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10+ Most Popular Movies of Jackie Chan

Updated on July 28, 2016

Jackie Chan: Brief profile

Birth name: Chan Kong-sang


Y'uen Lo

Sing Lung

Pao Pao

Ancestry: Wuhu, Anhui, China

Origin: British Hong Kong

Date of birth: 7 April 1954

Place of birth: Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong

Height: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Weight: 160 lbs.

Spouse: Lin Feng-jiao (m. 1982)

Children: Jaycee Chan (born 1982), Etta Ng (born 1999)

Parents: Charles and Lee-Lee Chan

Jackie Chan: Top 10 Plus Movies Of Jackie Chan

One of the most popular superstars in the world, Jackie Chan began his career as child actor in 1960s. At the age of eight, he appeared in the film “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar” (1962).

Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films, Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973). His first breakout success in China was with the movie, “Snake In The Eagle's Shadow” in 1978, which established the comedic kung-fu genre. Jackie mainstream success as leading role began in 1978 with the Hong Kong martial arts comedy, “Drunken Master”. His first blockbuster success in the United States began in 1988 as buddy cop in action movie, “Rush Hour” with Chris Chuck as his crime-fighting partner.

He is not only the biggest Chinese film star fame worldwide; he is also a trained opera singer, award-winner stunt artist, and professor of tourism management, among many other accomplishments.

Forbes magazine estimated his net worth to be $350 million in 2015. Jackie is the second biggest earner annually behind Robert Downey Jnr.

Jackie Chan has acted in more than 150 films; out of which, his top 10+ movies are:

  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • Shanghai Noon (2000)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Shanghai Knights (2003)
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
  • The Tuxedo (2002)
  • Chinese Zodiac (2012)
  • Police Story (2013)
  • Dragon Blade (2015)

Rush Hour (1998)

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Year: 1998

Duration: 98 min

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung

Rush Hour is an action comedy film and it is the first of the three series (sequels Rush Hour 2 & 3). Directed by Brett Ratner, it casts Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.

This action-comedy is the first blockbuster success film of Jackie Chan. Like his earlier films, he performed his own stunts.

While going to a diplomatic mission to Los Angeles, the daughter of the Hong Kong Chinese Consul, Han is abducted by an international criminal mastermind. The FBI promises to rescue her daughter but Han only trusts his long-time friend and ally Hong-Kong super cop Inspector Lee (Chan), who immediately comes to help the Consul. FBI assigns the case to James Carter (Christ Tucker), a rogue LAPD. Disappointed that his role was to distract Lee, Carter tries to solve the case by himself but soon realised that he wrongly underestimated his Hong Kong counterpart. Eventually Lee and Carter work together to confront the bay guys.

Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Year: 2001

Duration: 90 min

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts action comedy film, a sequel to the Rush Hour. Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) of the Royal Hong Kong Police flight back to China with his American colleague and Los Angeles detective James Carter (Tucker). They intend to take some vacation but are involved soon enough in the case of murdered of two U.S. customs agents. The murdered agents were investigating an illegal counterfeiting scam involving Ricky Tan, one of the most powerful Triad gangsters in Asia and an old enemy of Lee's. Lee and Carter are soon entangled in a dangerous journey that ends in a lavish Las Vegas casino.

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Year: 2007

Duration: 91 min

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow

Rush Hour 3 is a martial arts/action-comedy film, and the third in the Rush Hour series, starring again both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.

As Chinese Ambassador Han is about to reveal the details of a clandestine triad conspiracy to the World Criminal Court in Los Angeles, an assassin tries to kill him. As bodyguard of Han, Lee quickly gives chase to the assassin but hesitates when he sees that the gunman is Keji, his old friend from the orphanage.

Inspector Lee and Detective Carter took a flight to Paris to protect a French woman, who knows the triads secret leaders. As the triads steal an envelope with vital information, Carter and Lee raced from a Paris underground to the heights of Eiffel Tower to catch them.

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The Karate Kid (2010)

Director: Harald Zwart

Sequel: The Karate Kid 2

Screenplay: Christopher Murphey

Music composed by: James Horner

The Karate Kid is a martial arts drama film, which is remake of the 1984 film of the same name. It is the fifth of the Karate Kid series. When a 12-year-old boy, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man and kung fu master, Han (Jackie Chan), who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Mr. Han makes him realised that serenity and maturity -- not punches and power -- are the true keys to mastering the martial arts.

