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March 20, 2007 3:47:03 PM

In celebration of the release of "300", we stripped down to our capes and underwear to put together a list of our top 10 favorite fight scenes from the movies.

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March 20, 2007 4:10:24 PM

While I respect your picks, ; what about The Matrix Trilogy? - getting Honorable Mention, how can you forget the sparring or agent smith(s).... how about Hero? Or Mel Gibson taking on 20 redcoas in the Patriot? I'm not a fan of Tom Cruize, but the ending fight scene in MI:2 (including the bike chase) was pretty badass.

lord knows I agree with some of the big ones though.... although its a tough call for #1, I do believe you got that right. I'm confident that fight itself took weeks to plan and days to perform right. I've always like the Cage vs Scorpion scene as well so kudos on that call too.
March 20, 2007 4:24:16 PM

Best movie fight:

Ralphie vs. Scott Farkus
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March 20, 2007 4:33:22 PM

The Matrix (first one) redefined movie fights totally. Mr. Smith and Mr. Anderson... will be remember for years to come by me as a revolution in movie combat scenes.

On another note, Robert Patrick against Arnie is also worth more than a mention. While certainly not technically difficult, they had some hillarious bouts when T2 blew away everybody on the big screen.

Mortal Kombat? Come on.. thats a joke! Sorry!
March 20, 2007 4:39:37 PM

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Best movie fight:

Ralphie vs. Scott Farkus


:lol:  Best. Post. Ever.

I agree with you guys about the Matrix, but I actually thought the Morpheus and Neo sparring scene was the better one.

And as for Mortal Kombat (bleh!), I raised objections over that one to Travis but he ignored me. So sad...
March 20, 2007 5:05:02 PM

darth vader vs. obi wan in episode 3
March 20, 2007 5:11:00 PM

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon
March 20, 2007 6:05:13 PM

I have to second Agent Smith vs Neo in the first Matrix Movie. While there are a LOT of fights in the Matrix Trilogy, their subway fight defined the Matrix. Shorten that fight, or take it out and the movie falls flat.
March 20, 2007 6:29:36 PM

Grosse Pointe Blank had 3 great fight scenes, but the one in the school, ending with the pencil was great stuff.

Good to see you remembered it.

Gladiator had a few jaw droppers too, and live up to rewatching, with the same intensity.

The new Bond film Casino Royale puts the punch back in Bond, good stuff there as well.
March 20, 2007 6:43:28 PM

After you opened with the 300 comment, I assumed that this was going to be a list of the best battle scenes (i.e. Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, etc). I would love to see a list of those.

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Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon


That is the best fight scene ever.
March 20, 2007 6:56:56 PM

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While I respect your picks, ; what about The Matrix Trilogy? - getting Honorable Mention, how can you forget the sparring or agent smith(s).... how about Hero? Or Mel Gibson taking on 20 redcoas in the Patriot? I'm not a fan of Tom Cruize, but the ending fight scene in MI:2 (including the bike chase) was pretty badass.

lord knows I agree with some of the big ones though.... although its a tough call for #1, I do believe you got that right. I'm confident that fight itself took weeks to plan and days to perform right. I've always like the Cage vs Scorpion scene as well so kudos on that call too.


i second the thoughts on hero, the fight scenes in that movie are totally awesome.
also house of flying daggers deserves to be mentioned, it certainly stands next to crouching tiger hidden dragon
and indeed the matrix should be on that list!! :evil: 
March 20, 2007 7:12:53 PM

I don't know where to start or end. That is the worst list I have ever read in my life. I know it is an opinion, but in my opinion your list stinks.
March 20, 2007 7:25:49 PM

Bruce Lee putting a Chinese Boxing beat-down on Chuck Norris in the coliseum. Now that’s entertainment!
March 20, 2007 7:38:28 PM

I have to disagree with all of you guys about the Matrix fights. They were pretty cool at the time and they deserve kudos for their originality but they just don't compare to many movies that have copied their style. I can't accept that the Matrix fights are better just because they were good at the time.
March 20, 2007 7:45:41 PM

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Best movie fight:

Ralphie vs. Scott Farkus


totally agree...

double-live gonzo, intensity in ten cities, live at budapest!


to others:

Honestly, I agree with the call to have none of the Matrix fights make the list. If you actually look at them close (ESPECIALLY the smith-neo fight in the subway) you can really see the pulled punches and mechanical movements. How about when neo gets his "second wind" and walks up to smith, sets his feet (booo!) and then cocks his arms (telegraphing the punch so clear that my grandma could avoid it) only to throw his whole weight into it, shoulder and all... just wow. A 6 year old could pull him to the ground easily when he does that! NOT a good fight IMO when compared to the others on the list. (good sci-fi movie, not so good fight-movie if you analyze the fights)

Looking at the kill bill fights and others you can tell that actors CAN pull fighting off... but in Matrix (regardless of how good the overall movie is) the actors all around just don't sell the fight. Maybe better editing like the bourne movies would have hid that stuff and saved the figts... maybe not, but it is plain as day as it stands.
March 20, 2007 9:23:45 PM

I registered and logged just to post this.

