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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 2:58 PM

What are your favorite movie fight scenes of all time? One of mine is the fight between Neo and the army of Mr. Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded. Another is the one between Beatrix and Elle in Kill Bill: Vol.2, which ranks up there with Beatrix vs. the Crazy 88s in Vol. 1. Then there's the Brangelina fight in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which was filled with equal parts of ass-kicking and sexual tension.

Post your favorite movie fight scenes here.

Edited by Prettyeyes, Jan 8, 2009 @ 10:57 AM.

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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 3:08 PM

Roddy Piper/Keith David- They Live.

I am dreading to see how they handle it in the remake.
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 3:26 PM

Hardest fight to watch: Patricia Arquette-James Gandolfini in True Romance. That was brutality at it's queasiest.
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

Zhang Ziyi versus the entire inn in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Zhang Ziyi versus Chow Yun Fat in the bamboo forest in the same film.

Harrison Ford versus Giant German Airplane Mechanic in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Basil Rathbone fencing with Errol Flynn in Robin Hood

Richard Burton versus Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

Sean Connery versus Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love.

In a lighter vein: Cary Elwes versus Mandy Patinkin (with both hands!) in The Princess Bride.
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 7:53 PM

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's fight in the house in Mr. and Mrs. Smith "Ya still alive baby?" gets me everytime.

The whole horse chase and mall/bathroom fight in True Lies.
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

Best gun fight: the end sequence of Wanted - the film was crap, but that scene almost redeemed it

Best sword fight: a tie between Jack vs Will and Jack vs Barbossa in the first Pirates of the Caribbean - I freely admit I find most sword fights boring, but these were both hilarious, so I didn't mind

Best realistic fight: Hugh Grant vs. Colin Firth in either Bridget Jones - they bring tears of laughter to my eyes every time

Best impossible fight: Neo vs the Smiths in Matrix Reloaded - here's what you get when you get rid of that one attacker at a time cliche!

Best for sheer brutality: Vin Diesel beating the crap out of the local tough guy in Knockaround Guys - it's the fact he's calmly explaining his philosophy of fist fights while he's at it that makes it art

Best for mind-blowing athleticism and the most inventive use of the setting and/or accessories: anything choreographed by Cyril Raffaelli, most notably the casino sequence in Banlieue 13 - the jumps! the jumps! - and the fire hose sequence in Transporter 2 - who knew a fire hose had so many uses as far as ass-kicking is concerned?
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 10:35 PM

One of my favorite sword fights in movies is between Liam Neeson and Tim Roth in Rob Roy. It was both thrilling and realistic, partly because they would often pause in between clashing swords.
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Posted Jan 4, 2009 @ 10:41 PM

Sean Connery versus Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love.


And in an homage to that, Pierce Brosnan vs. Sean Bean in Goldeneye.
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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 2:16 AM

One of my new favorites is the one between Jason Bourne and Desh ("The Asset") in The Bourne Ultimatum. I swear I watch that movie every time it comes on HBO just to see that sequence. And IDK, but there's a fight in Quantum of Solace that seems to me like a bit of a rip-off of that fight...but even if they were "inspired by" the Bourne fight, it was still fun to watch Daniel Craig do it, too, lol. And on a random fantasy note, I'd love to watch the new Bond vs. Bourne. I'd pay big money for that showdown.

Edited by flickchick85, Jan 5, 2009 @ 2:17 AM.

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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 2:46 AM

I know there's always the debate about whether or not this is a fight or a beat-down, but my favorite is the Alabama vs. Virgil scene from True Romance.

There were some brutal fights in The Descent as well.

Edited by hardy har, Jan 5, 2009 @ 2:47 AM.

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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 2:58 AM

Jackie Chan in Drunken Master 2. There's a teahouse fight, a five-on-one drunken kung fu sequence, a fight vs an ersatz Indiana Jones, a few other bits, but the topper is the one vs his real-life bodyguard at the time. I haven't seen all of Chan's work, but I believe this is commonly considered one of his best martial arts films.

