Are you a fan of the “Muscles from Brussels”? Known for his high-flying kicks and impressive martial arts skills, Jean-Claude Van Damme has solidified himself as an action movie legend. But beyond his physical feats, which film really showcased Van Damme’s acting abilities?

From his breakout role in Bloodsport to more recent work like JCVD, we’re breaking down each film to determine where he truly shined on the silver screen. Get ready to relive some classic moments and discover some new favorites – grab your popcorn and let’s dive in!

10In Hell (2003)

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A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden’s entertainment.

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9Lionheart (1990)

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Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights.

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8Hard Target (1993)

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When a woman’s father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.

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7Timecop (1994)

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An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.

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6Kickboxer (1989)

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If your enemy refuses to be humbled… Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless fighter and Thai champion, Tong Po. Tong not only defeats Eric, he paralyzes him for life. Crazed with anger, Kurt vows revenge.

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5The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

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4Bloodsport (1988)

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U.S. soldier Frank Dux has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who consider him to be AWOL. After enduring a difficult training and beginning a romance with journalist Janice Kent, Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?

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3JCVD (2008)

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Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! This fictionalized version of Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States, but inadvertently gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages.

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2Nowhere to Run (1993)

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Escaped convict Sam Gillen single-handedly takes on ruthless developers who are determined to evict a widow with two young children.

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1Double Team (1997)

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A CIA agent is interned for failing to kill an international terrorist. Escaping from his island exile, he teams up with a flamboyant arms dealer and sets out to find the terrorist and rescue the agent’s family. Together they’re a two-man arsenal… with enough voltage to rock the free world.

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After considering all the films in Van Damme’s storied career, it is clear that JCVD stands out as a showcase of his amazing acting talents. Its immersive and gripping story, engaging characters and powerful performances make it stand out from the rest of his action-packed films. The ability to captivate audiences with intense emotion and fitting comedy makes Jean-Claude Van Damme’s turn in JCVD an impressive one indeed at both an actor and director level.

If you are looking for rewarding viewing experience or simply want to marvel at a true master of cinema, this film is well worth giving a watch!