My 10 Favorite Movie Fights and Battles

Everyone has their own opinion on what constitutes as the best of the best when it comes to movie fights and battles, but for my list, I chose fights that had something special or unique to them, that typically had the viewers heavily invested in the outcome of the fights, and that were memorable in some way. For me, it goes without saying that all things Bruce Lee don't even need to be on this list because in my eyes, he is always number one...beyond, number one, but the rest are the ten of my favorite fights or battles in my opinion and in no particular order.

1. Roadhouse


This is a honest to goodness hand to hand battle which I feel you see less and less of these days without some major theatrics or CGI or wires attached to it. This is just two men, Dalton vs. Jimmy, in the dirt, bloodied and raw, punching and kicking, in a pure fight to the death. Jimmy truly messed with the wrong man.

2. Kung Fu Hustle


Stephen Chow has a way of marrying Bruce Lee style fighting with comedy and special effects which lead his many many fight scenes to each be distinct, visually interesting, and funny. They aren't meant to be realistic, but knowing that, when you see moments like Chow literally stepping on an eagle mid-flight, you just have to be like, this is awesome.

3. The Matrix


He's the one alright. So many great fights throughout the series, but this is the one that stuck out to me because we'd been on this journey with Neo from trapped computer nerd living a mundane boring life, to figuring out a way to bend space, time, reality, what have you, to become "the one," in order to destroy Agent Smith and his goons. This is the moment where you are truly rooting for him despite all the doubt thrown his way and his own doubts about his abilities. Plus, you know, killing someone from inside themselves, is pretty badass.

4. Kill Bill Vol. 1


Tension, drama, pure action and violence sum this one up. Also there is a strict attention to the entire visual layout of each calculated fight scene that are the summation of all things great in the legendary Kung Fu style movies that inspired this one. The great thing about this one is you always see men as protagonist and the ones doing the fighting and playing the hero role, but this film put four women in those power roles and let them duke it out without relying on simply hair pulling and knocking each other about in some male pool fantasy. Nope, this was ugly and raw and the fighting was real.

5. Anchorman 2


Anchorman was already legendary for how it accurately and hilariously portrayed the way the news used to work, but to then in part 2, throw in a celebrity soaked all out news fight, was the absolute icing on the cake.

6. Hardcore Henry


This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. It is shown entirely in first person shooter mode and is one long continuous knock down drag out super violent fight to the end. In the last of many many battles involving parkour, cars, various weapons, explosives, clones, and a cat and mouse game throughout the city, Henry takes on a whole host of engineered fighters all set to Queen. Amazing.

7. Desperado


Banderas murders his way through entire towns and bars looking for Bucho, the man who killed his wife and the drug dealer who is infecting the towns with his drugs. His weapon(s) of choice are a guitar case filled with guns and an inability to do things peacefully or quietly.

8. Equilibrium


This is probably why you shouldn't take dancing, lit, music, art, or emotions away from people. Bale's character is a government agent responsible for suppressing thought and ideas essentially in order to prevent war. He manages until he misses his drug dosage of "Prozium" meant to keep all thoughts of these things out of the head, and sees what life is really like and tasks himself with toppling the regime. When the lights go out in battle, it more than pays to have superior training and skill.

9. Lion King


Can we talk about how your uncle was so jealous of you as a kid and so power hungry that he killed your father, blamed you for it, took over your entire Kingdom, ruined everything that was good about it, and then still tried to convince your entire family that everything was still all your fault even throwing his own people under the bus...come on man! Well deserved fight.

10. Fight Club


Spoiler Alert: The fight itself is pretty mundane, but this ends up on the list because it was the ultimate mind f*ck fight of all time. Norton's character, you find out at the end, IS Tyler Durden, so in actuality, Norton is fighting himself here which you see later on in the film, as well as pouring acid on himself, sleeping with Marla, and recruiting for, plotting and executing the many crimes and terrorist attack on the city.

There are so many more I could list, but these were some of my favs...


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What Guys Said 15

  • 7d

    equilibrium was awesome

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  • 17d

    çok güzel beğendim

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  • 18d

    Great fights, especially The Matrix, Kill Bill, and Kung Fu Hustle of course, very good Take.

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  • 21d

    Firefly, the movie.

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  • 22d

    That was epic

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  • 22d

    Chen Zen and Ting On v. General Fujita from Fist of Legend...

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  • 22d

    Eva Green fights
    300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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  • 22d

    This is more of a shootout than a fight but the shootout at the end of Snatch is one of my favorites.

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  • 22d

    One of the best is Achilles vs Hector in my opinion.

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  • 23d

    The final fight scene from the new jason bour new movie. Yeah the cutty camera isf. meh, but you feel how brutal it is

    https://youtu.be/STVS14V7yRo

    The final fight from flashpoint, with Donnie Yen

    https://youtu.be/NyTt1CFiOKI

    Kiss of the dragon, final fight, ignore the shitty sound track, apparently they were moving so fast, the camera couldn't catch all. of theor movements so there was constant demanding by the director to slow them down

    https://youtu.be/Zc9KkTpNZ3M

    Arrow: pilot. fight scene, yeah it's a tv show, but it's still pretty awesome

    https://youtu.be/vnh2RL8tB80

    The Raid 2. Berandal end fight. And for the record, that's a 2.5 hour movie, with probably 75% of it being fight scenes

    https://youtu.be/PB0vKBs6I-Q

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  • 23d

    Equlibrium's Gun Kata is my favorite. They also used the same elements of that fighting style with guns in Ultraviolet.

    Kung Fu Hustle was also memorable and over-the-top.

    And who can forget fight scenes from The Matrix? That was a classic in the late 90s. Bullets? Please, those are virtual bullets in a virtual simulation.

    I LMAO when there was an airstrike called in for Anchorman 2.

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    • 23d

      You cannot deny the epic nature of the very first Matrix. It can't be done. Completely innovative and mind blowing including the various fight scenes. This isn't a list based on fights that happen in reality---hench Anchorman/Kung Fu Hustle.

    • 23d

      @BeeNee All of them were creative and over-the-top, but that's what makes them fun and entertaining to begin with and worth watching.

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      From "They Live". I want to watch that movie again.

      I recognize the guy from The Thing.

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    • 20d

      That makes sense. All I was thinking is, "Just try the damn glasses".

    • 20d

      @orphanedmind Yeah, now you know how the conspiracy theorists felt all this time.

  • 23d

    .. Lion King. :D

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  • 23d

    Nice one.. for me this is ;)

    https://youtu.be/kcyXmZfMRKU?t=191

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What Girls Said 6

  • 7d

    thats a good list

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  • 20d

    brah. if you ever get the chance, you should really see this movie. it's called bloodsport and it is so good..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ArvbhLMK3w

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  • 21d

    Wow, cool fights :D

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  • 22d

    Interesting, but so far no movie has portrayed the fight I want to see.

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  • 22d

    They're funny.

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  • 23d

    So glad you included Kung Fu Hustle. Its pretty underrated I think. I'm kinda sad IpMan isn't in here but the Lion King makes up for it kind of haha.

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