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Top 5 Jean Claude Van Damme Movies

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There's no doubt that the sport of mixed martial arts has taken off in recent years. Before it all started, however, the Jean Claude Van Damme movie Bloodsport told the supposedly real story of Frank Dux, an American that won a Hong Kong underground fighting competition. The film was really about different martial arts styles competing against one another. Sound like a precursor to MMA to you?

The bottom line is that Jean Claude Van Damme movies are all about martial arts, high flying kicks, and Van Damme doing splits on the screen. Wondering where Bloodsport ranks in his top movies of all-time? Then read on.

5. In Hell

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Klye LeBlanc, played by Van Damme, did not murder his wife. But that doesn't stop him from wrongfully being thrown in a corrupt prison in Europe's Eastern Block for the crime. While there, he's forced to fight to the death against other prisoners to the corrupt warden's profit. Not a bad job of acting by Van Damme in this one.
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4. Lionheart

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Van Damme plays Lyon Gaultier in a story about a man that deserts the Foreign Legion in order to come to the rescue of his brother in the United States. Finding his brother murdered there, he must fight in underground tournaments to keep the family his kin left behind from losing everything. Standard Van Damme fare. Then again, if you didn't like that standard fare you wouldn't be reading this article in the first place.
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3. Hard Target

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Working with director John Woo, many believe that this movie signifies Jean-Claude Van Damme's best acting job. In it, he finds himself pitted against a human hunting ring.
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2. Kickboxer

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Muay Thai kickboxing champion Tong Po destroys American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane in a match, paralyzing him for life. His brother Kurt, played by Van Damme, vows revenge and learns Muay Thai from master Xian Chow in order to help him gain it. Po and Van Damme battle it out in the end in a martial arts revenge story worth watching. Kickboxer spurred on multiple sequels.
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1. Bloodsport

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Van Damme made his starring debut in this movie. Based on the true story of Frank Dux- to what degree is debatable- he enters the Kumatai (no holds barred fighting tournament) and becomes the first westerner to win it. Was it Oscar worthy? Heck no. But the idea behind it captured the imaginations of millions of martial artists, fighters, and children that were curious which was the best fighting style in the world. For that reason alone, this is Van Damme's number one flick.
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