That list is invalid because of all the Kung Fu films. None of these are mentioned.

Fist Of Legend
Legend Of A fighter
So Close (Most scenes were cheesy final fight was damn good)
New Legend of Shaolin/Legend of the Red Dragon
Any Fight scene with Yasuaki Kurata and countless others.
March 20, 2007 9:31:01 PM

What about the fight scenes in EQUILIBRIUM??
March 20, 2007 9:36:20 PM

he mentioned kung-fu movies... and drunken master is a fine representation and one of the best of the genre.

I am a huge fan of Hong-Kong movies, wu shu movies in particular and I have no problem with his explanation. If you read the opening qualification you can understand why he did it... and b/c he explained it clearly I have no issues with the dearth of kung-fu.
March 20, 2007 9:43:38 PM

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What about the fight scenes in EQUILIBRIUM??


it got an honorable mention... which in itself is ok until you realize it got beat by the Gandalf fight. Actually, any of the honorable mentions should have beaten that one down. (pun intended) They are all much better true fights than the CG-fall through the cavern.

honestly, even based on the description it is a truly great "scene", but not much of a "fight"

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Sure, it's short and kind of hard to make out, but that super wide shot of the entire cavern where you see this tiny ball of fire slowly falling is incredible


that describes a good scene, but not a fight IMO... but I am not going to quibble. It was a noble effort to quantify fights into a list. One could reorder it based on alot of things, but that one is the only glaring mistake IMO. Well done overall.
March 20, 2007 10:11:42 PM

How about the Yoda fight scene? I thought that one was better than the Darth Maul scene.

No Jet Li?

How about the gun fights in Hard Boiled?

And nothing beats the Looney Tunes / Kung-fu styling of Kung Fu Hustle. Those fights have to be some of the most original ever....
March 20, 2007 10:16:27 PM

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How about the gun fights in Hard Boiled?


Hard Boiled is awesome, but those are shootouts. Maybe we need another list -- top 10 gunfights? Not sure if I could pick just 10 but Hard Boiled would be on it. The hospital shootout is crazy good.
March 20, 2007 10:57:20 PM

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Honestly, I agree with the call to have none of the Matrix fights make the list. If you actually look at them close (ESPECIALLY the smith-neo fight in the subway) you can really see the pulled punches and mechanical movements. How about when neo gets his "second wind" and walks up to smith, sets his feet (booo!) and then cocks his arms (telegraphing the punch so clear that my grandma could avoid it) only to throw his whole weight into it, shoulder and all... just wow. A 6 year old could pull him to the ground easily when he does that! NOT a good fight IMO when compared to the others on the list. (good sci-fi movie, not so good fight-movie if you analyze the fights)


This is exactly why none of the Matrix fights made the list. I watched them all several times, and they just don't sell those hits. They have a lot of style, but there is one part in the training fight in the first movie where Morpheus sidekicks Neo and it might be the worst stunt I've ever seen.

Hero and House of Flying Daggers both had me screaming, "Stop flying and smack someone!"

Keep it coming.
March 20, 2007 11:06:36 PM

bruce lee and danny inosanto in game of death.
March 20, 2007 11:26:12 PM

How about the dockyard fight in The Transporter? Oil? Fire? Makeshift weapons? Crowds of bad guys vs. one misunderstood "hero" who totally keeps his cool despite the odds?

It's easy to be a bada$$ when you have a Samurai sword or a lightsaber and only a single opponent or two, but how about when it's only you and your wits and ingenuity against a whole bunch of people trying to kill you?
March 20, 2007 11:44:42 PM

Anybody watch the fight with the capoeira guy in Tom Yum Goong w/ Tony Jaa?
March 21, 2007 2:24:54 AM

Anything from Ong Bak.
Fearless
(As was stated earlier) Fist of Legend
The fight with the guy in white at the end of Unleashed.

