Some actors excel at certain genres, and the action genre has its fair share of fight scene greats. Here’s a list of the 13 greatest action movie fight scene and where to watch each movie online.
13 Greatest Action Movie Fight Scenes
|1. TONY JAA, THE PROTECTOR|
|Tom-Yum-Goong Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง, IPA: is a 2005 Thai martial arts action filmstarring Tony Jaa. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who also directed Jaa’s prior breakout film Ong-Bak. As with Ong-Bak, the fights were choreographed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai. The film was distributed as The Warrior King in the United Kingdom, as The Protector in the United States, as Thai Dragon in Spain, and as Revenge of the Warrior in Germany.|
|2. YU SHU LIEN, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON|
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, including Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. The film was based on the fourth novel in a pentalogy, known in China as the Crane Iron Pentalogy, by wuxia novelist Wang Dulu. The martial arts and action sequences were choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping. Made on a US$17 million budget, with dialogue in Mandarin, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed US$128 million in the United States, becoming the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. It has won over 40 awards. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and three other Academy Awards, and was nominated for six other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film also won four BAFTAs and two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Foreign Film.
|3. JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME, BLOODSPORT|
|Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims made by martial artist Frank Dux. It sold well at the box office, grossing $11,806,119 domestically on a budget of $1,500,000. Bloodsport was one of Van Damme’s first starring films and showcased his athletic abilities. He performs numerous physical feats such as helicopter-style, jump spinning heel kicks, and a complete split. It has since become a cult film.|
|4. TONY JAA, ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING|
|Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is a 2008 Thai martial arts film co-directed by and starring Tony Jaa. It is a follow-up to Jaa’s 2003 breakout film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Initially claimed to be a sequel to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Ong Bak 2 was then announced to be a prequel to its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor however, which had a contemporary and realistic setting, Ong Bak 2 is actually set in 15th century Thailand and as such, could be described as a historical epic with elements of fantasy combined, and has nothing to do with the original Ong-Bak. Ong Bak 2 also has nothing to do with Jaa’s 2005 film Tom-Yum-Goong, which was sometimes incorrectly labelled Ong Bak 2 in the West, as well as The Protector and The Warrior King. Tom-Yum-Goong had a contemporary setting similar to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, although it too had different characters and plot. Jaa’s films had yet to tie into each other, although Jaa had claimed they would do so with the release of Ong Bak 3 in 2010, which they did. As well as the different historical setting to Jaa’s previous films, Ong Bak 2 has taken a notably grittier and bloodier direction.
|5. SCOTT ADKINS, UNDISPUTED III: REDEMPTION|
|Undisputed III: Redemption is the third installment to the 2002 action filmUndisputed. The film stars Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanirand Hristo Shopov, and was directed by Isaac Florentine. It takes place several years after the events of Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.|
|6. DONNIE YEN, IRON MONKEY|
|Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film written and produced by Tsui Hark and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Donnie Yen, Yu Rongguang, Jean Wang, Angie Tsang and Yuen Shun-yi. It is not related to the 1977 Hong Kong film of the same title. The film is a fictionalised account of an episode in the childhood of the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung and his father Wong Kei-ying, and their encounter with the “Iron Monkey”. In 1996, a separate film entitled Iron Monkey 2 was released but it was not a sequel to this film.|
|7. JACKIE CHAN, DRUNKEN MASTER|
|Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The filmwas a success at the Hong Kong box office, earning two and a half times the amount of Chan’s previous film, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, which was also considered a successful film. It is an early example of the comedic kung fu genre for which Jackie Chan became famous. The film popularised the Zui Quan fighting style. Ranked number 3 on totalfilm.com’s 50 greatest kung fu movies of all time.|
|8. JACKIE CHAN, THE LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER|
|Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan’s first traditional style martial arts film since The Young Master and Dragon Lord. The film was released in North America as The Legend of Drunken Master in 2000. The film is a follow-up to Chan’s 1978 film Drunken Master, directed by Yuen Woo-ping, but not a direct storyline sequel. Another film, Drunken Master III features little in common with either this or its predecessor, and is not considered a sequel. In 2005, Drunken Master II was named one of the top 100 best films of all time by Time magazine.|
|9. IKO UWAIS, THE RAID: REDEMPTION|
|The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. This is the second collaboration of Evans and Uwais after their first action film, Merantau, released in 2009. Both films showcase the traditional Indonesian martial art pencak silat, with fight choreography by Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, who also worked on Merantau. The U.S. release of the film features music by Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese. After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Raid received positive reviews from critics. The name of the film was changed to The Raid: Redemption in the United States because the distributor company Sony Pictures Classics could not secure the rights to the title; this also allowed Evans to plan out future titles in the series. It was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 14 August 2012. A sequel, The Raid 2, was released in 2014 to positive reviews; winning even more awards. Another sequel, The Raid 3, is planned for release in 2018 or 2019.
|10. JET LI, FIS OF LEGEND|
|Fist of Legend is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Gordon Chan, and features action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the lead role. The film was released in Hong Kong on 22 December 1994. It is a remake of the 1972’s Fist of Fury, which starred Bruce Lee as the lead character. The film is set in the Shanghai International Settlement in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War as the city is occupied by Japanese forces. It currently holds a 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 critics’ reviews.|
|11. BRUCE LEE, ENTER THE DRAGON|
|Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse; starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. This was Bruce Lee‘s final film appearance before his death on 20 July 1973. The film was released on 26 July 1973, six days after Lee’s death, in Hong Kong. He was also one of the film’s writers. Often considered one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, in 2004, Enter the Dragon was deemed “culturally significant” in the United States and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Enter the Dragon was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio – Warner Bros. and was produced in association with Lee’s Concord Production Inc. The film is largely set in Hong Kong. Among the stuntmen for the film were members of the Seven Little Fortunes, including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. This was arguably instrumental in the trio’s further association with Golden Harvest studios, which later launched their careers.|
|12. TOM HARDY, THE WARRIOR|
|Warrior is a 2011 action film directed by Gavin O’Connor.
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
|13. JACKIE CHAN, WHEELS ON MEALS|
|Wheels on Meals is a 1984 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao.|