7 best Jean-Claude Van Damme action movies, ranked – Digital Trends

If you grew up loving great action movies from the 1980s and 1990s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a fair number of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. While he never quite managed to become the kind of A-lister that Schwarzenegger and Stallone were, JCVD was a major star through the early 1990s and has continued to make compelling action movies even up until today.
As we look back at his long career, we’ve identified seven of his very best movies that you should definitely check out.
JCVD joined the universe of The Expendables for this sequel and helped make it every bit a worthy successor to the first installment. Here, he plays Jean Vilain (get it?), the leader of a rival group of mercenaries who are tasked with taking on the Expendables.
The movie climaxes with a final showdown between Stallone and JCVD, which seems like exactly what fans were hoping this series would be able to deliver. When the moment finally came, both actors seemed primed and ready.
The movie that really kickstarted JCVD’s career as an action icon, Bloodsport follows a U.S. soldier who has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into a deeply dangerous martial arts competition. Even as he tries to gain access to the fight, he also has to evade military officers who consider him to be AWOL.
Of course, what makes Bloodsport so worthy of this list is that it offers a full showcase of what JCVD had to offer. If the plotting is a little stale or repetitive, the athletic ability of its leading man more than compensates for it.
A straightforward action movie that feels a bit like a riff on Die HardSudden Death came at the tail end of JCVD’s run as an action A-lister. The movie tells the story of a dad who decides to take his kids to the Stanley Cup Finals, completely unaware that there are terrorists in the building who have kidnapped the vice president and are planning to blow the arena up if the ransom isn’t paid.
Of course, they didn’t know that JCVD would be in the house. Although the premise itself isn’t all that innovative, the movie around it mostly works, thanks in part to its willingness to lean almost entirely into action.
Director Peter Hyams had a fascinating Hollywood career, and Timecop was one of its crowning achievements. Starring JCVD as a man who has been tasked with traveling through time to prevent people from changing the future, Timecop is a true showcase for everything that JCVD did well as a movie star.
Does it also showcase the limits of his emotional range? Maybe a little bit, but Timecop remains a thrilling action vehicle nonetheless, one that is anchored by its intriguing sci-fi premise.
The original Universal Soldier was not well received when it was first received in the 1990s, but the franchise has had a long life on VOD, and many have flocked to it in part because of the incredible dynamic action filmmaking it contains.
In Day of Reckoning, JCVDfaces off against Dolph Lundgren, but what really sells the movie is the incredible spectacle provided by director John Hyams. Even in 2012, JCVD was still more than capable of being one of the most exciting action stars on film, though, and Day of Reckoning is all the proof you need.
The most daring and brilliant thing JCVD ever did was star in JCVD, a movie about a washed-up action star who finds himself at the center of a bank robbery. The brilliance of the movie is the way that JCVD manages to lean into his persona while totally lacking the vanity that once defined his onscreen persona.
The movie is not quite the sort of quiet reckoning that Creed would be for Sylvester Stallone a few years later, but it’s on a similar wavelength, and it’s a reminder that in addition to his skills as an action star, JCVD has a charisma that is hard to deny.
John Woo is one of the best directors of action who has ever lived, and his collaboration with JCVD is among his best work. Telling the story of a bodyguard who discovers a ring of wealthy men who play with the homeless for sport. When he discovers that the father of the woman whom he’s been hired to protect was killed as part of this game, he vows to get vengeance on her behalf.
The premise is certainly a little silly (though it has some surprisingly political undertones), but Woo and JCVD make for a dynamic duo, and Hard Target helped to make both of their careers.
While many streaming services continue raising prices, Tubi remains free for all customers. As a FAST service, subscribers gain access to Tubi’s enormous library, home to 50,000 movies and TV shows. All of these programs are available for free. The only caveat is that Tubi runs ads. Think of these ads like watching commercials on cable television. Unlike cable, Tubi does not require a subscription fee.
Explore movies and TV shows in genres from comedies and sci-fi to dramas and romance. In March, the genre we’ve zeroed in on is action. Below, you’ll find three action movies to watch on Tubi. Our selections include a hilarious buddy cop action comedy, an underrated crime thriller, and a 1980s gem starring Sylvester Stallone.
The Heat (2013)
The best part about the free ad-supported streaming service (FAST), Tubi, is that you can choose from thousands of movies to watch entirely for free, albeit with ads. The worst part is that the selection is constantly changing. This can actually be a good thing because it means there’s always a fresh selection from which to choose. But it also means if you see a great movie you want to watch, you should take time to sit down and enjoy before it’s gone.
Rather than endlessly scrolling through the options once you do have time to park in front of the couch to enjoy a classic film, we have curated this list of the best movies on Tubi right now. There’s a wide selection of options fitting all types of genres, from crime thrillers to dramas, horror, and comedy.
There’s a very good reason why Hulu has some of the best sci-fi movies that you can stream: The film library of 20th Century Fox, which includes science fiction classics like the Alien movies, Predator, and more. And this month, Warner Bros. is lending Hulu two of its own top-tier sci-fi flicks: Inception and Blade Runner 2049. Between those films and the other recent arrival, The Creator, fans of the genre have much to enjoy.
Keep reading for our complete lineup of the best sci-fi movies on Hulu right now. But if you’re looking for more films to watch, remember that Hulu is part of the Disney Bundle. That includes the basic Hulu subscription (with ads), Disney+, and ESPN+, all for just $14 a month. That’s a great deal, and you don’t even have to go to the future for it.
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