line of Duty 4 – Donnie Yen
  184. Brotherhood of the Wolf
  185. The Sensei
  186. Blade 2 – Wesley Snipes
  187. Ichi
  188. Butterfly and Sword – Mihcelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen
  189. Return to the 36th Chamber
  190. Legacy of Rage Brandon Lee
  191. The Enforcer – Jet Li
  192. Michael Jai WhiteKarate Warriors
  193. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  194. Xian si Jue
  195. Samurai 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
  196. Shadowless Sword
  197. The Chronicles of Riddick
  198. Versus
  199. Rush Hour Jackie Chan
  200. Raging Phoenix Yanin Jeeja
  201. The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Jet Li
  202. Tiger Cage 2 Donnie Yen
  203. Shanghai Noon Jackie Chan
  204. So Close
  205. The Master Jet Li
  206. The Buddhist Fist
  207. Sex and Fury
  208. Enter the Fat Dragon Sammo Hung
  209. 7 Grandmasters
  210. Love on Delivery Stephen Chow
  211. Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain – Biao Yuen
  212. The Kick -Yanin Jeeje
  213. Return of the Streetfighter
  214. The Kid with the Golden Arm
  215. Ninja in the Dragon’s Den
  216. Dragon Lord Jackie Chan
  217. Forbidden City Cop Stephen Chow
  218. The Mystery of Chess Boxing / Ninja Checkmate
  219. Iron Angels
  220. Born to Fight
  221. Punch Lady
  222. Taboo
  223. The Streetfighter’s Last Revenge
  224. The Sorcerer and the White Snake – Jet Li
  225. Black Belt
  226. The Green Hornet
  227. Haywire – Gina Carano
  228. Sting of the Dragon Masters
  229. The Last Samurai
  230. Wu Tang Vs Ninja
  231. House of Fury
  232. Red Belt
  233. Romeo Must Die Jet Li
  234. Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon Sammo Hung
  235. The One – Jet Li, Jason Statham
  236. Yes, Madam!  Michelle Yeoh
  237. Sister Street Fighter
  238. The Warriors Way
  239. The Fearless Hyena Jackie Chan
  240. Mortal Kombat
  241. Jackie Chan’s First Strike -uh, Jackie Chan?
  242. Rapid Fire – Brandon Lee
  243. The Man from Hong Kong
  244. Ninja – Scott Adkins
  245. The Karate Kid – Jackie Chan
  246. Never Back Down
  247. Kickboxer – Van Damme
  248. No Retreat, No Surrender – Van Damme
  249. Sugata Sanshiro
  250. OldBoy

I search for these movies in the ‘martial arts’ section on I’m Australian, their Blurays are the same region as ours), and failing that I’ll go onto the Martial Arts Movies Section watch them on my region free Bluray/DVD Player.

Keep checking back for more info on how to keep up to date with what’s being watched, and how you can get a hold of more movies easily.

If you want to check the original list out for yourself, it can be found here.

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