If you’re a true fighting movie fan, it may be nothing short of intimidating to try to rank those scenes and come up with a list of the best ones. Luckily, we did the hard work for you. Now it’s just up to you to check out the list below and tell us whether you agree or disagree with the fight scenes we believe are the best ones you can find.
1. The Matrix (1999)
What truly sets the scenes in The Matrix apart from other fighting movies is the 360-degree camera work, especially in the showdown scene between Agent Smith and Neo. The two nearly defied gravity as they delivered blows back and forth, all while dodging trains and bullets. It made for a scene no one would ever be able to forget.
2. Rocky (1976)
Rocky Balboa, we are not sure what this man eats, but this man is a pure beast.
If you’re watching a Rocky movie, you know you’re waiting for the ultimate showdown between Rocky Balboa and his “enemy of the hour.” It can be said that no movie built up to that scene better than the first. It’s an underdog story we all love to watch. The fight against Apollo Creed forever distilled Rocky in our hearts and only made us want to see the second movie more than we already did.
3. Drunken Master 2 (1994)
It would be a sin to talk about great fight scenes without mention Jackie Chan. However, while this fight was surely entertaining, it was the combination of comedy and kick-ass violence that had us all cheering while watching Drunken Master 2.
4. Enter the Dragon (1973)
It can be argued that no one will ever do for movies, what Bruce Lee did for fighting films. In this monumental fight movie, Lee went up against the mastermind Han and his box full of tricks. They may have had to slow down the camera footage just so viewers could keep up with Lee’s quick movements, but Lee proved himself a truly talented fighter and impaled his foe on his own spear. How’s that for an epic fight scene?
5. The Way of the Dragon (1972)
Yes, Bruce Lee again. He’s just that good! This scene pins the legendary Chuck Norris against the iconic Bruce Lee. Do we really need to say more?
6. Fight Club (1999)
Ed Norton’s character takes on an angelically handsome, golden-haired Jared Leto in a bone-crunching fist fight. It’s bloody, it’s graphic, and it’s everything you want in an epic fight scene. Of course, we were on the edge of our seats the entire time. Most would argue he took it way too far, but as Ed’s character put it he “just felt like destroying something beautiful.”
7. Gridiron Gang (2006)
Ok, this one is not really a fighting movie, but taking teenagers from a juvenile detention center and turning them into confident fighters out on the field is something that deserves a spot on our list. We especially love the scene where we see the top dogs fight with customizable football jerseys.