Movies like American Shaolin

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American Shaolin (1991)
 5.9
 1K
American Shaolin (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, master warrior, vengeance, misfit, contests and competitions, escapades, teaching the ways of the world, rivalry, fish out of water, uninhibited rivalry, tough heroes, fight, kung fu, humiliation, heroes, art, brutality, hand to hand combat, bald man, fistfight, mixed martial arts, tough guy, sport, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, china, asia, beijing china

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Most similar movies to American Shaolin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and rough films with plots about martial arts, master warrior, rivalry, violence, heroes, fistfight and kung fu mostly in Action, Drama and Sport genres. Some movies like American Shaolin: Kickboxer (1989), American Kickboxer (1991), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Ong-bak 2 (2008), Fist 2 Fist (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kickboxer (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If your enemy refuses to be humbled... Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, heroes, master warrior, violence, vengeance, revenge, graphic violence, hopes, muay thai, mentor, fighting movie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
American Kickboxer (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 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. Will B.J. accept and get even with Denard?
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, kickboxing, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, uninhibited rivalry, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two feuding brothers (one a policeman, the other a martial arts expert) of different political views, join forces to avenge the death of their father, a retired agent, killed by the mafia.
Style: serious, realistic, intense
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, karate, kickboxer, kung fu, vengeance, beating, fistfight, master warrior, dojo, martial artist, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this rousing sequel to Kickboxer, Tong Po broods about his defeat at the hands of Kurt Sloan. Po and his managers resort to drastic measures to goad Kurt into the ring for a rematch.
Style: serious, rough, feel good, realistic, sequel to cult film ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, master warrior, fight, vengeance, underdog, contests and competitions, tough heroes, athlete and trainer, violence, heroes, combat ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.2
 30K
Ong-bak 2 (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Moments from death a young man is rescued by a renowned warrior. Realizing unsurpassed physical potential in the young boy he trains him into the most dangerous man alive. As he becomes a young man he goes on a lone mission of vengeance against the ...
Style: serious, stylized, weird, harsh, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, master warrior, destiny, one man army, vengeance, obsessive quest, danger, rivalry, human spirit, obsession, graphic violence ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: thailand, asia, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.5
 146
Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, master warrior, fight, redemption, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, ambition, crimes, rivalry, tough guy, martial arts, martial arts training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.0
 751
Kung Fu Killer (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 176 min.
Story: China is in unrest, as the Republic falls prey to Warlords like Kahn Xin, who holds an entire province hostage to the opium trade—and destroys all who oppose him. Only the revered Wudang monks dare stand in Kahn’s way in order to protect the ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, martial arts, kung fu, escapades, track down, rivalry, crimes, race against time, tough heroes, duel, danger, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 22K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, fight scenes, kung fu classic, folk hero, humiliation, good versus evil, duel, occupation, rage, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Forced to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he's fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, contests and competitions, master warrior, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, heroes, ambition, mixed martial arts, karate, underground fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.5
 1K
Pit Fighter (2005)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jack Severino has no memory, all he knows is the brutal sport of Pit Fighting. When his past catches him up, he realizes he is not who he thought he was. For some men must fight for redemption.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, kickboxer, haunted by the past, tough heroes, rivalry, vengeance, memory loss, murder, wrestler, heroes, martial arts tournament, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Sword Identity (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: During the Ming Dynasty one man will request a competition when his weapon is rejected. After a series of fights he is determined to prove his sword is invincible.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, disorder, master warrior, against the odds, heroes, mistaken identity, contests and competitions, mysterious character, ambition, sword fight, kung fu, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.6
 264
To Be the Best (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eric Kulhane, a member of the U.S. Kickboxing Team, lets his quick temper and obsessive love for beautiful Cheryl make him the perfect target for blackmail. In order to stop ruthless gambler from rigging the World Championship and killing Cheryl, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, kung fu, strong sexual content, gory, profanity, vengeance, gambling, obsession, drug abuse, graphic violence, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 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, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, vengeance, coming of age, adventure, obsessive quest, monk, tough heroes, heroic mission, monastery ...
