Directed by Brett Ratner and co-written by Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna, ‘Rush Hour’ is an action comedy which follows Detective Inspector Yang Naing Lee and Detective James Carter, two mismatched officers who have to put aside their differences to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the Chinese consul. The film stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as the two detectives. The actors bring in their comedic sensibilities to execute Ratner’s vision with ease and hilarity. While Chan exploits his incandescent talent of martial arts to create amusing action set pieces, Tucker uses his body language for the quick humour. Upon its release, ‘Rush Hour’ received positive reviews and scored massively at the box office. The commercial success spawned two extremely prosperous sequels, and a fourth one is up for release.
For this article, I have taken into account films which are tonally similar to this Jackie Chan flick, and belong to the genre of buddy cop comedies. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Rush Hour’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Rush Hour’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Adapted from the television series of the same name, which aired on ABC in 1970, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, two perceptive undercover cops in the fictional city of Bay City, California, who bust drug criminals with the help of underworld boss, Huggy Bear. Though it is an adaptation, the film acts a prequel to the television show which explores the development of friendship between the two, which ultimately forms the moniker of “Starsky and Hutch”. The movie is fueled by the chemistry between Stiller and Wilson. In addition, the writers innovate upon the adaptation by changing the character traits to keep things fresh, thus creating a unique experience.
9. Bad Boys (1995)
With Michael Bay at the directorial seat, one can expect nothing but high octane action sequences and juvenile humour. An action comedy, ‘Bad Boys’ follows two detectives—Marcus Burnett and Michael ‘’Mike’’ Lowrey—who join forces to protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.