It was difficult narrowing down my favorite Jackie Chan movies but since I just spent the last two months marathoning my way through the bulk of his film library I thought I would take a stab at it. Full disclaimer – I’ve been a fan of Jackie Chan for about as long as I can remember and believe his golden era of cinema history was from the late 1970s through the mid-1990s.
#5. Project A (1983)
Jackie and the military take on pirates. Classic scenes like the bicycle chase and clock tower stunt. Middle section drags a bit with some filler but big fight finale on the pirate’s island.
#4. Operation Condor (1991)
Pretty great overall – one of Jackie’s early big-budget movies. Mixes in plenty of humor and action but drags a bit during the middle.
#3. Police Story (1985)
Jackie goes for broke on this one with a variety of large and small stunts to keep the pace high. Pretty good comedy and hijinks also with memorable action sequences on the bus and in the mall at the end.
#2. Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
Jackie’s first big breakout movie still holds up well over the years. It contains classic kung fu fights and training with the old teacher – even the rival school plot is fun to watch. Probably the two biggest negatives are the overbearing modern music and the questionable cat vs snake fight.
#1. Drunken Master 2 (1994)
Drunken Master 2 stands the test of time as Jackie’s best and most impressive movie. Excellent fighting choreography where each fight scene ramps up the tension more than the last. Great to see legends like Ti Lung and Andy Lau along with the director and co-star Lau Kar-leung.