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The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  dance,  drunkenness
Locations:apartment,  bicycle,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teacher,  teenager
Period:1980s
Story:karate,  bonsai tree,  handyman,  car as a gift,  martial arts master,  unusual method of training,  karate kick,  karate chop,  bully comeuppance,  schwinn bicycle,  school dance,  teacher student relationship,  beach party,  foot chase,  high school,  schoolyard fight,  reference to jcpenney,  martial arts bow,  chopsticks the eating utensil,  avanti,  sifu,  fighting movie,  bonsai,  dojang,  used car,  resilience,  shower curtain,  medal of honor,  teenage son,  new school,  student athlete,  country club,  gi,  photo booth,  video arcade,  miniskirt,  soccer football,  martial arts tournament,  world war two veteran,  snob,  intergenerational friendship,  black belt,  japanese american,  tai chi,  short skirt,  master,  costume party,  fly,  old flame,  restroom,  fence,  bottle,  war hero,  paint,  vietnam veteran,  car trouble,  moving,  roundhouse kick,  underdog,  halloween party,  young love,  black eye,  teen movie,  mentor,  rowboat,  italian american,  broken leg,  chop socky,  blockbuster,  assault,  friendship between men,  egg,  teen angst,  stylized violence,  class differences,  love interest,  first part,  schoolgirl,  date,  martial artist,  gift,  halloween costume,  convertible,  prank,  mini skirt,  first of series,  locker room,  widower,  racial slur,  training,  birthday party,  fishing,  apology,  single mother,  combat,  neighbor,  marijuana,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  face slap,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  violence,  fight,  kiss

The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

John Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Miyagi, visits Terry Silver, a Vietnam War comrade. Terry is a ruthless businessman and martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, and reestablish Cobra Kai. Upon returning from Okinawa, Daniel and Miyagi discover that their apartment building has been demolished, which brings Miyagi out of work. Going against Miyagi's wishes, Daniel uses his college funds to realize Miyagi's dream of opening a bonsai tree shop, and becomes a partner in the bonsai business. (Read More)

Locations:apartment
Characters:teenager
Story:bonsai tree,  martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  karate,  teacher student relationship,  martial arts bow,  fighting movie,  bonsai,  martial arts tournament,  intergenerational friendship,  black belt,  master,  vietnam veteran,  teen movie,  chop socky,  martial artist,  training,  martial arts,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight

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Never Back Down (2008)
Action, Drama, Sport

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Characters:bully,  warrior,  teenager
Story:martial arts master,  fighting movie,  martial arts tournament,  black eye,  teen movie,  mentor,  chop socky,  first part,  martial artist,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  fight,  violence

The Karate Kid (2010)
Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

The Karate Kid (2010)

After his mother (Henson) accepts a job in China, preteen Dre Park (played by Jaden Smith) is forced to move to the new country. He attempts to befriend others, but loses all of them except for Mei Ying (Han), his new girlfriend, after getting attacked by a bully (Cheng). After almost being killed, he is rescued by his maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who does much more than maintenance. When Dre is forced to fight his bully, Cheng, in the upcoming tournament; Mr. Han steps in and teaches him Kung-Fu, and now Dre has to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:apartment
Characters:bully
Story:master,  martial arts master,  karate chop,  teacher student relationship,  foot chase,  new school,  martial arts tournament,  tai chi,  underdog,  black eye,  mentor,  chop socky,  blockbuster,  stylized violence,  karate,  training,  apology,  single mother,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage girl,  chase,  martial arts,  dancing,  fight,  mother son relationship,  violence

Bloodsport (1988) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teacher
Period:1980s
Story:martial arts tournament,  martial arts master,  karate chop,  martial artist,  bully comeuppance,  teacher student relationship,  martial arts,  foot chase,  fighting movie,  video arcade,  roundhouse kick,  underdog,  mentor,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  love interest,  first part,  locker room,  karate,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  coming of age,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence,  kiss

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Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet? This is why Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drunkenness
Characters:teenager
Period:1980s
Story:school dance,  teacher student relationship,  snob,  teen movie,  teen angst,  class differences,  convertible,  marijuana,  high school,  fistfight,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  three word title,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  kiss

