10 Best Karate Fights In Movies

Sunday, April 10 by Tony Dayton

Due to the popularity of karate films, it is not too difficult to come up with some of the ten best karate fights in movies. Whether it be films starring legends such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, or Jean-Claude Van Damme, or others who ar unknown or not familiar names in the genre, there are a plethora of movies that have some real kick ass karate scenes, such as the ten below.  

  1. "Blood Sport" This 1988 martial arts film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme is based on a true story of Frank Dux, an American who was trained in the arts of ninjutsu. This classic karate movie contained an arsenal of awesome karate scenes, though none more gripping than the final battle between Frank Dux and Chong Li, where Dux defeats Li, despite being temporarily blinded by a handful of quicklime. 
  2. "Under Siege" This Steven Seagal classic pits Navy Seal Casey Ryback (Seagal) against a band of mercenaries who take over USS Missouri. During the climax of the movie, Ryback faces off against William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones), where he eventually jams his knife through the top of Strannix's head.
  3. "Enter the Dragon" "Enter the Dragon," starring Bruce Lee, was the first Chinese martial arts film to be produced by a major Hollywood Studio (Warner Brothers). Set on a remote island, Lee is invited to attend a karate tournament. Before leaving for the island, Lee is approached by British intelligence requesting he go undercover in an attempt to uncover a drug operation. The final karate fight scene is a doozy, as Han (Shih Kien) and Lee put on a dazzling display of martial arts, before Lee finally ends up killing Han.
  4. "Mortal Kombat" "Mortal Kombat," a popular 1995 karate movie, featured some exciting karate fights. It was the final match between Shang Tsung and Liu Kang, that was epic, as Kang defeated Tsung by striking him with an energy bolt, knocking him off the battle platform, and onto a row of spikes.
  5. "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" "Crouching Tiger, Hidden dragon" is a Chinese language film that features a plethora of acrobatic karate fight scenes. In one of the scenes, Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh put on fighting exhibition involving a variety of weapons. Not only are these lovely Chinese ladies involved in one of the best karate fights ever, there are not many cinematic fight scenes involving men that feature such impressive moves. 
  6. "The Matrix" This 1999 classic, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate-Anne Moss, was one of the biggest films of the year. One reason for its success was its awesome karate scenes. Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss) are involved in one particular scene when they ambush the building where Morpheus (Fishburne) is being held prisoner. During their rescue attempt, Neo and Trinity use a combination of karate moves and high powered guns to successfully rescue their friend.
  7. "Bourne Identity" One of Matt Damon's best roles, Jason Bourne is a government spy who attempts to regain his identity after suffering memory loss. One karate fight scene that sticks out is when Bourne is attacked by an assassin in his apartment. Bourne ends up defeating the assassin, but before he can collect any useful information, the assassin leaps to his death.
  8. "The Last Dragon" One of the most epic karate movie fights was between Leroy and Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem. The fight starts off by Leroy getting beat up pretty bad, before suddenly starting to glow. He then defeats Sho'nuff rather handily.
  9. "The Octagon" One of Chuck Norris' early classics, "The Octagon" is full of terrific karate fights. In one particular fight, Norris takes on a masked ninja in a pit of sand. They start off fighting with swords, and things look bleak for Norris as he suffers a cut to his side. However, once each are disarmed from their weapons, Norris gets the upper hand, eventually kicking his opponent into a roaring fire.
  10. "Kill Bill" Uma Thurman plays a bride left for dead in this classic karate film. While the movie features some amazing karate scenes, none are more impressive than when she defeats the crazy 88, leaving a trail of severed body parts in her wake.

- Tony Dayton

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  1. April 10, 2011 7:55 pm

    Ray Gollis

    I have added your article to my blog and feel free to comment, I would appreciate that,
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  2. April 10, 2011 7:55 pm

    Ray Gollis

    Great Article By Tony Dayton, These are the greatest martial artist movies of all time!!!