The Best of John Woo and John Woo's Influence on American Filmsby MrWesCarpenter | created - 10 May 2013 | updated - 26 Mar 2016 | Public
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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.
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.
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.
Votes: 38,884 | Gross: $32.59M
7. Broken Arrow (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.
Votes: 83,072 | Gross: $70.77M
8. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 311,685 | Gross: $112.23M
10. Paycheck (2003)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 95,589 | Gross: $53.79M
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 »
Votes: 20,922 | Gross: $0.63M
14. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
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
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.
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
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
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 »
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
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.
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.
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
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
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
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.
Votes: 350,819 | Gross: $155.25M
Brendan Fraser's character (as well as several others in the film) almost always fights with dual handguns.