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  sifu,  fighting movie,  martial arts tournament,  black belt,  tai chi,  master,  broken leg,  chop socky,  blockbuster,  stylized violence,  first part,  martial artist,  combat,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence

Zui Quan (1978)
Action, Comedy

Zui Quan (1978)

The father of Wong Fei-hong, who has been attempting to teach his son kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach and decides to send him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  drunkenness
Locations:restaurant
Story:master,  teacher student relationship,  tai chi,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  first part,  martial artist,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  coming of age,  cult film,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

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Yip Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. (Read More)

Characters:bully,  warrior
Story:master,  martial arts master,  unusual method of training,  karate kick,  karate chop,  sifu,  martial arts tournament,  tai chi,  mentor,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  coming of age,  fight,  violence

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
Action, Family, Romance, Sport

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Picks up where the first movie (Karate Kid) leaves off. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr Miyagi's dying father. After arriving Mr Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival that he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean time Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  teacher student relationship,  martial arts bow,  fighting movie,  intergenerational friendship,  master,  teen movie,  mentor,  teen angst,  karate,  teenage boy,  martial arts,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight

Fighting (2009)
Action, Drama, Sport

Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. This is why Fighting (2009) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Locations:apartment
Story:martial arts master,  fighting movie,  chop socky,  love interest,  martial artist,  locker room,  single mother,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

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Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:fighting movie,  video arcade,  underdog,  italian american,  blockbuster,  friendship between men,  locker room,  racial slur,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  martial arts,  mother son relationship,  violence,  fight,  kiss

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  drunkenness
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teenager
Story:martial arts master,  karate chop,  mentor,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  karate,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  coming of age,  chase,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence

Yip Man Chin Chyun (2010)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man Chin Chyun (2010)

Characters:warrior,  teacher
Story:martial arts master,  gi,  black belt,  tai chi,  master,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  training,  brawl,  fistfight,  martial arts,  fight,  violence,  kiss

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Period:1980s
Story:school dance,  teacher student relationship,  high school,  restroom,  teen movie,  mentor,  teen angst,  love interest,  date,  prank,  locker room,  apology,  marijuana,  los angeles california,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

Jui Kuen II (1994)
Action, Comedy

Jui Kuen II (1994)

Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don't want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong has learned a style of fighting called "Drunken Boxing", which makes him a dangerous person to cross. Unfortunately, his father is opposed to his engaging in any kind of fighting, let alone drunken boxing. Consequently, Fei-Hong not only has to fight against the foreigners, but he must overcome his father's antagonism as well. This is why Jui Kuen II (1994) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  drunkenness
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  master,  chop socky,  assault,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  cult film,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

The Medallion (2003) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy

The Medallion (2003)

Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its magical powers for his own nefarious plans. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  foot chase,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  violence,  fight

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Lords Of Dogtown (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bicycle,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:moving,  underdog,  black eye,  teen movie,  mentor,  racial slur,  marijuana,  los angeles california,  beating,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  chase,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  fight

Tom Yum Goong (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Yum Goong (2005)

In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  foot chase,  broken leg,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  first part,  martial artist,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence

Huo Yuanjia (2006)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family's name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each representing the major foreign powers in China. Huo commits to the bout and faces off against, respectively, a British boxer, a Spanish swordsman, a Belgian soldier, and a Japanese martial artist. What happened that day in 1910 has never been, and will never be, forgotten in China. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  martial arts tournament,  master,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  widower,  karate,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  cult film,  fight,  mother son relationship,  violence

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Lionheart (1990) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. This is why Lionheart (1990) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Locations:apartment,  bicycle
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  foot chase,  martial arts tournament,  roundhouse kick,  class differences,  martial artist,  karate,  racial slur,  training,  single mother,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence,  fight

Tmnt (2007)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Tmnt (2007)

After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles are needed more than ever, but Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo have become lost and direction less. Leonardo has gone to Central America, on the orders of the martial arts master and father figure Master Splinter, for training. Donatello and Michelangelo have started small businesses in Leonardo's absence. Meanwhile, strange things are happening in New York City. An army of ancient creatures threatens to take over the world and the Turtles must unite again to save it. (Read More)

Characters:warrior,  teenager
Story:master,  martial arts master,  mentor,  chop socky,  training,  birthday party,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  martial arts,  fight,  violence,  kiss

The Spy Next Door (2010)
Action, Comedy, Family

The Spy Next Door (2010)

Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids (who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.

Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:bully
Story:martial arts master,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  date,  martial artist,  halloween costume,  single mother,  neighbor,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  martial arts,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  fight

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Road House (1989)
Action, Thriller

Road House (1989)

Dalton is the Cooler in bars; He backs up and directs the bouncers. He takes a job in a Road House that has gotten far too rough. His attempts to clean things up put him in conflict with Brad Wesley, the town bully and rich person. Things heat up.

Themes:dance
Characters:bully
Story:martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  tai chi,  roundhouse kick,  mentor,  chop socky,  class differences,  first part,  martial artist,  convertible,  mini skirt,  karate,  showdown,  brawl,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  cult film,  martial arts,  violence

Abduction (2011) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Abduction (2011)

High school seniors Nathan and Karen find a website with photos of children who are missing or believed abducted. One of the photos is of Nathan as a child, putting into question the identities of the couple whom he's always called Mom and Dad. Contacting the site to learn more only results in Nathan becoming the target of an intense, high-tech, international manhunt. Before his "parents" can explain themselves, they are executed by hired guns, and Nathan is on the run with Karen in tow (who just happened to be there at the wrong time). Phone use by either of them only connects directly to a man claiming to be C.I.A., in whom they find reasons not to trust. With encroaching shootouts, car chases, hand-to-hand combat and explosions around them, this seems quite much for a mere case of child abduction, and Nathan can only rely on the wrestling, boxing and martial arts skills taught by his "dad" to protect both himself and Karen as they follow a lead to find Martin, Nathan's biological father, who can likely shed light on what all this is about. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:teenager
Story:martial arts master,  karate kick,  karate chop,  high school,  neighbor,  foot chase,  black belt,  roundhouse kick,  martial artist,  karate,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  chase,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. This is why Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teenager
Story:bully comeuppance,  foot chase,  teen movie,  teen angst,  prank,  locker room,  training,  single mother,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  violence,  fight,  kiss

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Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully,  teacher,  teenager
Story:bully comeuppance,  school dance,  teacher student relationship,  teen movie,  teen angst,  schoolgirl,  gift,  prank,  locker room,  single mother,  face slap,  high school,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  violence,  kiss

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Locations:apartment
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teenager
Story:karate chop,  bully comeuppance,  assault,  stylized violence,  locker room,  karate,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  los angeles california,  face slap,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage girl,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  fight,  violence

Rocky V (1990) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Drama, Sport

Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Locations:apartment
Characters:bully
Period:1980s
Story:training,  moving,  unusual method of training,  bully comeuppance,  teacher student relationship,  fighting movie,  fence,  underdog,  black eye,  mentor,  italian american,  teen angst,  locker room,  showdown,  brawl,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  mother son relationship,  kiss

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:dance,  drunkenness
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  fly,  roundhouse kick,  stylized violence,  class differences,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  chase,  martial arts,  dancing,  kiss,  violence,  fight

Ong-bak 2 (2008)
Action

Ong-bak 2 (2008)

In 1431, the Kingdom of Ayutthayan conquers the territory of Sukhothai expanding their lands to the East. The noble Lord Siha Decho is betrayed by his Captain, Rajasena, and is murdered together with his wife. However their son Tien is saved by one loyal soldier and left alone in the woods... This is why Ong-bak 2 (2008) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts master,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  violence,  fight

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. (Read More)

Locations:apartment
Characters:warrior,  teenager
Story:mentor,  chop socky,  blockbuster,  first part,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

