My favourite Heroic Bloodshed films

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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: 18,473

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: 8,380

3. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 43,366

4. Full Contact (1992)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 3,645

5. Bullet in the Head (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: 9,083

6. 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: 42,884

7. 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: 5,281

8. Legacy of Rage (1986)

R | 87 min | Action

Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael (played ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wong, Regina Kent, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 994

9. Ying xiong wu lei (1986)

82 min | Action, Drama, War

The Thai government hires a group of Chinese mercenaries to capture a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle. The mercenaries manage to capture the drug lord, but soon find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo | Stars: Eddy Ko, Ching-Ying Lam, Philippe Loffredo, Cécile Le Bailly

Votes: 874

10. Just Heroes (1989)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.

Directors: John Woo, Wu Ma | Stars: David Chiang, Danny Lee, Kuan Tai Chen, Tien Niu

Votes: 792

11. 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: 1,393

12. Tiger Cage (1988)

TV-MA | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A team of cops get brutally exposed to violence after raiding a drug operation and discovering a link between few members of the police force and an American crime syndicate dealing with drug trafficking.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jacky Cheung, Carol 'Do Do' Cheng, Simon Yam, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 548

13. Long Arm of the Law (1984)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Thugs sneak into Hong Kong to rob a jewellery store, killing a cop during their getaway. They plan another heist while hiding from the police hunting them down to avenge their slain comrade.

Director: Johnny Mak | Stars: Jing Chen, Ling Chow, Jian Huang, Lung Jiang

Votes: 500

14. Flaming Brothers (1987)

Unrated | 99 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A tale between two brothers: One has left the triads and gone legit, the other has decided to stay and keep the triad from going to the ways of drugs and gun running.

Director: Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Alan Tang, Pat Ha, Lap Ban Chan

Votes: 483

15. Ying hung ho hon (1987)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After being released from prison, Tang Kat Yung exacts revenge on Li Ah Chai, in this sequel to Rich and Famous.

Director: Taylor Wong | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Alex Man, Siu-Fung Wong

Votes: 447

16. City War (1988)

92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Two cops--both partners and best friends--find their friendship and their lives at stake when they try to take down a ruthless drug dealer.

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Tien Niu, Norman Chu

Votes: 310

17. 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: 2,718

19. A Moment of Romance (1990)

87 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A story of a bank heist that almost ended in disaster (for the robbers) until their getaway driver Wah Dee (Andy Lau) took a young woman Jo Jo(Jacklyn Wu) hostage. After preventing her from... See full summary »

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Andy Lau, Chien-Lien Wu, Joseph Chi, Kingman Cho

Votes: 771

20. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two Young couples Lap (Joey Wang) and Rick (Kenny Bee) separates when Lap's Father (Kwan Hoi San) fails a mission, and Lap asks his father's partner Godfather Shen (Chan Wai Man) for help ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Tam | Stars: Kenny Bee, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Joey Wang, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 310

21. Long zhi jia zu (1988)

91 min | Action, Crime

Revenge of the dragon family. Chase down by the triads.

Director: Chia Yung Liu | Stars: Andy Lau, Alan Tam, Siu Chung Mok, Kiu Wai Miu

Votes: 99

22. Jiang hu jie ban ren (1988)

86 min

When Lee Sam, a ten-year veteran of the Hong Kong underworld, is released from prison, he dispatches two enemies and goes into hiding in Taipei where his old friend Billy is a boss. Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Man Kit Poon | Stars: Siu Chung Mok, Kiu Wai Miu, Philip Chan, Yung-Cheng Chang

Votes: 31

23. The Big Heat (1988)

98 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Inspector Waipong Wong has to put his life and resignation from the Hong Kong police department on hold to investigate his former partner's mysterious murder. What he and his crack team of ... See full summary »

Directors: Yeung-Wah Kam, Johnnie To, Hark Tsui | Stars: Waise Lee, Joey Wang, Matthew Wong, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Votes: 569

24. Long Arm of the Law: Part 3 (1989)

100 min | Action, Crime, Romance

Michal Mak's second sequel to his brother's action classic finds an ex-soldier/escaped death row prisoner fleeing to Hong Kong and forced to work for a gang of criminals when they kidnap the woman he loves.

Director: Michael Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Elizabeth Lee, Siu Chung Mok, Ken Boyle

Votes: 94

25. The Last Blood (1990)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Comedy

The Red Army will stop at nothing to assassinate the Daka Lama during his visit to Singapore on Nation Day. En route, he meets Ling May, a young woman who shares his horoscope; he tells her... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Alan Tam, Andy Lau, Eric Tsang, Pak-Cheung Chan

Votes: 314

26. Casino Raiders (1989)

127 min | Action, Crime

Law and Chan are gamblers and friends. Forced into a battle with the Yakuza, How far will friendship go? A high stakes card game will settle it all.

Directors: Jimmy Heung, Jing Wong, Corey Yuen | Stars: Andy Lau, Alan Tam, Idy Chan, Rosamund Kwan

Votes: 337

27. Hong Kong Godfather (1985)

95 min | Action, Thriller

After receiving a life imprisonment sentence for a NY Chinatown massacre, Jia Shi Lan obtains a pardon through the Mafia's influence.

