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List of John Woo Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Killer (1989)
28
5
The Killer
28
5

The Killer is an action crime drama film, which tells the story of Jeffrey, a hitman, who gets betrayed by his employer, when he decides to retire after one last job. Therefore, he joins forces with Inspector Lee to confront the gangsters who are out to eliminate him. 

Starring:
Danny Lee, Kenneth Tsang, Yun-Fat Chow, Kong Chu, Sally Yeh
Directed By:
John Woo
2. Hard Boiled (1992)
26
4
Hard Boiled
R
26
4

Tough detective Tequila Yuen loses his partner during a raid on arms smugglers and vows to catch them. While trying to get closer to the inner mafia circle, he meets and teams up with Alan, an undercover cop working as contract-killer for the Hong Kong triads. Swearing allegiance to each other, the two fight to take down the Triads boss, Johnny Wong. 

Starring:
Philip Chan, Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo
Directed By:
John Woo
3. A Better Tomorrow (1986)
20
2
A Better Tomorrow
20
2

A Better Tomorrow is an action crime drama film which tells the story of a reforming ex-gangster who tries to reconnect with his estranged brother who is a cop. However, he soon finds that breaking ties to his gang are harder than he imagined.

Starring:
Lung Ti, Emily Chu, Leslie Cheung, Stephen Chow
Directed By:
John Woo
4. Bullet in the Head (1990)
17
2
Bullet in the Head
17
2

Three close friends escape from Hong Kong to Vietnam after committing a murder, where they start a criminal life. Their lives turn upside down and their friendship is tested, when they eventually end up in a prison with American soldiers.        

Starring:
Waise Lee, Jacky Cheung, Simon Yam, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
Directed By:
John Woo
5. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
13
2
Last Hurrah for Chivalry
13
2
Starring:
Mars, Pai Wei, Hark-On Fung, Damian Lau, Kong Lau
Directed By:
John Woo
6. Face/Off (1997)
20
2
Face/Off
R
20
2

After capturing his son's killer, terrorist Castor Troy, FBI Special Agent Sean Archer learns about a plot to destroy the entire Los Angeles and decides to assume Troy's identity via an expensive face transplant procedure to infiltrate his gang. Meanwhile Troy unexpectedly wakes up from coma and forcefully undergoes the same procedure to assume Archer's identity.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Thomas Jane, Margaret Cho, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola
Directed By:
John Woo
7. Red Cliff II (2009)
13
2
Red Cliff II
13
2

Red Cliff II is a historical action war drama film which is about a legendary battle between the forces of Sun Quan and Liu Bei against the imperial forces led by Cao Cao. This legendary battle is known to have changed the course of China’s history.

Starring:
Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Wei Zhao, Fengyi Zhang
Directed By:
John Woo
8. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
17
2
A Better Tomorrow II
17
2

A reformed gangster who now owns a restaurant, teams up with a policeman in order to take revenge against a mobster for the death of a young girl.

Starring:
Dean Shek, Lung Ti, Shan Kwan, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow
Directed By:
John Woo
10. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (2011)
13
2
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I
13
2
Starring:
Masanobu Andô, Vivian Hsu, Sabu Kawahara, Nolay Piho, Chih-Hsiang Ma
Directed By:
Te-Sheng Wei
11. Red Cliff (2008)
14
2
Red Cliff
R
14
2

In order to unify the entire country, the emperor of the Han Dynasty allows his General to declare war against the rebellious southern provinces. His army advances and kills lots of civilians and soldiers alike. To resist the army, the warlords of the south form an alliance led by Viceroy Zhou, who rely upon different unique strategies to combat the overwhelming forces. 

Starring:
Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Wei Zhao, Fengyi Zhang
Directed By:
John Woo
12. Itchy Fingers (1979)
14
2
Itchy Fingers
14
2
Starring:
Mars, Roy Chiao, Szu-Ying Chien, Cheng Po Chou
Directed By:
Po-Chih Leong
13. Hostage (2002)
13
2
Hostage
13
2
Starring:
Clive Owen, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Gerry Becker, Darius McCrary
Directed By:
John Woo
14. Princess Chang Ping (1976)
11
2
Princess Chang Ping
11
2

Princess Chang Ping is a romantic drama adventure musical film which tells the love story of Princess Changping, the last princess of the Ming Dynasty in China. Things get complicated when she falls for a scholar, as it was forbidden at her time. However, the two would rather die than not be with each other.

