Top 10 Best Jet Li Movies of All Time Ranked

The list of the Top 10 Best Jet Li's Movies of All Time: Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen.

Li Lianjie (courtesy name Yangzhong; born 26 April 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen.

After three years of training with acclaimed Wushu teacher Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from competitive Wushu at age 19, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor, making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982).

He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably as the lead in Zhang Yimou's Hero (2002), Fist of Legend (1994), and the first three films in the Once Upon a Time in China series (1991–1993), in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung.

He is ranked number three among the Top 10 Best Martial Arts Actors of All Time.

Li's first role in a non-Chinese film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many international action films, including in French cinema with the Luc Besson-produced films Kiss of the Dragon (2001) and Unleashed (2005). He co-starred in The One (2001) and War (2007) with Jason Statham, The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, all three of The Expendables films with Sylvester Stallone, and as the title character villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).

1- Fist of Legend: 1994

Top 10 Best Jet Li's Movies of All Time

Chinese martial arts student Chen Zhen (Jet Li) is studying in Kyoto, Japan, when he learns his mentor has died in a match against Ryuichi Akutagawa (Jackson Liu). Returning home to the Japanese-occupied Shanghai of 1937, Chen challenges Ryuichi to a fight and easily defeats him. Concluding his master was set up, Chen has an autopsy performed. Meanwhile, word of his martial arts skill entices new students hoping to study with him, making his teacher's son, Huo Ting-An (Chin Siu Ho), jealous.

Initial release: 22 December 1994 (Hong Kong)

2- Black Mask: 1996

Black Mask: 1996

Simon (Jet Li) appears to be a mild-mannered librarian, but he's actually a genetically enhanced solider who feels no pain. His team of super-soldiers, code-named Squad 701, was disbanded after some of them had psychotic episodes and exhibited mental instability. Simon thinks his fighting days are behind him, but when members of the squad, led by his ex-commander, Hung (Patrick Lung), start murdering drug dealers, Simon dons a black mask and searches the streets for his former comrades.

Initial release: 9 November 1996 (Hong Kong)

3- Romeo Must Die: 2000

Romeo Must Die: 2000

In this martial-arts take on Shakespeare's famous tragedy, an ex-policeman is jailed for a crime he didn't commit and he breaks out to avenge his brother's death in America. There, he meets Trish O'Day and as they fall in love, she helps him in his search. Her father knows more about Li's brother's death than he should and soon he and Li are at war with stunningly choreographed action sequences.

Initial release: 22 March 2000 (USA)

4- The One: 2001

The One: 2001

In a stunning dual role, international star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form of himself escaped from an advanced, parallel universe and intent on killing Gabriel. His alter ego's hunt culminates in a fateful battle between good and evil that changes Gabriel's perception of reality and forces him to examine the evil hidden within himself.

Initial release: 2 November 2001 (USA)

5- The New Legend Of Shaolin: 1994

The New Legend Of Shaolin: 1994

The New Legend of Shaolin is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Wong Jing and Corey Yuen, and produced by Jet Li, who also starred in the lead role. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 3 March 1994. This film showcases Hung Hei-kwun's exploits as a rebel against the Qing government.

Initial release: 5 February 1994 (South Korea)

6- Tai Chi Master: 1993

Tai Chi Master: 1993

Two Shaolin monks - one placid and humble, the other fiery and competitive - are expelled from their temple after a false accusation of cheating. They embark on two radically different paths before being reunited when one betrays the other and nearly kills him in combat. While recuperating, the more balanced monk discovers the power of the slow, graceful martial art of t'ai chi.

Initial release: 18 November 1993 (Hong Kong)

7- Fearless: 2006

Fearless: 2006

After a terrible tragedy, a martial artist (Jet Li) retreats to a remote village to gain a new appreciation for the important things in life, but when he returns to the city to reconcile his past with the present, he gets caught up in a duel to the death defending China's honor.

Initial release: 26 January 2006 (Singapore)

8- Kiss of the Dragon: 2001

Kiss of the Dragon: 2001

Chinese cop Liu Jian is brought to Paris to help crack a major drugs ring, but when the official with whom he's meant to liaise ends up dead, he realises that corrupt cop Jean-Pierre Richard is the head of the ring. Jian must not only prove he is innocent of the murder but also evade Richard's thugs who want him dead. In a city where he knows nobody, Jian's only ally is a prostitute named Jessica.

Initial release: 25 June 2001 (USA)

9- Unleashed: 2005

Unleashed: 2005

Crime Boss Bart (Bob Hoskins) raises orphan Danny (Jet Li) with no knowledge of anything other than how to fight, using him as an enforcer when debts must be collected. Planning to enter Danny into a fight tournament and retire with the prize money, Bart disappears after a deadly drive-by shooting. Danny flees and takes shelter with kindly piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman). Away from Bart's abusive control, Danny learns how to live like a human and begins investigating his past.

Initial release: 13 May 2005 (USA)

10- Hero: 2002

Hero: 2002

In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for defeating three of the king's most dangerous enemies. When Nameless recounts his battles with the assassins -- Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) and Moon (Zhang Ziyi) -- the king begins to question some of the details. As Nameless goes on, the king challenges the tales, interjecting his own take on these perhaps suspect version of events.

Initial release: 24 October 2002 (Shenzhen)


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