A new Jackie Chan film hits theaters today. It’s called 1911 and it’s (yawn) another period war epic. Usually this would be about as noteworthy as a fat celebrity doing a commercial for Jenny Craig. But today is different because, with this film, Jackie joins the Century Club. And I’m not talking about the Century Club you joined in college by drinking a hundred shots of beer in a hundred minutes. I’m talking about the Century Club you get into only once you have appeared in one hundred films. (It’s a little more exclusive.)

In honor of Jackie’s 100th film, and to give this accomplishment some historical context, how about we take a look at his career and the careers of eight other members of the hundred-film club?

Jackie Chan (100)

Jackie Chan is, without a doubt, one of the greatest action/kung fu movie stars in the history of cinema. No, screw it. He’s the best.* Sadly, he is also 57-years-old and, therefore, has been gradually (and understandably) moving away from the types of films that made him famous. These days you’re more likely to see him in war epics (Shaolin, 1911) and unnecessary remakes (The Karate Kid, which they didn’t even have the decency to rename The Kung Fu Kid, even though Jaden Smith clearly learns kung fu from a Chinese man in China) than movies with painstakingly choreographed action sequences like this one from First Strike:

*My shrink told me I should be more assertive.

Samuel L. Jackson (106)

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Sam Jackson’s membership in the Century Club is the fact that he only started getting regular work around 1987, when he was pushing 40-years-old. That means the guy has made 101 of his 106 films in the last 23 years, which comes to about 4.4 per year. To give you some perspective, prolific actors such as Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, and Charlton Heston aren’t members of the 100 film club despite careers that are twice as long as Jackson’s.

Incidentally, if you count Jackson’s work in the four recent Star Wars abominations, his 100th film was Iron Man 2 If you’re a supernerd who would prefer to excise those films from his resumé, that would make Captain America number one hundred. Either way, it’s a superhero movie.

James Earl Jones (107)

James Earl Jones is the only 100-film actor who didn’t even appear on screen in his most famous film.* But that’s not to say he hasn’t had some great moments on the silver screen. After all, the very first movie he ever made was Stanley Kubrick’s classicDr. Strangelove. Since then he’s done a little bit of everything, from the beloved baseball film Field of Dreams, to the not-so-beloved Dana Carvey bomb Clean Slate, to a made-for-TV vampire flick called Feast of All Saints—his 100th.

*If you just read that sentence without realizing I was talking about his role as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, please be so kind as to punch yourself in the face for me.

Harry Dean Stanton (110)

Harry Dean Stanton is a student of the Never-Met-a-Paid-Gig-I-Didn’t-Like School of Acting. The oh-so-authoritative IMDB.com says he is “most famous for” Alien, The Green Mile, Paris, Texas, and Repo Man. But I think people are just afraid to admit that the movie they really know him from is Pretty in Pink. (You know who’s not in the century club? Molly Ringwald. Bummer.)

Sadly, Mr. Stanton’s 100th film wasn’t something cool like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Instead, it was the extremely forgettable Luke and Owen Wilson dud, The Wendell Baker Story. (Never heard of that one? Yep, that’s about right.)

Michael Caine (122)

Who doesn’t love Michael Caine? In addition to his adorable cockney accent, the man has been in some excellent films over the years. For example: Alfie, The Italian Job, Sleuth, The Cider House Rules, Quills (#100) The Dark Knight and, most recently, Inception. Two of these films (Alfie and Sleuth) were so good, in fact, that Hollywood decided they were worthy of lackluster remakes starring the always-insipid Jude Law.

This makes you wonder: if Jude Law took good Michael Caine films and made them bad, could he take bad Michael Caine films and make them good? I say redo Jaws: The Revenge with Jude Law and find out.

Dennis Hopper (129)

Over his 55-year film career (which spanned from 1955 to 2010, the year he died), the superlative Dennis Hopper appeared in 129 films. Among these 129 are classics like Rebel Without a Cause, Gunfight at the O.K. Coral, Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers. Oh, and if you really want to test the elasticity of the term “classic,” I guess you could throw Speed in this list, too. Of course, also among these 129 are such wastes of celluloid as Super Mario Brothers, Waterworld, and Swing Vote. So, you win some, you lose some.

Unfortunately, Hopper’s 100th film—the made-for-TV Jason and the Argonauts—was also one of his losses.

Martin Sheen (136)

Martin Sheen has made a boatload of movies over the last 44 years, and a lot of them—Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, The Departed— were really good. Still, you can’t help but wonder if maybe he should have spent more time at home with the kiddies during their formative years. Sure, his oldest son Emilio has turned into a well-adjusted adult, but younger son Charlie? Yeah, he seems to have some deep-seated impulse control issues. Speaking as someone with no psychiatric qualifications or first-hand knowledge of the Sheens’ father-son relationship, I feel obligated to theorize that perhaps Charlie needed a little more fatherly guidance as a young man.

John Wayne (166)

They don’t get any better than The Duke. He was so cool, so rugged, so manly—it’s almost hard to believe his real name was Marion.

It’s also hard to believe the guy was in 166 movies.

The most highly-acclaimed of these 166 movies are probably True Grit, El Dorado, The Quiet Man and, of course, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. On the other hand, John Wayne’s 100th picture was a rather forgettable WWII flick called Th Fighting Seabees. However, Wayne’s last film, 1976’s The Shootist, was pretty damned good. Of course, with co-stars like James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, and a young Ron Howard, how could it not be?

Christopher Lee (216)

How does a guy manage be in 216 movies?

Well, being old and doing it for a long time certainly helps, and Christopher Lee has got that angle covered. The guy is 89 years old, and he’s been at it since 1948. It also helps to specialize in a sector of the movie industry known for cranking out movies like they’re going out of style.

In this, Christopher Lee and the guy we started with—Jackie Chan—have a lot in common. Chan made a name for himself in Hong Kong martial arts films; Lee got his start in 1950s horror films. Both genres tend to value quantity over quality, and so both actors have been in a ton of movies. If Jackie Chan can keep making movies into his 90s, I see no reason why he couldn’t be the first to join Christopher Lee in the Two Century Club.