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The Best Chow Yun-Fat Movies 

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Chow Yun-Fat movies?" and "What are the greatest Chow Yun-Fat roles of all time?"

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Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Philip Kwok

Released: 1992

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, John Woo

Released: 1986

Directed by: John 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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Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ang 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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Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Wong Jing

Released: 1989

Directed by: Wong Jing

God of Gamblers is a 1989 Hong Kong action comedy-drama film written and directed by Wong Jing, and featuring an ensemble cast.
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Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang

Released: 1987

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Roy Cheung

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ringo Lam

Prison on Fire is a 1987 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam and starring Chow Yun-fat, Roy Cheung and Tony Leung Ka-Fai. The film was followed by a sequel in the 1991's Prison on Fire
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Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung, Danny Lee

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ringo 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 ...more

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Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zhang 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 ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, Andy Lau

Released: 1991

Directed by: Wong Jing, Wong Ching

God of Gamblers II is a 1990 Hong Kong action comedy film written and directed by Wong Jing. It stars Andy Lau as Little Knife, Stephen Chow as the Saint of Gamblers, and Ng Man-Tat as Blackie ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Leslie Cheung

Released: 1991

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Mira Sorvino, Danny Trejo, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 1998

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

This film is a 1998 American action film directed by Antoine Fuqua in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker and Kenneth Tsang. The film was ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Chingmy Yau, Tony Leung Ka-fai

Released: 1994

Directed by: Wong Jing

God of Gamblers Returns, also known as God of Gamblers' Return and The Return of the God of Gamblers, is a 1994 Hong Kong action-drama-comedy film written and directed by Wong Jing. It starred ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Anthony Wong, Simon Yam

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ringo 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.

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Jodie Foster, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy 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 ...more

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Mark Wahlberg, Brian Cox, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Foley

The Corruptor is a 1999 American action thriller film directed by James Foley, starring Chow Yun-fat and Mark Wahlberg. The film was released in the United States on March 5, 1999.

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Chow Yun-Fat, David Chiang, Ti Lung

Released: 1988

Directed by: Lau Kar-leung

Tiger on Beat, also known as Tiger on the Beat is a 1988 Hong Kong action-comedy film directed by Lau Kar-leung. It stars Chow Yun-fat and Conan Lee as a buddy cop team who originally hate each ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Anita Mui, Tony Leung Ka-fai

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tsui Hark

A Better Tomorrow 3: Love & Death in Saigon is a 1989 Hong Kong action drama film co-produced and directed by Tsui Hark. It is a loosely-based prequel to John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, though ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ringo Lam

Prison on Fire II is a 1991 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat and Roy Cheung. It is the sequel to the 1987's Prison on Fire.
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Chow Yun-Fat, Sylvia Chang, Ng Man-tat

Released: 1989

Directed by: Johnnie To

All About Ah-Long is a 1989 Hong Kong drama film directed by Johnnie To and starring Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang and Ng Man-Tat.
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John Cusack, Gong Li, David Morse

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mikael 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 ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Chan, Cherie Chung

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mabel 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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Jaime King, Seann William Scott, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 2003

Directed by: Paul 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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Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Carina Lau

Released: 1987

Directed by: Taylor 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
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Chow Yun-Fat, Zhao Wei, Lisa Lu

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ann 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 ...more