Director: Lung Wei Wang | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Norman Chu, Shu-Yuan Hsu, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 120

28. Crocodile Hunter (1989)

104 min | Action, Comedy

Two cops are partnered together and decide to protect two beautiful women who are actually rivals--one, a woman released from prison, the other, an actress who's been targeted for rape--while in search of escaped murderous convicts.

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Andy Lau, Alex Man, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Kwok Keung Cheung

Votes: 61

29. Fulltime Killer (2001)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin, Simon Yam

Votes: 6,066 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Tiger Cage 2 (1990)

TV-14 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

An ex-cop and divorce lawyer team up with a gangster to clear their names after getting involved in a dirty money scheme led by a vicious money launderer, who plans to expand his business and wipe out anyone who stands in his way.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, David Wu, Robin Shou

Votes: 748

31. Tiger Cage 3 (1991)

98 min | Action

James and John are working in the Commercial Crime Bureau. Jointly they look into a case of which the suspect is an influential rich business man called Lee. James has a girl friend called ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Man Cheung, Kwok Leung Cheung, Michael Wong, Siu Wah Chan

Votes: 118

32. Lao hu chu geng II (1990)

94 min | Action

Captain Lam is a cop approaching 40, wants to achieve something memorable before his retirement.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Danny Lee, Conan Lee, Ellen Chan, Roy Cheung

Votes: 120

33. 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

34. Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)

103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Ching Wan Lau, Michael Wong, Chingmy Yau

Votes: 253

35. Fighting Madam (1987)

93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A crimefighting organization called the Angels goes up against a drug-smuggling ring headed by a female kung-fu killer.

Director: Teresa Woo | Stars: Hideki Saijô, Alex Fong, Moon Lee, Elaine Lui

Votes: 361

36. School on Fire (1988)

101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Fennie Yuen, Roy Cheung, Damian Lau, Lai-Yui Lee

Votes: 306

37. Prison on Fire (1987)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Ka-Kui Ho, Roy Cheung

Votes: 2,040

38. Prison on Fire II (1991)

TV-MA | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ching escapes from prison to see his young son, who he has been put in an orphanage. And that puts him in great danger.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Sung Young Chen, Elvis Tsui, Victor Hon

Votes: 853

39. Wild Search (1989)

98 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The police are staking out a Hong Kong flat, waiting to catch some major gun-dealers. While the suppliers are conducting their deal, they move in. Both buyers are killed in the gunfire, but... See full summary »

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Roy Cheung, Paul Chun

Votes: 364

40. A Killer's Romance (1990)

92 min | Action, Thriller

A triad assassin is sent to kill a female witness to a murder only to fall in love with her instead. A Hong Kong remake of the Japanese manga Crying Freeman.

Director: Phillip Ko | Stars: Simon Yam, Joey Wang, Yasuhiro Shikamura, Phillip Ko

Votes: 118

41. Rich and Famous (1987)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crimeand a violent war between rival gang lords.

Director: Taylor Wong | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Alex Man, Siu-Fung Wong

Votes: 494

42. People's Hero (1987)

82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A bumbling pair robs a bank, taking everyone inside hostage when it goes wrong. However, one of the hostages turns out to be a notorious wanted criminal and he takes over the hostage situation.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Lung Ti, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Elaine Jin

Votes: 252

43. Code of Honour (1987)

89 min | Action, Drama

In Hong Kong, Ho Chen-tung is the aging Mob boss, living by a code of honor, keeping peace among rival factions. For years, he has been estranged from his son, Hui, who lives in Australia. ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Chan | Stars: Chun Hsiung Ko, Wai Lam, Dick Wei, Fui-On Shing

Votes: 119

44. Ying hung jing juen (1986)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A criminal has come out of hiding only to find that his old partner has become a priest and his girlfriend has been forced to marry a powerful mob boss.

Director: Kirk Wong | Stars: Lung Ti, Brigitte Lin, Raymond Bak-Ming Wong, Chi-Shing Chan

Votes: 35

45. Brotherhood (1986)

92 min | Action, Drama

Lui, along with his partner Keung, are among the best cops in Hong Kong. But their high success rate comes at a high level of violence, and after Keung goes too far with a suspect, he is thrown off the force.

Director: Stephen Shin | Stars: Danny Lee, Alex Man, Wai Lam, Bing-Chuen Cheung

Votes: 20

46. Yes, Madam! (1985)

TV-MA | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a murder case when they steal items belonging to a murdered man. The man had hidden an ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, John Sham, Hoi Mang

Votes: 1,104

47. Above the Law (1986)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Biao Yuen, Cynthia Rothrock, Melvin Wong, Roy Chiao

Votes: 992

48. As Tears Go By (1988)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man

Votes: 7,264 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Sha zhi lian (1988)

92 min | Romance, Thriller

Leslie Cheung picks up a girl while driving his car in a remote location and offers her a ride back home. The girl introduces herself as 'Cecilia' who is played by Cherie Chung. Leslie ... See full summary »

Director: Po-Chih Leong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Cherie Chung, Ann Bridgewater, Ken Boyle

Votes: 80

50. Ying xiong xue (1988)

Crime, Action

6.8