Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting, don’t they! From the best of Jackie Chan to other classics of Chinese cinema, you will find some of the best Kung Fu movies on this list. Note that this list won’t include animated movies even though we all agree on the supremacy of Kung Fu Panda. Let’s have a look at some of the most kickass and best Kung Fu movies that you need to watch right now.
1. Big Trouble in Little China
This 1986 American movie is about a truck driver who finds himself amidst a mysterious and magical underworld in Chinatown. Big Trouble in Little China is a perfect blend of action, fantasy, and comedy. This John Carpenter movie has all the martial arts that you need to watch.
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This is undoubtedly one of the most famous Chinese Kung Fu movies of all time. Master Li’s sword, Green Destiny, is stolen by a young warrior. The search for the sword leads Master Li to the House of Yu where this movie takes an oh-so-awesome turn. The movie is a perfect mixture of picturesque and dramatic scenes as well as awe-inducing martial arts action.
3. Fist of Legend
Fist of Legend is the remake of the iconic Bruce Lee film Fist of Fury. There couldn’t have been a better man to fill the shoes of Bruce Lee than Jet Li, the lead actor and also the producer of this movie.
The visually appealing adventure movie is a 2002 Chinese film based on a true story. This is one of the best kung fu movies of Jet Li that you should definitely watch.
5. Ip Man
The legendary Ip Man series is based on the life of the revered martial arts grandmaster Ip Man. He’s the teacher of Bruce Lee, so, that says it all. This period film is jam-packed with martial art sequences that will blow your mind. This series of films is a must-watch.
6. Once Upon a Time in China
Not just this film but the entire franchise has a huge fan base. The film series is based on the exploits of the Cantonese folk hero Wong Fei-hung and is one of the best Chinese martial arts movies from the 90s.
7. Kung Fu Hustle
This movie is a must-watch if you love the genre of action-comedy. Stephen Chow stars in this movie as an aspiring gangster whose only aim in life is to join the infamous Axe Gang. This movie will make you laugh from the beginning to the very end. Go watch it already!
8. Police Story
It would be blasphemy to write an article about the best Kung Fu movies and not include a Jackie Chan movie in it. The Police Story film series is one of the best action film series starring Jackie Chan.
9. Kung Fu Chef
Wong Ping Yee, a renowned chef, is wronged by his nephew into poisoning a judge and in turn, is chased out from the village. In order to regain his lost prestige, he trains a young chef to enter into a competition to become the “Top Chef”. This hilarious, action-filled movie is a treat to watch.
10. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
This movie and its two sequels are considered the go-to films in the kung fu genre. It’s iconic to its very core. The first movie is well-known for its hour-long training sequence that is rich with the best martial art action you would have ever seen.
11. The Grandmaster
Another movie that is based on the legendary life of the martial arts master Ip Man, The Grandmaster is one of the best action films of the last decade.
12. The Karate Kid
Both the 1984 original and the 2010 Jackie Chan remake are equally brilliant. Daniel finds the perfect martial arts teacher in the form of sensei Miyagi who guides him to become a strong fighter and a better human. The movie is nostalgia-inducing, which only adds to its beauty.
13. The Legend of Drunken Master
The first installment of this movie series was about a student being drained by an alcoholic kung fu master in order to fight an assassin. In this sequel to the classic film, Jackie Chan fights with smugglers to protect Chinese artifacts.
14. The Raid
This Indonesian action-thriller is filled with some of the best action sequences in cinematic history. Rama and his team attempt to escape a 15-story safe house that belongs to Tama, a drug lord.
15. Iron Monkey
Iron Monkey is the saviour of the poor and the oppressed and helps them fight against the unjust and corrupt system. While those in power consider him a criminal, others worship him as their protector.
I hope you got the exact does of Jet Li and Jackie Chan that you were looking for! Which of these best Kung Fu movies is your absolute favourite? Do let us know in the comments section.