Chris Tucker Movies: Three to Celebrate His 50th Birthday

With today being the 50th birthday of comedian Chris Tucker, we're raising a glass to him by showcasing three of our favorite Chris Tucker movies.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Chris Tucker Movies: Rush Hour

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Though he hasn't been in a ton of films, Chris Tucker has undoubtedly made a name for himself with the films he has starred in along with his stand-up comedy. And today, Tucker celebrates his 50th birthday! So, to give everyone something to help get the party started, we've picked out three iconic Chris Tucker movies that you absolutely need to see.

  • 1Friday
    Chris Tucker Movies: Friday

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    For any real fan, this is most likely the first film that pops into your head when you think about Chris Tucker. His role as Smokey, a small-time drug dealer, is one that will live on forever. The amount of memes made from this iconic stoner character alone will ensure that he's never forgotten. From the beautiful execution of his many hilarious one-liners to his unmatched physical comedy, Tucker breathes, or more accurately inhales, life into Smokey and shows off his comedic strengths.

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    Comedy / 1995 / R

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  • 2The Fifth Element
    Chris Tucker Movies: The Fifth Element

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    Out of all the roles Tucker has taken on, the character he portrays in this flick is easily the most eccentric. The energtic talk-show host named Ruby Rhod always brings the flair and flamboyance no matter the situation. There's no style he won't try and the thing we love most about him is that he's unapolegetically himself. Also, if you'd like to see how high Chris Tucker can shriek, you'll get that opportunity watching his character in this film. When the camera is on this host with a larger-than-life personality, he's a smooth operator. But once the cameras are off and a flurry of bullets and explosions join the scene, he'll be running and screaming the entire time.

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    The Fifth Element

    Action / 1997 / PG-13

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  • 3Rush Hour
    Chris Tucker Movies: Rush Hour

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    If you haven't recognized the Chris Tucker movies so far, you'll definitely know this one. This is the movie that made Chris Tucker an international superstar. Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter acting alongside Jackie Chan as Detective Inspector Jonathan Lee is the action comedy duo we never knew we needed. Without a doubt, if you look up any list of the best buddy cop movies, you'll find this gem in the top 10. This flick was so popular that there were two additional films made where these guys got to reprise their roles with higher and higher budgets. When you have chemistry like they did in these movies, it would be criminal not to make as many films as possible.

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    Rush Hour

    Action / 1998 / PG-13

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