Holy crap, I didn't realise how much Jet Li I watch.

Oh oh!

Chun Li (Jackie Chan) vs Guile (forgot his name) in City Hunter. And the fight after it, that was pretty cool.
March 21, 2007 3:03:50 AM

Yeah, Tony Jaa can't seriously be left off this list can he? The man's acrobatic muay thai was made for kicking ass in movies.

And no Jet Li?

For hilarity I would suggest Tong Pho (spell?) vs Jean Claude van Damme's 'brother' in Kickboxer.

I enjoyed some of the fights in the X-men trilogy also, Jean vs Xavier anyone?
For just how classic it is though, I'd go with Bruce Lee vs. Mr. Han or Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris if I had to add something to the top ten.

What would I take out? Mortal Kombat.

I don't envy the man who tries to come up with this list.
March 21, 2007 3:07:25 AM

sorry but i ddnt read thru the thread...


WHERE IS " FEARLESS " - JET LEE?

OMG THAT PWNTS EVERYTHING.


* end of rant. *
March 21, 2007 3:09:31 AM

wow. fist of legend isn't on the top 10? i think the fighting in that movie was way more intense than the legend of the drunken master.

jet li's fights in this movie:
fight with the uncle samurai. ~ karate against karate.
fight with his best friend. ~ karate against kungfu.
fight against the general. ~ tai-chi-like fighting against pure brute force.
March 21, 2007 3:15:53 AM

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wow. fist of legend isn't on the top 10? i think the fighting in that movie was way more intense than the legend of the drunken master.

jet li's fights in this movie:
fight with the uncle samurai. ~ karate against karate.
fight with his best friend. ~ karate against kungfu.
fight against the general. ~ tai-chi-like fighting against pure brute force.


How awesome was the blindfold fight? That kicked ass.
March 21, 2007 3:28:04 AM

oh yeah. i also forget the fight with jet li against the whole school of karate students and their master. that was unfair. like 30 people against 1 person. =)

that also reminds me of a scene from kiss of the dragon. jet li did it again against the whole academy of karate cops.
March 21, 2007 4:26:50 AM

I also agree that the Gandalf fight scene was actually a pretty crappy FIGHT scene. Good scene, not so good fighting.

As for Tony Ja, yeah he kicks ass, I totally support him replacing Gandalf.

The author also mentioned that he doesn't like the 1 vs many fight scenes, so everybody mentioning those, sorry. Its too bad since many, many of the best fight scenes are giant 1 vs many battles.
March 21, 2007 5:07:21 AM

Some more good fights:

-The fight to not destroy your PC after it throws up a BSOD when you save your epic 400hr long game... which it then deletes.

-The fight to not cry after plugging in your brand-spankin' new 8800GTX SLi monster... only to be greeted by blue smoke.

-The fight to not kill the computer store guy who's trying to sell you Windows Vista because it has a "new 3D interface!".

-The fight to get your boss to upgrade the work computers to something faster than a P3.

-The fight to stay standing after downing a bottle of Jack Daniel's.
March 21, 2007 6:27:57 AM

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 



i think the last will be the hardest > ? 8O

or maybe the first :twisted:


theyre all good lol
March 21, 2007 7:12:49 AM

Stupid that Ong Bak isnt number 1 its got best fighting scenes ever
March 21, 2007 8:27:45 AM

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How about the Yoda fight scene? I thought that one was better than the Darth Maul scene.

No Jet Li?



Agreed. The yoda scene was the best in the series.

Agree on the Jet lee too.

And in Kill Bill the best fight was when she took on that School girl (cannot remember her name)

Some more:
Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Brad Pitt vs. Angelina Jolie (when he kicks her on the couch you can see the pleasure in his expression ) :D 
Transporter 2 - Fire Hose fight (Man wasn't that original)
Final fight in underworld (additional bonus Kate Beckinsale in tight leather)

Finally how come no hot female mud wrestling type fights??? :evil:  :evil:  :evil: 
March 21, 2007 10:53:35 AM

Grosse Pointe Blank - the final fight, it end is a tv on the head, the best, simply, also, for gunfights, the lobby scene form the matrix, but thats the only one
March 21, 2007 11:01:08 AM

When Obi and Darth face off and Darth strikes him down, that was just too great.

Quote:
Darth Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I met you I was but the learner. Now, *I* am the master.
Obi-Wan: Only a master of evil, Darth.


PWNT.

Quote:
Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man.
Obi-Wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.


MORE PWNT. OBI PWNTS!
March 21, 2007 12:10:20 PM

This a very import topic! I want to interject a little old into this discussion by adding a little old school.

