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Six of the Best Fight Scenes of All Time

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.

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Best Fighting Movie Stars of All Time

Sure, directing, producing, cinematography, and the like all play a huge role in the success of a film. But is there truly anything more important, particularly in a fighting movie, than the star in front of the camera? Whether you’ve actually seen the movies they star in or not, there’s a good chance you’re at least familiar with their rugged, handsome faces. We were brave enough to comprise a list of our favorite fighting movie stars, but we want to hear how you think we did. Are we missing someone? Is there someone on our list who you don’t think should be? Check out the list and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

1. Sylvester Stallone


Sylvester Stallone is likely best known for his role as Rocky Balboa in the Rocky franchise. After all, that’s the main reason he made our list. With the body of a dancer from a Sydney Hens NightRocky was inducted into the National Film Registry and its props were put in the Smithsonian Museum. In other words, his starring role was in an iconic film! Stalone was even voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category on December 7, 2010! Incredibly, he didn’t receive a Golden Globe Award until after he reprised his role as Rocky Balboa for the 2015 movie Creed.

 

2. Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan is an incredibly talented entertainer known for his acrobatic fighting style, comedic acting, creative stunts, and use of random, improvised weapons. He’s received stars on both the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chan has appeared in more than 150 films, proving that not only is he a force to be reckoned with, but he will be for a long time.

 

3. Bruce Lee

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As if starring in iconic fighting films isn’t enough, Bruce Lee is considered by a wide majority of media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists in history. He’s also considered a pop culture icon of the 20th century. It can be said that Bruce Lee changed the way Asians are perceived and represented in movies. He’s so incredibly talented in martial arts that he was able to create his own form, which he named Jeet Kune Do.

 

4. Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford gained worldwide attention for his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars series as well as the title character in Indiana Jones. Star Wars became one of the most successful movies of all time. He was ranked Empire’s number one “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” and as of 2016 he was the highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star.

 

5. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a martial artist and Belgian actor best known for his roles in a martial arts action films. His breakout role was in Bloodsport in 1988. Universal Soldier was Van Damme’s highest-grossing film of his career. While he continues to work, it’s his roles from decades ago that continue to give him the title of one of the best fighting movie stars of all time.

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Top 5 Fighting Movies of the Century

As with just about every debate over the best anything, you’d be hard-pressed to find the same answers no matter who you talk to. With so many options out there, the idea of selecting just five of the best fighting movies of the last 100 years is nothing if not intimidating. While we’re bound to offend a handful of people no matter what movies end up on our list, we wanted to share the five we thought deserved to be named the best. In no specific order, take a look at the list below and tell us just how much you agree or disagree with our selections.

 

Fight Club (1999)

The talented Edward Norton and equally talented, pretty boy Brad Pitt came together to star in Fight Club, a movie that, despite the title, isn’t as much of a traditional fighting movie as the others on our list. While the film itself is more about a pathetic man’s delusions, the realistic, bloody and violent scenes displaying the world of underground fighting deemed themselves worthy of notice. The bare-knuckle fighting scenes viewers witness in Fight Club are enough to stir up something inside of you, which is exactly what a fight movie is supposed to do. If you’re in the mood for a bit more of a psychological thriller with some great fight scenes thrown in, Fight Club is the way to go.

 

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Can you really talk about fight movies without mentioning the one man who left a permanent impression: Bruce Lee? Over at “Crave” they named Enter the Dragon their number one fight movie and labeled the film Bruce Lee’s magnum opus. The fight scenes may be shorter than you’d prefer but rumor has it they had to slow down some fight scenes because Lee moves too fast for viewers to keep up. You’ll likely have a hard time remembering it’s just a movie because this film is just that good!

 

Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)

When it comes to good movies, it’s quite rare that a sequel is good enough to beat the original. But in the case of the Undisputed films, it’s the third movie in the series that takes home the prize. Avid movie-goers may argue that in terms of story line, the first or second films were better than Redemption, but for those wanting a good fighting movie, third is best. This American-made film has all the bone-crunching violence required to make it on our list.

 

Rocky (1976)

Similar to Enter the Dragon, it would practically be a sin to talk about fight movies without mentioning Rocky. The intense boxing scenes and inspirational story not only earned this movie recognition as one of the best fighting movies of all time, but landed it among some of the best movies ever made. It can be argued that Sylvester Stallone wouldn’t be who he is today without this franchise. It’s no surprise several fight scenes from the film are still consistently talked about today.

 

Never Back Down (2008)

Although this movie follows teenagers, there’s no shortage of action for any fight movie-loving viewer, no matter their age. The following was so great in fact, that they filmed a sequel. There are certainly enough bloody fights to satisfy your need if that’s what you’re looking for. With familiar faces like Sean Faris, Amber Heard, and Cam Gigandet, it’s a great movie for those looking to get into the fight movie scene, but be forewarned: once you’re in, you’re in!