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Classic Martial Arts Box Office Hits: 10 Films That Made Most Money

By    |   Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 07:55 PM

Fighting as art has an appeal all its own, and the choreography of a martial arts fight is a visual treat on the silver screen.

From information at Box Office Mojo and the Internet Movie Database, here are the 10 classic martial arts movies made before 1990 that made the most money at the box office.

1. "The Karate Kid Part II" (1986) $115.1 million
Visiting Okinawa to comfort Mr. Miyagi’s dying father, mentor and student find new love – and new rivals.

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2. "The Karate Kid" (1984) $90.8 million
A Jersey kid in California wants to learn to defend himself – but he finds a wise mentor to show him there’s more to fighting than fighting.

3. "The Karate Kid Part III" (1989) $39 million
Defeated in competition, Miyagi’s rival vows revenge and seeks help from a ruthless businessman.

4. "The Last Dragon" (1985) $26 million
A young fighter seeks martial arts perfection and must rescue a beautiful singer.

5. "Missing in Action" (1984) $22.8 million
A former Vietnam prisoner of war seeks to rescue others, and seeks the help of his buddies. Big guns and martial arts get equal outing in this Chuck Norris vehicle.

6. "The Octagon" (1980) $19 million
A martial artist confronts a nefarious crime ring – and draws closer to the mystery of his friend’s murder.

7. "Above The Law" (1988) $18.9 million
This time the martial arts expert is a cop whose drug investigation leads him to CIA perfidy.

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8. "The Delta Force" (1986) $17.8 million
A disillusioned veteran of the ill-fated attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran confronts a group of terrorists who have hijacked an American jetliner to Beirut.

9. "Invasion U.S.A." (1985) $17.5 million
A terrorist plans his own invasion of the U.S., but he’ll have to get past CIA veteran Chuck Norris to succeed.

10. "Kickboxer" (1989) $14.7 million
The fighting art of Muay Thai is front-and-center to a man’s plan to avenge his brother’s brutal beating in the kickboxing ring.

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