The Muscles From Brussels: 5 Jean Claude Van Damme Movies

Saturday, September 17 by Lucas Higgins

In this 1998 film, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Frank Dux, an army soldier and martial arts expert who has been given the chance to fight in an underground competition where fighters are often broken or killed due to the no-holds barred competition. Is there a choice for his character? We at Break Studios know what we would do. With great fight choreography, this is a Jean-Claude classic.

"Double Impact"

What would you do if you were separated from your twin brother at the age of five in Hong Kong after your parents were killed by henchmen of an evil mobster? Clearly you would grow up as a marital artist in France, then return to Hong Kong to find your criminal brother and right past wrongs. Van Damme plays both brothers, bringing the film to a climactic showdown between the brothers and the villain who killed their father.

"Universal Soldier"

This movie recounts the struggles of two soldiers, Luc, played by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Andrew Scott, played by Dolph Lundgren, who are killed in combat in Vietnam, but reanimated by the government in hopes of creating the perfect soldier. Luc begins to have memories from Vietnam, and he stops following orders. The risk to him and a woman he begins to protect increases when the government turns against him. It's so tough to be reanimated that this film has sequels – plural.

"Time Cop"

Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a futuristic cop charged with busting people for illegal time travel. He faces his greatest challenge in the movie when a politician bent on changing history sets out to become the president. What to do when there's rampant time travel? Go back an hour and resubmit that report the boss was unhappy with or… become the president and take over the world.


Playing himself in this celebrated role, Jean-Claude Van Damme portrays a down-on-his luck actor who is trying to get custody of his daughter while facing financial woes and a lack of ongoing success. The film ratchets up when he apparently shoots out of his window at bystanders and police and television crews flock outside his apartment. With great dramatic acting and great action sequences, this is an amazing role for Jean-Claude Van Damme.

-Alan Murdock

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