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1. The Duel (2000)

106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow, a reclusive master, to a dual on new year's eve. In the days before... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Andy Lau, Ekin Cheng, Nick Cheung, Wei Zhao

Votes: 1,522

2. Running on Karma (2003)

93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Wong Chun

Votes: 2,677

3. Legend of Eagle Shooting Hero (2003– )

40 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

During the Song Dynasty, a Mongolian raised Han Boy begins a path to becomes a legendary national hero in China.

Stars: Yapeng Li, Xun Zhou, Jie Zhou, Qinqin Jiang

Votes: 216

4. Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.

Director: Ping He | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 3,991 | Gross: $0.08M

5. Painted Skin (2008)

103 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, Danny Ko | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Wei Zhao

Votes: 4,218

6. Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

57 Metascore

An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her ... See full summary »

Director: Wuershan | Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen, Tingjia Chen

Votes: 2,971 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Mulan (2009)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The epic story of the Chinese girl-warrior, Mulan, who fights to defend her father.

Directors: Jingle Ma, Wei Dong | Stars: Wei Zhao, Jaycee Chan, Rongguang Yu, Jiao Xu

Votes: 5,047

8. An Empress and the Warriors (2008)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, History

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 3,652

9. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q, Cunxin Pu

Votes: 5,871

10. 14 Blades (2010)

R | 114 min | Action, History, Thriller

50 Metascore

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Votes: 7,222

11. The Lost Bladesman (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak | Stars: Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Li Sun, Bing Shao

Votes: 3,851

12. Seven Swords (2005)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Honglei Sun

Votes: 8,848

13. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

49 Metascore

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 9,346 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Xiong

Votes: 88,808 | Gross: $0.21M

15. The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

Director: Herman Yau | Stars: Yu-Hang To, Yi Huang, Biao Yuen, Siu-Wong Fan

Votes: 29,954

16. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 70,463 | Gross: $24.63M

17. Fist of Legend (1994)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Chow

Votes: 21,394

18. The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Ip, Miu Tse

Votes: 5,072

19. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

70 Metascore

Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai Man Yip | Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu

Votes: 25,127 | Gross: $0.13M

20. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

Second and final part of an epic tale about a legendary ancient battle that changed the course of China history.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 21,977 | Gross: $0.63M

21. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 42,027 | Gross: $0.63M

22. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 168,287 | Gross: $53.71M

23. Unleashed (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, Kerry Condon

Votes: 95,367 | Gross: $24.52M

24. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Ric Young

Votes: 58,783 | Gross: $36.85M

25. The One (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

25 Metascore

A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. With only one version remaining, he races against the clock to finish him and become "The One."

Director: James Wong | Stars: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham

Votes: 86,307 | Gross: $43.91M

26. Romeo Must Die (2000)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

An avenging cop seeks out his brother's killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong

Votes: 64,153 | Gross: $55.97M

27. Black Mask (1996)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

Votes: 10,629 | Gross: $12.49M

28. The Legend (1993)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, History

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis, Sibelle Hu

Votes: 7,000

29. The Legend II (1993)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Cantonese hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are trying to overthrow the Manchurian emperor and re-establishing the Ming dynasty. The ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Adam Cheng, Michelle Reis

Votes: 3,899

30. Once Upon a Time in China IV (1993)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action

Wong Fei Hung must deal with both foreign threats and the nationalist Red Lantern Society in this continuation of the popular kung fu series.

Director: Bun Yuen | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Jean Wang, Siu Chung Mok, Xin Xin Xiong

Votes: 849

31. Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History

Following an ambush in his visit to America, Wong Fei-hung becomes separated from his fellow travelers and suffers memory loss.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong, Kwok-Pong Chan

Votes: 3,306

32. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 9,005

33. Once Upon a Time in China III (1992)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, Xin Xin Xiong

Votes: 6,053 | Gross: $3.56M

34. Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Late 1800s Foshan, Guangdong: Wong Fei Hung/Jet Li trains men in martial arts to help defend against foreign powers already holding Hong Kong and Macau. He looks after cute 13th Aunt, who's just returned from England. Lots of fight scenes.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 16,303

35. Swordsman II (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy

Ling Wu Chung decides to hide from the chaotic world. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. However, he finds that the tribe have been attacked, and their leader Yam Ying Ying has been abducted.

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong | Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee

Votes: 3,831

36. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,211

37. The Bride with White Hair (1993)

92 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance

Cho Yat-Hang, the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against an evil cult, falls in forbidden love with Lien Ni-Chang, a killer for the evil cult.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng, Elaine Lui

Votes: 3,039

38. Green Snake (1993)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy

Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao, Hsing-Kuo Wu

Votes: 2,346

39. Ashes of Time (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

69 Metascore

A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Votes: 12,198 | Gross: $0.17M

40. Revenge of the Shaolin Master (1979)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action

A corrupt mayor robs a large cargo of food and money being sent to a famine area in eastern China. The Chief escort of the Cargo is then framed for the robbery and sentenced to death. His ... See full summary »

Director: Chen Lo | Stars: Tao-Liang Tan, Sing Chen, Shan Liu, Chung-Kuei Chang

Votes: 31

41. Drunken Tai Chi (1984)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy

A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Donnie Yen, Cheung-Yan Yuen, Lydia Shum, Shun-Yee Yuen

Votes: 644

42. The Twin Dragons (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy

54 Metascore

Identical twins are separated at birth, one becoming a streetwise mechanic, and the other an acclaimed classical concert conductor. Finally meeting in adulthood, they each become mistaken for the other and entangled in each other's world.

Directors: Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Teddy Robin Kwan, James Wong

Votes: 10,375 | Gross: $8.33M

43. Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang

Votes: 8,547

44. Iron Monkey (1993)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Sze-Man Tsang

Votes: 14,826 | Gross: $14.68M