Starring:
Sing-Po Leung, Kim Sung Lung, Shuet Shi Mui, Kim-Dan Chu, Xuelu Jiang
Directed By:
John Woo
15. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui (1975)
13
2
Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui
13
2

A Chinese martial arts student makes his way to Korea, in order to learn Taekwondo. However, problems arise when he faces against a vicious gang that is trying to take over all martial arts schools in the area.

Starring:
Sammo Hung, James Tien, Carter Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Han Jae Ji, Chang-suk Kim
Directed By:
John Woo
16. Reign of Assassins (2010)
13
2
Reign of Assassins
R
13
2

A female assassin named Drizzle betrays her gang and hides the precious remains of a monk. However, she decides to mend her ways and start a new life, although she is having a hard time, as she is haunted by the past.

Starring:
Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Shawn Yue, Barbie Hsu, Xueqi Wang
Directed By:
John Woo, Chao-Bin Su
17. Once a Thief (1991)
13
2
Once a Thief
R
13
2

Once a Thief is an action crime comedy thriller film which tells the story of three best friends who form a group of high end art thieves. Their lives get complicated when a love-triangle forms between them.    

Starring:
Leslie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang, Yun-Fat Chow, Kong Chu
Directed By:
John Woo
18. Shao Lin men (1976)
12
2
Shao Lin men
R
12
2
Starring:
Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Tao-Liang Tan, James Tien, Ching Chu, Pao-Shan Chang
Directed By:
John Woo
19. Seong lung wui (1992)
12
2
Seong lung wui
PG-13
12
2

Seong lung wui

Starring:
Mars, Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Teddy Robin Kwan, James Wong, Sylvia Chang
Directed By:
Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui
20. Hard Target (1993)
17
2
Hard Target
R
17
2

When an itinerant veteran goes missing his estranged daughter decides to go in search for him and hires a former Marine with exceptional martial arts skills as her bodyguard and guide. Very soon they discover that her father is the victim of a deadly game played by a group of rich, who find pleasure in hunting down the homeless. What will they do next? 

Starring:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Chuck Pfarrer, Arnold Vosloo, Robert Apisa
Directed By:
John Woo
21. Mission: Impossible II (2000)
17
3
Mission: Impossible II
PG-13
17
3

Ethan Hunt returns on another mission to seize and destroy Chimera, a deadly virus, and its cure Bellerophon, both of which are in possession of rogue IMF agent Ambrose. He must infiltrate enemy stronghold with help from Nyah Hall, a skilled thief and former lover of Ambrose, before the latter sells the virus to an international terrorist group.

Starring:
Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise, Dominic Purcell, Ving Rhames, Brendan Gleeson, Dougray Scott
Directed By:
John Woo
22. Paycheck (2003)
13
3
Paycheck
PG-13
13
3

Reverse-engineer Michael Jennings is routinely hired to break-up rival company’s technology, after which he has his short-term memory erased. After completing a 3-year job with promises of millions, he is left without money and the authorities are chasing him for treason and murder. He has only limited time and few apparently unrelated items to solve the mystery of his erased 3 years.

Starring:
Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman, Colm Feore
Directed By:
John Woo
23. Broken Arrow (1996)
17
3
Broken Arrow
R
17
3

Major Vic ‘Deak’ Deakins and Captain Riley Hale of the United States Air Force are given the task of flying a stealth bomber armed with two B83 nuclear bombs. Deak ejects Hale from the plane with the intention of selling the weapons to terrorists. Hale teams up with park ranger, Terry Carmichael, to stop Deak. 

Starring:
Christian Slater, John Travolta, Delroy Lindo, Bob Gunton, Samantha Mathis
Directed By:
John Woo
24. Fa qian han (1977)
11
2
Fa qian han
11
2

Ducky is hired by Chen to transport the diamonds which he had stolen himself, from Uncle Pai Mary. However, things get complicated as Pai Mary want his diamonds back.

