Ok so do you watch movies? and do you love muay thai? if yes then you should check out the list of the best muay thai movies.
Muay thai is not only physically fun to practice but also very fun to watch. Whether in a stadium or a movie.
Movies are a great form of entertainment. It can make us laugh, cry, inspire and pump our excitement.
But unfortunately, there are only handful numbers of movies on muay thai. There are some classic ones and also there are some modern ones, but both have one thing in common and that is both movies have fully action-packed fight sequences.
The Best Muay Thai Movies
The whole Passive Lion team has individually watched and monitored every single movie to make a list of the top 6 Muay Thai movies of all-time !! in no particular order.
So you just sit back, relax and get ready for the ultimate Muay Thai movies.
1. A Prayer Before Dawn
Actor Joe Cole was perfect for this role, his extraordinary performance in this 2018 film, A Prayer Before Dawn.
The movie is based on the true-life story of Billy Moore, a boxer from England who later found himself in two of Thailand’s most notorious jails.
From there he is forced into a dark community of drugs and gang wars. But he started learning muay thai in a prison gym, and when prison authorities allow him to compete in Muay Thai fights, he uses the opportunity as a way out.
Billy then searches out on a quest to earn his freedom.
The movie was shot in a real Thai jail and also used real prisoners as the prison inmates cast. It shows the harsh realities of life in prison, and what one must do to survive.
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
This is one of the iconic movies of Jean-Claude Van Damme, this movie starts Jean-Claude Van Damme’s career in motion.
And he became a global martial arts action superstar.
In this film, Van Damme plays the role of Kurt Sloane, who had to learn Muay Thai to revenge his fallen brother Eric, an American kickboxing champion.
The story is pretty much about revenge. He then moved to a local countryside to train under Xian, who teaches him the “art of eight limbs”.
The film star Michel Qissi as Tong Po, one of the most memorable villains in martial arts cinema.
And this film also has two more sequal parts with modern fight sequences, and the other two parts have used some of the biggest MMA superstar’s names like Mike Tyson, GDP, Dave Bautista, and also many more as cast.
I will highly suggest you watch all three parts (including “Kickboxer”) of the Kickboxer movie.
3. Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior Tony Jaa’s breakout film and responsible for his international exposure. This was also considered by many as a breakout action film for Thai martial arts and one of the best martial arts movies of this generation.
Jaa’s athletic performance instantly drew comparisons to other great martial arts stars like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li.
In this movie, he showcases some incredible adrenaline-pumping muay thai techniques.
Jaa’s impressive physique and insane gymnastic aspects help his unique fighting style. Fans were stunned by Jaa’s fantastic combination of Muay Thai fighting style and breathtaking stunt work.
If you’re a martial arts fan, you don’t want to miss out on this awesome classic.
4. Tom-Yum-Goong (2005)
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Tony Jaa earns his second entry on the list with Tom-Yum-Gong, as The Protector in the United States.
The acrobatic powerhouse offers a lot of over-the-top fight sequences for your pleasure. Here Jaa shows some awesome combinations of muay Boran-style acrobatics, athletics, and his awesome martial art skills.
In this movie, Jaa plays the role of Kham, who goes on a rescue mission to Australia after an Australia-based international mafia syndicate stole and smuggled his two beloved elephants to Sydney.
In this film, you can already expect a ton of great fight scenes in this entertaining action-drama. The spectacular action scenes in this movie earn Tony Jaa the place between the greatest action stars in Asia and the world.
5. Thong Dee Fun Khao (2017)
IMDB Rating: 5.6/10
Thong Dee Fun Khao is also known as the “Broken Sword Hero” is played by a muay thai Superstar Buakaw Banchamek.
It shows the story of General Thong Dee, who was a hot-temperament and irresponsible youth, but he was able to become a legendry muay thai warrior and later become a loyal soldier of King Taksin the Great.
Buakaw received the Best Actor Award at the Golden Kinnaree Awards for his role as Thong Dee.
6. Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
IMDB Rating: 6/10
The story of the film is set in the kingdom of Ayothaya during the time of King Naresuan. Here a Samurai named Yamada is wounded by some Japanese ninjas.
Yamada was rescued and healed by the Siamese warriors who were servants of the King of Ayothaya. Then he learns their fighting art Muay Boran and becomes loyal to the kingdom.
The main character of the film was based on an actual person, Yamada Nagamasa. He was a Japanese adventurer from the early 17th century who has a lot of significant influence in the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
After that, he became a governor in one of their provinces.
In this film also look out for the Muay Thai legends Buakaw Banchamek, Saenchai, Yodsanklai Fairtex, and Anuwat Kaewsamrit who had cameo roles in the film.
OK so now it’s your choice which movie you want to see, we have provided you with the best options.
I will suggest you watch all the movies for a better experience.
All of these movies are also guaranteed to get you into Muay Thai or at least make you shadowboxing while watching the fight sequences.