The bottom line is that the entire martial arts movie industry owes a lot to Bruce Lee movies. He was really the first to capture the American public's imagination with his fluid martial arts moves on screen, and as a result a new genre in film was born. So Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, and more should really step back and tip their hat to a man that died way too early.
With that, here is a list of Bruce Lee movies for your reading pleasure.
kung fu instructor. If you know anything about Bruce Lee movies, then you know that means the bad guys get beat up really bad.
Lee died before he could finish this film, so director Robert Clouse helped complete things with a stand in. Lee took on Dan Inosanto, Ji Han Jae, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the movie, which was really being put together in order to bring Lee's beliefs regarding the martial arts to the forefront. Each fighting scene was an attempt to show the flaws of certain martial arts styles and fighting philosophies. Lee's Jeet Kune Do style, of course, was really a principle more than a fighting style per se in that the basic premise behind it was to use what worked and discard what did not.
Lee, a country boy, travels to Italy where his cousins own a restaurant. Unfortunately for them, local criminals are giving them trouble, which of course means that Lee decides to give it back to them tenfold. The best part of this film can be found in the showdown at the end between Chuck Norris and Lee in the Roman Colosseum. Anytime you get the chance to watch two legends of martial arts square off in a film, it's hard to pass up. Return of the Dragon was both written and directed by Lee.