Is there anyone who has not watched a Jackie Chan movie? (Obviously, that’s not a question). With over 100 movies under his name, Jackie Chan has become a synonym for action movies. The fact that he has performed all the deadly stunts himself, helped him gain a cult following.
A recent video of the actor getting emotional while watching his old videos got the whole world teary-eyed. Jackie Chan movies and TV shows have entertained us for almost 50 years. His movies are like assets that have been passed on from generation to generation. The self-made Chinese actor has proved time and again that pure talent can take you places and earn you the respect you deserve.
Jackie Chan had a whole animated show titled Jackie Chan Adventures dedicated to him. The show aired from 2000-2005 and was of the most loved action cartoons at the time. His audience was never limited to a certain age group, from kids to adults, everyone enjoyed watching what the actor had to offer. His winking cute smile and fierce fists created a special place in the hearts of the audience.
Jackie Chan Beyond the Screen
Born in 1954 in Hong Kong China, Jackie Chan attended a boarding school where he trained for ‘jingxi.’ He was also trained in acrobatics, martial arts, singing, and theater. His training helped him land minor roles in the Chinese industry until producer Lo Wei noticed him and decided to launch him as the successor of the late Bruce Lee.
Later Chan introduced his own signature style of action comedy genre. Jackie Chan’s movies and TV shows saw huge success in the Chinese industry and in 1980 he got his big Hollywood break with The Big Brawl and the rest is history. He immediately captured the hearts of the audience with his self-performed deadly stunts, the main reason behind his cult-like following.
No matter how much we praise the legendary actor for his contribution to the cinema industry, it will never be enough. We have picked out the most loved Jackie Chan movies and TV shows for your next action-packed adventure.
The 1985 release, Police Story, made headlines, especially for its opening action scene of 20 minutes. The 20 minutes had more action than most of the whole action movie.
Jackie Chan can be seen playing the role of an honest police officer, Chan Ka Kui, who is willing to go to any extent to drag down the Hong Kong drug lord, Chu Tao. When the drug lord kills a corrupt cop and frames Chan for the murder he has to clear his name off the murder charges as well as drug charges. Many moments from the movie are worth mentioning but you gotta watch it to get the true essence.
Insider Goof: If you watch the movie, almost all the stunts have glass-breaking scenes. So much glass was used for the movie that the crew jokingly started calling the movie ‘Glass Story.’
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Check out the trailer for Police Story:
The Legend of the Drunken Master
The action comedy was released in 1994 and serves as the sequel to the 1978 film, Drunken Master. The movie saw Chan performing traditional martial arts for the first time and was widely loved for the high-on-action and perfect dose of comedy combination. The movie was part of the top 100 best films of all times list by Times magazine.
The movie is set in early 20th-century, China. Jackie Chan can be seen playing the character of Wong Fei-hung who unintentionally learns that a smuggling gang supported by some of the government officials is trying to smuggle China’s precious articrafts and crown jewels. What follows is an intense fight and some comic encounters and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Here is the trailer for Legend of the Drunken Master:
The Karate Kid
Like all the other movies from the Karate Kid series, the 2010 movie starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, is also about a kid who gets bullied and eventually finds a mentor who can guide him in life through martial art. Though the title is The Karate Kid, the movie is about teaching Kung Fu.
When a 12-year-old, Dre Parker, played by Jaden Smith, suddenly shifts from the US to China, he feels out of place and lonely. One day Mr. Han, played by Chan, happens to witness Dre being bullied by some of the kids and asks him to get trained in Kung Fu. Dre soon realizes that Kung Fu is not just about fighting but about strengthening yourself and your inner peace.
IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
Watch the trailer for The Karate Kid:
The Jackie Chan movie, Rush Hour, was released in 1998. The action comedy film was a huge commercial success which led to two sequels of the movie, released in 2001 and 2007 respectively. Along with Chan, the movie also stars Chris Tucker as James Carter.
Inspector Lee is a Hong Kong detective while Carter is part of the Los Angeles Detective cop. When a Chinese diplomat’s daughter is kidnapped, the authorities have to trick Carter and Lee to work together for the mission as they both can’t stand each other. On their mission to find the kidnapped child, they encounter some deadly and comic incidents.
