Karate movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant karate movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, surprise ending and cult film films and TV shows about / with karate, martial arts, violence, hand to hand combat, fistfight, kung fu, brawl, fight, rivalry and martial artist plots mostly in Action, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as karate: Cobra Kai (2018), Kickin' It (2011), The Art of Self-Defense (2019), Black Belt (2007), No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), The Karate Kid (1984), The Empty Hands (2017), Bloodfist (1989), Little Manhattan (2005), Duel of Legends (2020).

List of karate movies

 8.8
 39K
Cobra Kai (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: This Karate Kid sequel series picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and finds Johnny Lawrence on the hunt for redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his old rivalry with the ...
Style: motivational, light, exciting, semi serious
Plot: karate, martial arts, master apprentice relationship, rivalry, martial artist, starting over, dojo, punch, teenager, based on movie, father daughter relationship, martial arts training ...
Time: 2010s
Place: california, southern california
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 6.3
 4K
Kickin' It (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Kickin' It is an American martial arts inspired comedy television series, which debuted on June 13, 2011 on Disney XD. Created and executive produced by Jim O'Doherty, the series is rated TV-Y7 and follows the karate instructor at an ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: karate, martial arts, social relations, contests and competitions, underdog, youth, best friends, self discovery, buddies, friends, athlete and trainer, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a ...
Style: psychological, captivating, surprise ending, twist ending
Plot: karate, dojo, conspiracy, martial arts, gang leader, beating, agoraphobia, accountant, brutality, aggression, paranoia, fascist ...
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 7.0
 1K
Black Belt (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in 1932, amid the rise of militarism after the establishment of the Manchukuo colony in Northeast China, the story centers on a trio of karateka. Studying under their aging master in a small dojo in the woods of central Kyushu, Choei, Taikan and ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: karate, martial arts, martial arts tournament, rivalry, vengeance, battles, heroes, tragic hero, self defense, betrayal, soldier, military ...
Time: 30s
Place: japan, asia
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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Young Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) moves with his parents to Seattle, where local bullies harass them without mercy. Jason's father Tom (Tim Baker) does not believe in violence, so the family takes it on the chin. One day Jason enrolls in a ...
Style: cult film, exciting, serious, psychotronic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: karate, ghost, rivalry, martial arts, training, kickboxing, showdown, fighting movie, ambition, teenage life, vengeance, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, russia, usa, seattle washington
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 7.2
 165K
The Karate Kid (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: karate, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, coming of age, underdog, human spirit, friendship, teenage life, rivalry, motorcycle, cheerleader, halloween ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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The Empty Hands (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Half-Chinese and half-Japanese Mari Hirakawa is the daughter of a Karate coach. Since her childhood, she was forced under her father's training, and has resented Karate for as long as she can remember--her only wish is to sell the dojo after ...
Plot: karate, martial arts, chinese, father, battle, daughter, children, match, winner, deaf, dojo, fight ...
Place: hong kong
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 4.8
 947
Bloodfist (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: To avenge the brutal murder of his brother, Jake Ray journeys to the Philippines, where his search for truth finds him battling both in and out of the ring. But the weapons are always the same: bare fists, bare feet. And the rules never change: last ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siblings relations, foot chase, karate, master warrior, heroes, sport, ambition, against the odds, righting the wronged, contests and competitions, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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Little Manhattan (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Ten-year-old Gabe was just a normal kid growing up in Manhattan until Rosemary Telesco walked into his life, actually into his karate class. But before Gabe can tell Rosemary how he feels, she tells him she will not be going to public school any ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: first love, jealousy, divorce, fall in love, friendship, school, love, bully, romance, couples, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
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Duel of Legends (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Story: Duel of Legends is directed by Hector Echavarria and is about a Chinese boy who is left to survive by himself because his parents were murdered by rebels. The boy is raised by a Temple Monk who teaches the boy the secrets of the Martial arts. When ...
Plot: karate, martial arts, martial arts tournament, karate chop, kung fu master, black belt, roundhouse kick, karate kick, kung fu fighting, kung fu classic, martial artist, brawl ...
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Karate Bear Fighter (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Masutatsu Oyama is recruited by his former Army friend to work for a crew of gangsters, but when they kill both his girlfriend and his best friend, Oyama flees away to a small town where he both learns lessons in martial arts philosophy from a ...
Plot: karate, martial arts, warrior, ambush, showdown, beating, rifle, beaten to death, gangster, blood splatter, brawl, disarming someone ...
Time: 1950s
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Karate for Life (1977)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The last of the Masutatsu Oyama trilogy. Oyama takes a job as a professional wrestler in Okinawa, but when he discovers that he is expected to take a dive, he quits in disgust. However, when a friend finds herself in desperate need of medical ...
Plot: karate, martial arts, blood splatter, gangster, blood, showdown, hand to hand combat, warrior, brawl, one man army, tough guy, ambush ...
