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, suspense, serious, exciting, captivating and cult film films and TV shows about / with karate, martial arts, fight, fistfight, violence, master warrior, showdown, brawl, kung fu 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), Black Belt (2007), Kickin' It (2011), One-Punch Man (2015), No Retreat, No Surrender (1985), High-Kick Girl! (2009), The Empty Hands (2017), The Art of Self-Defense (2019), Karate Bear Fighter (1975).

List of karate movies

 8.5
 167K
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, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: karate, martial arts, master apprentice relationship, dojo, martial arts training, teenager, starting over, fight, rivalry, martial artist, middle aged man, father son relationship ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s
Place: california, southern california
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 7.3
 222K
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, inspirational, sentimental, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, teenager, karate, teaching the ways of the world, teacher, sport, human spirit, fight, coming of age, high school, martial arts tournament, underdog ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa
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 6.9
 2K
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, soldier, heroes, battles, vengeance, rivalry, tough heroes, self defense, instructor, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, asia
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 6.4
 6K
Kickin' It (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, 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, sport, buddies, family, friends, friendship, teenage life, teenage boy, best friends, high school, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.7
 152K
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: feel good, humorous, entertaining, exciting, parody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, super strength, superhero, martial arts, battles, absurd humor, supernatural, cyborgs, adventure, fight, fantasy world, karate ...
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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, psychotronic, cult film ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, martial arts training, kickboxing, training, rivalry, ghost, vengeance, bully, jeet kune do, revenge, tournament ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, washington state, russia, usa, california ...
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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: karate, martial arts, teenage girl, female martial artist, rivalry, master warrior, gang, japanese schoolgirl, hottie, battles, escapades, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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The Empty Hands (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sport
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 ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, captivating
Plot: karate, martial arts, dojo, inheritance, fight, daughter, battles, victory, master warrior, heir, competitor, child ...
Place: hong kong
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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, weird
Plot: karate, female martial artist, master warrior, martial arts, dojo, accountant, conspiracy, gang leader, motorcycle gang, fascist, manipulative person, aggression ...
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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, fight, heroes, gangsters, master warrior, katana, showdown, dojo, violence, brutality, bear ...
Time: 50s
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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: martial arts, karate, martial artist, kung fu, fight, legendary hero, korean, martial arts school, kung fu classic, warrior, ambush, brawl ...
Place: japan
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 5.1
 553
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, twists and turns, captivating, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: female martial artist, teenage girl, pretty girl, pretty woman, karate, kidnapping, martial arts, bandit, sibling relationship, tough girl, schoolgirl, japanese schoolgirl ...
Place: japan, okinawa, okinawa japan
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Duel of Legends (2023)
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: suspense, suspenseful, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: martial arts, karate, fight, tough guy, martial arts tournament, master warrior, wrestler, fistfight, showdown, violence, warrior, heroes ...
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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: realistic, serious, intense, suspense
Plot: kickboxing, martial arts, karate, kickboxer, vengeance, kung fu, martial artist, fistfight, dojo, master warrior, fight, buddy cop ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, washington d.c.
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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, kickboxing, sniper, vengeance, crimes, crime boss, karate, assassination, partners, gang rape, assassin, killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bucharest, ukraine, eastern europe
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The Next Karate Kid (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During a commemoration for Japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, Mr. Miyagi meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaughter Julie, an angry teenager who is still feeling the pain of losing both ...
Style: feel good, humorous, melancholic, ridiculous, motivational ...
Audience: kids, teens, girls' night, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, high school, teenage girl, karate, teacher, showdown, training, female protagonist, high school student, bully, teen angst, hawk ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: boston, los angeles, massachusetts, usa, california
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The Way of the Dragon (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and ...
Style: breathtaking, humorous, talky, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, fight, master warrior, lone hero, gang, gangsters, culture clash, vengeance, bully, karate, chinese mafia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, hong kong, china, tokyo ...
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The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Terry is a tough mercenary and a master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then ...
Style: bloody, stylized, intense, talky, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, karate, fight, mafia, kidnapping, violence, exploitation, yakuza, samurai, vengeance, kung fu classic ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, hong kong, china, tokyo, asia
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 5.1
 9K
Sidekicks (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sport
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, suspense, motivational, feel good, satirical ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, asthmatic, asthma, childhood, bully, karate, youth, school, kung fu, mentor, fight, sport ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: austin texas, usa
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 5.2
 429
Karate Kill (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji's little sister goes missing in Los Angeles, whoever stands in his way of finding her will face the wrath of a lethal KARATE KILL!
Style: captivating, tense, disturbing, suspense
Plot: brutality, karate, martial arts, sister, fight, murderer, murder, wrestler, cult, brother sister relationship, master warrior, religious cult ...
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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, romantic, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: first love, friendship, love, school, coming of age, bully, child's point of view, children, romance, fall in love, jealousy, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Irresistible Force (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A police sergant is about to retire. Therefore he only wants to let the time pass by without getting in trouble or even becoming hurt. But this is not so easy as he receives as partner an enthusiastic young, female agent who provokes all kinds of ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense
Plot: karate, buddy cop, computer cracker, woman with a gun, violence, ak 47, teenager, ambush, female martial artist, arson, female warrior, brawl ...
Time: 90s
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Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.
Style: disturbing, suspense, surreal, macabre, psychedelic ...
Plot: revenge, sexual abuse, rape, rape and revenge, exploitation, sex scene, female nudity, forced prostitution, vengeance, raped woman, anal rape, female vigilante ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: sweden, switzerland, eastern europe
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 5.6
 41K
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, entertaining, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, twins, murder, brother brother relationship, bully, tough heroes, revenge, fight, instructor, siblings relations, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, year 1991
Place: hong kong, los angeles, asia
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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: martial arts, karate, medieval, fight, kung fu, gang war, yakuza, samurai, ancient, revenge, sword, fistfight ...
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 5.7
 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: scenic, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu master, martial arts, kung fu, karate, fight, medieval, bank, bus, heroes, master warrior, vigilantism, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, asia, hong kong, usa, china
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Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ip Man 4 is an upcoming Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, wing chun, master warrior, fight, chinese, human spirit, martial arts school, philosophy, warrior, duel, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, china, hong kong, san francisco, california
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 3.2
 273
Velvet Smooth (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Johnnie Hill plays Velvet Smooth in this soft-core crime meller. The slinky Ms. Smooth is head of a private detective agency, specializing in protecting the unprotectable. Her current client is in deep with a murderous numbers racket. So Velvet ...
Plot: karate, women, bad cop, warehouse, safe, corrupt cop, martial arts, roulette, casino, female martial artist, private detective, woman with a gun ...
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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: realistic, serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, karate, vengeance, attempted rape, kung fu, ambush, heroine, women, exploitation, woman with a gun, gang ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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 5.5
 11K
Joe Somebody (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When underappreciated video specialist Joe Scheffer is brutally humiliated by the office bully Mark McKinney in front of his daughter, Joe begins a quest for personal redemption. He proceeds by enduring a personal make-over and takes martial arts ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: martial arts, redemption, romance, underdog, father daughter relationship, promotion, daughter, ambition, family life, couples, workplace situations, fight ...
Time: contemporary
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