IMDb Rating: 7/10
Enjoy the trailer for Rush Hour:
Rumble in the Bronx
The 1995 Jackie Chan movie, Rumble in the Bronx, paved his way to Hollywood. The movie gave him much-deserved international recognition. Chan also helped in choreographing some of the action scenes of the movie.
Chan played the role of Keung, who visits his uncle in New York to help him with his business. While his uncle is away on a vacation, Keung comes face to face with some local thugs. The situation gets intense when the local cop fails to solve the matter and Keong deal with the thugs himself. The movie is a delight to all action lovers with some intense action scenes.
Insider Goof: Almost all of the cast had some kind of injury while filming the motorcycle chase scene. Jacki Chan broke his right ankle during the movie and continued to shoot the whole movie in plaster.
IMDb Rating: 6.7/10
Trailer for the movie Rumble in the Bronx:
Shanghai Noon is an action comedy released in 2000. The movie showcases a striking contrast with the iconic 19th-century movie, American West. The Jackie Chan movie is set in the 1880s. Chan can be seen in the role of Chon Wang, a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China.
Chon Wang decides to travel to the far West to rescue a kidnapped princess. He feels responsible for the princess’s kidnap and tries to help in the rescue operation. If you love Jackie Chan movies and TV shows, you are sure to enjoy this one. Though not much different from other movies of the actor, the comic scenes are sure to tickle your bones.
IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
Here is the trailer for Shanghai Noon:
The sci-fi action comedy movie starring Jackie Chan, Jason Isaacs, and Jennifer Love Hewitt was released in 2002. Jimmy Tong, played by Jackie Chan, is a chauffeur known for his high speed and ability to drop his customers in the least amount of time.
When a millionaire spy, Clark Devlin, comes to know about Jimmy’s reputation, he hires him as his personal chauffeur. Everything goes well until one day Clark is attacked and goes into a coma. Jimmy discovers Clark’s special tuxedo which has some special powers and grants the wearer some special abilities.
IMDb Rating: 5.4/10
Check out the trailer for The Tuxedo:
The 2003 release, Shanghai Nights, is a sequel to the 2000 movie, Shanghai Noon. Though the movie was not well received by critics, it performed well at the box office. Jackie Chan plays the character of Chon Wang and Fann Wong plays his sister, Chon Lin.
The Chon siblings set out to London in crates when all their plans to fly to London fail. They are filled with rage when their father is murdered and all they know is the murderer flew to London. To seek revenge they decide to go to London but uncover some deep dark secrets which cause a threat to their survival.
IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
Watch the trailer for Shanghai Nights:
The 1993 Jackie Chan movie City Hunter is a movie adaptation of a Japanese manga of the same name. The movie stars, Jackie Chan as Ryo Saeba, a private detective, Joey Wang as Kaori Makimura, and Richard Norton as Col. MacDonald.
Ryo’s dying wife asks him to never seduce her sister, Kaori, as her last wish. He decides to keep his distance from Kaori but despite all his efforts, she ends up falling for him. Heartbroken she decides to run away on a cruise ship but action begins when the ship is hijacked by a group led by Col. MacDonald. Ryo has to rescue Kaori along with the other passengers while also dealing with Kaori’s romantic advances.
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
Here is the trailer for City Hunter:
The 2017 release, The Foreigner, is one of the recent Jackie Chan movies on Netflix. The action thriller film is based on Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel The Chinaman. Unlike all the other Jackie Chan movies this one highlighted his acting skills with intense emotional acting scenes.
Chan plays the role of Quan Ngoc Minh, a widower who runs a small restaurant in London. When his only daughter is killed in a terrorist attack, he sets out to seek revenge. On his mission, he gets exposed to the dark side of the government and his own long-buried past. The movie was well-received by the audience and the critics.
IMDb Rating: 7/10
Check out the trailer for The Foreigner:
The Jackie Chan movies and TV shows are nothing less than a blessing to the entertainment industry. The actor has made a special place in the hearts of the audience with his brilliant stunts and comic timing. He set the example of how action and comedy can be perfectly mixed together. It is safe to say that there is no one like Jackie Chan and there will be no one like him.