Action The Best Movies Directed by John Woo  

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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 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 The Killer 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 the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, 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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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon 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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Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Simon Yam, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau 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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Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro Red Cliff is a Chinese epic war 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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Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang 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 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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Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro 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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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. It deals with the theft of two American nuclear

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Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti 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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Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton 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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Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Leslie Cheung 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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Lam Ching-ying, Eddy Ko, Phillip Loffredo 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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Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater Windtalkers is a 2002 American war 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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Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao 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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Damian Lau, Lau Kong, Hoi Sang Lee 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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Stephen Chow, David Chiang, Danny Lee 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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Dolph Lundren, Fred Williamson, Kate Vernon 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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Stellan Skarsgård, James Brown, Kathryn Morris 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

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Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Shawn Yue 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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Adrianne Palicki The Robinsons: Lost in Space is a 2004 film directed by John Woo.

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Jackie Chan Fist to Fist is a 1973 martial arts film directed by Jimmy L. Pascual.

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Once a Thief Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Dale Once a Thief is a film directed by John Woo released on Sep 29, 1996.

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The Dragon Tamers Sammo Hung 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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The Hire: Hostage Clive Owen Hostage is a 2002 short film directed by John Woo in which the driver races to locate a kidnapped victim locked in the trunk of an abandoned car somewhere on the water's edge. Linked to her only ...more

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Kelly Macdonald, David Thewlis, Andre Royo All the Invisible Children is a 2005 anthology film on the theme of childhood and exploitation. It is a collection of seven short films, each focused on a different child. The film has a total ...more

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Plain Jane To The Rescue Wong Ka Kui Plain Jane To The Rescue is a 1982 comedy and action film written by Chun-Wah Lau and John Woo and directed by John Woo.