Starring:
Mars, Richard Ng, Ying Cheung, Ricky Hui, Angie Chiu
Directed By:
John Woo
25. The Replacement Killers (1998)
13
2
The Replacement Killers
R
13
2

This action thriller film tells the story of John Lee, a hitman, who is assigned to kill the son of a police officer. However, he is unable to complete the mission and therefore seeks aid from a forger to help him escape to China. Therefore, his boss, a drug lord, hires replacements to finish the task as well as to kill him.

Starring:
Mira Sorvino, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, Jürgen Prochnow, Yun-Fat Chow
Directed By:
Antoine Fuqua
26. Ba cai Lin Ya Zhen (1982)
10
2
Ba cai Lin Ya Zhen
10
2

Josephine Siao is hired by a CEO to teach his father proper etiquette and manners, so that he can act like a ‘gentleman’, in public. Things get complicated as well as hilarious when her boyfriend enters the picture.

Starring:
Sing Chen, Josephine Siao, Ricky Hui, Lui Cheung
Directed By:
John Woo
27. Da sha xing yu xiao mei tou (1978)
10
2
Da sha xing yu xiao mei tou
10
2
Starring:
Roy Chiao, Hark-On Fung, Chi-Shen Chung, Rowena Cortes
Directed By:
John Woo
28. Windtalkers (2002)
16
4
Windtalkers
R
16
4

U.S. Marine corporal, Joesph F. Enders, is assigned to protect Navajo code talker Private, Ben Yahzee, but must kill him, if Yahzee is captured, to protect the code. As World War II progresses Enders and Yahzee develop a bond. Enders doesn’t want to kill him anymore but the war forces him to choose between duty and friendship.   

Starring:
Mark Ruffalo, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Martin Henderson, Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater, Noah Emmerich
Directed By:
John Woo
29. The Big Hit (1998)
11
2
The Big Hit
R
11
2

Melvin Smiley is a socially anxious hitman, who is known to be one of the best in his field. His loyalties are put to the test when he starts developing feelings for Keiko Nishi, a young woman whom he has kidnapped. He is also unaware of the fact that she is the goddaughter of a mob boss.

Starring:
Lou Diamond Phillips, Mark Wahlberg, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, Bokeem Woodbine
Directed By:
Kirk Wong
30. Qian zuo guai (1980)
10
2
Qian zuo guai
10
2

After purchasing a lottery ticket, Ying and Fatso become millionaires overnight. They start living a good life, but things turn ugly when a fortune teller and a doctor tells Ying that he is going to die from cancer. Not wanting to die a painful death, he decides to hire a hitman to kill him. However, after realizing that he is not going to die, he and Fatso now needs to stop not one, but three hitmen who are after his life.     

Starring:
Ricky Hui, Qiqi Chen, Ka Yik, Jing Tang
Directed By:
John Woo
31. A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)
10
3
A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon
R
10
3
Starring:
Kien Shih, Anita Mui, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Yun-Fat Chow, Saburô Tokitô
Directed By:
Hark Tsui
32. Hua ji shi dai (1981)
9
2
Hua ji shi dai
9
2

This comedy drama film revolves around a homeless man who comes across various articles of clothing which makes him resemble Charlie Chaplin.

Starring:
Dean Shek, Chi Ling Chiu, Karl Maka, Wai Wong, Fei Lung Chen
Directed By:
John Woo
33. Mo deng tian shi (1982)
9
2
Mo deng tian shi
9
2

A music composer named Ricky sells his soul to the devil to achieve stardom. A priest tries to make him realize that he has committed a big mistake.

Starring:
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Pak-Cheung Chan, Paul Chun, Fat Chung, Jade Hsu
Directed By:
John Woo
34. The Young Dragons (1974)
11
2
The Young Dragons
11
2

Illustrious as Young Dragon, the master of kung fu style 13 Deadly Steps, rescues his girlfriend when she is kidnapped by an underworld don.

Starring:
Mars, Ni Tien, Yung Henry Yu, Chin Hu
Directed By:
John Woo
35. Bulletproof Monk (2003)
9
2
Bulletproof Monk
PG-13
9
2

A Tibetan monk is informed by his master that he is going to be his successor. He is entrusted with guarding a scroll which contains knowledge that can make its reader not only powerful but also immune to any kind of injury. However, a German officer Strucker attacks their temple and kills his master, and the monk is forced to flee to protect the scroll.

