75 Martial Arts Movies of the 90’s

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1. Ring of Fire (I) (1991)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Sport

L.A.'s Chinatown is disrupted by the cross-town rivalry between two kickboxing clubs, as the competitive sport is catapulted from the ring of a gymnasium to a ring of fire.

Directors: Richard W. Munchkin, Rick Jacobson | Stars: Don Wilson, Maria Ford, Vince Murdocco, Dale Jacoby

Votes: 654

2. Blackbelt (1992)

R | 85 min | Action

Ex-cop protects a singer from a psycho serial killer.

Directors: Charles Philip Moore, Rick Jacobson | Stars: Don Wilson, Deirdre Imershein, Matthias Hues, Richard Beymer

Votes: 488

3. Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992)

R | 88 min | Action

Jimmy Boland is a man unjustly accused of a brutal crime. Within the prison he must fight for survival, freedom and justice.

Director: Oley Sassone | Stars: Don Wilson, Richard Roundtree, Gregory McKinney, Rick Dean

Votes: 438 | Gross: $0.04M

4. TC 2000 (1993)

91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Somewhere in the future the environmental overkill had come. Many people had died. The rich were able to build the underworld, the poor had to stay on the surface building gangs to survive.... See full summary »

Director: T.J. Scott | Stars: Billy Blanks, Bolo Yeung, Jalal Merhi, Bobbie Phillips

Votes: 937

5. Tiger Claws (1991)

R | 92 min | Action

The police do not know what to do. They have to deal with a serial killer who aims at martial arts masters. One after another is killed in the same brutal way. This may be a chance for ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Makin | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Nick Dibley, Fern Figueiredo, Jack Vorvis

Votes: 628

6. China O'Brien (1990)

R | 86 min | Action

A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet - or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright

Votes: 1,030

7. The Perfect Weapon (1991)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of ... See full summary »

Director: Mark DiSalle | Stars: Jeff Speakman, John Dye, Mako, James Hong

Votes: 3,377 | Gross: $14.06M

8. Mission of Justice (1992 Video)

R | 91 min | Action

"Law and order" mayorial candidate Brigitte Nielsen is the ruthless and racist leader of a secret neo-fascist group out to take control of the city by whatever means necessary.

Director: Steve Barnett | Stars: Jeff Wincott, Brigitte Nielsen, Luca Bercovici, Matthias Hues

Votes: 806

9. Martial Law (1990 Video)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime

An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.

Director: Steve Cohen | Stars: Chad McQueen, Cynthia Rothrock, David Carradine, Andy McCutcheon

Votes: 842

10. The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sport

A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother's death in this martial arts film.

Director: Lucas Lowe | Stars: Loren Avedon, Richard Jaeckel, Don Stroud, Billy Blanks

Votes: 1,383

11. Street Knight (1993)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former cop returns to challenge a plot to escalate gang violence in the streets of Los Angeles.

Director: Albert Magnoli | Stars: Jeff Speakman, Christopher Neame, Lewis Van Bergen, Jennifer Gatti

Votes: 628 | Gross: $0.84M

12. Honor and Glory (1993)

R | 84 min | Action

FBI agent Tracy Pride is on a mission to capture businessman Jason Slade, who is involved in extortion and murder. Teaming up with her is her sister Joyce, a news reporter; Dragon, Tracy's ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Donna Jason, John Miller, Chuck Jeffreys

Votes: 494

13. Death Match (1994)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama

A kickboxing champ and a reporter are searching for a missing man, but they turn up a series of illegal kickboxing matches run by an arms dealer.

Director: Joe Coppoletta | Stars: Ian Jacklin, Martin Kove, Matthias Hues, Renee Allman

Votes: 194

14. Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)

R | 100 min | Action

Fight matches, that end when a man is either unconscious or dead, are fought in Tijuana. 2 naive friends, hoping to make a quick buck, go there. One owes money to a loan shark - giving them plenty of practice in no rule fights.

