Top 10 Jason Statham Movies of All Time

Top 10 Jason Statham Movies

In an age where badasses like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are becoming increasingly rare in movies, Jason Statham has kept the action character of Hollywood movies very much alive.

The man has done everything from risky stunts to high-speed chase, hero or villain, Statham may be one of the last actors of his kind.

In today’s list. We’ll take a look at the top 10 Jason Statham movies of all time.

 

#10. The Mechanic (2011)

The Mechanic (2011)

Directed by Simon West, this movie offers Statham precisely the type of role he was born to play, a cold, no-nonsense elite hitman.

Arthur Bishop is a specialist, the kind of guy people call when they need someone to disappear and make it look like an accident. After Bishop is forced to kill his friend and mentor, he takes his son under his wing and teaches him his trade.

The movie is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, starring none other than Charles Bronson. Statham translated Bronson’s hitman persona for a new generation of action fans, and he does so exceptionally well here.

Statham snatched the role of Arthur Bishop from two other legendary actors, Sylvester Stallone, and Michael Douglas. Stallone was also considered to direct the film, but he ultimately had to decline.

 

#9. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The long-running Fast and the Furious series has been one of the most successful movie franchises of the past two decades.

Since Fast and Furious six, Statham has played the fan-favorite role of Deckard Shaw, a former British military officer at MI6 agent turned mercenary.

Although Shaw began as a side character in the series, he was upgraded to an antagonist in Furious seven and then would become the secondary protagonist of The Fate of the Furious.

Quite a boost in popularity, considering that Statham went uncredited the first time he played the character. The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the series, continues The Adventures of Dominic Toretto and his crew.

Now submerged into the world of international terrorism, Toretto will test the strength of the bonds that tie him to his family, all the while racing top-of-the-line supercars around the globe.

 

#8. The Transporter (2002)

The Transporter (2002)

Directed by famous Hong Kong action choreographer Corey Yuen, The Transporter is a non-stop action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Released in 2002, the movie saw great success in the box office, resulting in it becoming a franchise.

Statham plays Frank Martin, a man who specializes in transporting packages for prominent clients. Adhering to a strict self-imposed set of rules, Frank is forced to break all of them when one of his packages turns out to be a woman.

A story of betrayal, high-speed pursuits, and lots of guns, The transporter will definitely raise anyone’s adrenaline levels.

In true action hero fashion, Jason Statham did most of his stunts for this movie. He also did most of the driving and even learned how to hotwire a car for a single scene.

#7. Crank (2006) 

Crank (2006) 

Incredibly grungy and unbelievably fun, Crank is an unapologetically campy action flick that retains its high adrenaline levels from beginning to end. 

By 2006, Statham had already been typecast as the stereotypical tough as nails hit man, a role he would reprise in this movie.

Chev Chelios, an English assassin living in Los Angeles. He is a man with a reputation for dealing with the mafia. After he assassinated a mafia boss, some members of his gang sought revenge on him, poisoning him with a synthetic drug that inhibits his adrenaline production, eventually causing death by cardiac arrest.

To keep his heart beating, Chev has to expose himself to increasingly exciting experiences, causing it to go on an explosive quest for revenge.

Just like in the transporter, Statham retained his reputation as a bona fide Hollywood badass by doing most of his own stunts and reckless driving.

 

#6. Spy (2015)

Spy (2015)

Not every Statham movie has to be a violent action thriller. Thanks to his on-screen persona. The actor has made a name for himself as a modern-day action hero, but that image has also allowed him to make fun of his super-macho persona. That’s what happens in 2015’s action comedy Spy.

Directed by  Paul Feig, this parody of spy film stars Melissa McCarthy as a desk-bound CIA employee that tries to emulate her special agent heroes by going undercover in the world of arms dealing.

Statham plays field agent Rick Ford, a veteran field agent who lives life dangerously and has a womanizing reputation.

Long before he began directing comedies, Paul Feig was an aspiring stuntman. He’s also a confessed fan of Statham stunt works and decided that he wanted to include the actor in his action film.

Rick Ford’s character was written specifically for Jason Statham based on the many tough guys he’s played over the years.