Starring:
Mako Iwamatsu, Jaime King, Mako, Victoria Smurfit, Karel Roden, Yun-Fat Chow
Directed By:
Paul Hunter
36. Ha luo, ye gui ren (1978)
9
2
Ha luo, ye gui ren
9
2
Starring:
Ka Yik, Wei-Ying Chen, Angel Chan, Fu Hung Cheng, Lei Cheng
Directed By:
John Woo, Louis Sit, Karl Maka
37. Blood Brothers (2007)
9
2
Blood Brothers
R
9
2
Starring:
Shu Qi, Qi Shu, Daniel Wu, Ye Liu, Tony Yo-ning Yang, Xiaolu Li
Directed By:
Alexi Tan
38. Accidentaly (1968)
8
2
Accidentaly
8
2

A man falls for a girl and proceeds to tie her up with a rope to him, so that she is forced to follow him around. This starts to blur the line between love and obsession.

Role:
Young Man
Directed By:
John Woo
39. Jian guo da ye (2009)
8
2
Jian guo da ye
8
2
Starring:
Jet Li, Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu, Jin Liu
Directed By:
Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
40. Sijie (1968)
6
1
Sijie
6
1
Role:
Young Artist
Starring:
Cho Chung Lang
Directed By:
John Woo, Kei Sek
41. Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
4
1
Beginning of the Great Revival
4
1
Role:
Lin Sen
Starring:
Angelababy, Andy Lau, Bingbing Fan, Yun-Fat Chow
Directed By:
Jianxin Huang, Sanping Han
42. Man zhou ren (1973)
13
2
Man zhou ren
13
2
Starring:
Wen Chung Ku, Nan Chiang, Lei Cheng, Jin-pal Kim
Directed By:
Shu Mei Chin
43. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II (2011)
12
2
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II
12
2
Starring:
Masanobu Andô, Vivian Hsu, Sabu Kawahara, Nolay Piho, Chih-Hsiang Ma
Directed By:
Te-Sheng Wei
44. Nanjing 1937 (1995)
11
2
Nanjing 1937
11
2
Starring:
Rene Liu, Han Chin, Ai Saotome, Tao Bai, Guodian Chen
Directed By:
Ziniu Wu
45. Just Heroes (1989)
11
2
Just Heroes
11
2
Starring:
David Chiang, Kuan Tai Chen, Stephen Chow, Danny Lee, Tien Niu
Directed By:
Wu Ma, John Woo
46. Peace Hotel (1995)
11
2
Peace Hotel
11
2
Starring:
Shun Lau, Yun-Fat Chow, Cecilia Yip, Ho Chin, Annabelle Lau
Directed By:
Ka-Fai Wai
47. Ying xiong wu lei (1986)
11
2
Ying xiong wu lei
11
2
Starring:
Ching-Ying Lam, Cécile Le Bailly, Eddy Ko, Philippe Loffredo, Bruce Cheung
Directed By:
John Woo
48. Task Force (1997)
10
2
Task Force
10
2
Starring:
Eric Tsang, Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, Lawrence Ah Mon
Directed By:
Patrick Leung
49. The Crossing (2014)
10
2
The Crossing
10
2
Starring:
Song Hye-kyo, Ziyi Zhang, Hye-Kyo Song, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xiaoming Huang, Masami Nagasawa
Directed By:
John Woo
50. I Love Maria (1988)
10
2
I Love Maria
10
2
Starring:
John Sham, Ching-Ying Lam, Hark Tsui, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
Directed By:
Hark Tsui, David Chung
51. The Crossing 2 (2015)
10
3
The Crossing 2
10
3
Starring:
Song Hye-kyo, Ziyi Zhang, Hye-Kyo Song, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Dawei Tong, Xiaoming Huang
Directed By:
John Woo
52. Heng cai san qian wan (1987)
10
2
Heng cai san qian wan
10
2
Starring:
Eric Tsang, Anglie Leung, Mark Cheng, Karl Maka
Directed By:
Karl Maka
53. Lang man feng bao (1996)
9
2
Lang man feng bao
9
2
Starring:
Sammo Hung, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Aaron Kwok, Carman Lee, Lawrence Ah Mon, Michael Tong
Directed By:
Patrick Leung
54. A Better Tomorrow (2010)
9
3
A Better Tomorrow
R
9
3
Starring:
Jin-mo Ju, Seung-heon Song, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Kang-woo Kim, Han Sun Jo
Directed By:
Hae-sung Song
55. The Banquet (1991)
9
2
The Banquet
9
2
Starring:
Mars, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sylvia Chang, Philip Chan
Directed By:
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung, Clifton Ko, Alfred Cheung
56. My Fair Gentleman (2009)
9
2
My Fair Gentleman
9
2
Starring:
Honglei Sun, Kelly Lin, Jennifer Ling Hung, Jonathan Kos-Read, Renee Yuan
Directed By:
Ju-Yuan Li
57. Xiao jiang (1985)
9
2
Xiao jiang
9
2
Starring:
Yueh Sun, David Tao, Linda Jui-Chi Liu, Hsia Chiang, Feng Kang Chu
Directed By:
John Woo
58. Manhunt (2017)
10
3
Manhunt
10
3
Starring:
Ha Ji-won, Ji-won Ha, Hanyu Zhang, Jun Kunimura, Masaharu Fukuyama, Stephy Qi
Directed By:
John Woo
59. Jin ye xing guang can lan (1988)
9
2
Jin ye xing guang can lan
9
2
Starring:
Brigitte Lin, Tung-Shing Yee, George Lam, Kong-Hoi Chan
Directed By:
Ann Hui
60. Run Tiger, Run (1985)
8
2
Run Tiger, Run
8
2
Starring:
Hark Tsui, Teddy Robin Kwan, Yin-Tze Pan, Bin Bin, Yuan-Ting Chang
Directed By:
John Woo
61. Yong chuang tian xia (1990)
7
1
Yong chuang tian xia
7
1
Starring:
Yin Tse, Cecilia Yip, Yeung-Ming Wan, Kwong Leung Wong
Directed By:
Raymond Lee
62. The Glass Beads (2005)
6
1
The Glass Beads
6
1
Starring:
Joshua Snyder, Chris Krueger, Anthony Cheng, Samantha Fuller, Bob Golub
Directed By:
Angeles Woo

