Best Chinese-Triad Crime Dramas

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1. Election (2005)

Unrated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 8,676

2. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 110,805 | Gross: $0.17M

3. Infernal Affairs II (2003)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.

Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak | Stars: Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng

Votes: 15,538

4. Infernal Affairs III (2003)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Months after the events of the original film, Ming suspects a police superintendent as being a new mole for the triads, while years earlier, Yan embarks on his first mission.

Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Daoming Chen

Votes: 11,474

5. Drug War (2012)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye

Votes: 8,481 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Big Bullet (1996)

91 min | Action, Crime

After assaulting his tactical commander during a raid gone sour, a dedicated but temperamental cop Sergeant Bill Chu is demoted to the Emergency Unit, long considered to be the police force's dumping ground for problem cops.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Jordan Chan, Ruco Chan, Radium Cheung

Votes: 740

7. Full Alert (1997)

98 min | Action, Drama

Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. ... See full summary »

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Francis Ng, Amanda Lee, Jack Kao

Votes: 876

8. Dragon Squad (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Interpol agents and gangsters battle in Hong Kong.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Vanness Wu, Shawn Yue, Yu Xia, Shengyi Huang

Votes: 1,455

9. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 921,624 | Gross: $19.50M

Underused.

10. Baby (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A tragic tale of an Asian youth's gang life in South East Los Angeles, set during the mid 80's to the early 90s.

Director: Juwan Chung | Stars: David Huynh, Feodor Chin, Kenneth Choi, Shannon Dang

Votes: 372

11. Honor (2006)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama

In a world where street gangs collide with the law, neighborhood friends, Raymond and Gabriel, must decide which side of the battle to join. This will be the ultimate fight - the one for power, family, and HONOR.

Director: David Worth | Stars: Jason Barry, Russell Wong, Roddy Piper, Remy Bonjasky

Votes: 531

12. War (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

36 Metascore

An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as "Rogue" who murdered his partner.

Director: Philip G. Atwell | Stars: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez, John Lone

Votes: 80,876 | Gross: $22.49M

13. Martial Law (1998–2000)

45 min | Comedy, Crime, Action

A Shanghai cop who is a master of martial arts fights crime in the Los Angeles Police Dept.

Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Kelly Hu, Arsenio Hall, Tom Wright

Votes: 2,121

14. Vanishing Son (1995– )

60 min | Adventure

13 episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1994 and 1995 and first aired in January 1995. Jian-Wa comes to America from Beijing with his brother Wago to find freedom. Wago, who is... See full summary »

Stars: Russell Wong, Jason Leland Adams, Stephanie Niznik, Chi Muoi Lo

Votes: 166

15. Vanishing Son (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Two students (Jian-Wa and Wago) in the Peoples Republic of China are forced to flee out of China after having taken part in a protest action for freedom (reference is made to the fights at ... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Vivian Wu, Rebecca Gayheart

Votes: 421

16. Vanishing Son II (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Drama

The continuing saga of the Chang brothers: Jian-Wa and Wago. Picking up where it left off, Jian-Wa has left L.A. after a gangfight which involved his brother Wago. Jian-wa travels to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Tamlyn Tomita, Vivian Wu

Votes: 215

17. Vanishing Son III (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The saga picks up in Washington, DC where Jian-wa is competing in a classical music competition (under the name Michael Lee). Back in LA, Jian-wa's brother Wago is wanted by the F.B.I. and ... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Vivian Wu, Paul Butler

Votes: 181

18. Vanishing Son IV (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Drama

After the death of his brother Wago, Jian-wa Chang now roams America's countryside while looking for his place in the world. He is hit by a van of two college students. Jian is taken in and... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Mark Valley, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 166

19. 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: 43,527

20. 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: 43,029

21. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,071,874 | Gross: $132.38M

Underused.

