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  The following is a list of the best martial art movies that we feel had the most impact on martial arts in movies. These movies broke new ground and paved the way for the portrayal of martial arts in movies that you see today as well as the superstars that you see today. If anyone has any suggestions as to what movies had the most influence feel free to email it to us. These are in no Particular order.

ENTER THE DRAGON
The one that started it all. Bruce Lee stars as the Asian James Bond, traveling to a remote island to kick some legendary butt. The standard by which all others are judged.

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON
Beautiful. This movie blew critics' minds--that you could have romance, a compelling story, and incredible cinematography, costuming, and locations in a martial arts movie. Raised the bar for all the others to follow.

THE KARATE KID
How many kids got into the martial arts because of Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi? When you wash your car, does "Wax on, wax off" echo in your head?

BILLY JACK
Billy Jack is a half-Native American, half-white martial artist who spreads his message of peace by beating up the mean rednecks that persecute the local pacifists. Hapkido fight sequences courtesy of Grandmaster Bong Soo Han. "Billy Jack" taught a generation of 70's kids to love peace--and the martial arts.

GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK
Chuck Norris' breakout film (no pun intended) had an amazing shot of Chuck kicking the driver of a speeding automobile through the windshield. The rest of this 1978 movie wasn't as great as that scene, but for nostalgic martial arts movie fans, this is great fun. This movie launched Chuck's career, and paved the way for the other Hollywood martial artists (Van Damme, Seagal) to follow.

FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
This was one of the first Shaw Brothers movies to get theatrical release in the U.S., launching the 1970's karate craze. Remember Count Dante? When Billy "Tae Bo" Blanks was a point-sparring competitor?

THE MATRIX
So what if Keanu Reeves doesn't make a convincing martial artist ("Dude! I know kung fu!"). This movie has paved the way for other great Yuen Woo Ping films to make it big in the theaters, like "Iron Monkey"

RUMBLE IN THE BRONX
Jackie Chan's first big U.S. movie plunks him down in the middle of the Bronx (which oddly looks a lot like Vancouver, B.C.). Tons of fun, especially the long fight sequence against the "gang members" (who oddly look like the cast of "Fame"). While not the best Chan movie, it introduced Jackie to a legion of new fans.

ENTER THE NINJA
Lame attempt at flashback to the 80's haiku: Duran Duran video on the TV screen. Skinny tie around your neck. And ninjas in every shadow.

SEVEN SAMURAI
  One of the greatest movies of all time, period. The inspiration for "The Magnificent Seven," "Battle Beyond the Stars," and a host of admiring copycats

FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
Also known as... "Pick Your Poison" and "Five Venoms" The dying master of the powerful Poison Clan dispatches his last pupil on a crucial mission. Worried that the skills he has taught are being used to evil ends, he orders the Yan Tieh to trace a retired colleague and warn him that the fortune he amassed from the clan activities is under threat from five of his former pupils. Each an expert in his own lethal combat style, The Centipede, The Snake, The Scorpion, The Lizard, and The Toad comprise a truly invincible force. Yan must discover the whereabouts and true identities of these deadly masked warriors and decide which, if any, he can trust to join him in his perilous mission. A blindingly choreographed blend of intrigue and violence, "FIVE DEADLY VENOMS" adds a truly original dimension to the kung fu genre

THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
The Kid with the Golden arm is part of the cult series of Kung fu action classics that follow in the foot steps of "Five Fingers of Death", "Five Deadly Venoms" and "The Flying Guillotine". Hair raising action, inventive plots and exhibitions of Martial Arts mastery unrivaled in the Kung fu genre. This is an all out great classic kung fu movie. The Kid with the Golden Arms has invincible arms which can not be penetrated by the blades of swords. His arms are his weapons. When he disarm his enemy they are hopeless against him. Watch out for Iron Feet. He kills his enemies with his feet. His kicking style alone defeats many of his enemies before they throw the first punch.

MASTER KILLER
Notes: (aka THE THIRTY SIXTH CHAMBER) The anti Ching pariots under the guidance of Ho Kuanghan have secretly set up their base in Canton under the cover of being school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack many of the students are killed. Lui The Master Killer escapes and devotes himself to the rigorous training that will assure his revenge. MASTER KILLER is one of the most impressive Martial Arts films since Bruce Lees death starring Liu Chia Hui the reluctant revolutionary who became the famous real-life Shaolin monk San-te. An amazing movie made fascinating and involving as one of the few films that follows the Martial Arts training process from beginning to end

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