The Best of John Woo and John Woo's Influence on American Films

by MrWesCarpenter | created - 10 May 2013 | updated - 26 Mar 2016 | Public

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1. A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Emily Chu

Votes: 17,576

2. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek

Votes: 7,988

3. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 41,693

4. Die xue jie tou (1990)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam

Votes: 8,778

5. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 41,904

6. Hard Target (1993)

R | 97 min | Action, Thriller

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer

Votes: 38,884 | Gross: $32.59M

7. Broken Arrow (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 83,072 | Gross: $70.77M

8. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 311,685 | Gross: $112.23M

9. Mission: Impossible II (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames

Votes: 269,444 | Gross: $215.41M

10. Paycheck (2003)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Michael C. Hall

Votes: 95,589 | Gross: $53.79M

11. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 40,170 | Gross: $0.63M

12. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

In this sequel to Red Cliff, Chancellor Cao Cao convinces Emperor Xian of the Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Shu and Wu, who have become allied forces, against all ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 20,922 | Gross: $0.63M

13. Jian yu (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure

Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang, Barbie Hsu

Votes: 6,659

14. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 775,476 | Gross: $2.83M

1) The black suits with skinny ties look and Mr. White's use of dual 45s was inspired by A Better Tomorrow 2. 2) Mexican standoff.

15. True Romance (1993)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 180,323 | Gross: $12.28M

There are many nods to Woo in the film; one of the most notable is when two of the characters can be seen watching A Better Tomorrow 2 on TV.

16. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 191,934 | Gross: $50.28M

In an interview, director Oliver Stone (a big fan of Hong Kong movies) said he wanted the shootout inside the drug store to be reminiscent to the shootouts featured in Woo's movies, Hard-Boiled in particular.

17. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 5,708 | Gross: $29.39M

In one sequence, star Keenan Ivory Wayans adopts "Mark Gor style" (black trenchcoat and sunglasses) and attacks the bad guys with dual handguns. One of the gangsters even calls himself "Chow Yun-Fat." During one sequence, Wayans slides down a staircase while shooting the bad guys - similar to a scene in A Better Tomorrow 2.

18. Desperado (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

55 Metascore

A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

Votes: 152,836 | Gross: $25.63M

Director Robert Rodriguez has said that this is his homage to Hong Kong movies, John Woo's in particular. The film's hero (played by Antonio Banderas, doing his best Chow Yun-Fat impersonation) often fights with a gun in each hand a la Woo.

19. Last Man Standing (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

Votes: 48,302 | Gross: $17.60M

Star Bruce Willis almost never goes into a gunfight without a gun in each hand. The fight scenes are also choreographed, shot and edited much like a John Woo movie.

20. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 267,675 | Gross: $39.67M

Samuel L. Jackson's character (a gun dealer) mentions that since people saw The Killer, everyone wants dual 45s so they can be like Chow Yun-Fat.

21. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

52 Metascore

James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 162,023 | Gross: $125.33M

In the ending shootout, both Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh use dual guns and there is libreal use of slow-motion. Interestingly, director Roger Spottiswoode mentions in the DVD commentary that he wanted to get away from making Woo-like action sequences.

22. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her battle against the aliens. Along with a crew of space pirates, Ripley must also prevent the deadly aliens from reaching Earth.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

Votes: 199,470 | Gross: $47.75M

One of the characters keeps (and fights with) dual handguns - the role was originally intended for Chow Yun-Fat.

23. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,410,549 | Gross: $171.48M

During one of the key action sequences (and on the poster/cover art), Keanu Reeves dresses like Mark Gor (trenchcoat/sunglasses) and uses several sets of dual guns. In an interview on the DVD, the directors state that they are big fans of John Woo movies and wanted to bring some of those elements to the film.

24. The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy that wreaks havoc on him, and his crew.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 350,819 | Gross: $155.25M

Brendan Fraser's character (as well as several others in the film) almost always fights with dual handguns.