Looking for the Best Chuck Norris Movies?
Is Chuck Norris as indestructible as all those jokes you read about online say? Is he truly the most powerful person in the world? Better yet, can he count to infinity and hear sign language like people say he can? Are the best Chuck Norris movies jus the best movies?
Well, maybe those jokes are silly and outlandish. But it is true that Chuck Norris is a strong and powerful action movie star. Much of this is thanks to his intense skills in a variety of martial arts. He is a student of karate, taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and many other schools of combat. He is also adept at gun combat and knows how to take the best shots.
But what truly makes him manly is his great attitude and his willingness to do anything to get results. Whether it entails getting vengeance or protecting the people he cares about the most, he always does what he can to get ahead.
It was a challenge to try and find seven movies that showcase what makes Chuck Norris such a star. He has been in so many great classics and has shown off his impressive skills and attitudes and even his occasional sense of humor over the years in many films.
But that is what we did anyway. We took just seven of the best Chuck Norris movies to see what makes our favorite Texas Ranger stand out. Here are a few of the best movies that he has starred in over the years.
The Delta Force (1986)
Chuck stars as Captain Scott McCoy in this famous Cannon film that was heavily inspired by the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.Captain McCoy is a former Delta Force Army unit member who quit in protest over the government’s restrictions for the team. He and his team head out to stop Lebanese terrorists who have hijacked a passenger plane. But as it turns out, the forces McCoy and Colonel Alexander (played by the late Lee Marvin, another action icon) are up against are much tougher than expected.
Missing in Action (1984)
Norris plays Colonel James Braddock in another iconic Cannon production. Braddock is a survivor of a POW camp in Vietnam who goes back to Saigon to rescue American forces that he believes are still being held captive. This leads to a daring jungle rescue where he and his forces, including M. Emmett Walsh as a fellow veteran, are out to take on the enemy.
Related: Missing in Action is #17 on our 50 must see manliest movie list!
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Lone Wolf McQuade is a Texas ranger (sound familiar?) who teams up with the FBI to find a drug trafficker who attacked an Army convoy. It is up to McQuade to use his skills with not only powerful guns but also his many martial arts skills. The quick footwork and action of this movie make it a favorite among Norris fans.
Invasion USA (1985)
The fear of the Soviet Union taking over the United States was prominent throughout the 1980s. Invasion USA is all about such Soviet forces conducting acts of terror all around southern Florida where former CIA Agent Matt Hunter lives. Norris brings out his gun and fighting skills as Hunter as he chases down a Soviet terrorist. But this isn’t just any Soviet terrorist; he is someone Hunter once caught and has escaped captive to attain revenge.
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990)
Chuck Norris returns as Captain Scott McCoy as the Delta Force team is out to stop a Colombian drug lord bent on bringing his drugs into the United States. Norris shows in this movie that Captain McCoy is still a force to be reckoned with while Billy Drago plays one of his toughest villains yet in drug kingpin Ramon Cota. When Cota attacks the family of one of the Delta Force members, the mission becomes very personal for McCoy.
Way of the Dragon (1972)
Way of the Dragon marks the second movie that Norris ever starred in. Not only is it a great movie featuring the legend himself but it is also one of the most iconic films from another star of manly cinema, Bruce Lee. As Bruce travels to Rome, he gets caught up with gangsters and takes on Chuck himself. The two stars offer some impressive skills throughout the movie but it is their big climactic fight later in the movie that makes this film legendary. The film itself is an unofficial passing of the torch between manly martial arts stars as Bruce Lee would die just a year later.
A Force of One (1979)
Chuck Norris is a force of one when you look at his skills. In this film, Norris stars as karate champion Matt Logan. As the police find a serial killer out to destroy the entire narcotics department, Logan is hired to take on the killer and his henchmen. He also trains a fellow narcotics officer in the ways of martial arts.
But it doesn’t stop there!
Of course, there are far too many action movies starring Chuck Norris to mention here. We could talk about his 1985 Missing in Action sequel or the ninja combat movie the Octagon. His mountain man fighting movie Forest Warrior or his kung fu favorite Silent Rage is also worth checking out. Of course, he also appeared in the Expendables 2, but there are so many great manly action stars in that movie that just might be total overload for some.
But there is one thing that can be surmised from these many movies that he has starred in. Chuck Norris is truly a thrilling action movie star who can handle many appealing roles and fighting styles. He is a star who knows his role and is ready to take on anyone and anything that gets in his way. His skills and heart make him a great figure worth checking out in any movie.
Just don’t try and get into a staring contest with him as you are bound to lose. From what the online world tells us, he can apparently beat the sun at a staring contest.
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