Karate Kid

Lists: Action, Drama, Family, Martial Arts films, Coming of age, Sports underdog, Classics

Brief Synopsis: "Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than self-defense. Armed with newfound confidence, skill and wisdom, Daniel ultimately faces off against his tormentors in this hugely popular classic underdog tale."

Overall Ranking: 1241 (Rank from 1984: # 12)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 37.5%
Regular 37.5%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Other Movies in the Series

  • Karate Kid Part II
  • Karate Kid Part III, The
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Karate Kid Trilogy

  • Reviewer Rating Review
    Danny M100
    Rob from GuysFilmQuest98
    karma90 - Scored this high because it's a great film and also for its cultural impact.
    Thomas Pollock80
    Lisa Marie Bowman75 - LaRusso's alright!
    (full review)
    J Bumgardner70
    Gorgon Reviews61
    David Baruffi43

    People Involved

  • Martin Kove (John Kreese)
  • Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso)
  • Pat Morita (Mr. Kesuke Miyagi)
  • Randee Heller (Lucille LaRusso)
  • Chad McQueen (Dutch)
  • Elisabeth Shue (Ali Mills)
  • Ron Thomas (Bobby)
  • Rob Garrison (Tommy)
  • William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence)
  • John G. Avildsen (Director)
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