Top 10 Best John Woo Movies
John Woo movies always have had a special place among the Hollywood action movies as well as Chinese movies. With almost 90 titles to his name as director, producer, writer or actor, John Woo has never failed to impress his audience. He had a brief but successful stint at Hollywood but later returned to his roots and is currently busy with Chinese action movies. One of the signature scenes in John Woo movies are the intense and fast action sequences which are filled with so many levels of details that even a couple of viewings would not be enough to grasp them all! A lot of inspiration for his movies came from the Western movies which he grew up watching in Hong Kong. The slow motion technique which was introduced by him was later on used in many blockbusters like The Matrix series. Following is the list of Top 10 Best John Woo Movies.
A reverse engineer who gets his memory erased after the completion of every project finds himself in a tight spot after he finds that the FBI is after him for a crime he can’t even remember! Paycheck has all the slick action scenes we find in John Woo movies and the storytelling is just wonderful. Paycheckstars Ben Affleck as the computer genius who comes to and finds he is the guilty one!
9. Hard Boiled
Coming in at 9th in the Top 10 Best John Woo Movies is the award winning Hard Boiled. This super hit Chinese action movie was critically acclaimed and is considered one of the best John Woo movies to date. An undercover agent uncovers a huge drug ring and joins forces with the police to put them out of business. Brimful of fast action scenes and exciting chases, Hard Boiledis every action movie lover’s dream come true.
8. The Killer
The Killer is a twisted tale of a hired assassin who takes up one last job to raise money for a girl he accidently injured. When he finds out that he has been betrayed by his employer, he turns the tables on them by joining hands with the cops and going after them. The Killeris one of the most aggressive John Woo movies and used techniques which were unheard of previously.
7. Red cliff
Returning to Chinese action movies after 16 years, John Woo made Red cliff which became a phenomenal success. Red cliff tells the historical tale of wars among the Chinese empires in the Three Kingdoms era. Red cliff ranks 7th among the Top 10 Best John Woo Movies due to the tight action sequences and fast plot. Red cliffis based on the historical wars and one should know a bit about these to enjoy the movie to its fullest.
6. Broken Arrow
A bit over the top but extremely fun and entertaining, Broken Arrow is a full speed in your face thriller about a pilot who has gone rouge and stolen a nuclear bomb. John Woo takes the action sky high in this movie as another pilot is out to stop the hostile takeover with the help of a ranger. Broken Arrowis another feather in the hat of the director and is as enjoyable as other John Woo movies.
5. A Better Tomorrow 2
A Better Tomorrow 2 ranks 5th in the Top 10 Best John Woo Movies and is most of his most memorable movies. The action scenes particularly the ones at the end and the perfectly choreographed fights became famous instantly. A convict decides to help out the police when he learns that his younger brother is working on the same case. A Better Tomorrow 2is the second installment in this series and a trademark of John Woo’s style and Heroic Bloodshed genre.
4. Once a thief
A group of high tech thieves find themselves in a situation they have never encountered before: love. Once a thief is one of those John woo movies which thrill and make you laugh at the same time. The perfect balance between comedy, romance and action shown in the picture makes it really worthwhile to watch with your family. Once a thief is a fresh and welcome change for John Woo who is famous for his bloody fights and fatal gun scenes.
3. Hard Target
With the tag line: don’t hurt what you can’t kill, Hard Target ranks 3rd in the Top 10 Best John Woo Movies list. Jean-Claude Van Damme starts as the as a vagabond who gets involved with a large criminal ring in a bad way. Hard Target was rejected by the censer board and was reedited more than 5 times and still managed to irk a lot of people when it came out! The rattlesnake attack scene from Hard Targetis still a fan favorite even today.
2. MI: 2
MI: 2 was the second take on the Mission Impossible series; America’s answer to Briton’s James bond and Austin Powers (hehe). MI: 2fared quite well in the box office and is remembered for its sleek action sequences and especially the bike chase shot near the end. Although quite a few critics attacked the over the top action, it was only this which drew the crowd and made the movie such a success.
1. Face Off
Just leave it to John Woo movies to mix up technology and action as a single unit! Face Off stands first in the Top 10 Best John Woo Movies list for this very reason. The lead actors John Travolta as well as Nicholas Cage really breathed life to the characterization aspect of face off. The rest of it, which goes without saying, is quite watertight and flawless; a thing which has become a norm every time John Woo is in charge.