Place: japan
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 4.7
 921
TNT Jackson (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A woman encounters thugs and drug dealers after traveling to Hong Kong to search for her missing brother.
Style: realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, gang, kung fu, sex, revenge, one woman army, parade, ambush, missing person, society, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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Assassination Games (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Romania
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brazil is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, crimes, fight, tragic hero, crime boss, unlikely partners, anti hero, danger, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, corrupt law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, eastern europe
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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: tense, exciting, brutal, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, vengeance, murder, assassin, tough guy, crimes, martial arts, shooting, danger, chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: morocco, north africa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 8.8
 100K
One-Punch Man (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single ...
Style: humorous, captivating, absurd, entertaining, seinen
Plot: superhero, supernatural, absurd humor, monster, martial arts, violence, fantasy world, karate, parody, alien invasion, male protagonist, mutilation ...
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Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In 1973, martial arts great Bruce Lee died, his final film, Game of Death, left unfinished. With the public hungry for more Lee, movie execs decide to find a replacement. This outrageous satire looks at the entire process, from the oddball ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, witty
Plot: martial arts, tv show, actor's life, showbiz, rise and fall, filmmaking, against the odds, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, desire for fame, celebrity culture, odd couple ...
Time: 70s
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 7.4
 304K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, fighting the system, gunfight, lone hero, utopia, resistance, totalitarianism, society, betrayal, human nature, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
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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, rough, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, parents and children, contests and competitions, family relations, siblings relations, ambition, heroes, martial arts tournament, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, underground fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Return of the Sister Street Fighter (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: She returns for more street fighting.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, danger, rivalry, master warrior, heroes, crimes, rescue, yakuza, street fighter, violence
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, hong kong, asia
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Naakt over de Schutting (1973)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rick, who runs a pinball arcade, lets a room to Penny, a young teacher and karate fan. Penny gets to know Lilly, a singer who has just been hired with her friend Ed to act in a film. But Lilly soon discovers that the movie they are involved in is ...
Plot: singer, karate, pinball, pigeon, producer, director, school teacher, female nudity
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Karate Warriors (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The fourth and final film in the "Street Fighter" series, where Tsurugi protects a little boy while coping with rival gangs.
Plot: karate, gang war, martial arts, yakuza, revenge, gang violence, anti hero, drifter, bar fight, blood, fistfight, sword ...
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The Instructor (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The action never stops in this stunt-packed karate extravaganza of a black belt instructor who proves that his talents and expertise can be used to defend instead of destroy. The Instructor runs a local karate school and tries to impart to his ...
Plot: karate, car chase, school, martial arts, rival, death, violence, fight
Place: ohio
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Immortal Combat (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two police officers discover an island laboratory where a madwoman is turning martial artists into superkillers.
Style: psychotronic, cult film
Plot: karate, kung fu, ninja, ninja warrior, semiautomatic pistol, tough guy, ninja magic, ninjitsu, ninja master, showdown, asian, two man army ...
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Triangular Duel (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Kon Loong, a rickshaw boy, learns kung-fu from master Auyang Tin-Kin, for three years of practice. Kon Loong is recognized as the best among all the students. One day, when the master is out for a journey, another fighting association sends a ...
Plot: karate, kung fu, gymnasium, kung fu master, judo, rivalry, martial arts school, revenge, rickshaw
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 4.0
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Devil Rider! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A young rebellious girl hooks up with a biker gang. Her mother hires a private detective to find her and bring her back. The detective goes undercover as a biker to search for her.
Plot: karate, biker, poker game, beer, rape, private investigator, scotch whiskey, motorcycle gang
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The Dragon Gate (1994)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Enter The Dragon Gate and prepare for a pulse pounding journey into the nether regions of the mind and soul. When his girlfriend is kidnapped, a sword wielding warrior, Ken, willingly thrusts himself into an alternate dimension to rescue her. The ...
Plot: karate, samurai, sword, evil, rescue, goddess, assassin, girlfriend, dimension, seduction, escape, battle ...
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 5.2
 132
Fight to Win (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Martial artists in America battle over the possession of three ancient Chinese statues.
Style: buddy comedy
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, karate, martial arts tournament, taekwondo
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Bruce the Super Hero (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Philippines
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Bruce returns to Manila to investigate the murder of his sister, Susan Chang. On the night of her attack she was helped by an amateur-boxer, Ramon "Rocky" Roblado. Behind Susan's death is the 'Black Dragon Society', who are ...
Plot: karate chop, martial arts, hand to hand combat, karate, asian man, roundhouse kick, fighting style, karate kick, hapkido, bare chested male fighting, martial artist, violence ...
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Delinquent School Girls (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three mental patients escape their asylum and sexually assault their way into a girl's private school. The girls education includes wrestling and karate, so the three mad men will find stern opposition when they least expected.
Plot: prison, karate, sex maniac, mud wrestling, hypnosis, pervert, baseball player, perversion, underwater, nipples, mental patient, girl fight ...
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