Director: Patrick Alan | Stars: Bolo Yeung, Maryam d'Abo, William Zabka, Michael Bernardo

Votes: 981

15. White Tiger (1996)

R | 93 min | Action

When D.E.A. agent Mike Ryan undertakes the huge task of avenging the brutal murder of his partner John Grogan, he finds he must fight both sides; the murderer and his double crossing police... See full summary »

Director: Richard Martin | Stars: Gary Daniels, Mig Macario, Kelly Benson, Matt Craven

Votes: 395

16. Back in Action (1994)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The sister of a former U.S. Green Beret, is involved in a love affair with a mobster, endangering seriously her life. His brother will make his best efforts to save her from her boyfriend ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve DiMarco, Paul Ziller | Stars: Billy Blanks, Roddy Piper, Bobbie Phillips, Kai Soremekun

Votes: 518

17. Tough and Deadly (1995 Video)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Cohen | Stars: Billy Blanks, Roddy Piper, Richard Norton, Charles Kahlenberg

Votes: 415

18. One Man Army (1994)

R | 79 min | Action, Crime

Kickboxing champ Jerry Trimble plays a straight shooting man caught up in the politics of a crooked little town. To get to the truth about his grandfather's death, he must first kick out ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jerry Trimble, Melissa Moore, Dennis Hayden, Rick Dean

Votes: 141

19. Ironheart (1992)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An L.A. cop goes after a gang of murderous drug dealers.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Britton K. Lee, Bolo Yeung, Richard Norton, Karman Kruschke

Votes: 371

20. Talons of the Eagle (1992)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure

After 3 DEA agents are killed by Mr. Li, martial arts champion Tyler Wilson is sent on assignment to Toronto and teams up with Michael Reeds. Wilson and Reeds enter a martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kennedy | Stars: Jalal Merhi, Billy Blanks, James Hong, Priscilla Barnes

Votes: 373

21. Breathing Fire (1991)

R | 74 min | Action, Drama

Michael, a Vietnam vet with two kids, pulls off a bank heist with his gang, which includes the bank's manager. To ensure the loyalty of everyone involved, Mike makes a special set of keys, ... See full summary »

Directors: Lou Kennedy, Brandon Pender, Brandon De-Wilde | Stars: Ke Huy Quan, Eddie Saavedra, Ed Neil, Jerry Trimble

Votes: 432

22. Full Contact (1992)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 3,825

23. Fists of Iron (1995)

R | 94 min | Action

A skillful fighter who works as a mechanic goes with his friend to a rich guy's villa where illegal fighting is being organizes. It should be easy money, but the friend gets killed and now the mechanic wants revenge on the people involved.

Director: Richard W. Munchkin | Stars: Michael Worth, Jenilee Harrison, Sam J. Jones, Marshall R. Teague

Votes: 225

24. Balance of Power (1996)

R | 92 min | Action

A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money. Then when one of his students is gunned ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Bennett | Stars: Billy Blanks, Mako, Lisa Jai, Denis Akiyama

Votes: 305

25. Final Impact (1992)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama

Nick, former world champion in kick boxing, discovers Danny, who just became light heavy-weight champion of Ohio. Danny is very ambitious to become world champion, so Nick offers to train ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Merhi, Stephen Smoke | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, Michael Worth, Jeff Langton

Votes: 475

26. Expect No Mercy (1995)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Federal Service Agent Justin Vanier has been assigned to infiltrate the mysterious Virtual Arts Academy in search of Eric, a fellow agent. In this high-tech facility, the maniacal leader ... See full summary »

Director: Zale Dalen | Stars: Billy Blanks, Jalal Merhi, Wolf Larson, Laurie Holden

Votes: 429

27. Lion Strike (1994)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Dr. Johnny Wu becomes involved in a global Mafia arms cartel when they kidnap his son Bobby. The cartel, made-up of underworld leaders from around the world, become aware that he stumbled ... See full summary »

Directors: Rick Jacobson, Joe Hart, Paul G. Volk | Stars: Don Wilson, Bobbie Phillips, Marcus Aurelius, Timothy D. Baker

Votes: 318

28. Lionheart (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan

Votes: 30,900 | Gross: $24.08M

29. Death Warrant (1990)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

34 Metascore

In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson

Votes: 16,207 | Gross: $16.85M

30. Shootfighter II (1996)

R | 95 min | Action

Shingo & the boys (Nick & Ruben) are blackmailed into helping Rawlins infiltrate an underground shootfighting ring in an attempt

Director: Paul Ziller | Stars: Bolo Yeung, William Zabka, Michael Bernardo, Chase Randolph

Votes: 531

31. American Kickboxer (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Sport

Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Nel | Stars: John Barrett, Keith Vitali, Terry Norton, Brad Morris

Votes: 564

32. American Kickboxer 2 (1993)

R | 93 min | Action, Romance

Two rivals, one a cop and the other a martial arts teacher team up to save a little girl from a terrorist and his henchmen.

