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The Best Movies Directed by John Woo 

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Updated September 24, 2019 1.1k votes 264 voters 31.6k views 28 items

List of all movies directed by John Woo ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by John Woo are listed here and include movie posters and John Woo movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by John Woo as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest John Woo movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top John Woo film is can be factored into this list.

From John Woo's studio films to John Woo's independent films, this John Woo filmography keeps tabs on all John Woo movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List movies include The Killer, Paycheck and many additional movies as well.

If you’re wondering “what movies did John Woo direct?” or “who is John Woo?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by John Woo?” and “what's a good selection of good John Woo movies?”

If you're wanting to get into John Woo films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent John Woo works.

All John Woo director credits are included. This list of every movie that John Woo has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the John Woo movie is and which actors starred in the John Woo film.

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Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage have both worked on a John Woo directed movie, as have many other great actors.

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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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#47 of 53 The Most Unrealistic Action Films #21 of 25 The Best Cowboy Cop Movies, Ranked #461 of 717 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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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#306 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #98 of 108 The Best Mafia Films #56 of 102 The Best Assassin Movies

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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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#46 of 560 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #240 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #9 of 14 'Stupid' Action Movies That Are Secretly Brilliant

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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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#88 of 96 The Best Action Movies of the 1980s #525 of 717 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time #434 of 529 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Simon Yam, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Woo

Bullet in the Head is a 1990 Hong Kong action film written, produced, edited and directed by John Woo, who played Police Inspector, and starring Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee and Simon
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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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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Woo

Hard Target is a 1993 American action film directed by Chinese film director John Woo in his American directorial debut. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work ...more

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#410 of 560 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #380 of 717 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time #167 of 333 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

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Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Woo

Red Cliff is a Chinese epic film from 2008-2009, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and the events at the end of the Han dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in ancient ...more

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#285 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #238 of 299 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #578 of 598 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
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Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Woo

Sun Shangxiang has infiltrated Cao Cao's camp and she has been secretly noting details and sending them via a pigeon to Zhuge Liang. Meanwhile Cao Cao's army is seized with a plague of typhoid ...more

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#319 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #536 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #176 of 227 The Best Historical Drama Movies Of All Time, Ranked

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Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Woo

Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo, and the second film in the Mission: Impossible ...more

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#138 of 226 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #83 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #33 of 74 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Woo

Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach. The film was released in the United States on June 14, 2002.

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#55 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #381 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #6 of 12 12 Bad Nicolas Cage Movies That Are Actually Good

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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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#82 of 184 The Best Heist Movies #69 of 200 The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies #197 of 207 The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies

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Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Woo

Paycheck is a 2003 sci-fi thriller film based on the short story of the same name by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The film was directed by John Woo and stars Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman ...more

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#135 of 154 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies #40 of 49 The Best Movies Based on Short Stories #38 of 45 The Best Memory Loss Movies

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Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

Released: 1976

Directed by: John Woo

Hand of Death, also known as Countdown in Kung Fu, is a 1976 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Doran Tan and James Tien, and featuring early acting ...more
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Lam Ching-ying, Eddy Ko, Phillip Loffredo

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Woo

Heroes Shed No Tears is a 1986 Hong Kong action/war film written and directed by John Woo, produced by Peter Chan, and starring Eddy Ko. Released prior to the success of Woo's A Better Tomorrow, ...more
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Damian Lau, Lau Kong, Hoi Sang Lee

Released: 1979

Directed by: John Woo

Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed by John Woo, and starring Damian Lau and Wei Pai. The film is a precursor to Woo's heroic bloodshed ...more

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#217 of 333 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies #37 of 41 The Best Kung Fu Movies of the 1970s #21 of 131 The Best Wuxia Movies

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Stephen Chow, David Chiang, Danny Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Woo, Wu Ma

Just Heroes is a 1989 Hong Kong crime film, directed by John Woo and Wu Ma. The film stars Danny Lee, David Chiang and Stephen Chow.
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Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Shawn Yue

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Woo, Chao-Bin Su

Reign of Assassins is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Su Chao-pin and co-directed by John Woo. The film is shot in China and set during the Ming Dynasty. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, who plays an ...more

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#250 of 334 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History #148 of 333 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies #4 of 131 The Best Wuxia Movies

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Dolph Lundren, Fred Williamson, Kate Vernon

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Woo

Blackjack, also known as John Woo’s Blackjack is a 1998 TV action film or more specifically a backdoor pilot directed by John Woo. Dolph Lundgren stars as a former US Marshal turned detective ...more
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Adrianne Palicki

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Woo

The Robinsons: Lost in Space is a 2004 film directed by John Woo.
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Jackie Chan

Released: 1973

Directed by: Jimmy L. Pascual

Fist to Fist is a 1973 martial arts film directed by Jimmy L. Pascual.
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The Dragon Tamers Sammo Hung

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Woo

The Dragon Tamers, also known as Belles of Taekwondo, is a 1975 Hong Kong action film. Long before his development of the "heroic bloodshed" gangster films genre, John Woo was a young ...more
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Once a Thief Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Dale

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

Once a Thief is a film directed by John Woo released on Sep 29, 1996.
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Stellan Skarsgård, James Brown, Kathryn Morris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai, Tony Scott, John Woo, Ang Lee, Alejandro González Iñárritu, + more

The BMW film series The Hire was a series of eight short films produced for the Internet in 2001 and 2002. A form of branded content, the shorts were directed by popular filmmakers from around ...more