Wacky Jackie Chan is known as much for his penchant for silliness as he is for his graceful acrobatics and death-defying stunts. He's won our hearts as the world's fave butt-kicking funny guy, but his current serious film, 1911, is getting mixed and mostly negative reviews. While critics argue the merits of his newest venture, SheKnows has pulled together the best of his best.
The stuntman turned actor/producer/director has made over a 100 films since he broke into the Hong Kong martial arts movie biz back in the '70s, so breaking his best down to just five wasn't easy. We were loathe to leave out recent hits like The Karate Kid and Kung Fu Panda, but this was a battle for best.
That said, feel free to chime in and leave a comment if SheKnows skipped your fave!
Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
Chan's Hollywood breakthrough came when he brought his fight and charm overseas in Rumble in the Bronx. The film follows Hong Kong cop Keung abroad for his uncle's wedding (Bill Tung) in New York City, where our hero is forced to battle a street gang and soon becomes embroiled in a scandal involving stolen diamonds and a dangerous crime syndicate led by the violent White Tiger (Kris Lord).
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
In this follow up to his 1978 breakthrough Hong Kong film Drunken Master, Chan returns to the adventures of rascally Wong Fei-Hong, a master in the strange art of "drunken boxing." After a shopping visit to China with his father (Ti Lung), Wong accidentally stumbles into the middle of an export war between British smugglers and Chinese locals. With just the right amount of booze, Wong is one fierce dude, but his father doesn't see it that way and forbids his son from drunken brawls. The film combines Chan's martial arts prowess with slapstick laughs, culminating in a wild coal foundry showdown.
Police Story (1985)
This Hong Kong film boasts what Chan himself considers his best stunts and action sequences. He plays Hong Kong cop Kevin Chan, who makes a name for himself by single-handedly capturing and arresting drug lord Chu Tao (Yuen Chor) -- and then has to deal with the consequences! His personal life is thrown for a loop by the beautiful key witness, Selina (Brigitte Lin), and his name is smeared after the bad guy frames him for murdering a dirty cop. Some would put Police Story 2 on the list, but SheKnows went with the original.
Rush Hour (1998)
"The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West," reads the tagline for this buddy cop flick starring Chan and Chris Tucker. Chan plays daredevil straight man, but as always, he manages to get his own share of the laughs as the unwilling odd couple investigates a kidnapping. They duo went on to make three Rush Hour films, but as is often the case, the first was certainly the best.
Jackie Chan's Project A (2000)
Chan rocks the high seas as Dragon Ma, a determined coast guard officer on patrol in late 19th-century Hong Kong who takes on pirates, a corrupt chief of police and a criminal gang. He also gets into a bicycle chase that beats most car chases. Violence has never been so delightful.
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