I first sat down to make a list of the 5 best Jackie Chan fights and then I quickly realized that wasn’t enough. So here’s the 15 best Jackie Chan fight scenes in my opinion (which is, as always, the correct opinion). Now there are hundreds of kick ass Chan fight scenes to choose from, so if I missed one you think should be on here then let me know in the comments (and please make sure to be as rude as possible when doing so). Without further ado:
15. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) – “Gang hideout fight”
This was the first Jackie Chan movie I ever saw. I was 11 years old and at my friends house and couldn’t wait to see it. I was blow away and immediately started to try kung fu moves on my friend which subsequently got me banned from his house for a while by his mom. The use of props is what make this my favorite fight of the movie. He uses chairs, a refrigerators, bottles and skis to beat the hell to of the gang. On a side note, the gang’s fashion sense is a little questionable.
14 – 13. Armor of God (1986) – “Monk Fight” & “Amazonian Fight”
This movie is famous for being the one Jackie almost died making (I know he risks dying on most of his movies) when he jumped from a wall onto a tree branch which broke. He landed on his head which now has permanent golf ball sized hole in it. The movie itself is ok, but the Monk fight and the Amazon fight at the end are classics.
This is one of the more bizarre fights in Chan’s history, fighting 4 amazonian women in high heals and leather…ummm ok. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the fight is amazing. Jackie gets his ass kicks thoroughly at first (actually I could say that for almost every Jackie fight I suppose) before he ends up beating those women up…um, that came out weird, forget I wrote that.
12. Who Am I (1998) – “Rooftop Fight”
This fight is a little strange only because Jackie uses hardly and props. It’s mostly full on hand to hand (and foot) fighting. But the setting on top of the roof is what sets this one apart. I’m deathly afraid of heights so watching Jackie fight inches from the edge of the roof still gives me chills.
11. Project A 2 (1987) – The “I’m not sure what to call this” Fight
So I’m not sure what to name this one, so I’ll just call it “The fight where the guy falls onto a large vase at the end”. That stunt is amazing, and looks like it was quite painful.
10. Miracles (1989) – “Rope Factory Fight”
This fight is just plain fun, even if the music absolutely ridiculous. Jackie’s use of ropes in fights is always entertaining, but none are better than this.
9. First Strike (1996) – “Ladder Fight”
You know I had to have this one on the list. It’s of his more famous fights, mostly due to his kick ass use of the ladder at the end. I really like this one because he’s mostly running away the whole time, but no one runs away better than Jackie.
8 – 7. Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991) – “Platform Fight” & “Wind Tunnel Fight”
This whole movie was great. Lots of great set design, great locations, great story (for a Jackie Chan film). The set design for this fight is amazing, the moving platforms is the perfect setting for Jackie to kick some ass.
The wind tunnel scene is more of a gimmick and comedy piece than a fight, but it absolutely works!
6. Wheels on Meals (1984) – “Benny the Jet Fight”
Fun fact, the reason this movie is called “Wheels on Meals” instead of “Meals on Wheels” is because the studio had previously released two movies that began with the letter M and they were large flops, so they switched the words around. Now that that’s out of the way, this is one of the two movies where Jackie Chan fights Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, and this is known as one of Jackie’s best fights of his career.
5. Dragons Forever (1988) – “Drug Factory & Benner the Jet Fight”
This is the other movie where Jackie fights The Jet. I put this higher on the list only because of the fight that precedes Jackie vs Benny squaring off. Yuen Biao is especially amazing in this scene and Sammo Hung is, well, drugged (he got his fight scene a little earlier in the movie).
4. Police Story 2 (1988) – “Factory Fight”
The Police Story movies are some of the best he’s ever made (I definitely had a crush on May when I was a kid…who am I kidding, I still do). It doesn’t get much better than when Jackie fights in a warehouse. And the two stunts when the dudes gets thrown out the window onto the roof…ouch (4:20 and 5:50 mark).
3. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) – “Jackie vs Ken Lo Fight”
There are a couple of amazing fights in this movie to choose from such as the axe gang fight or the first fight when he gets hammered and fights for the crowd. But I chose the final fight because of the brutality. I mean c’mon, Jackie gets kicked onto burning coals (which was real btw)!
2. Project A (1983) – “VIP Club”
This fight is so spectacular in every way. It’s a perfect mix of hand to hand fighting, the use of props, and stunts. The guy that’s thrown off the balcony and tries to grab the chandelier only to hit the ground (:58 into the second video)! Holy sh… was that mistake? Project A is a super underrated movie, so if you haven’t seen it, do that right now.
1. Police Story (1985) – “Mall fight”
This to me is the epitome of a Jackie Chan fight. A fun location, lots of props, amazing fight choreography, and big stunts (oh yea, and tons of broken glass). That stunt when he slides down the pole is incredible, especially because he gets up and finishes the scene after the fall even though the skin on his hands was incredibly burned.
So there it is. My choice for the best 15 Jackie Chan fights. There are so many more that I didn’t get to put on here, but I didn’t want this list to get ridiculous. Do you agree with me? Or do you think I’m a jackass that wouldn’t know a good fight if it kicked me in the ass. Let me know in the comments.