The Spy Next Door (2010)

Directed by: Brian Levant

Year: 2010

Running time: 94 min

Genre: Action, Comedy, Family

Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Billy Ray Cyrus

Bob Ho, former CIA spy (Jackie Chan) takes on his toughest assignment to date; to look after his girlfriend's three kids.

Shanghai Noon (2000)

Director: Tom Dey (directorial debut)

Year: 2000

Written by: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu

Running time: 110 minutes

Sequel: Shanghai Knights

Shanghai Noon is a martial arts action comedy western movie filmed in Canada and cast Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. When Chinese Emperor sends his men to rescue his kidnap daughter Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu) from Lo Fong in America, Chong Wan (Jackie Chan) joins them as he feels that she was kidnapped due to his fault. While looking for the Princess, Chong Wan separated from the group and meet Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson), a train robber; the two become unlikely allies in rescuing in Pei Pei.

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Year: 2008

Duration: 104 min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano

Screenplay: John Fusco

In this martial arts action adventure film of The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate Films, two legendary martial arts, Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time. While Chan plays the role of kung fu master Lu Yan, Li appear as the mythical Monkey King and also assumes the role of a silent monk. Based on the Monkey King fable, the movie is about an American teen who transported back to ancient China after wandering into a pawn shop and discovering the king's fighting stick. Once there, the adventurous teen joins an army of fierce warriors who have sworn to free their imprisoned king at any cost.

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Directed by: David Dobkin

Written by: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Year: 2003

Duration: 114 min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong

Running time: 114 minutes

Prequel: Shanghai Noon

Sequel to Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights is an action-comedy film. While set in Victorian London, Shanghai Knights was actually filmed on locations in the former Czech Republic. In this sequence, East and West team up to take on bad guys in the British Empire.

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Director: Frank Coraci

Story by: Jules Verne

Year: 2004

Duration: 120 min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Western

Starring: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent

It is an American adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name. In this adventure comedy film, a daring man takes on the greatest voyage in history. In 1872 Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan), an eccentric British inventor belief that it is possible to travel around the globe only in 80 days. Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), the head of the Royal Academy of Science, challenges him to do it with a rider that if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll give up inventing forever. After taking the challenge, Fogg teams up with his manservant, who is also a former acrobat, Passepartout (Jackie Chan) and a lovely navigator Monique (Cécile De France) to circumnavigate the world by any means at their disposal - train, boat, balloon, horseback etc.

Chinese Zodiac 2012

  • Directed by: Jackie Chan
  • Produced by: Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Barbie Tung
  • Written by: Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Frankie Chan, Edward Tang
  • Screenplay by: Jackie Chan
  • Starring: Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan, Helen Yao, Zhang Lanxin, Laura Weissbecker
  • Music by: Roc Chen, Nathan Wang
  • Cinematography: Jackie Chan, Horace Wong, Ng Man-ching, Ben Knott, Yip Siu-ching, Ng Man-chuen
  • Edited by: Yau Chi-wah
  • Production Company: JCE Movies Limited, Emperor Classic Films, Emperor Dragon Movies, Jackie & JJ Productions
  • Distributed by: Emperor Motion Pictures, Jackie & JJ Productions (Worldwide), Universal Pictures (U.S.)
  • Running time: 123 minutes

CZ12, also known as Chinese Zodiac, is a 2012 Hong Kong-Chinese action film, which is a pseudo-reboot of a film franchise that began with Armour of God (1987) and its sequel, Armour of God II: Operation Condor.

In Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) Chan is reprising his role as Asian Hawk. As Hawk he attempts to bring back the bronze head statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860.

The film won Best Action Choreography at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards. Jackie Chan earned two Guinness World Records with the film for "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" and "Most Credits in One Movie".

Police Story (2013)

Directed by: Ding Sheng

Produced by: Yang Du, Yong Er, Zhang Wang

Written by: Ding Sheng

Starring: Jackie Chan, Liu Ye, Jing Tian

Music by: Zai Lao

Cinematography: Yu Ding

Edited by: Ismael Gomez III

Production Company: Jackie & JJ Productions, China Vision Media Group, Wanda Film and Television Media, Starlet HK International Media

Distributed by: Jackie & JJ International (Worldwide),Emperor Motion Pictures (Hong Kong)

Running time: 108 minutes

Police Story 2013 is also known as Police Story: Lockdown. It is a reboot of the Police Story film series. This is the sixth film in the series. Unlike the previous Police Story films where he portrays a Hong Kong cop, Chan instead portrays a mainland Chinese officer in this film.

