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 serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting and surprise ending films and TV shows about / with karate, martial arts, violence, hand to hand combat, fistfight, brawl, rivalry, fight, karate chop and martial artist 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), No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), Kickin' It (2011), Bloodfist (1989), The Empty Hands (2017), Black Belt (2007), The Karate Kid (1984), Assassination Games (2011), Equilibrium (2002), The Art of Self-Defense (2019).

List of karate movies

 8.8
 37K
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, exciting, light, semi serious
Plot: karate, martial arts, master apprentice relationship, rivalry, martial artist, starting over, dojo, punch, based on movie, car salesman, car dealer, teenager ...
Time: 2010s
Place: california, southern california
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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, surprise ending, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: karate, ghost, rivalry, martial arts, training, russian, ambition, contests and competitions, power relations, vengeance, human spirit, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, seattle, usa, seattle washington
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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: martial arts, karate, contests and competitions, social relations, underdog, friendship, best friends, self discovery, youth, athlete and trainer, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 4.8
 921
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, contests and competitions, sport, righting the wronged, ambition, against the odds, vengeance, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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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, exercise, winner, match, student, daughter, deaf, success, fight, children, dojo ...
Place: hong kong
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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
Audience: boys' night
Plot: karate, martial arts, dojo, karate kick, tough heroes, battles, tragic hero, idealism, self defense, betrayal, ambition, instructor ...
Time: 30s
Place: asia, japan
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 7.2
 160K
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, feel good, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, coming of age, underdog, teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, friendship, karate, teenage life, rivalry, cheerleader, motorcycle, halloween ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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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, corrupt law enforcer, dishonesty, criminal's revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, eastern europe
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 7.4
 298K
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, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, fighting the system, utopia, gunfight, resistance, society, lone hero, betrayal, totalitarianism, human nature, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: china, beijing china
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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sport, 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 ...
Plot: karate, accountant, male nudity, beating, dojo, aggression, dachshund, fascist, domination, german shepherd, crematorium, agoraphobia ...
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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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, danger, rivalry, rescue, master warrior, crimes, heroes, street fighter, yakuza, violence
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong
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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: karate, pinball, singer, director, pigeon, female nudity, school teacher, producer
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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: yakuza, karate, martial arts, gang war, revenge, sword, duel, sword fight, kung fu, fistfight, samurai sword, anti hero ...
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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, violence, death, fight, rival
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
Plot: ninja warrior, ninja, karate, kung fu, ninja master, two man army, asian, tough guy, semiautomatic pistol, tough cop, martial arts, police officer ...
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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: kung fu, karate, kung fu master, gymnasium, judo, rivalry, rickshaw, revenge, martial arts school
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 4.1
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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, motorcycle gang, rape, private investigator
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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, escape, dimension, seduction, battle, girlfriend, assassin, rescue, sword, goddess, evil ...
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 5.2
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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: karate, martial arts, kung fu, 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, karate, hand to hand combat, martial arts, fighting style, roundhouse kick, bare chested male fighting, karate kick, hapkido, asian man, violence, martial artist ...
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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: karate, prison, mud wrestling, mental patient, pervert, hypnosis, perversion, baseball player, desire, nipples, underwater, girl fight ...
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 3.5
 157
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, afro, gangster, female nudity, martial arts, heroine, pantyhose, punched in the face, magic trick, fistfight, craps, casino ...
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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: martial arts, karate, martial arts tournament, one against many, tough guy, kung fu fighting, martial artist, training, kung fu classic, violence, brawl, hand to hand combat ...
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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: martial arts, karate, fistfight, sword fight, martial arts school, brutality, violence, gangster, roundhouse kick, karate kick, duel, fight ...
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, martial arts school, historic figure, legendary hero, one man army, tough guy, one against many, ambush, warrior, brawl, hand to hand combat ...
Place: japan
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 4.7
 869
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, gang, kung fu, karate, sex, revenge, one woman army, parade, ambush, rivalry, injustice, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Terry Sugury is hired to recover one of two tapes containing a formula for making heroin for a price of 200 dollars a pound. But he gets double crossed. So he wants the tape back.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, karate, brutality, tragic hero, crimes, criminal's revenge, master warrior, crime, chases and races, heroes, deadly ...
Time: 70s
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Pocket Ninjas (1997)
Genre: Action, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Somewhere in New Jersey, a group masked rollerblading children "save the universe" by training to fight the evil Cobra Khan through a series of action-packed montages. Along the way they hypothesize some slapstick hijinks in a balloon ...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, virtual reality, mask, karate, dojo, adventure, family, crimes, heroic mission, rivalry, gang, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
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 6.3
 434
Golgo 13 (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Duke Togo (codename: Golgo 13) is a ruthless assassin who's accepted a tricky assignment from an American drug syndicate. His mission is to "rub out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His main obstacle is the relentless Detective ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, assassination, assassin, rifle, karate, sniper, deadly, law enforcement, superhero, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
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A Dangerous Place (1994)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Ethan's older brother Greg is found dead, the police rule the case a suicide, but Ethan suspects foul play stemming from Greg's recent involvement with a martial arts team called the Scorpions. Ethan is also accomplished at martial ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, high school, youth, karate, dojo, crime, life is a bitch, assassination, danger, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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