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Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Characters:bully,  warrior
Period:1980s
Story:bully comeuppance,  foot chase,  mentor,  italian american,  racial slur,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:bully,  warrior,  teacher,  teenager
Period:1980s
Story:bully comeuppance,  teacher student relationship,  foot chase,  mentor,  broken leg,  blockbuster,  teen angst,  stylized violence,  single mother,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  motorcycle,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  chase,  martial arts,  fight,  mother son relationship,  violence

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:teenager
Story:foot chase,  teen movie,  racial slur,  single mother,  brawl,  los angeles california,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  coming of age,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  violence

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Kung Fu (2004)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Kung Fu (2004)

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. This is why Kung Fu (2004) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Themes:philosophy
Characters:bully
Story:martial arts master,  foot chase,  gi,  black belt,  tai chi,  master,  roundhouse kick,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  showdown,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  martial arts,  dancing,  violence

Ong-bak (2003) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Ong-bak (2003)

Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. It soon becomes the task of a voluntary young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track down the thief in Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries. (Read More)

Story:martial arts master,  combat,  martial arts tournament,  broken leg,  first part,  martial artist,  showdown,  brawl,  motorcycle,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

American Graffiti (1973)
Comedy, Drama

American Graffiti (1973)

It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:date,  school dance,  high school,  young love,  teen movie,  blockbuster,  teen angst,  class differences,  convertible,  prank,  mini skirt,  marijuana,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  fight

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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man whose only interest is himself. But when he inadvertently saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Packed with spectacular special effects and martial arts action, the Monk, Kar, and a sexy Russian mob princess called Bad Girl must struggle to find, face, and fight the ultimate enemy. (Read More)

Story:martial arts master,  teacher student relationship,  foot chase,  tai chi,  master,  mentor,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  chase,  martial arts,  dancing,  fight,  kiss,  violence

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, 'Brian Johnson (XIV)' (qv) and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:bully,  teacher,  teenager
Period:1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  high school,  student athlete,  teen movie,  teen angst,  prank,  marijuana,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  kiss

Footloose (1984) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Drama, Music, Romance

Footloose (1984)

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". This is why Footloose (1984) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:teen movie,  blockbuster,  teen angst,  locker room,  face slap,  motorcycle,  high school,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film,  dancing,  kiss

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Creed (2015)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Story:fighting movie,  underdog,  mentor,  italian american,  love interest,  locker room,  widower,  training,  brawl,  los angeles california,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  mother son relationship,  kiss

Enter The Dragon (1973)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Enter The Dragon (1973)

Enter the Dragon revolves around the three main characters. Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament due to different problems that they have. Roper is on the run from the Mafia due to his gambling debts, while Williams is harassed by racist police officers and defends himself from them and uses the car for his getaway. It is a deadly tournament that they will enter on an island. Lee's job is to get the other two out of there alive. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:warrior
Story:martial arts tournament,  master,  martial arts master,  foot chase,  fighting movie,  black belt,  vietnam veteran,  mentor,  chop socky,  martial artist,  racial slur,  training,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  martial arts,  los angeles california,  fistfight,  cult film,  violence,  fight

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:vietnam veteran,  teen movie,  mentor,  teen angst,  class differences,  gift,  widower,  birthday party,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drunkenness
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:bully,  teacher
Story:bully comeuppance,  friendship between men,  date,  gift,  birthday party,  fishing,  apology,  face slap,  beating,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  fight,  violence,  kiss

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. This is why Kung Fu Panda (2008) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:master,  martial arts master,  teacher student relationship,  chop socky,  stylized violence,  martial artist,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:bully,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  restroom,  teen movie,  locker room,  marijuana,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence

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Toy Story (1995)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story (1995)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. (Read More)

Characters:bully
Story:karate chop,  bully comeuppance,  moving,  blockbuster,  first part,  karate,  birthday party,  apology,  single mother,  neighbor,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  cult film,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

Kickboxer (1989) is one of the best movies like The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Sport, Thriller

Kickboxer (1989)

Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. (Read More)

Story:bully comeuppance,  martial arts tournament,  roundhouse kick,  mentor,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  martial arts,  fight,  violence

Fucking Amal (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:apartment
Characters:bully
Story:birthday party,  teen movie,  teen angst,  date,  locker room,  apology,  face slap,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  kiss

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