The 10 Best Jean-Claude Van Damme Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes

It looks like Jean-Claude Van Damme fans will only have one last chance to see him in an action movie. Earlier in 2022, the actor said that his next action movie, What is my nameIt will be his last appearance as an action star. He will play himself in the movie and the story will be inspired by “real items” from his life.

What is my name It looks very familiar from one of his highest rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, JCVD. This movie also saw Van Damme play a fictionalized version of himself. At the end of his career, Van Damme’s most acclaimed roles are often semi-autobiographical, as he appears to be trying to escape the world of B-grade action films into which his career eventually spiraled.

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10/10 The Last Mercenary (2021) – 58%

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Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Last Mercenary on Netflix

The last mercenary Giving Van Damme a chance to spoof the action movies he’s been making over two decades. In the film, he plays a government agent known as The Mist who returns to France to help his son, who has been framed for a crime he did not commit.

Van Damme is totally game here, being able to poke fun at himself and show how funny he really is. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics praised Van Damme in the film, calling him “self-conscious” and praising his on-the-line delivery as “weary humor”.

9/10 Hard Target (1993) – 60%

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Boudreau's chance at the hard target

while blood sports Made Van Damme a star, he was Tough target Which really made the critics take notice. This movie was a loose remake of the classic The most dangerous gamewith John Woo making his Hollywood debut with this action movie.

Van Damme plays Chance Boudreau, a homeless veteran who helps a woman find her missing father in New Orleans. With Woo directing and Lance Henriksen as the bad guy, critics praised the film, saying that Woo introduced Van Damme in a reverent manner as Sergio Leone did Clint Eastwood.

8/10 The Expendables 2 (2012) – 67%

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Jan Fillen Baskin in The Expendables 2.

Sylvester Stallone had a great idea when he gathered action heroes from the 80’s and 90’s and put them all together in a big budget action movie. It only made sense that when Mercenaries 2 Rolling over, Van Damme will join the fray.

The cool thing is that he appeared as a bad guy named Jean Vilain, and it’s no surprise that he was part of one of the best action scenes in the movie. expendable franchise. Proving he’s still funny, Van Damme understands why he’s so famous. As one Rotten Critics reviewer put it, it was “a wild, crazy blast from the past”.

7/10 Minions: The Rise Of Gru (2022) – 70%

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Jean-Claude from Minions: The Rise of a Gru.

If there’s one thing Van Dam offers him other than his fighting skills, it’s his signature voice. Thanks to that, it is ideal for voice roles in animated films. Van Dam joined despicable me cast to its latest version, Minions: The Rise of a GruHe played a character named Jean Cloyd.

Van Dam was a member of Vicious 6 who had a mechanical lobster claw on his right arm. A Rotten Tomatoes critic said the film was “brought to life by a talented voice cast,” and Van Damme certainly was a part of that.

6/10 Enemies Closer (2013) – 79%

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Enemies are closer It is another Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, released in 2013. What was unusual about this movie was that it gave Van Damme an opportunity to play a villain in an action movie. He plays Xander, a gang leader who wanted to retrieve some drugs lost in the jungle.

Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones star as heroes, former enemies turned allies, but Van Damme really stole the show when he appeared alongside the film’s stars. It’s rare for an action star to play a villain, which makes this a must-see for fans.

5/10 The Guardian (2018) – 80%

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Watchman It was one of the action films of 2018 that was darker and more serious than most of Van Damme’s films. In the movie, he plays a ranger named Lukas, who ends up being forced to protect his daughter when his actions put a target on her head.

Van Damme eschews the humor he introduced in later roles and takes on a darker, grittier side here. There is nothing in Watchmanbut showed that Van Damme still had a lot to offer action films, even in his later years.

4/10 No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) – 80%

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Jean-Claude Van Damme in No Retreat No Surrender

The oldest Jean-Claude Van Damme film that Rotten Tomatoes critics loved was his 1986 film, No retreat no surrender. This was Van Damme’s breakthrough film and the first American film directed by Corey Yuen.

The film pays homage to Bruce Lee, with a fictionalized version of the martial arts master appearing as a ghost. Van Damme plays a karate student named Jason Stillwell who defends his dojo from an evil group that wants to take them out.

3/10 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – 80%

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Masters in Kung Fu Panda 2.

The highest rated animated film in which Van Damme voiced him was Dreamwork Kung Fu Panda 2. In this film, Van Damme took on the role of Master Croc, one of the kung fu masters conquered by Lord Shen.

The sequel was a huge improvement over the original version. The animation was impressive, and the story was darker, more mature, and more satisfying. Critics praised the animation and said that the film “doesn’t lose sight of its purpose: fun, fun, fun”.

2/10 JCVD (2008) – 84%

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JCVD movie poster.

JCVD It was the film that convinced fans that Van Damme was more than aware of his reputation. In this film, he plays a fantastically fictionalized version of himself, suffers a downward spiral in his career and then finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery in Belgium.

Since people know he’s action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme, the actor has to figure out how he can handle the situation. He gives an emotional and self-deprecating performance that may be the best acting of his career.

1/10 Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) – 92%

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Jean-Claude Van Damme fights in Kickboxer: Retaliation.

In what may come as a surprise, it was Jean-Claude Van Damme’s highest-rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes Kickboxer: Revenge. This movie sees Van Dammeeturn in one of the franchises that made him a household name, but in a very different role.

This time around, Van Damme plays Durand, a trainer to a younger fighter, Alain Moussi’s Kurt Sloan. The movie is a huge improvement over its predecessor. Kickboxer: Revengewith a Rotten Tomatoes critic calling it “a stylish, fun fight with enough tongue-in-cheek content to keep us smiling.”

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