DAR Films: Ranking Chris Tucker's Movies

By @TrueGodImmortal

Sometimes legends are legends because of their output and sometimes, legends became greater due to their lack of output. Some legends are great in small spurts, and the less we see of them, the more we want them in films or entertainment. Well, today I think we are discussing someone who fits that label. This time, our subject of choice will be Chris Tucker, a comedian/actor who hasn't had the extensive filmography as some of his counterparts, but he's been a part of some big films. Today, we wanted to rank his films from worst to best. Keep in mind, we are including some films that he had smaller roles, except a few, like House Party 3, Jackie Brown, and Panther, but everything else is listed. Let's get into it.

9. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

-He had a significant role in this film, but truth be told, this might be his worst performance yet, and to be honest, this is a bad movie. It's not engaging to the viewer and while the actual story is noble in essence, it just seems to drag on and waste a lot of good talent, from Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, and of course Chris himself. Chris stars as Albert, a film producer, and throughout the movie, you see him from time to time, but it really doesn't allow his character to be given a platform or a chance to grow on the viewer. The movie is centered around the titular character Billy Lynn and his family, which essentially makes sense, but doesn't let Chris shine as bright as he could. It's also his second serious role in a row, which honestly is a harder sell than it should be. 

8. The Fifth Element (1997)

-I know some of you may have loved this movie, I'm not mad at that. I didn't. I think Chris was actually slightly funny and enjoyable in his smaller androgynous role as Ruby Rhod, but overall, this movie drags on and on to me. Bruce Willis is slightly boring in his role, and the most exciting element of this movie comes during a strange opera like scene. This movie is the definition of strange, but not in a necessarily good way. Chris does well enough in the movie, but it isn't enough to save this film at all.

7. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

-I wanted to like this movie more than I do. Rush Hour is one of my favorite comedic franchises and Chris was one of my favorite comedic actors during that 9 year stretch between the three films. However, time away from the big screen can be damaging and perhaps this was the case for the third film. It's funny, but nowhere near the hilarity of the first two. It missed almost as often as it hit, and for Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, that's a rarity. Still, Rush Hour 3 was worth the first watch, just not any repeat viewings.

6. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

-Although he was in a much smaller role than some of his other films, his role was prominent enough to warrant a place on this list. In many ways, this was a return to film for him, as we hadn't seen him in some time. His role here is as Danny McDaniels and it is actually a pretty critically acclaimed film, but on my one watch of it, I didn't enjoy it. Chris is decent enough in the role of a friend to the main character, but at times he feels out of place in the film. Chris doesn't disappoint here, but his solid performance comes in a film that's a bit middle of the road.

5. Dead Presidents (1995)

-Chris stars as Skip, in a fairly decent role for himself, but this film has more of a serious tone to it that doesn't always fit with his style. Chris has always been a great comedian but his acting range is questionable or at least it's always felt that way. Still, he is solid here, but the movie doesn't rely on him to carry it like most of his other films where he's the focus so that helps it in terms of where it is ranked. Chris is good here, but the best performances come from Larenz Tate and surprisingly, Bokeem Woodbine.

4. Money Talks (1997)

-Okay. This is a biased ranking. I'll admit. I love Money Talks. I consider it to be one of the best roles for Chris Tucker ever. While Charlie Sheen was probably the mainstream Hollywood choice for the movie, Chris stole the show. Whether it was his ridiculous prison scene with Faizon Love or just his banter throughout, Chris was in rare form during this film and it remains one of my favorites from Chris. As a standalone film, Money Talks is a decent comedy, but as a Chris Tucker film, it's one of his funniest performances ever.

3. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

-I was debating between the first and second. It was tough. Ricky Tan was a decent villain, but just not quiet as good as the villains from the first one. Still, the chemistry between Chris and Jackie Chan was amazing here and the two gave every viewer a lot of laughs. My only gripe with the movie was how they executed a perceived death and the ensuing scene when the death was revealed to be a hoax later. Other than that, this is a solid action comedy with Chris stealing the show yet again with his charisma and funny one liners. 

2. Rush Hour (1998)

-The first Rush Hour is still the best. It's close, but I still think the original is one of the best comedies of the late 90's, and with the buddy cop formula in great display, I think it's one of the most fun buddy cop movies ever, perhaps the best. The villains were excellent, the beginning of the chemistry for Jackie and Chris was amazing, and there are a ton of quotes from this film. With a movie starring Chris Tucker, you hope for laughs, fun, and quotes, not an Oscar winning performance, and perhaps no other movie in his arsenal does this better than the first Rush Hour.

1. Friday (1995)

-Was there any doubt? This is the best movie in his filmography and though Chris has reportedly committed to the upcoming "Last Friday" movie (whenever it drops), it also seems as if his legacy will always be attached to this film. When you think of his career, this is the film that has the most attention because his role as Smokey was so iconic. Sure, one could argue that Rush Hour was a different style of funny, but to be clear, his most iconic role is as Smokey. It's so iconic that 23 years later, he is set to reprise that role as Smokey  in late 2018 or 2019. Regardless, Friday is a cult classic and one of the funniest movies ever, and it is the most vital film in Chris Tucker's career, thus it must be no. 1.



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