What is the Top 5 Old Martial Art Movies?

Martial arts movies are generally more than just a collection of exciting fight scenes. Especially the older films are usually inspiring stories of empowerment and the fight for a self-determined life. The heroes display bravery and selflessness, which are virtues we could do with in our everyday lives. Who hasn't left the cinema or switched off the DVD player after having watched a martial arts film with the determined feeling that they are going to take their lives into their own hands and change it for the better? Here is a list of the top 5 old martial arts films that help you re-create that feeling whenever you may need it. 

1. The Karate Kid
This movie from 1984 is one of the most well known martial arts films. It is an uplifting story of how to make one's way in the world, even if there are others who seem to be stronger, better or more successful. It shows every underdog out there that they can make it, too, as they watch young Daniel LaRusso succeed in his struggles to be respected in a new neighbourhood and to win his girl. And it shows the way of getting respect and love - finding one's talent, which in Daniel's case is martial arts, and working hard at oneself. Daniel's teacher, Mr Miyagi, is an underdog himself, but together they manage to beat everyone who tells them that their dreams cannot come true. 

2. Police Story
This Jackie Chan movie came out in 1985 and shows a police officer's struggle to clear his name and to make it in the tangled world of crime, not knowing whom to believe or trust. It shows that no matter who you may be surrounded by and what has happened to you, you may always trust yourself - especially if you know what you are capable of. Martial arts are generally an excellent way of raising such self-awareness, as Jackie Chan effectively shows in this movie. 

3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
This martial arts movie from 1978 shows a young man's fight for revolution, justice and revenge. No matter how winding the road he has to walk is, he is persistent and achieves greater success than he ever thought possible by the end of the film. The movie is loosely based on the story of San Te, a legendary Shaolin warrior, who rebelled against the Manchu government by first learning martial arts himself and then passing on his knowledge to others. It shows that you can achieve anything you want if you are willing to work harder for it than you ever have before. In addition to this, it demonstrates the importance of sharing your knowledge with others in order to form a group which is capable of making a difference to the world. 

4. Fists of Fury
This martial arts movie came to the cinemas in 1972 and has become one of the most influental films in the genre ever since. It shows Chen Zhen taking revenge upon those who try to humiliate his dead master and ultimately punishing those who killed him. This film emphasizes one of the main values that martial arts are supposed to teach you: Loyalty to your master and humility and modesty in the right place. 

5. Come Drink with Me
This 1966 film is rather unusual in the way that it portrays a girl's struggle to rescue her brother, who has been kidnapped. She does this by carefully picking her allies, but also by not giving in to those who tell her that her endeavor is impossible. While others shy back from a fight with her opponent who is supposedly unbeatable, the heroine braces the battle and ultimately succeeds. What can we learn from this film? While it is important to make realistic plans, we shouldn't always listen to pessimists who try to discourage us. Many a time, we could actually succeed if only we were brave enough to try. 

Martial arts movies are known as a genre of films for men, and especially women often consider them a sequence of meaningless fight scenes - fighting just for the sake of it. However, this is not true, and men and women alike could profit from watching these empowering stories - and, who knows, maybe even taking up martial arts one day!