TV Movie(s)

1. Mission: Improbable (2000)
12
2
Mission: Improbable
12
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Stephen Chang, David Lea
Directed By:
Joel Gallen
2. Once a Thief (1996)
9
2
Once a Thief
R
9
2
Starring:
Robert Ito, Michael Wong, Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Nicholas Lea
Directed By:
John Woo
3. Blackjack (1998)
8
2
Blackjack
R
8
2
Starring:
Dolph Lundgren, Fred Williamson, Kate Vernon, Phillip MacKenzie, Kam Heskin
Directed By:
John Woo
4. Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother (1997)
10
2
Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother
10
2
Starring:
Michael Wong, Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Nicholas Lea, Jennifer Dale
Directed By:
Glenn Davis, Allan Kroeker, David Wu
5. Once a Thief: Family Business (1998)
10
2
Once a Thief: Family Business
10
2
Starring:
Emmanuelle Chriqui, Robert Ito, Jennifer Dale, Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei
Directed By:
T.J. Scott
6. The Robinsons: Lost in Space (2004)
9
2
The Robinsons: Lost in Space
9
2
Starring:
Brad Johnson, Tom McBeath, Jayne Brook, Mike Erwin, Ryan Malgarini
Directed By:
John Woo
7. Red Skies (2002)
8
2
Red Skies
8
2
Starring:
Pauley Perrette, Vivian Wu, Shawn Christian, Kadeem Hardison, Rachael Crawford
Directed By:
Larry Carroll, Robert Lieberman

Animation(s)

Appleseed Ex Machina (2007)
Appleseed Ex Machina
PG-13
Starring:
Kôichi Yamadera, Yûji Kishi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Shinpachi Tsuji, Ai Kobayashi
Directed By:
Shinji Aramaki
7 Brothers (2011)
7 Brothers

TV Shows and Videos

Stranglehold (2007)
Stranglehold
M
Starring:
Stephanie Sheh, Yun-Fat Chow, Jeremy Dunn, Grant George
Directed By:
John Woo, Martin Stoltz
Once a Thief (1996)
Once a Thief
R
Starring:
George Takei, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jennifer Dale, Sandrine Holt, Rachel Griffiths
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)
Hollywood's Best Film Directors
Starring:
Danny Boyle, Lars von Trier, Francis Ford Coppola, John Boorman