Like New Police Story, 2013 is a stand-alone installment with a darker tone than the previous installments, which were more comedic. Jackie Chan played as Detective Zhong Wen.

Dragon Blade (2015)

Director: Daniel Lee

Runtime: 103 minutes

Rating: R

Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody

Dragon Blade is a 2015 Chinese-Hong Kong historical action in which Chan plays Huo An, the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions during the Han Dynasty.

This film is set on the ancient "Silk Road" desert trade route. Chan plays a leader of a squad that protects the route who teams with an exiled Roman general (played by John Cusack) to go up against evil Roman legion leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody).

Skiptrace 2016

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Produced by: Jackie Chan, Charlie Coker, Damien Saccani

Screenplay by: Jay Longino & Ben David Grabinski

Story by: Jay Longino

Starring: Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Johnny Knoxville

Cinematography: Chan Kwok-Hung

Running time: 120 minutes

Jackie Chan plays a retired Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan in Skiptrace. When Bennie's young niece Samantha (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, he must team up with fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville) to stop a notorious crime boss, Victor Wong. They tracts the crime boss from the snowy mountains in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

It was scheduled for release in China on December 24, 2015 but was delayed and released in July , 2016. It is among the top ten grossing and its opening grossed is US$60 million in China.

Jackie Chan: Upcoming movies 2016-17

Railroad Tigers 2016

Directed by: Ding Sheng

Starring: Jackie Chan

Production companies: Shanghai Film Group, Yaolai Entertainment Media, Shanghai New Culture Media Group, Beijing Motianlun Media

The movie, Railroad Tigers is set in wartime China in 1941 and features Jackie Chan (Ma Yuan) as a railroad worker. He leads a team of freedom fighters who use their knowledge of the train network to disrupt Japan’s wartime engine and steal food for the starving Chinese population.

Local Chinese call their heroes’ ‘railway tigers’. Ma Yuan decided on his most dangerous act and wants to blow up guarded railway bridge.

It is scheduled for release in China on December 16, 2016.

Kung Fu Yoga 2017

Directed by: Stanley Tong

Starring: Jackie Chan, Aarif Rahman, Lay, Shang Yuxian, Zhang Guoli, Amyra Dastur, Sonu Sood, Jain kumar

Production Companies: Taihe Entertainment & Shinework Media

The film basically revolves around a professor of archaeology (Jackie Chan) who collaborates with an Indian professor to find India's lost Magadha treasure in Tibet.

The film is scheduled for release in China on January 28, 2017

The Foreigner

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Produced by: Wayne Marc Godfrey & Arthur M. Sarkissian

Screenplay by: David Marconi& Peter Buchman

Based on the novel ‘The Chinaman’ by Stephen Leather

Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan & Katie Leung

Music by: Cliff Martinez

Cinematography: David Tattersall

Edited by: Angela M. Catanzaro

Production Company: The Fyzz Facility

Distributed by: STX Entertainment

Genre: Action, thriller

The film would set in London's Chinatown, where a restaurant's owner (Jackie Chan) is forced to cross all boundaries to track down the Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his beloved daughter after the police fail.

Principal photography began in January 2016.

Bleeding Steel

Director: Leo Zhang

Writer: Leo Zhang (known for Chrysanthemum to the Beast)

Production Companies: Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures

Starring: Jackie Chan

Genre: Sci-fi Epic

Jackie Chan’s sci-fi epic film ‘Bleeding Steel’ is a story set in the future about a veteran Special Forces agent (Chan) who protects a young woman with whom he feels a bond from a ruthless gang.

The film will start shooting in July 2016 in Sydney, Australia with additional filming to resume in Taiwan. The movie is expected to be the biggest budget Chinese film to shoot in Australia.


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      Ashutosh Tiwari 

      4 years ago from Lucknow, India


      I have seen half of them and do admire his comical acting.

      Thanks for a wonderful article.


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