The 90s were one of the best time periods. It was the historic time of Chicago Bulls, of football Legends Dano Marino and John Elway, it was even the time for bad style, but one thing the 90s were known for was it's Karate Action Movies.
Karate Superstars were made known in the 90s and today they still are kicking ass.
In tribute to the 90s karate action movies, here is a top 11 list of the best karate action movies.
11. Kickboxer 2
Sasha Mitchell had one of the most promising careers as an action movie star. He was not only a great martial artist but a great actor, you may remember him in the tv series Step by Step playing the role of the crazy goofy cousin Cody. His career turned ugly when he was wrongly accused of spousal abuse. His role in Kickboxer 2 was amazing and his presence onscreen was amazing.
10. Best of the Best
By far one of the best karate movies to ever be made in the 90s. The movie was not about flash or style, no it had heart and story. The bonus of this film was that most of the stars were not trained in karate, they were actors who did a fantastic job. By far Eric Robert's best movie ever!
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9. Only the Strong
The movie that made Mark Dacascos a action superstar. This movie is truly a classic.
In this off-beat actioner, a former officer in the Green Beret comes back to his old stomping grounds in Miami and, seeing that his high school is overrun by a vicious drug lord, decides to take some of the school's toughest students and turn them into crime-fighting units by teaching them the venerable Brazilian martial art, capoeira.
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8. Martial Law 1 & 2
Cynthia Rothrock is the best female action star to ever graze the movie screen. There will be no one like Cynthia, well maybe Gina Carano, to rock the screens like she did. Cynthia was amazing in both Martial Law 1 & 2 and also in the China O'Brien series.
We all knew Jackie Chan would be on this list and well here we go with Supercop. This Jackie Chan's craziest martial art action movies he ever did. Just the stunts that he did were amazing. I was amazed that he would actually he did those stunts for the movie.
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6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1, 2, & 3
The live action, kick-butt karate movies with giant mutant ninja turtles were awesome. They had some of the best combinations of karate, comedy and acting (Yes, Master Splinter deserved an OSCAR!)
I couldn't give TMNT 3 sole spots on the list, I felt it would have been unfair so instead I gave it just one spot. If it wasn't for TMNT 3 this set of movies would be higher.
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Jean Claude Van Damme is by far one of the biggest Martial Arts movie stars of the 90s. He was even bigger in the 80s and his movies were far better in the 80s. Still Van Damme came out with Lionheart in early 1990 and it was one of the best action movies.
One of the most underrated movies of all time. I don't know why it's rated so poorly on imdb? This is by far Jackie Chan's best performance in an action movie. Just the fight scenes in this movie will have your jaws dropping in AWE!
3. The Matrix
This movie changed the way karate action movies were made. It proved that you can have big budget special effects and have karate action throughout the movie. It worked well and Keanue Reeves proved that he is one of the best movie stars in the world.
2. Fist of Legend
Jet Li in the movie that made him known throughout the world as the best martial artist movie star. The action scenes in the movie is classic and will go down as some of the best fight scenes to ever be in a movie.
1. The Perfect Weapon
The combination of a mysterious super villain mixed with the pure awesomeness skills of Jeff Speakman add some great music and beautiful cut-away scenes and you have the best karate movie of the 90s.
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