The Top 100 Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s

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1

Enter the Dragon

1973    Robert Clouse    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts

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2

Drunken Master

1978    Woo-ping Yuen    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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3

Return of the Dragon

1972    Bruce Lee    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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5

The Chinese Connection

1972    Wei Lo    Rated R

Action    Drama    Martial Arts

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6

Game of Death

1978    Robert Clouse    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Martial Arts

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8

Lady Snowblood

1973    Toshiya Fujita    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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9

The Street Fighter

1974    Shigehiro Ozawa    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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11

A Touch of Zen

1971    King Hu    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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12

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

1978    Woo-ping Yuen    Rated PG

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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13

Five Deadly Venoms

1978    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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15

Black Belt Jones

1974    Robert Clouse    Rated R

Action    Blaxploitation    Martial Arts

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16

Five Fingers of Death

1972    Chang-hwa Jeong    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Foreign Language Film

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17

Billy Jack

1971    Tom Laughlin    Rated PG

Action    Drama    Martial Arts

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19

The Fearless Hyena

1979    Jackie Chan, Kenneth Tsang    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Comedy

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20

Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin

1978    Chi-Hwa Chen    Not Rated

Action    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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21

Crippled Avengers

1978    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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22

Rumble in Hong Kong

1973    Mu Zhu    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts

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23

The Super Inframan

1975    Shan Hua    Rated PG

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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24

Circle of Iron

1978    Richard Moore    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Fantasy

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25

The Man from Hong Kong

1975    Brian Trenchard-Smith    Not Rated

Action    Australian New Wave    Martial Arts

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26

Heroes of the East

1979    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Ninja Film

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27

Dirty Ho

1979    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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28

The Trial of Billy Jack

1974    Tom Laughlin    Rated PG

Action    Drama    Martial Arts

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29

Knockabout

1979    Sammo Hung    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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30

The Ambush: Incident at Blood Pass

1970    Hiroshi Inagaki    Not Rated

Action    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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31

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

1979    John Woo    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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32

Shaolin Wooden Men

1976    Chi-Hwa Chen    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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33

Sister Street Fighter

1974    Kazuhiko Yamaguchi    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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34

Warriors Two

1978    Sammo Hung    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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35

The New One-Armed Swordsman

1971    Cheh Chang    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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36

Shaolin Temple

1976    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Period Film

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37

Three the Hard Way

1974    Gordon Parks Jr.    Rated R

Action    Blaxploitation    Exploitation Film

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38

Policewomen

1974    Lee Frost    Rated R

Action    Exploitation Film    Martial Arts

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39

The Deadly Duo

1971    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Drama    Martial Arts

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41

36 Crazy Fists

1977    Chi-Hwa Chen    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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42

Spiritual Kung Fu

1978    Wei Lo    Rated PG

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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43

The Executioner

1974    Teruo Ishii    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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45

The Kid with the Golden Arm

1979    Cheh Chang    Rated R

Action    Crime    Martial Arts

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46

Master with Cracked Fingers

1971    Mu Chu    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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47

Five Shaolin Masters

1974    Cheh Chang    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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48

Champion of Death

1977    Kazuhiko Yamaguchi    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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49

The Warrior Within

1976    Burt Rashby    Rated G

Documentary    Martial Arts    Sports and Recreation

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50

Act of Vengeance

1974    Bob Kelljan    Rated R

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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51

The Shadow Whip

1971    Wei Lo    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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52

The Wandering Swordsman

1970    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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54

Executioners from Shaolin

1977    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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55

Fly Me

1973    Cirio H. Santiago    Rated R

Action    Exploitation Film    Martial Arts

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56

Boxer from Shantung

1972    Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao    Rated R

Action    Gangster Film    Martial Arts

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57

The Killing Machine

1975    Norifumi Suzuki    Rated R

Action    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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58

Good Guys Wear Black

1978    Ted Post    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Martial Arts

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59

The Water Margin

1972    Cheh Chang    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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60

Invincible Shaolin

1978    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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61

Mad Monkey Kung Fu

1979    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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62

When Taekwondo Strikes

1973    Feng Huang    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    War

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63

The Avenging Eagle

1978    Chung Sun    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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64

One Armed Boxer

1973    Yu Wang    Rated R

Action    Drama    Martial Arts

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65

Challenge of the Masters

1976    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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66

The Heroic Ones

1970    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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67

A Force of One

1979    Paul Aaron    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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70

Hapkido

1972    Feng Huang    Rated R

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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71

The Iron Fisted Monk

1977    Sammo Hung    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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72

The Magic Blade

1976    Yuen Chor    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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73

The 14 Amazons

1972    Kang Cheng, Shao-yung Tung    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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74

The Assassin

1970    Yukio Noda    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Foreign Language Film

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75

The Hell's Wind Staff

1979    Chin-Ku Lu    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts

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76

Super Stooges vs. the Wonder Women

1974    Alfonso Brescia    Rated PG

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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77

Karate Warriors

1976    Kazuhiko Yamaguchi    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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78

Enter the Fat Dragon

1978    Sammo Hung    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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79

The Hand of Death

1976    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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80

The Brave Archer

1977    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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81

Heroes Two

1974    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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82

Men of the Dragon

1974    Harry Falk    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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83

To Kill with Intrigue

1977    Wei Lo    Rated PG13

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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84

Duel with the Devil

1970    Lung Chien    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Martial Arts

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85

One Armed Swordsman vs. 9 Killers

1976    Teng Hung Hsu    Not Rated

Action    Exploitation Film    Martial Arts

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86

The Odd Couple

1979    Chia Yung Liu    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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87

The Delightful Forest

1972    Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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89

Jaguar Lives!

1979    Ernest Pintoff    Rated PG

Action    Crime    Martial Arts

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92

The Blood Brothers

1973    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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93

Vengeance

1970    Cheh Chang    Not Rated

Action    Martial Arts    Foreign Language Film

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94

Crippled Masters

1979    Kei Law    Rated R

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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95

All Men Are Brothers

1975    Cheh Chang, Ma Wu    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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96

They Call Her Cleopatra Wong

1978    Bobby A. Suarez    Not Rated

Action    Exploitation Film    Girls-with-Guns

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97

Bronson Lee, Champion

1975    Yukio Noda    Rated PG

Action    Martial Arts

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98

The Deadly Breaking Sword

1979    Chung Sun    Not Rated

Action    Comedy    Martial Arts

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99

Shaolin Mantis

1978    Chia-Liang Liu    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Martial Arts

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The Buddhist Fist

1979    Woo-ping Yuen    Not Rated

Action    Foreign Language Film    Martial Arts

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