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, humorous and cult film films and TV shows about / with karate, martial arts, violence, fight, heroes, hand to hand combat, fistfight, showdown, brawl and rivalry 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), The Karate Kid (1984), Kickin' It (2011), Black Belt (2007), No Retreat, No Surrender (1985), The Art of Self-Defense (2019), One-Punch Man (2015), Assassination Games (2011), Karate for Life (1977), Duel of Legends (2020).

List of karate movies

 8.6
 122K
Cobra Kai (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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, captivating, semi serious
Plot: karate, dojo, master apprentice relationship, martial arts training, martial arts, rivalry, fight, teenager, starting over, middle aged man, martial artist, punch ...
Time: 2010s, 2020s
Place: southern california, california
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 7.3
 207K
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: karate, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, human spirit, underdog, teenage life, martial arts tournament, teenager, sport, coming of age, ambition, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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 6.5
 5K
Kickin' It (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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: kids, teens
Plot: karate, martial arts, buddies, best friends, family, friends, sport, friendship, teenage life, high school, teenage girl, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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 tournament, martial arts, heroes, soldier, rivalry, battles, vengeance, self defense, tough heroes, instructor, military ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: japan, asia
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No Retreat, No Surrender (1985)
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: serious, surprise ending, exciting, cult film, psychotronic
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, karate, martial arts, ghost, kickboxing, training, rivalry, fighting style, fighting movie, vengeance, showdown, jeet kune do ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, usa, russia, california, seattle washington ...
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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Genre: Action, 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, master warrior, dojo, conspiracy, female martial artist, beating, gang leader, fascist, accountant, martial arts, agoraphobia, manipulative person ...
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 8.8
 128K
One-Punch Man (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: entertaining, captivating, parody, humorous, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, martial arts, super strength, absurd humor, superhero, cyborgs, karate, supernatural, fight, violence, fantasy world, bald ...
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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, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, karate, crimes, sniper, assassination, fight, crime boss, chases and races, partners, kickboxing, anti heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bucharest, ukraine, eastern europe
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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, legendary hero, martial artist, kung fu classic, brawl, hand to hand combat, warrior, blood splatter, one against many, fistfight, ambush ...
Place: japan
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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 ...
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: karate, martial arts, martial arts tournament, hand to hand combat, fight, wrestler, master warrior, violence, black belt, showdown, fistfight, kung fu fighting ...
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High-Kick Girl! (2009)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Martial arts purists -- not to mention fans of miniskirt-clad, high-kicking karate girls -- will welcome the tightly choreographed fight scenes and slow-motion scuffles in this film about a teenage karate phenom eager to take down her older peers. ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, karate, rivalry, female martial artist, gang, master warrior, ambition, danger, escapades, crimes, battles, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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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, deaf, daughter, student, chinese, father, death, children, battle, success, match ...
Place: hong kong
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 5.8
 3K
The Master (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Uncle Tak is famous for using Chinese herbal medicines to cure diseases. A martial arts expert, he also teaches the young how to defend themselves. One of his students, Johnny, dreams of monopolizing the teaching of kung fu throughout the United ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu master, martial arts, karate, bus, bank, heroes, master warrior, kung fu, rivalry, master criminal, chases and races, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, china, asia, hong kong
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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: kickboxing, martial arts, karate, kickboxer, kung fu, vengeance, hand to hand combat, beating, fistfight, master warrior, dojo, martial artist ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida
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 4.7
 1K
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: master warrior, heroes, siblings relations, karate, foot chase, righting the wronged, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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 5.1
 8K
Sidekicks (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, satirical ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: asthma, martial arts, karate, asthmatic, heroes, martial arts training, martial arts tournament, bully, school, hopes, power relations, friends ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa
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 5.1
 518
Karate Girl (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In Okinawa, Ayaka Kurenai was born in the world’s greatest legendary Karate family. When she was a child, her family was attacked by a mysterious gang that seeks legendary black belt. Her father Soujiro Kurenai was killed and her younger sister ...
Style: unusual plot structure, captivating, stylized, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: female martial artist, kidnapping, karate, sibling relationship, bandit, fight, criminal, violence, female protagonist, female fighter, terrorist, deception ...
Place: japan, okinawa, okinawa japan
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Little Manhattan (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, feel good, sentimental, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: first love, jealousy, divorce, bully, fall in love, friendship, school, romance, child's point of view, couples, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
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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, duel, beating, beaten to death, forest, one man army, ambush, fistfight, fight, hand to hand combat, sword fight ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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 5.6
 39K
Double Impact (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong Kong. Seeing a picture of Alex, Chad rejoins him and convinces ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, twins, fight, murder, brother brother relationship, blood, tough heroes, revenge, deadly, siblings relations, instructor, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, year 1991, 1990s, 80s
Place: hong kong, los angeles, asia
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 4.7
 1K
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: serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, gang, ambush, kung fu, parade, revenge, one woman army, crimes, working undercover, missing person, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Denmark, Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home of Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their ...
Style: humorous, captivating, exciting, light, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: lego, teenage superhero, ninja, ninja warrior, masked superhero, superhero, battle, magic, martial arts, karate, battles, warner bros ...
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Karate-Robo Zaborgar (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An evil criminal organisation called Sigma kidnap prominment business leaders to harvest their DNA and only Karate-Robo Zaborgar can save them.
Plot: transforming robot, martial arts, karate, robot, scantily clad female, blue, red, motorcycle
Place: japan
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 6.9
 19K
Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: serious, stylized, bleak, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: shaolin, monk, martial arts, martial artist, shaolin monk, monastery, shaolin kung fu, wu shu, state affairs, refugee, conquering, dictatorship ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, fist fighting, prison life, prison, hand to hand combat, contests and competitions, confined, tournament, boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.7
 32K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, tournament, fist fighting, drifter, streetfighting, fistfight, fighting movie, martial arts, gangsters, fight, heroes, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, known as Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series outside of the U.S., is a cartoon series based on the popular Mortal Kombat video game series. Produced by Threshold Entertainment and Film Roman, it aired on the USA ...
Style: stylized
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, female warrior, karate, kung fu, fictional war, martial artist, violence, female martial artist, super villain, female fighter, warrior ...
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High Kick Angels (2014)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this high-octane slugfest, a group of badass female students are forced to battle a gang of criminals. Even with their short skirts and leather boots, the HIGH KICK ANGELS prove to be martial arts masters.
Style: sexy, suspense, unusual plot structure, contemplative, exciting
Plot: female martial artist, martial arts, japanese girl, teenage girl, sexuality, japanese teenager, karate, schoolgirl, villain, teacher, girl wearing a miniskirt, sailor uniform ...
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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: parody, not serious, humorous, witty, realistic
Plot: martial arts, filmmaking, rise and fall, rising to stardom, actor's life, against the odds, tv show, showbiz, celebrity culture, tragic hero, desire for fame, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s
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 4.8
 3K
Bloodsport 2 (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there. One of the guards, Demon, feels upset by Alex appearance and tortures him as often as he gets the ...
Style: realistic, serious, intense, suspense, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, prison life, rivalry, contests and competitions, mixed martial arts, heroes, fistfight, underground fighting, tournament, prison brawl, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: hong kong
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