Time: 7th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 984
Shaolin Temple (1976)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 126 min.
Story: There is no place more hallowed in the martial art world than China's Shaolin Temple. This special place deserves a special epic, which is what the martial arts maestro delivers in this battle between a brave brand of Chinese boxers and ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: martial arts, shaolin kung fu, master warrior, rivalry, betrayal, heroes, dishonesty, vengeance, palaces castles and temples, kung fu, shaolin, cult ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.5
 547
Street Warrior (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An Iraqi war vet returns home to find that his brother is in a coma from participating in an illegal underground fight club.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, contests and competitions, rivalry, vigilantism, tough heroes, deathtrap, deadly, crimes, underground fighting, underground tournament, cage fighting, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Max Havoc: Ring of Fire (2006)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Max, having forsaken his life as a former world kick-boxing champion to redefine himself as a world class photographer, is on his way to photograph top tennis star and athlete Suzy Blaine. While on assignment, Max uncovers a crime ring and relies on ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, resort, gangsters, gang, crimes, rivalry, tough heroes, kickboxing, criminal, heroes, showdown, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.1
 295
Deadly Bet (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, rivalry, gangsters, crime, ambition, tough heroes, alcohol abuse, redemption, gambling, obsession, sport ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Shootfighter II (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, contests and competitions, crimes, deadly, working undercover, vengeance, law enforcement, ambition, rivalry, heroes, master warrior ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 4.3
 551
Underground (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds barred competition that will push each fighter to their ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, rivalry, crimes, danger, heroes, master warrior, escapades, fighting crime, underdog, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Kickboxer Retaliation (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there ...
Style: brutal, suspenseful, exciting, bleak, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kickboxing, muscleman, fight, martial arts, torture, bloody violence, kickboxer, muay thai, vengeance, mentor, contests and competitions, tough guy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
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Ong-bak 3 (2010)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, captivating, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, supernatural, muay thai, village, one man army, heroes, kung fu, supernatural ability, deadly, curses spells and rituals, vengeance ...
Time: 15th century, ancient history
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.3
 948
Showdown (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, good versus evil, danger, crimes, rivalry, youth, police detective, teenage life, school, kickboxer, roundhouse kick ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.6
 736
Tiger Claws (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The police does 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 detective Linda Masterson to work on her first murder case. ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, serial killer, crimes, murder, tough heroes, police detective, rivalry, crime, master criminal, master warrior, police investigation, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane and Christy Goody who have acquired a rare jade dragon, ...
Style: rough, realistic, exciting, serious
Plot: martial arts, chase, heroes, crimes, danger, gangsters, rivalry, violence, kickboxing, showdown, martial artist, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
5 Masters of Death (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, martial arts training, fistfight, shaolin kung fu, palaces castles and temples, vengeance, graphic violence, master warrior, rescue, danger, heroes ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin, martial arts, shaolin monk, kung fu, shaolin kung fu, master warrior, heroes, soldier, kung fu master, buddha, one against many, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Avenging Quartet (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, forgery, obsessive quest, love and romance, master warrior, love triangle, danger, life is a bitch, heroes, dishonesty, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sasha Mitchell ("Kickboxer 2&3") triumphanty returns to the ring as David Sloan, fighting not just for his survival, but for his beautiful wife, who has become the sexual captive of the despicable world champion, Tong Po. Framed, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, semi serious, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, master warrior, heroes, one man army, prison, revenge, rape, violence, murder, vigilantism, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Bloodsport III (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bloodsport III brings us back to the world of Alex Cardo. This time he must battle in a fight to end all fights - The Kumite, the most vicious warrior alive - Beast. He must not only battle for his own honor, but also avenge the death of Sun, his ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, tournament, mixed martial arts, fistfight, rivalry, ambition, vengeance, underground fighting, kickboxing, hand to hand combat, beating ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Pai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom trains him in crane style while he secretly learns tiger ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battles, kung fu, shaolin, palaces castles and temples, failed attempt, tough heroes, vengeance, mortal combat, graphic violence, rivalry, master villain ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%