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The Best Chow Yun-Fat Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 2.1k votes 352 voters 35.5k views

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List of the best Chow Yun-Fat movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Chow Yun-Fat's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Chow Yun-Fat movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Chow Yun-Fat movies will be at the top of the list. Chow Yun-Fat has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Chow Yun-Fat movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Chow Yun-Fat films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Chow Yun-Fat role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Chow Yun-Fat performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list below has everything from City on Fire to Treasure Hunt.

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    Hard Boiled

    Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Hard Boiled is a 1992 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Tony an undercover cop, and Anthony Wong as...  more

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    Full Contact

    Chow Yun-Fat, Anthony Wong

    Released1993

    Directed byRingo Lam

    Full Contact is a 1992 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Simon Yam, Anthony Wong and Ann Bridgewater....  more

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    #113 of 202 The Best R-Rated World Cinema Movies#50 of 50 The Best Action Movies of 1993

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    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Woo

    This film is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the eyes of the singer...  more

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    #327 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#113 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time

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    Anna and the King

    Jodie Foster, Bai Ling

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Anna and the King is a 1999 biographical drama film loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which give a fictionalised account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens. The story concerns...  more

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    #198 of 302 The Best Movies Based On True Stories#25 of 49 The Best Jodie Foster Movies

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    A Better Tomorrow

    Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Woo

    A Better Tomorrow is a cult 1986 Hong Kong crime film directed by John Woo and starring Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat. The film had a profound influence on the Hong Kong film-making...  more

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    #87 of 112 The Best Action Movies Of The 1980s#420 of 627 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors,...  more

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    An Autumn's Tale

    Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Chan

    Released1987

    Directed byMabel Cheung

    An Autumn's Tale is a 1987 Hong Kong-made romantic drama set in New York City starring Chow Yun-fat, Cherie Chung, and Danny Chan. This is Mabel Cheung's second movie as a director after her...  more
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    Rich and Famous

    Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau

    Released1987

    Directed byTaylor Wong

    Rich and Famous is a 1987 Hong Kong action-crime film directed by Taylor Wong, and starring Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat. The film was concluded by a sequel, Tragic Hero which was also released in 1987....  more
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    The Postmodern Life of My Aunt

    Chow Yun-Fat, Zhao Wei

    Released2006

    Directed byAnn Hui

    The Postmodern Life of My Aunt is a 2006 Hong Kong serio-comedy film, directed by Ann Hui, starring Siqin Gaowa and Chow Yun-fat. The film also guest-stars Chinese actresses Zhao Wei and Lisa Lu. Its...  more
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    Let the Bullets Fly

    Chow Yun-Fat, Jiang Wen

    Released2010

    Directed byJiang Wen

    Let the Bullets Fly is a 2010 action comedy film written and directed by Jiang Wen, based on a story by Ma Shitu, a famous Sichuanese writer. The film is set in Sichuan during the 1920s when the...  more
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    A Better Tomorrow 2

    Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Woo

    A Better Tomorrow 2 is a 1987 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo. A follow-up to its popular predecessor, A Better Tomorrow, the film stars returning cast members Chow Yun-fat, Ti...  more
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    Shanghai

    John Cusack, Gong Li

    Released2010

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Shanghai is a 2010 American mystery/thriller neo-noir film directed by Mikael Håfström, starring John Cusack and Gong Li. The film was released in China on June 17, 2010. It has never been released...  more
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    Tragic Hero

    Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau

    Released1987

    Directed byTaylor Wong

    Tragic Hero is a 1987 Hong Kong action-crime film directed by Taylor Wong, and starring Andy Lau, Chow Yun-Fat and Alex Man. The film is the sequel to Rich And Famous but was released first due to...  more
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    Confucius

    Chow Yun-Fat, Zhou Xun

    Released2010

    Directed byHu Mei

    Confucius is a 2010 Chinese biographical drama film written and directed by Hu Mei, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Chinese philosopher. The film was produced by P.H. Yu, Han Sanping, Rachel Liu...  more
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    The Children of Huang Shi

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2008

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    The Children of Huang Shi is a Chinese 2008 film. The film centres on the story of George Hogg and the sixty orphans that he led across China in an effort to save them from conscription during the...  more
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    City on Fire

    Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung

    Released1987

    Directed byRingo Lam

    City on Fire is a 1987 Hong Kong crime film written, produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sun Yueh. Following A Better Tomorrow, it helped establish Chow's...  more

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    Hong Kong 1941

    Chow Yun-Fat, Wu Ma

    Released1984

    Directed byPo-Chih Leong

    Hong Kong 1941 is a 1984 Hong Kong film, directed by Po-Chih Leong and written by Sammo Hung....  more
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2007

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann,...  more

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    Once a Thief

    Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Once a Thief is a 1991 Hong Kong crime film written and directed by John Woo, starring Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Cherie Chung, Kenneth Tsang, and Chu Kong. The film was released in the Hong Kong...  more

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    #65 of 200 The Best Heist Movies#75 of 169 The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies

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    City War

    Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung

    Released1989

    Directed byChung Sun

    City War is a 1988 Hong Kong crime action film directed by Suen Chung and starring Chow Yun-fat and Ti Lung in their third collaboration after A Better Tomorrow 1 and 2....  more
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    Bulletproof Monk

    Jaime King, Seann William Scott

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Hunter

    Bulletproof Monk is a 2003 American action film directed by Paul Hunter in his directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Seann William Scott, and Jaime King. The film is loosely based on the...  more
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    God of Gamblers

    Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau

    Released1989

    Directed byWong Jing

    God of Gamblers is a 1989 Hong Kong action comedy-drama film written and directed by Wong Jing, and featuring an ensemble cast....  more
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    The Monkey King

    Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen

    Released2014

    Directed byCheang Pou-soi

    The Monkey King is a 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the film's action director. Production began...  more
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    Curse of the Golden Flower

    Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat

    Released2006

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written by...  more

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    #33 of 152 The Best Wuxia Movies#169 of 207 The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies

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    The Greatest Lover

    Chow Yun-Fat, Anita Mui

    Released1988

    Directed byClarence Fok