Top 10 Muay Thai Movies

Thai boxing or Muay Thai is a dangerous and spectacular martial art. Many viewers are familiar with the classic films about this martial arts, such as “Kickboxer” or “In Search of Adventure” with the unforgettable Jean-Claude Van Damme. But modern cinema has something to offer connoisseurs of this sport. Our selection contains the best films about Thai boxing in recent years.

Born to Fight (2004)

The spectacular action movie tells the story of police officer Dew, who undercover is hunting for a major drug dealer – General Young. During the operation of arresting the criminal, Dew’s friend and partner dies.

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The cop gets depressed. The hero’s sister invites his brother to take part in a charity trip to a village. Dew agrees, but during their stay in the village, she is attacked by armed terrorists. The bandits demand the release of General Yang and threaten to launch a rocket aimed at Bangkok.

Original title:
Kerd ma lui

Cast:
Nappon Gomarachun, Santisuk Promsiri, Dan Chupong

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+

Ong Bak (2003)

A cool film about Thai boxing popularized this type of martial art far beyond the borders of the homeland. The protagonist of the picture, Ting, studied Muay Thai from the monks from childhood and achieved considerable success.

A man volunteers to travel to Bangkok for an important mission. He must return home a sacred relic – the head of a statue of Buddha, which daring drug dealers stole from his native village. Now Ting will have to demonstrate all his abilities in order to confront the whole gang alone.

Original title:
Ong-bak

Cast:
Tony Jah, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwari Yodkamol

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+

Never Give Up (2008)

Even girls will like this film, because the plot has a passionate love story, and handsome Sean Feris is in the lead role. He plays the brash soccer player Jake, who loves to get into trouble. The guy does not know the feeling of losing until his family moves to Orlando.

Here, Jake finds himself unable to emerge victorious from a fight and impress the girl he likes. The hero’s life changes after meeting Jean, a mixed martial arts coach who combines Thai boxing and other martial arts.

Original title:
Never Back Down

Starring :
Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+

Fine Boxer (2003)

This is an unusual film about Muay Thai and a transgender boxer. A boy named Nong Tum always liked to dress up in women’s clothes, for which he was repeatedly beaten. He ends up in a sports camp where professional kickboxers are trained. Here, Nong demonstrates an extraordinary natural ability for Thai boxing.

The hero’s trainer, Pie Chart, is sympathetic to the strange inclinations of the ward, and soon bright makeup becomes the hallmark of the fighter. The guy begins to take an active part in competitions in order to save up for the dream of a lifetime – a sex change.

Original Title :
Beautiful Boxer

Cast:
Asani Suwan, Sorapong Chatri, Orn Anong Paniawong

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

Dragon’s Honor (2005)

Kham is a young man who is fluent in the art of Thai boxing. The guy is the last of an ancient family of caretakers of magnificent animals – royal elephants. One day, poachers kidnap an adult elephant and a baby elephant.

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Rogues sell animals to Australia, but Kham is ready to go even to Sydney to save his wards. Police officer Mark helps the guy in a difficult mission. This wonderful film about an elephant and Thai boxing will appeal to all fans of movies about honor, justice and retribution.

Original title:
Tom yum goong

Cast:
Tony Jah, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Bongkodzh Khongmalai

Country:
Thailand, USA, Hong Kong, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

Chocolate (2008)

As the mistress of a Thai mobster, desperate girl Zin allows herself to fall in love with Masashi, a member of the yakuza. Upon learning of this, the patron of the heroine is furious. Zin forces Masashi to go home, while she runs away – she discovers that she is pregnant.

A few months later, the heroine gives birth to a girl, Zen, who is diagnosed with autism. The grown-up baby is studying martial arts on her own, watching fights on TV, because the family lives very poorly. Zen’s friend finds a notebook with strange names in her house, and this discovery becomes the beginning of a dangerous adventure for the girl.

Original title :
Chocolate

Cast:
Yaanine Wismitananda ,
Hiroshi
Abe , Pongpat Wachirabunjong

Country:
Thailand
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Merantau (2009)

Young man Yuda lives in a small and poor Indonesian village. The guy devotes all his time to studying martial arts. Soon the hero will have a trip to the capital, where he will have to go through many trials and become a master.

In the big city, the guy quickly gets into trouble. He crosses the path of a gang that is engaged in human trafficking, and saves orphans from being kidnapped: a young girl and her brother. Now only the acquired combat skills can help Yuda.

Original title:
Merantau

Cast:
Iko Weiss, Siska Jessica, Kristin Hakim

Country:
Indonesia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+

Fights without rules (2017)

A fresh film about Thai boxing was released in 2018. The picture tells the real story of an unlucky tourist and former boxer Billy Moore. After his vacation with prostitutes and drugs ends with an arrest, the hero ends up in a Thai prison. There reign cruel rules, and lawlessness flourishes.

Billy realizes that he will not be able to survive if he shows weakness. The only chance for the hero is to win the prison championship in Thai boxing. The man begins to actively train, because the martial art helps him not only to survive, but also to cope with drug addiction.

Original title:
A Prayer Before Dawn

Starring :
Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm

Country:
UK, France, China, Cambodia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+

Bodyguard (2004)

The action of this action movie with elements of Thai boxing and excellent staging of fight scenes takes place in Thailand. At a meeting of the largest conglomerate, a well-known investor was mortally wounded. His faithful bodyguard Wonkom tries with all his might to save the chief, but he dies in the hospital.

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Now Wonkom considers it a matter of honor to avenge the death of a businessman and bring to light all those involved in a cruel crime. In addition, he needs to protect the family of the former employer, which is also in danger.

Original title:
The Bodyguard

Cast:
Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwari Yodkamol, Piphat Apiraktanakorn

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
16+

Muay Thai (2007)

This spectacular action movie completes the list of the best Muay Thai movies. The film shows the story of three friends who dream of becoming Muay Thai champions. The guys live in a small village where it is impossible to realize and realize their dreams.

Soon friends will have to face the real world, where money rules, lawlessness flourishes, and people betray each other. Can they succeed, and what price will the heroes have to pay for it?

Original title:
Chaiya

Cast:
Akara Amkarttayakul, Danny Arroyo, Sonthaya Chitmani

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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