Tyler’s Take Ranks the 5 best Chuck Norris Action Films!!
Chuck Norris is famously recognized as one of the greatest action movie heroes of all-time. Fans world-wide are familiar with the tough Oklahoma born karate fighter! With his trademark red hair and beard Norris is always taking names and kicking a$$. Norris always resonated with his fans due to his characters having good morals and the fact that he always got justice for those he cared about that were wronged. Norris added credibility, believability, and passion to whichever movie project that he was involved with.
Let’s get into the list!!!!!
1. The Way of The Dragon
Bruce Lee directed and wrote this iconic breakthrough 1972 film. The plot for the film saw Tang Lang (Lee) visit his family at their restaurant in Italy. Lang has to help his relatives defend themselves against brutal gangsters. Colt (Norris) is an American martial-artist hired to have a showdown with Tang (Lee) in the Colosseum in Rome.
When you’re having any kind of discussion about a Chuck Norris film, The Way of The Dragon should always be number one. It was the role of Colt (Norris) in this film that would help establish Norris as An international superstar. Both Lee and Norris trained together in real life. Their chemistry on the screen and in their epic fighting scenes was just incredible.
2. Lone Wolf McQuade
The Steve Carver directed 1983 film Lone Wolf McQuade starred Chuck Norris and David Carradine. In this film the Norris and Carradine fighting scenes against one another was classic. The story had all the elements essential for making an awesome movie.
J.J. McQuade (Norris) plays a renegade Texas Ranger who will go to war against drug kingpin Rawley Wilkes (Carradine). Eventually,McQuade and Wilkes faceoff in a legenderary showdown, and they both fall in love with the same woman in the film.
3. Missing in Action
Joseph Zito directed the 1984 action film, Missing in Action. When people think of Chuck Norris, one character comes to mind, and that would be Colonel James Braddock. Norris continued to hit his stride during the 1980’s, this time finding his niche as a war hero.
Col. Braddock is on a mission deep into the fierce jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he himself escaped from. His goal is to get back there and free other Americans that are still being held captive there. Norris is kicking butt and taking names as always in this movie. If you enjoy weapons, explosions, and great fighting scenes then this film is for you. The movie also stars M Emmett Walsh in the role of Jack Tucker.
4. Code of Silence
Andrew Davis directed this 1985 action-drama Code of Silence. Code of Silence starred Norris as Eddie Cusack. This cop did not play games and the motto on one of the movie posters says it all, “Eddie Cusack Is A Good Cop Having A Very Bad Day.” This movie stood out because Norris continue to prove his durability in these kind of roles as the ultimate hero.
Norris plays Eddie Cusack a Chicago cop who finds himself caught in the middle of a viscous gang war. To make things worse his fellow cops have shun him (Norris) for wanting to take down an irresponsible cop. The story has depth where even the good cop has to question who his real friends and allies are. Because Cusack broke his code of silence testifying against a fellow cop who killed an unarmed teenager. Therefore, Cusack has to face gangsters Tony Luna and Luis Camacho (Henry Silva) alone.
5. The Delta Force
Menahem Golan directed an all-star cast in the 1986 action-adventure film The Delta Force starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin. To witness the team of Norris and acting legend Lee Marvin was truly incredible.
The plot sees two terrorists hijack a Boeing 707 in Athens with 144 passengers aboard. The terrorists force the pilot to fly to Beirut, Lebanon instead of going to Rome and New York. But never fear the Delta Force commanded by Colonel Nick Alexander (Marvin) and Major Scott McCoy (Norris) are assigned to take care of the situation. This movie has it all!! The cast included Martin Balsam as Ben Kaplan, Joey Bishop playing Harry Goldman, Robert Foster potrayed Abdul, George Kennedy starred as Father O’Malley, Bo Svenson played Captain Campbell, Robert Vaughn portrayed General Woodbridge, and Shelley Winters as Edie Kaplan.
I highly recommend watching these five iconic classic Chuck Norris films.
This is my take, Tyler’s Take and my personal opinion on not only Norris’ best work but the ones that helped make him such a legendary superstar in Hollywood. The action genre of motion-pictures owes a lot of gratitude to Norris who left a lasting impact and effect.
Did you know?
Chuck Norris got into acting by his friend, actor Steve McQueen. In fact, Norris taught karate to McQueen and his son Chad. Norris trained with martial-arts icon Bruce Lee. He was a 6-time World Karate Champion and he frequently used taekwondo in his fight scenes. Chuck always incorporated his famous roundhouse kick whenever he was filming a martial-arts scene.
That’s my Top 5 Best Chuck Norris Action Films. Hope you all enjoyed the list, give us your feedback on what your personal favorite Chuck Norris movies are.