Director: Jenö Hodi | Stars: Dale Cook, Evan Lurie, Kathy Shower, David Graf

Votes: 259

33. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama

The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, James Booth, Dwayne Alexandre

Votes: 4,208 | Gross: $0.36M

34. American Ninja 5 (1993)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

When a scientists daughter is kidnapped, American Ninja (David Bradley), attempts to find her, but this time he teams up with a youngster he has trained in the ways of the ninja.

Director: Bob Bralver | Stars: David Bradley, Lee Reyes, Anne Dupont, Pat Morita

Votes: 3,662

35. American Samurai (1992)

R | 94 min | Action

An American reporter teams up with a martial arts expert, whose half-brother is a "yakuza"--Japanese mafia--drug dealer to battle swordsmen from around the world n a Turkish arena.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: David Bradley, Mark Dacascos, Valarie Trapp, Rex Ryon

Votes: 1,703

36. Double Impact (1991)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime

Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey Lewis, Alonna Shaw, Corinna Everson

Votes: 36,043 | Gross: $30.10M

37. Best of the Best II (1993)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The Colosseum is the fighting arena owned by the champion Bracus. Now after the death of their friend, Rhee and Roberts want revenge.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, Chris Penn, Edan Gross

Votes: 5,001 | Gross: $6.61M

38. Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A group of Russian mobsters have stolen a huge supply of paper for printing U.S. currency, and are now flooding the market with conterfeit bills. When one of the mobsters decides to give ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Rhee | Stars: Phillip Rhee, Ernie Hudson, Tobin Bell, Thure Riefenstein

Votes: 1,051

39. China O'Brien II (1990 Video)

R | 92 min | Action

This time China O'Brien has trouble with a dealer who puts a prize on her head because she had spoiled an important drug deal of his. But all the world's criminals will not be enough to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Frank Magner

Votes: 467

40. Bloodfist II (1990)

R | 85 min | Action, Sport

Kickboxing champion Jake Raye thought his fighting days were over, until a call from an old friend draws him to the Far East and into the hands of a madman. This time Jake's fighting for ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Blumenthal | Stars: Don Wilson, Rina Reyes, Joe Mari Avellana, Robert Marius

Votes: 532 | Gross: $1.29M

41. Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Sport

A martial-arts fighter battles murderous gang members and the henchmen of an evil underground fighting champion to save his girlfriend.

Director: Richard W. Munchkin | Stars: Don Wilson, Maria Ford, Sy Richardson, Dale Jacoby

Votes: 441

42. Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992 Video)

R | 86 min | Action

When Danny unknowingly repossesses the car of a powerful arms merchant, it sets off a chain of violent retaliation. After his friends are killed and his daughter is kidnapped, Danny takes ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Ziller | Stars: Don Wilson, Catya Sassoon, Amanda Wyss, Kale Browne

Votes: 404

43. Bloodfist V: Human Target (1994 Video)

R | 83 min | Action

Don "The Dragon" Wilson struggles to regain his memory, not knowing who to trust, or even which side he's fighting on.

Director: Jeff Yonis | Stars: Don Wilson, Denice Duff, Steve James, Andy Bolliger

Votes: 339

44. The Swordsman (1992)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama

Cop and accomplished fencer Andrew is assigned to protect archaeologist and museum curator Julie Wilkins, the only witness to the theft of the legendary sword of Alexander the Great. Andrew... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kennedy | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Claire Stansfield, Michael Champion, Nicholas Pasco

Votes: 340

45. Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A martial arts instructor comes to the defense of a schoolteacher who has taken a stand against a local white supremacist organization.

Director: Phillip Rhee | Stars: Phillip Rhee, Christopher McDonald, Gina Gershon, Mark Rolston

Votes: 1,808

46. Tiger Claws II (1996)

R | 92 min | Action

4.9