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TIE - 10. Jeff, 'The Killer' (1989)
John Woo's 1989 masterpiece borrows heavily from "Le Samourai," spaghetti westerns and martial arts films, but revels in the director's signature style, which freely mixes endless, highly kinetic shoot-outs with completely sincere romantic melodrama (in short: bullets + doves = awesome). At its center is Chow Yun-Fat as an impeccably tailored hitman who starts to question the morality of his employment after accidentally blinding a beautiful nightclub chanteuse. Along with Woo's 1992 "Hard-Boiled," "The Killer" turned Chow into a slow-motion action icon whose subsequent Hollywood career never came close to matching his days in Hong Kong.
- Dave Lewis