2.Wheels on Meals (1984)
3.Project A (1983)
4 The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
5 Police Story (1985)
6 Dragons Forever (1988)
7 Drunken Master (1978)
8 Police Story 2 (1988)
9 Dragon Strike (1982)
10 Jackie Chan’s Who Am I? (1998)
1.Police Story (1985)
Armour of God (1987)
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
Operation Condor (1991)
Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
Dragons Forever (1988)
Little Big Soldier (2010)
Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
This film, together with Drunken Master later on in the same year, was the movie that kick-started Chan’s career. Directed by Yuen Wo Ping, it was also the one in which Chan introduced his signature comedy-action fighting style, integrating hilarious comedy elements with some superbly choreographed action and fight scenes.
Drunken Master (1978)
Coming right on the heels of Snake In The Eagles Shadow, this was arguably the actor’s first real big hit. Here, he plays the legendary Wong Fei Hong, and helped popularise one of China’s most famous marital arts stances – the drunken fist. Chan would later go on to make a sequel to the movie in 1994 that was equally well-received.
Project A (1983)
This movie featured one of the earliest examples of just how far Chan was willing to go with his stunts. In a scene inspired by comedian Harry Lloyd’s iconic “hanging off the hand of a clock” scene, Chan escapes from his enemies from atop a high clock tower by free-falling almost four stories, through two canopies, before hitting the ground.
Starring his fellow “Seven Little Fortunes” Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, this movie was also a wildly entertaining affair. The double team featuring Hung and Chan teaming up in a café was a beauty to watch, and that was preceded by what has got to be the greatest bicycle chase ever filmed. Yes, you got that right, a bicycle chase.
Wheels On Meals (1984)
Another entertaining Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao triple salvo, featuring Chan and Yuen as a pair of Chinese hawkers in Spain who gets caught up in a plot to kidnap a rich heiress.
The movie was most memorable for the climatic showdown between Chan and real-life champion kickboxer Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, which is said to be one of the greatest fights ever committed to celluloid.
Police Story (1985)
This one had one of the greatest and most dangerous stunts Chan had ever attempted. In a climatic chase scene in a shopping mall, he slid down several stories on a pole with lighted Christmas lights wrapped around it … sparking wildly as he slid down. What’s even more amazing is, Chan did the stunt in one single take.
The stunt was the climax to a thrilling fight scene between Chan and a group of gangsters – a flurry of elbows, head butts, flying kicks with lots of breaking glass, baseball bats, a clothes rack, escalators and even a motorcycle crashing through a glass cabinet. They just don’t make fights like these anymore.
Armor Of God (1987)
Never mind the fact that this was pretty much a rip-off of Indiana Jones (with a little James Bond thrown in). This movie will be remembered as the closest Chan had ever come to death while on set.
While running from a group of natives, he had to leap from a ledge to a tree branch. Unfortunately, during his second take (he had already done it perfectly once), the tree branch broke and Chan fell and cracked his skull on a rock upon landing. The injury required emergency brain surgery and an insertion of a plastic plate into his skull.
Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)
Also known as “the one he filmed in KL”. The iconic Petronas Twin Towers may not have existed yet, but there was no doubt whatsoever where Chan was as he hung precariously on to a rope ladder attached to a helicopter, and takes a tour of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. This was also notable for a brilliant stunt done by our very own Datuk Michelle Yeoh, in which she jumps onto a moving train while riding on a motorcycle.
Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)
At this point, Chan already had one foot in Hollywood thanks to the success of Rumble In The Bronx. Thankfully, he took enough time off to come back to Hong Kong and film the fourth Police Story, which may not have much of a story, but featured some of Chan’s most inventive fights scenes ever. One in particular, had pitted him against gangsters, with him using everything from scaffolding to brooms to fend them off, and also featuring the most inventive use of a stepladder in a fight ever.
Crime Story (1993)
On this list to prove that Chan wasn’t just good at fighting and jumping off buildings, Crime Story featured one of Chan’s best acting performances of his career, winning him the coveted Best Actor award at the 1993 Golden Horse Awards.
Based on the true story of the kidnapping of a Hong Kong billionaire, this movie was also a departure from Chan’s usual action-comedy style, being a lot more serious and dramatic than usual.
Rush Hour (1998)
Rumble In The Bronx may have been his major Hollywood breakthrough, but Rush Hour was the movie when Chan finally became a bona fide Hollywood star. Dodgy English and annoying sidekick aside (though Chris Rock fans would tell you that Chan was Rock’s sidekick instead), this was a fun and entertaining ride, though hardcore Chan fans would tell you that it is pretty much a toned down version of his Hong Kong movies.