12 Great Martial Arts Movie Fight Scenes

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am,

Honorable Mentions

Listen, we can’t list every great martial arts fight scene known to man – and I’m sure there are a few of your favorites that were left out of our list. But because we love the genere so much, here are just a few of the scenes we mulled over, but ultimately had to pass on, for various reasons. (I mean honestly, this whole thing could’ve been Tony Jaa fight scenes…)

Tony Jaa in The Protector 

This movie has many highlights, but a one-take tracking shot and bone-crunching fight sequence top the list.

Hallway Fight in Oldboy

This doesn’t really qualify as “martial arts” – more like ‘epic brawl’ – but it’s awesome, nonetheless, so we had to give it a shout out.

Final Showdown in Five Deadly Venoms

How could we leave out this Shaw Brothers classic, which inspired RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan persona? Answer: We couldn’t.

Bruce Lee vs. Japanese School in The Chinese Connection

It wouldn’t be right to end a post like this with anything else BUT a famous Bruce Lee scene.

Check out more marital arts action in The Man with the Iron Fists, when it hits theaters on November 2, 2o12.

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  1. Any fight scene in Ip Man or Ip Man 2 is pretty good.

    The best real martial arts-like fight scene was Pettis’ off the fence kick on Ben Henderson’s face in their final WEC MMA fight.

  2. Where is the final fight scene in Flashpoint??

    • I was thinking the same thing. As I was waiting (briefly) for the second page to load, I had a thought that went: “I’m sure they have the final scene of Flashpoint with Donnie Yen…”

  3. Rocky vs. Apollo

  4. Most of these are films from asia. My friend who is asian, remembers watching Best of the Best 2 in the theater, and there were people cheering and everything, all excited whenever you saw Tommy Lee (actor/martial artist/director Philip Rhee) doing his martial art scenes. My friend said he felt special because finally there was an actor that looked like him being cheered on. I almost feel like the excitement for martial art films in the U.S. kind of declined after Brandon Lee’s death. I remember everyone in my school was sad, particularly the girls. Jackie Chan made martial art films exciting again, but he is mostly retired in the U.S. and there is really no one else left in the U.S. that’s considered bankable. Seems like Martial art films as a genre might be coming to an end here in the U.S. with Jackie Chan’s retirement or at least the excitement won’t feel the same. Whoever the next big star in Asia will going to be… they will really have to stand out, really extraordinary to make it here in the states. Everyone knows Hollywood loves to cast asians in lead roles lol.