Any which way you can – Finial fight between Clint Eastwood's character and Jack Wilson's character.

The Last Dragon – Leroy vs (who the master?) sho'nuff! leroy catching bullet in teeth and bad 80's music.
March 21, 2007 12:40:47 PM

Maybe I'm a sucker for big budget bad-ass somewhat realistic fight scenes, but.....

In a general, yet no particular order.

Lethal Weapon 1 - Riggs vs. Mr. Joshua (Gibson vs. Busey) on Murtaugh's front lawn after they drive a police car into his house. Spotlight provided by police chopper, 8 foot metal pole vs. billy club with a broken fire hydrant drenching them both?!?! DAMN!!!

Snatch - Mickey O'Neil vs. large bare knuckle boxer is last fight scene. Mickey (Brad Pitt) is fresh off a drinking binge at the wake of his mother, gets the crap kicked out of him for 6 or 7 rounds before being flattened by an uppercut. "All he has to do is stay down." He gets up and lays out the guy twice his size with one punch, dooming his tribe of Pikies, who had the turn on Brick Top the whole time.

Fight Club - The Narrator (Ed Norton) vs. Angel Face. This is the more gruesome beat down I've ever seen in a movie. Angel Face's face is just hard to look at after Norton is done with him. A close 2nd in this movie is when the bar owner comes down and beats the piss out of Pitt while Brad is just laughing at him.

The Matrix - take your pick, lots of great fights in all 3, but I personally like the ones in the first movie better as I think they did a lot of movie fight scenes by introducing a lot of new filming techniques.

Happy Gilmore - Bob Barker vs. Happy. Do I really need to explain any further?

Saving Private Ryan - Pvt. Stanley Mellish vs. German foot soldier. You know you were cringing in your set when the germen pulled out his knife and slowly was inching it down toward Adam Goldberg's chest. Yes, short scene, but very much to the point, and was a a key part to one of the underlying story lines in the movie.

The Princess Bride - yeah, yeah, the same one. Inigo Montoya vs. the Man in Black. Great sword fight scene for it's time, even better humor through that entire scene. "Why are you smiling?" "Cause I know something you do not, I am not left-handed."

Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Arc - Indy vs. large bald Nazi. Amazing fight scene for 1981. Dude getting chopped up by the propeller of a WWII prototype plane is priceless.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail - King Arther vs. Black Knight. "Look, you stupid Bastard. You've got no arms left."

Rocky - Rocky vs. Creed. The one that started it all (and unfortunately, it never stopped).
March 21, 2007 1:17:38 PM

Glad to see "They Live" get an honorable mention, but the Roddy Piper vs. Keith David fight deserves to be in the top 10 if for no other reason than it was the subject of a shot-for-shot remake in the South Park episode "Cripple Fight."
March 21, 2007 1:31:56 PM

Monty Pythons Holy Grail: Tis' but a flesh wound!
March 21, 2007 1:37:30 PM

why not even an honorable mention for any Rocky movie come on of any fight that you want someone to win so bad those have to be at the top.
March 21, 2007 3:14:30 PM

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Finally how come no hot female mud wrestling type fights???


Dude, that reminds me. Travis, we totally forgot to add an honorable mention for John Candy versus the mud wrestlers in "Stripes." Ox was a lean mean fighting machine. Shame on us!

Ox: "It just doesn't seem fair."
Winger: "Fair?!?! What's fair? Is it fair that you were born this way?!?!"
March 21, 2007 3:54:58 PM

Austin Powers vs Mini me???

I know thats gotta rank up there somewhere....


I'd say my favorite fight sequence from the Matrix would either be the first encounter with the Agents in Reloaded, or when the twin is trying to kill the keymaker in the car.... both brilliantly performed.
March 21, 2007 3:56:26 PM

I think you should have looked at a couple of older movies:
T2
Highlander
Bloodsport

These have some classic fights
March 21, 2007 4:00:47 PM

One fight that I forgot to mention that doesn't qualify for Travis' list because it's "one against many" but is still worth noting is the corridor fight scene from "Oldboy." Amazing scene, brilliantly shot, totally original.

And BTW, if you haven't seen that movie, add it to your list.
March 21, 2007 4:59:09 PM

I would totally agree with adding any of: Frank Dux vs Chong Lee in Bloodsport, that scene from Oldboy (awesome movie), Black Night vs Arthur in Holy Grail or Blue vs College Girls in Old School.
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