I made a list of movies that I broke down by actors and directors, but when I got to the martial art (MA) category there is too many films that I would consider really great, and since the MA film is kind of the cornerstone of Asian Cinema (i.e., especially Hong Kong) I figure I'll start there. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to put all the films I've seen into a top ten list. So I will separate two different list the new school (1985 and above) this has faster editing, more camera tricks, and so on. I will list Old School (1969-84). Old school stuff I have come to regard as the finest of all MA film making, the fights are longer, less edited, and more fluid.
Some consider old school stuff too slow, but I find that with less editing, the fight choreoghraphy is much more dynamic. Keep in mind these list are in no particular order, and are based solely on MA content and not on story, as most of the stories in these films are pretty weak.
8 Diagram Pole Fighter
Heroes of the East
36th. Chamber of Shaolin
Mad Monkey Kung Fu
5 Fighters from Shaolin
Shaolin Temple 1, 2 ,and 3 (Jet Li)
The Master AKA 3 Evil Masters
The Hot the Cool and The Vicious
Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin
The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms
Snake in the Eagles' Shadow
Duel to the Death
The Victim (Sammo Hung)
Executioners of Death
Chinese Super Ninjas
Mystery of Chess Boxing
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
Drunken Tai Chi
My Young Auntie
Ninja the Final Duel
Shaolin vs. Lama
Photo:: Chad Vickers (2003), getting married & sporting a Tom Sizemore look.