* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Kenji is willing to let go of Lee and fall off the Eiffel tower to his death in order to let Lee get a better grip and save himself.
* EvilIsSexy: Hu Li in the second movie.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Enjoyed bigger success in Asia because of Jackie Chan.
* HarsherInHindsight: In Canada, the movie aired on TV a few years after its initial release. Next morning, a little Chinese girl was kidnapped in Toronto. Unlike the movie, [[DownerEnding there was no happy ending]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', Chris Tucker's phone goes off while shooting a scene, making Jackie chastise both him and the caller. In ''[[Film/ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]'', we see in its HilariousOuttakes that ''Jackie's'' phone goes off while shooting a scene.
** Also in the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', after the BigBad Ricky Tan falls to his death:
-->'''Carter''': Damn! He ain't gonna be in ''Rush Hour 3''!
* OneSceneWonder:
** The CampGay store attendant played by Jeremy Piven from ''Rush Hour 2''.
** Also Don Cheadle and his surprisingly close Cantonese.
* RetroactiveRecognition: JohnHawkes has a brief role in the first film.
** Ken Leung (of ''{{Lost}}'' fame, as well as other Brett Ratner films such as ''XMenTheLastStand'') plays Sang, and even does the film's TitleDrop.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The third wasn't received that well.
* UnfortunateImplications:
** When Carter thinks that Genevieve is a transgender woman (after she takes off her wig), he makes some talk about "beating his ass".
** Civilian Review would have a field day and probably Carter's badge for sexually harassing two women that he pulls over, but it's presented as him being "funny."