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Everyone loves to watch martial arts movies as they guaranteed real-life and lively action sequences that feel to be so true that viewers enjoying the as in real life.

We are going to tell you about best martial arts movies of the 21st century and the list is completely in random order.

Best Martial Arts Movies Of The 21st Century

The Protector

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The film is released in the year 2005. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew and starring Thai martial artist Tony Jaa as Kham along with other actors such as Sotorn Rungruaeng, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Bongkoj Khongmalai, Xing Jin, Damian De Montemas, and Nathan Jones.

The beginning is set in rural Thailand, where Kham (Tony Jaa) is being raised by his father as a Jaturungkabart. The connection between people and nature is close, especially the bond between Kham, his father, and the elephants. As Kham grows older, he gets his own young elephant, “Kohrn”. The peace is broken when a scam results in elephants being stolen from their owners. Kham sets out to find them, following a lead to Sydney. It involves a Vietnamese gangster, Johnny, who owns a Thai restaurant called “Tom Yum Goong”. Johnny has a secret club. The Chinese mafia and transgender mastermind, Madame Rose, control the club.

Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

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The film is released in the year 2003. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew and starring Thai martial artist Tony Jaa as Ban Nong Pradu along with Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, and Pumwaree Yodkamol.

The film is about a gangster who decapitates the statue named “Ong Bak” and takes the head with them. A villager extremely skilled in Muay Thai volunteers to travel to Bangkok to recover the stolen head of Ong-Bak. His only lead is Don, a drug dealer who attempted to buy an amulet in Nong Pradu one day earlier.

Kung Fu Hustle

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The film is released in the year 2003. The film was directed by produced, co-written by, and starring Stephen Chow. Other co-actors including Eva Huang, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan, and Leung Siu-lung.

The film revolves around a murderous neighborhood gang, a poor village with unlikely heroes, and an aspiring gangster’s fierce journey to find his true self. The film is set in the year 1940, in which the streets of Shanghai were ruled by the notorious Axe Gang under the leadership of the cold-blooded Brother Sum. Two pretty crooks joined the gang and how they defeat the “Beast” to become one of the greatest fighters. It is a light comedy action film.

Fearless

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The film is released in the year 2006. The film was directed by Ronny Yu and starring Jet Li as Huo Yuanjia along with Dong Yong, Nakamura Shido II, Collin Chou, Betty Sun, and Nathan Jones, and Mike Leeder.

The movie is loosely based on the life of Huo Yuanjia one of China’s most famous martial artists. The story of the film revolves around young Huo, who watched his father fight, the young Yuanjia wants to participate, but his father is concerned about his asthma. Yuanjia sees his father in a match with Zhao, who dishonorably won by retaliating when Huo Endi held back a fatal blow. Humiliated by his father’s defeat, Huo Yuanjia vows to regain the Huo family’s honor and pride. He practices martial arts behind his father’s back.

Flashpoint

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The film is released in the year 2007. The film was directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen as Detective Sergeant Ma Jun along with Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Lui Leung-wai, Fan Bingbing, and Xing Yu.

The film revolves around a police sergeant who plants his partner as a mole in a pursuit against a triad led by three Vietnamese brothers, eldest brother Archer, the bully, second brother Tony, the cool calculator, and youngest brother Tiger, the fighter. Set in pre-1997, before the return of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. Over the years, Wilson was discontent with Jun’s impulsive and unruly style. Their disagreements in their way of working have led to constant arguments and altercations. Wilson only wanted to arrest the gang and resumed his post. However, Jun’s irritable act contributed to conflicts all the time. Jun was finally degraded to the Police Force March for his radical behavior.

Hero

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The film is released in the year 2002. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist along with Chen Dao Ming, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Donnie Yen.

The film is based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. In ancient China during the Warring States period, Nameless, a Qin prefect, arrives at the Qin capital city to meet the king of Qin, who has survived multiple attempts on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. As a result, the king has implemented extreme security measures: no visitors are allowed to approach the king within 100 paces. Nameless claims that he has slain the three assassins and their weapons are displayed before the king, who allows the former to approach within ten paces and tell him his story.

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Ip Man

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The film is released in the year 2008. The film was directed by Wilson Yip and stars Donnie Yen as Ip Man along with Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Tenma Shibuya, Gordon Lam, and Fan Siu-Wong.

The film is set in 1935 and revolves around the Wing Chun master Ip Man, a skilled martial artist who lives in Foshan. Foshan is a hub of Southern Chinese martial arts, where various schools actively recruit disciples and compete against each other. Although Ip Man is the most skilled martial artist in Foshan, he is unassuming and maintains a low profile. He is respected by other masters for the humbleness he displays in friendly, closed-door competitions. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Imperial Japanese Army confiscates Ip’s house and repurposes it into their Foshan military headquarters. Ip and his family lose their wealth and are forced to move into a decrepit apartment. Desperate to support his family, Ip finds work at a coal mine alongside Lin. Lin regrets humiliating Yuan but his efforts to find his brother and gift him a small metal tin have proved futile. Miura tells Ip his life will be spared if he agrees to instruct the Japanese soldiers in Chinese martial arts. Ip refuses and challenges Miura to a match.

The Raid Redemption

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The film is released in the year 2011. The film was directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais as Rama along with Joe Taslim, Ray Sahetapy, Yayan Ruhian, and Donny Alamsyah.

In the film, an elite squad is tasked to infiltrate a high-rise building – run by a ruthless drug lord – located in the slums of Jakarta. Together with his lieutenants Andi and Mad Dog, Tama runs the block and allows criminals and addicts to rent rooms under his protection. Arriving undetected, the team sweeps the first floors and subdues various criminal tenants; they also temporarily detain a law-abiding tenant named Gofar delivering medicine to his sick wife. Continuing to the sixth floor, the team is spotted by two young lookouts, one of which manages to raise the alarm.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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The film is released in the year 2000. The film was directed by Ang Lee and starring Chow Yun-fat as Li Mu Bai along with Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, and Chang Chen.

In 19th-century Qing dynasty China, Li Mu Bai is a Wudang swordsman, and Yu Shu Lien heads a private security company. Shu Lien and Mu Bai have long had feelings for each other, but because Shu Lien had been engaged to Mu Bai’s close friend, Meng Sizhao before his death, Shu Lien and Mu Bai feel bound by loyalty to Meng Sizhao and have not acted on their feelings for each other. Mu Bai, choosing to retire, asks Shu Lien to give his fabled sword “Green Destiny” to their benefactor Sir Te in Peking. One evening, a masked thief sneaks into Sir Te’s estate and steals the Green Destiny. Sir Te’s servant Master Bo and Shu Lien trace the theft to Governor Yu’s compound, where Jade Fox had been posing as Jen’s governess for many years. Fox challenges the pair and Master Bo to a showdown.

This list of the martial arts movies is in random order, there is not any ranking between the movies. All these mentioned movies are a great deal to watch. Tell us about your favorite martial arts movies in comments below.

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