The best Chinese moviesby ChinaFilmLover | created - 14 Jul 2012 | updated - 03 Oct 2012 | Public
My personal favorite Chinese films. Always a work in progress. Feel free to suggest more for the list as I'm sure I will forget some. Also, this is in no particualr order, just started with actors I liked then whatever I could think of.
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1. Drunken Master (1978)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy
Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts.
3. Kuai can che (1984)
TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective, to save the beautiful Sylvia, a pickpocket. Action and humor abound in... See full summary »
4. Police Story (1985)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop.
5. Lung hing foo dai (1986)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.
6. Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
PG-13 | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women (the 3 stooges?) who are all connected in some way. However a team of ... See full summary »
Votes: 15,571 | Gross: $10.44M
7. Twin Dragons (1992)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy
Two 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.
Votes: 9,495 | Gross: $8.33M
8. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy
A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.
Votes: 37,859 | Gross: $11.55M
9. Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
R | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills.
Votes: 33,185 | Gross: $32.39M
10. The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.
Votes: 93,388 | Gross: $52.08M
12. The Karate Kid (2010)
PG | 140 min | Action, Drama, Family
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.
Votes: 135,336 | Gross: $176.59M
13. San siu lam zi (2011)
R | 131 min | Action, Drama
After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation.
Votes: 17,131 | Gross: $0.06M
14. Xin hai ge ming (2011)
R | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.
Votes: 5,223 | Gross: $0.13M
21. Shao Lin si (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama
The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, ... See full summary »
22. Wong Fei Hung (1991)
R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »
23. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung (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 »
24. Swordsman II (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy
With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »
25. 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.
26. 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 »
27. 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 »
28. Last Hero in China (1993)
Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Comedy, History
Jet Li stars in this comic spectacle as a Chinese "Robin Hood" who stumbles upon a kidnapping scheme after unwittingly opening a martial arts school next to a brothel!
29. Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
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.
Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $3.56M
31. 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 »
36. The Warlords (2007)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History
It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »
Votes: 24,122 | Gross: $0.13M
37. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance
A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem.
Votes: 7,329 | Gross: $0.02M
38. Long men fei jia (2011)
R | 122 min | Action, Adventure
Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.
Votes: 6,934 | Gross: $0.17M
39. Siu Tai Gik (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.
40. Sun lung moon hak chan (1992)
88 min | Action
This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »
41. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (1993)
PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 14,002 | Gross: $14.68M
42. Wing Chun (1994)
TV-14 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Wing Chun, a woman living in a remote village often pillaged by robbers. When Wing Chun finally loses her cool and defeats them, her heroic actions stir up even more trouble in this ... See full summary »
44. Chin Long Chuen Suet (1997)
94 min | Action, Drama
Fung Hin-Man (Donnie Yen) is a legendary warrior who lives now elderly, along with a friend, their memories and their remorse. When a young man comes to him, Fung tells him the story of ... See full summary »
45. SPL: Sha po lang (2005)
Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A near retired inspector and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with his replacement, who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top henchmen to put an end to their dirty schemes.
48. Dou fo sin (2007)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.
Votes: 11,306 | Gross: $0.00M
51. Yip Man (2008)
R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.
52. Jin yi wei (2010)
R | 114 min | Action, History, Thriller
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.
54. Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen (2010)
R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
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 »
Votes: 8,757 | Gross: $0.05M
55. Guan yun chang (2011)
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.
56. Dragon (2011)
R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him
Votes: 12,211 | Gross: $0.01M
57. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A monkey born from heavenly stone acquires supernatural powers and must battle the armies of both gods and demons to find his place in the heavens.
Votes: 3,719 | Gross: $0.71M
58. Zhi zun wu shang (1989)
127 min | Action, Crime
Law and Chan are gamblers and friends. Forced into a battle with the Yakuza, How far will friendship go? A high stakes card game will settle it all.
59. Infernal Affairs (2002)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.
Votes: 102,933 | Gross: $0.17M
60. House of Flying Daggers (2004)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 98,262 | Gross: $11.05M
61. Battle of the Warriors (2006)
R | 133 min | Action, Drama, War
Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.
62. 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 »
63. Di renjie: Tong tian di guo (2010)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
Votes: 9,004 | Gross: $0.46M
66. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia (2009)
142 min | Action, Drama, History
In this sequel to Red Cliff, Chancellor Cao Cao convinces Emperor Xian of the Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Shu and Wu, who have become allied forces, against all ... See full summary »
Votes: 20,642 | Gross: $0.63M
68. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 230,978 | Gross: $128.08M
69. Bulletproof Monk (2003)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll.
Votes: 44,451 | Gross: $23.02M
70. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)
R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Votes: 38,634 | Gross: $6.57M
71. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
R | 125 min | Drama, War
About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
Votes: 8,645 | Gross: $1.03M
73. Shanghai (2010)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.
Votes: 8,286 | Gross: $0.04M
74. Rang zi dan fei (2010)
Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Comedy, Western
In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman.
Votes: 7,348 | Gross: $0.06M
75. Tong que tai (2012)
Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, History
Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son.
78. Su Qi-er (2010)
R | 115 min | Action, Drama, History
Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su's peaceful life is shattered when his... See full summary »
Votes: 7,819 | Gross: $0.08M
80. Tian di ying xiong (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 3,880 | Gross: $0.08M
81. Shi yue wei cheng (2009)
Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.
82. Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi (1992)
TV-14 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, ... See full summary »
84. Bak bin sing gwan (1995)
92 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Stephen Chow plays a rich playboy who is blown up by a mafia boss when he flirts with the boss's girl. Through a series of circumstances his professor makes him a synthetic (robotic) body ... See full summary »
85. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
Votes: 63,416 | Gross: $0.49M
86. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.
Votes: 108,903 | Gross: $17.11M
88. Yang jia jiang (2013)
Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, History
Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to ... See full summary »
89. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.
Votes: 40,244 | Gross: $5.70M
91. Ye yan (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.
92. The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
R | 162 min | Drama, History
In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.
Votes: 5,479 | Gross: $1.33M
94. Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong (1976)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama
Teenager Wong Fei-hung is sent to train in the art of hung gar kung fu from his father's teacher, Luk Ah-choy. With training complete, Wong must fight an assassin and regain the honor of his school.
96. Wu guan (1981)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama
When you combine "Kung-fu" Liu Chia-liang with the greatest kung-fu film character of all time, Huang Fei-hung, you get one of the finest "pure" kung-fu films ever made, with martial arts mastery in every scene.
100. Lu ding ji (1992)
R | 106 min | Action, Comedy
The story of Wilson Bond, a pimp who after saving Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, ... See full summary »