JCVD's Films: Glory to Sorryby majg16 | created - 07 May 2012 | updated - 23 Jul 2018 | Public
I am a huge Van Damme fan, and have grown up watching his movies. The first film I saw was Universal Soldier when I was 8, I remember the last fight scene scared me, but from that point on I loved the man.
So with JCVD finally coming back to theatres, I thought it appropriate to list all his films from the greatest to the...well, not so great. Although he has starred in some seriously bad movies, I still own them purely on the fact that its Jean Claude.
Keep in mind that these are opinionated :)
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1. Nowhere to Run (1993)
R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Escaped convict Sam Gillen single handedly takes on ruthless developers determined to evict Clydie - a widow with two young children. Nobody knows who Sam is.
Votes: 20,386 | Gross: $22.19M
My absolute favorite, love the atmosphere and location. Great acting and perfect blend of drama and action.
2. Bloodsport (1988)
R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.
Votes: 70,131 | Gross: $11.81M
The classic, always a guilty pleasure. Can watch this anytime.
3. The Expendables 2 (2012)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Votes: 279,285 | Gross: $85.02M
Van Damme stole the show, an amazing performance as the villain in one of the best action films made.
4. Inferno (II) (1999)
R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A man (JCVD) drives out in the desert where some men steal his motorcycle and leave him for dead. He survives and no longer thinks of suicide as he now has a purpose in life: revenge and getting his bike back.
People may disagree but I love this film. Big fan of westerns and this is about as close as JCVD can get. Love the setting and characters.
5. Hard Target (1993)
R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.
Votes: 41,226 | Gross: $32.59M
Jon Woo made this such an epic action thriller.
6. Timecop (1994)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.
Votes: 52,126 | Gross: $44.85M
Everybody remembers the splits in the kitchen, great action/sci-fi flick
8. Universal Soldier (1992)
R | 102 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.
Votes: 78,041 | Gross: $36.30M
JC and Dolph, Great Pair-up, Great Movie
9. Lionheart (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.
Votes: 30,243 | Gross: $24.08M
90's Van Dammage at it's best.
10. Double Impact (1991)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime
Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.
Votes: 35,305 | Gross: $30.10M
Jean-Claude Van Johnson (2016–2017)
TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A famous action movie hero and martial arts star comes out of retirement to assume his alter ego as undercover private contractor named Jean-Claude Van Johnson. He must also deal with aging and his handler Vanessa, the ex he still loves.
12. The Quest (1996)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.
Votes: 22,603 | Gross: $21.60M
13. JCVD (2008)
R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.
Votes: 36,309 | Gross: $0.47M
14. Death Warrant (1990)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.
Votes: 15,813 | Gross: $16.85M
15. Maximum Risk (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A cop/flic discovers that he had a twin who just got murdered in Nice, France. In order to find out who did it, he takes his place including the cute girlfriend in Little Odessa, NYC.
Votes: 18,846 | Gross: $14.50M
17. Welcome to the Jungle (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A company retreat on a tropical island goes terribly awry.
Pros: Scenery is beautiful and there are wonderful shots, Van Damme is hilarious and should do more comedic roles. An Action Comedy in the vain of The Other Guys would be incredible. Cons: Production value is low and script is not very well thought out. Unintelligent moments are plenty and direction isn't very good, still, 6/10 not bad.
18. Sudden Death (1995)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.
Votes: 30,169 | Gross: $20.35M
19. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
R | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol. Luc/JCVD goes in but faces 2 NGUs.
Very Gritty, better than "the return"
20. Double Team (1997)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
An international spy teams up with an arms dealer to escape from a penal colony and rescue his family from a terrorist.
Votes: 29,449 | Gross: $11.44M
I actually don't mind this one
22. Legionnaire (1998)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.
23. Enemies Closer (2013)
R | 85 min | Action, Thriller
Deep within a forest on the U.S.-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
This isn't half bad and Van Damme's acting is progressing at an alarming rate.
25. Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama
Right after winning a fight in Las Vegas, Kurt Sloane is sedated and taken to a prison in Bangkok, where he's forced to fight a 6'10" giant for freedom and $1M - but this will require some intense training.
Votes: 3,574 | Gross: $0.00M
26. The Order (2001)
R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.
28. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Mystery
John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.
Votes: 18,321 | Gross: $0.01M
plot is terrible, but some great fight scenes make up for it.
31. Pound of Flesh (2015)
R | 104 min | Action, Thriller
A man's heroic attempt to help a woman in distress ends up with him waking up the next day without a kidney and plotting his revenge.
33. Swelter (2014)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Ten years after their casino heist, four escaped convicts trace their former partner to a desert town, where he is now a lawman with no memory of his criminal past.
34. The Shepherd (2008 Video)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.
35. 6 Bullets (2012)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ex-mercenary known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped.
It's sad to see Van Damme perform so well, in such an underwhelming movie. The acting is subpar, but its still better than a few on this list.
36. Alien Uprising (2012)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
The real "battle" is the insurgence within mankind itself.
People bashed this movie so I went in with extremely low expectations, but after viewing it, I was shocked. Seriously, this is at least a 6/10 Given the cast, budget and film content, this could have been much worse. Van Damme is beautiful, if at least for ten minutes.
37. Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
R | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The "universal soldiers" must fight the whole army, when the military's supercomputer S.E.T.H gets out of control.
Votes: 26,698 | Gross: $10.43M
The acting is atrocious, but the fight scenes with Van Damme and Jai White are done well.
38. Kill'em All (2017)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Wounded men arrive at a closed down hospital save E.R. Then men with guns arrive and start killing. Who are killing who and why? The FBI try to figure it out by interrogating the only survivor, a nurse, about her and Philip's role.
39. Black Eagle (1988)
R | 93 min | Action, Drama
CIA agent must outrace KGB agent in searching of super weapon lost in Mediterranean.
First time he did the splits on film
40. Street Fighter (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.
Votes: 61,628 | Gross: $33.42M
Terrible, but oscar worthy compared to the other street fighter film.
41. The Hard Corps (2006 Video)
R | 110 min | Action, Thriller
An Army veteran assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a former boxer. Complications arise when the boxer suspects his sister may be romantically involved with the bodyguard.
42. Until Death (2007)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Stowe is a dirty cop who is hooked on heroin, and everyone dislikes him. Because of an accident he is put into a coma, and comes out of it a better person. He wakes up wanting to put things right.
44. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.
Votes: 14,297 | Gross: $4.66M
45. Second in Command (2006 Video)
R | 92 min | Action, Thriller, War
The new military attache is also second in command at the US embassy in "Moldavia". The loser at the recent presidential election isn't letting that stop him. The president seeks protection at the US embassy bringing it under attack.
46. Derailed (2002)
R | 89 min | Action, Thriller
On an out of control train holding hostages and high-tech bio-weapons agent Kristoff (Van Damme) becomes a one man army to derail the terrorists and save the lives of everyone on board!
47. Dragon Eyes (2012)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself.
unfortunately he is only in it briefly, and while the fight scenes are choreographed well, the movie is absolute garbage.
48. Full Love (2014)
108 min | Action, Drama
A military veteran and former mercenary named Frenchy is haunted by his childhood, as well as his past in the military.
Pending (numerous re-takes and delays does not bode well for this)