22. A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)

R | 105 min | Action, War

A man travels from China to Vietnam, on the brink of war with America, to retrieve his uncle and cousin but find complications when he falls in love with a female gangster with a dangerous ex.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Anita Mui, Kien Shih

Votes: 2,734

23. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 96,189 | Gross: $17.14M

24. The Ghost (2001)

86 min | Action, Thriller

A feared Chinese Tong soldier goes undercover in America as an Asian Internet bride.

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Julie Lee, Michael Madsen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Richard Hatch

Votes: 320

25. Deadly Target (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

Hong Kong police detective Charles Prince (Gary Daniels) arrives in Los Angeles to extradite a notorious Chinese gangster back to Hong Kong for trial. But soon, his suspect escapes. With ... See full summary »

Director: Charla Driver | Stars: Gary Daniels, Ken McLeod, Byron Mann, Susan Byun

Votes: 184

26. The Replacement Killers (1998)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

42 Metascore

A troubled hitman seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug lord has hired replacements to finish the job, and kill the hitman.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 25,572 | Gross: $18.97M

27. The Tracker (2001 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Spears, a private detective working in L.A. receives word from an old friend that the friend's sister (and Spears' ex-girlfriend), Kim, has been kidnapped by a criminal gang. At first, ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Schechter | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Françoise Robertson, Russell Wong, Jason Blicker

Votes: 223

28. Beast Cops (1998)

TV-MA | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

One of the most universally acclaimed motion pictures in the history of Hong Kong cinema. Acclaimed director Gordon Chan ("Fist Of Legend", "2000 AD", "The Big Heat") dispenses with ... See full summary »

Directors: Gordon Chan, Dante Lam | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Michael Wong, Stephanie Che, Kathy Chow

Votes: 943

29. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 429,121

Underused.

30. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 12,645 | Gross: $18.70M

31. Drive (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.

Director: Steve Wang | Stars: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 4,899

32. China White (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Amsterdam - in the time before the legalisation of some drugs and the following growth of competition on the market - takes place a war between the Italian and Chinese mafia because of ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Russell Wong, Steven Vincent Leigh, Lisa Schrage, Billy Drago

Votes: 302

33. The Criminal Mind (1993)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young District Attorney pays a visit to his older brother, who is a Mafia boss. The older brother forces his girlfriend and his brother to witness a double murder, then sets them up so an... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Vittorie | Stars: Frank Rossi, Ben Cross, Tahnee Welch, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 82

34. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 219,551 | Gross: $141.15M

35. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 185,172 | Gross: $226.16M

36. The Last Tycoon (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Action superstar Chow Yun-Fat portrays real-life gangster Chen Daqi as he rises to the upper echelons of power, finding himself torn between the love of two women, the murderous plots of the secret service, and the looming threat of war.

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Francis Ng

Votes: 1,789

37. China Girl (1987)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso

Votes: 1,380 | Gross: $1.26M

38. Protégé (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Jingchu Zhang

Votes: 4,452

39. Flash Point (2007)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

38 Metascore

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui, Collin Chou

Votes: 11,769 | Gross: $0.00M

40. SPL: Kill Zone (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A near retired inspector and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with his replacement, who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top henchmen to put an end to their dirty schemes.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jing Wu

Votes: 10,542

41. Sha po lang 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 5,329

42. Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 17,658 | Gross: $16.27M

43. The Girl from the Naked Eye (2012)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

40 Metascore

When Sandy, a call girl at "The Naked Eye", ends up dead, her friend and only ally in the world, Jake, goes on a manhunt to find out who killed her.

Director: David Ren | Stars: Jason Yee, Samantha Streets, Ron Yuan, Dominique Swain

Votes: 1,928 | Gross: $0.02M

44. City on Fire (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yueh Sun, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng

Votes: 5,312

46. Colour of the Truth (2003)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.

Directors: Marco Mak, Jing Wong | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Jordan Chan, Raymond Ho-Yin Wong, Gillian Chung

Votes: 578

47. Exiled (2006)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam

Votes: 7,825 | Gross: $0.05M

48. Tiger on Beat (1988)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Norman Chu

Votes: 1,398

49. The Mission (1999)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5