 

#5. The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job (2003)

This movie, directed by  F. Gary Gray. Let Statham play a character that’s good at two things driving fast cars and wooing the ladies. Two things Statham has been familiar with throughout his career.

Mark Wahlberg plays Charlie Croker, a professional fixer. After he finishes a job in Venice for a renowned safecracker, he’s betrayed and left for dead.

Understandably upset, Croker forms a team to rob their former employee. However, not everything goes according to plan, and some high-speed chases and close calls ensue.

The movie features an ensemble cast that includes names such as Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, and Seth Green. Every actor received a stunt driving course, with Statham taking additional classes with former Formula One champion Damon Hill.

That said, the whole cast agreed that Charlize Theron was the best driver of the group. The actress even received two speeding tickets during the filming of the Italian job.

 

#4. Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7 (2015)

The seventh entry in the Fast and Furious franchise, sees the team returning to their normal lives in the USA after the events of Fast and Furious six.

However, their retirement plans are cut short by Deckard Shaw, who seeks revenge against Toretto and his team for his comatose brother. Furious 7 is the film that saw Statham’s character’s popularity boost.

Shaw proved to be so popular with fans that in 2019 he received his own Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw. This is also the final film appearance of Paul Walker, who died in 2013.

Being such an integral part of the Fast and Furious universe, this movie has been dedicated to his memory. Despite being the main antagonist of the film, Statham only gets 17 lines of dialogue in the whole movie, after all. Actions speak louder than words in the Fast and Furious series.

 

#3. The Bank Job (2008)

The Bank Job (2008)

The line between truth and fiction was blurred when, in 1971, a career criminal broke into a bank located in Baker Street, London.

Anthony Gavin, inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story, enlisted the help of some colleagues to perform the heist, one of England’s most curious criminal events in its long history.

In 2008, director Roger Donaldson brought the story to the silver screen in the bank job. Starring Jason Statham as a member of the heist crew.

Since most of the actual events surrounding the heist are shrouded in mystery. The production took some creative liberties with a story that said the director insists that they had an inside source that provided them with unpublished details about the robbery.

The fact that the robbers were seemingly more interested in stealing incriminating pictures of a member of the royal family rather than the money itself is also one of the great mysteries surrounding this heist.

 

#2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

If there’s one man who knows how to combine stylish action with witty humor, then it is Guy Ritchie in 1998 Ritchie’s first feature film, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was also the feature film debut of a young Jason Statham.

Before being an actor, Statham had a dubious reputation as a black market salesman, just the kind of man Ritchie was looking for. 

In this film, Statham plays a man called Bacon. When he and his friends play a rigged poker game, They end up indebted to Harry Landside, a.k.a. Hatchet, a shady character with powerful underworld connections.

Considering that Ritchie wasn’t yet a big name in the movie business, the film had a hard time procuring an American distributor.

Luckily for Ritchie and Statham, Tom Cruise of all people loved the film, calling it the best movie he had seen in years. So the next time you watch an action flick and Jason Statham is in it, racing a car or shooting, some bad guys know that it’s all thanks to Tom Cruise.

 

#1. Snatch (2000)

Snatch (2000)

Right after the success of Lock Stock and two smoking barrels, Ritchie and Statham collaborated once again in 2000’s crime classic Snatch. Many of Ritchie’s trademarks originated in this movie, like his kinetic editing style and stylish visual flair.

After Frankie, AKA: Four Fingers steals a priceless diamond, a collection of colorful characters banded together to find the precious jewel. Among the extravagant criminals looking for the diamond is Turkish. A boxing promoter and the owner of a slot machine shop played by Statham.

Snatch features a star-studded ensemble cast with big names such as Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro jumping on the Guy Ritchie bandwagon.

The film had a huge cultural impact and redefined the style of action flicks for years to come. Audiences loved the charming energy of the Statham and Ritchie duo, giving the film a score of 8.3 on a scale of 10 on the IMDB website.

 


This was our top 10 list of the best Jason Statham movies of all time. A great list of the best movies of Jason Statham ever made.

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