For the final part in my series, I’ve saved the best for last: the movies. There are a ton, and it was hard to pick, but these are my favorites. (I had to leave a lot of notable films out, Project A for example.) Each one perfectly meshes hilarious comedy with stunts (Jackie doing his own, of course) which are exciting, very dangerous and just exhilarating to watch. These may not be everyone’s favorites, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
#5. Operation Condor 2
I won’t spoil anything for those of you who haven’t seen it, but the absolutely insane stunts come early and often in this fun adventure.
4. Rush Hour
The lone American-produced movie on this list successfully brought Jackie’s brand of action comedy to Hollywood. It’s also a great buddy movie – the Jackie and Chris Tucker are hilarious together. My fondest memory of this movie is seeing it opening weekend while on vacation in Florida with my Grandma, who is also a big Jackie Chan fan.
3. Mister Nice Guy
If you’ve ever wondered what Jackie Chan is like when pushed to the point that he’s really, really mad, then this movie is for you. This film features, in my opinion, one of the most awesome, amazing, funny and destructive endings in any movie period. Bam. It’s over. Stopping abruptly, hilariously and satisfactorily.
#2. Rumble in the Bronx
I remember the commercial for the US release being my first exposure to Jackie Chan, and thinking how crazy the movie looked. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s full of the usual amazing choreography, but really takes the comedy to off the wall places in a unique way that only Asian entertainment can seem to create. It’s lovable and weird at times, and just all around awesome.
#1. Jackie Chan’s First Strike
Known in Hong Kong as Police Story 4: First Strike, for me personally, this is the benchmark Jackie Chan movie. The action and locations are surprisingly varied and everything is executed as flawlessly as any of his films. What pushes it to the top for me, however, is how well it brings the warmth and wholesomeness of Jackie out. You can’t help but love his good-natured innocence and great humor.
Well, that’s it. My favorites. One thing that I can’t forget to make mention are the awesome outtakes at the end of all of these movies, as well as the theme songs sung by Jackie during the credits of many of them as well.
So those are my favorites. But I did have to leave many out. What are yours??