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16 Best Jet Li Movies of All Time

16. The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)

This is a legendary action film that brought Jet Li to the world of action films. This film features a mix of gunplay and martial arts. Li portrays a Chinese bodyguard tasked with protecting a stunning prosecution witness.

Li was a rising star at the time, and this film aided him in landing roles in Hollywood.

15. Last Hero in China (1993)

Jet Li reprises his role as famed martial artist Wong Fei-Hung in this film. Although it is not part of the original series, this film adds a comic touch to the plot. The movie features magnificent and exciting martial arts action.

Li maintained his flawless portrayal of the powerful, smart, and serious Fei-Hung.

14. The Warlords (2007)

This epic action film takes place in China during the Taiping Rebellion in the late Qing Dynasty in the 1860s. The plot revolves around three men's vowed brotherhood and their fight in the face of political turmoil.

Li garnered numerous award nominations for his performance in this film, including the Asian Film Award and the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor. He was also named Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

This prize meant a lot to Li because he was regularly chastised for his lack of acting talents and his sole focus on martial arts. Receiving recognition for his acting abilities boosted his career significantly.

13. Kids From Shaolin (1984)

The story of two families on opposite sides of the river – Wudang swordsmanship-trained females and Yu Hai's Shaolin martial arts-trained sons – is told in Jet Li's second film. Unlike Shaolin Temple, which has a serious tone, this film is lighthearted.

Jet Li's natural wit and charisma shine through in this film, distinguishing him from the rest of the group.

12. Danny the Dog (2005)

Li's acting abilities are on display in this film. Instead of focusing on his acting abilities, the majority of his films emphasized his martial arts abilities. This film demonstrated that Li is not just a skilled martial artist, but also an accomplished actor.

This film tells the narrative of an imprisoned man who was reared as a human attack dog and who, after years of captivity, manages to free himself and strive to live a regular life.

11. Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)

Lau Kar-Leung and Jet Li, two martial arts icons, collaborated on this film. As a result, we have a terrific entertaining film. It's chock-full of wonderfully orchestrated fight scenarios that showcase the art of martial arts.

Aside from the thrilling action sequences, the traditional dragon dance was enthralling, as was the breathtaking setting that displayed China's splendor.

10. Swordsman II (1992)

 Li battles an evil clan led by a female swordmaster in this film. This film contains everything a fan desire. This is the second part in a three-part series. The Swordsman came before it, and The East Is Red came after it.

Li's swordsmanship is once again faultless, and he displays his abilities magnificently. His connection with Brigitte Lin is incredible.

9. Fearless (2006)

This film is partially based on Huo Yuanjia, a Chinese martial artist who faced foreign combatants and restored Chinese nationality and pride during the Qing Dynasty's closing years, when Japanese manipulation and Western imperialism threatened to undermine the country.

Li has stated in interviews that this is his final martial arts wushu epic. Fearless, a film starring Jet Li, received a lot of attention. He was nominated for a number of accolades, including the China Film Media Award and the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor.

8. Shaolin Temple (1982)

This was Li's first film, and it showcased his smooth transition from athlete to Kung Fu actor. This is the film that made Li famous and grabbed the attention of filmmakers. This narrative depicts Shaolin Kung Fu and is based on China's Shaolin Monastery. This was also the first Hong Kong production to be shot on Chinese soil.

This film was favorably accepted, leading to the creation of more Shaolin-themed films by Hong Kong and Chinese directors.

7. Ocean Heaven (2010)

This is one of the most compelling films for a variety of reasons; most notably, it tells the narrative of a little boy with autism and his father's effort to obtain appropriate help for his son. In his portrayal of the autistic man's father, Li's theatrical abilities really emerge.

You can sense the pain and anguish of a father trying desperately to ensure that his son is cared for when he is gone. Apart from his customary action roles, we see Li in a completely different light. His outstanding performance won him several nominations for awards, including the Jury Award for Best Actor.

6. Tai Chi Master (1993)

This film is without a doubt one of Jet Li's best Shaolin films. Comedy, murder, corruption, treachery, love, and friendship are all present, as well as lots of Shaolin Kung Fu style. The story follows two monks as they grow up together.

They are expelled from the temple and must learn to live in the real world for the first time. They choose alternative courses because they are unfamiliar with the actual world. This is Li's film from beginning to end, and his exceptional performance sets him apart from the rest of the cast.

 5. The Legend (1993)

This is one of the few martial arts films that features a mother and son teaming up to battle evil people. One of Jet Li's best films yet. He and Sio, who plays his mother, form a fantastic kickass duo.

In this film, Li's bright personality shines through, and you can tell he's a natural with those spectacular martial arts moves. Because of the positive reception to the original film, a sequel, Fong Sai-yuk II, was released barely four months later.

4. Fist of Legend (1994)

Li not only acted in but also produced this film. This film was a remake of Bruce Lee's 1972 film Fist of Fury. During the second Sino-Japanese War, the drama takes place in Shanghai's International Settlement in 1937.

It was an enormous task for Li to step into the shoes of Bruce Lee, who had already established himself as Chen Zhen, the national hero, in the original film. Li, on the other hand, rose to the occasion and was praised for his contribution.

3. Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)

This is the sequel of Li's Once Upon a Time in China, in which the famous warrior Hung must battle the white lotus society, a cult determined to go to any length to reclaim their power.

It stars Donnie Yen and Li, two outstanding martial arts actors. He was nominated for a number of awards for his outstanding acting and battle scenes, including the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor.

2. Hero (2002)

Despite the fact that Li went on to make pictures in Hollywood, the bulk of his admirers consider his Chinese films to be the finest in terms of quality. This film was once the highest-grossing film in Chinese box office history, and it held that position for several years.

Li is as remarkable as ever when it comes to demonstrating his martial arts abilities. Quentin Tarantino became such a fan of this historical film that he gave his name to be placed in the credits when it was first released.

1. The Forbidden kingdom

A kung fu-obsessed American adolescent makes a discovery that leads him to China, where he joins up with a team of martial arts warriors to release the imprisoned Monkey King.

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