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, suspenseful, rough and cult film films and TV shows about / with karate, martial arts, violence, fight, rivalry, hand to hand combat, heroes, fistfight, showdown and brawl plots mostly in Action, Drama and Crime 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 Karate Kid (1984), The Art of Self-Defense (2019), Black Belt (2007), No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), High-Kick Girl! (2009), The Empty Hands (2017), Double Impact (1991), Bloodfist (1989).

List of karate movies

 8.7
 74K
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: exciting, light, motivational, semi serious
Plot: karate, martial arts, master apprentice relationship, rivalry, starting over, martial artist, dojo, teenager, punch, martial arts training, grudge, car salesman ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s
Place: california, southern california
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 6.4
 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: teens, kids
Plot: karate, martial arts, underdog, contests and competitions, social relations, self discovery, sport, rivalry, best friends, family, buddies, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.3
 183K
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: karate, martial arts, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, underdog, human spirit, friendship, teenager, teenage life, rivalry, motorcycle, cheerleader ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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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, dojo, conspiracy, fascist, gang leader, beating, accountant, agoraphobia, martial arts, brutality, aggression, paranoia ...
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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, soldier, heroes, martial arts tournament, rivalry, battles, vengeance, self defense, tough heroes, instructor, military ...
Time: 1930s, 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: serious, exciting, cult film, surprise ending, psychotronic
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: karate, ghost, martial arts, kickboxing, rivalry, training, showdown, bully, fighting movie, martial arts training, fighting style, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, russia, usa, los angeles, seattle washington
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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, gang, master warrior, crimes, ambition, danger, escapades, battles, teenage girl, schoolgirl ...
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, success, winner, match, battle, student, father, chinese, exercise, deaf, punch ...
Place: hong kong
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 5.6
 37K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: twins, martial arts, brother brother relationship, murder, blood, tough heroes, karate, revenge, instructor, deadly, siblings relations, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, year 1991, 1990s, 80s
Place: hong kong, asia, los angeles
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 4.8
 995
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, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, siblings relations, foot chase, karate, righting the wronged, against the odds, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 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, shooting, tough guy, assassin, danger, crimes, martial arts, violence ...
Time: 2010s
Place: morocco, grand central station manhattan new york city, north africa, manhattan new york city, new york
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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, 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: 21st century, contemporary
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, disarming someone, brawl, gore, stick fight, warrior, revolver, beaten to death, hand to hand combat, sword fight, fight ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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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, hand to hand combat, warrior, one against many, tough guy, fistfight, brawl, beating, kung fu, one man army ...
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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, master warrior, gangsters, heroes, blood splatter, fistfight, warrior, gore, hand to hand combat, brawl, one against many ...
Place: japan
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 4.7
 981
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, ambush, kung fu, parade, one woman army, drug smuggling, revenge, track down, working undercover, missing person ...
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, crimes, anti heroes, fight, tragic hero, crime boss, unlikely partners, anti hero, corrupt law enforcer, criminal's revenge, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, bucharest, eastern europe
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 7.4
 2K
Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Military veteran and former mercenary, FRENCHY works as a taxi driver, and hiding in Bangkok, picks up a beautiful female passenger who will change his life forever. When he embarks on a journey to save her he has the fight of his life.
Style: suspenseful, intense, romantic, romanticism, tense ...
Plot: military, prison, duel, kung fu, one against many, daughter, tough guy, virgin, martial arts, gunfight, leader, director ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand
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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: parody, 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 ...
Time: 70s
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 7.4
 309K
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, psychological, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, distopia, society, fighting the system, lone hero, utopia, totalitarianism, resistance, gunfight, dictatorship, government agency ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
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: rough, exciting, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, contests and competitions, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, heroes, ambition, mixed martial arts, martial arts tournament, karate, underground fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 5.3
 393
The Bodyguard (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, one man army, showdown, abduction, karate, gunfight, righting the wronged, tough heroes, graphic violence, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, usa, new york, japan
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 5.5
 10K
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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, promotion, redemption, ambition, romance, family life, couples, underdog, workplace situations, daughter, father daughter relationship, office ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.7
 135
Dragon on Fire (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Sammy is involved with gangsters to save his relative from a problem so he calls Dragon Hung from America to help him.
Style: cult film
Plot: martial arts, karate, kung fu classic, taekwondo, jeet kune do, brawl, fistfight, fight, hand to hand combat, kung fu, action violence, violence
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 2.7
 435
Gladiator Cop (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Andrew Garret is a cop trying to reveal the background of secret killing fights named "Game". He takes part in the fights under the nickname Gladiator.One of the Game bosses, Parmenion, wants him to fight with the ancient sword that once ...
Plot: mongol, karate, warrior, martial arts, sword fight, heroes, fight, violence, murder, kung fu, gladiator, kickboxer ...
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The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 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: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, anti heroes, anti hero, heroes, betrayal, master warrior, street fighter, karate, yakuza, kung fu, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, china, tokyo
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A Force of One (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karate champion Matt Logan is enlisted by the police to train officers in self-defense after narcotics agents are killed by an assailant using the martial arts.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, serial killer, karate, drug abuse, working undercover, police corruption, track down, vengeance, tough law enforcer, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
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Dangerous Minds (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: high school, teacher, profanity, teenage life, hopes, amusement park, school teacher, karate, rap, naval officer, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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 6.5
 462
Cobra (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Cobra is an American television action/adventure series starring Michael Dudikoff. It ran for just one season in syndication.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: heroes, karate, martial arts, escapades, adventure, fighting crime, good versus evil, rivalry, ex soldier, six shooter, ak 47, pistol ...
Time: 90s
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Mr. Hercules Against Karate (1973)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A skinny troublemaker and his good-natured, bemuscled sidekick find trouble in Hong Kong.
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, karate, rivalry, farce, pun, hercules
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: hong kong
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