As muay thai has become more popular in America, so have a few a movies. The brutal kicks, knees and elbows combined with the unavoidable intrigue of “something mysterious from East” has spawned a small subculture of muay thai junkies (including those who don’t train but simply think “muay thai is cool”).

So what are the top muay thai movies?  While there have been several noteworthy movies featuring the Art of 8 Limbs, two stand out in terms of sheer popularity and a loyal cult following.

Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

Most muay thai junkies will likely point to Ong Bak. This cult classic has been the “go-to” muay thai movie since arriving on the scene back in 2003. This was great timing for a muay thai movie, as the UFC (and MMA in general) was growing in popularity bringing muay thai with it into the mainstream. There were two sequels to this movie which don’t seem to have duplicated the popularity of the first movie, but are somewhat popular within muay thai enthusiast circles nevertheless.

Kickboxer (Van Damme)

Released in 1989, this is one of the more successful martial arts movies in America. The name of the movie may mislead some into thinking this is about American Kickboxing. But in this movie, the main character (Kurt Sloane) travels to Thailand to learn muay thai to avenge his brother.

For a longer list of popular muay thai movies:

Muay Thai Wold: Best Muay Thai movies
Muay Thai Films (Wikipedia)