In 1984, Karate Kid arrived in movie theatres. The movie, about a teenager who learns martial arts from a karate master was a big hit with audiences and kicked off a series of films.

But how many Karate Kid movies are there?

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Karate Kid films in order

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To date, there are five Karate Kid movies. The Karate Kid films – which were produced between 1984 and 2010 – include:

  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
  • The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
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Are all of the Karate Kid movies part of the same series?

The first four entries in the Karate Kid series are part of the same series. The fifth film – The Karate Kid 2010 – is a remake of The Karate Kid ’84.

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Who are the cast of the Karate Kid films?

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The cast of The Karate Kid movies have some consistency across the first three films, but largely change from the fourth movie onward. Notable actors in the series include Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, William Zabka, Rob Garrison, Robyn Lively, Hilary Swank, Michael Ironside, Walton Goggins, Frank Welker, Jackie Chan, and Jaden Smith.

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Is the Karate Kid series the work of the same director?

The Karate Kid movie series is the work of a number of directors. John G. Avildsen directed the first three entries in the series, while Christopher Cain directed The Next Karate Kid, and Harald Zwart directed The Karate Kid 2010.

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What is the best Karate Kid film?

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The Karate Kid ’84 is regarded as the best entry in the series, while The Next Karate Kid is generally seen as the weakest film in the collection.

According to IMDb The Karate Kid movies are ranked as follows:

  • The Karate Kid (1984) 7.2/10
  • The Karate Kid (2010)– 6.2/10
  • The Karate Kid Part II (1986)– 6.0/10
  • The Karate Kid Part III (1989)– 5.2/10
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)– 4.4/10
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