Tony Jaa in The Protector aka Tom Yum Goong. There's a great series of fights in a burning building, but for me it's the four minute uncut shot following his character beating up four stories' worth of bad guy goons. I actually prefer the fighting style chosen for Ong Bak more (more striking, less joint locks and throws), and there are some brilliant scenes in there too.

Donnie Yen vs Jing Wu in SPL. Donnie as a cop with a baton vs Wu's knife-wielding assassin in white, in a very narrow alley. For my money, one of the fight scenes that works pretty well even without sound. That moment where Donnie's got Jing Wu's knife hand trapped actually made me gasp in the theater.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) in Matrix Reloaded's Chateau fight, the one with weapons vs like 7 guys. Though for pure entertainment at the time I first saw them, I think Neo vs Morpheus in the training dojo in the first movie was better.

For Crouching Tiger, I liked Michelle Yeoh vs Zhang's fight the best. The hook swords never ever fail to get me.

animated: I have often said that Cowboy Bebop's fight scenes are great, if a bit short, and the movie's Spike vs Olivo is outstanding work. (Kung Fu Panda's fight scenes were very good, but I couldn't honestly rank them 'best' alongside my favorite fight scenes of all time.)

Gunfights: I am a huge John Woo fanboy and love the church and hideout shootouts in The Killer and the hospital and teahouse shootouts in Hard-Boiled, but I think the ultimate in over-the-top gun action has to be Shoot 'Em Up, where nearly all of the shootouts start out at 11 and keep cranking it up from there. I saw Wanted before Shoot 'Em Up and it was a good thing too, or else I would have been even more let down by the film...

(edited much too late once I finally noticed it's not called "Shoot out")

Edited by arc, Jul 12, 2009 @ 10:05 PM.

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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 4:03 AM

My all-time favourite fight scene goes to River's Ballet of Death in Serenity. It looks so pretty, and because Summer Glau didn't need a stunt double, we don't get fast editing but these long, lovely wide shots of her gracefully kicking the whole bar's asses.

Close second is a scene from Dog Soldiers. Beating the shit out of this huge werewolf with nothing but kitchen pots, an itty bitty knife, and his fists. What makes it especially awesome is that this wasn't the hero, but a supporting character who hadn't even been established as the badass one, so it was completely unexpected.

And third is that fight from Hot Fuzz where Simon Pegg gets armed to the teeth and starts having a gunfight with a bunch of senior citizens. I generally prefer close combat fights to guns, but that one was just so clever and funny and awesome.

There were some brutal fights in The Descent as well.

Some of them weren't very well edited IMO, they were all choppy and confusing. Which is a pity, because the two that weren't like that were really cool, particually Sam's fight. The camera twisting around as they fight on the cave roof was a great effect.

There was also a great bit in Planet Terror, when Ray walks down a corridor filled with zombies, using a pair of knives to kill any he passes, all without breaking stride.

Slow motion often puts me off too. It's feels like it's saying "Look at what they can do, aren't they cooool?" Which, yeah, but it takes me out of the moment.

Edited by furrylump, Jan 9, 2009 @ 8:08 AM.

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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 5:02 AM

Slow motion, extreme close ups and quick cutting always take me out of a fight scene; especially the ECU and QCs. CGI also doesn't work often for me.

I want a fight scene to be deliberate and slow. I want to know who is hitting who and how hard they are hitting. When the visual just seems like random blurs, I feel it shines poorly on the entire movie, especially if it's an action flick. I want to wallow in the brutality.

An unmentioned comedy fight scene I love is Randall v. Dante in Clerks. Who hasn't wanted to use French bread in a rumble?
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Posted Jan 5, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

Defintely liked the Brangelina smackdown in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. A good combination of brutality, humor, and sexual tension. I also liked the sword-fight between Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones in Mask of Zorro, which had similar elements as well.

The sword-fight in Troy, between Achillies (Brad Pitt) and Hector (Eric Bana) was also good and intense. Even though I knew how it would end, I still found myself hoping Hector could pull it off somehow.

The knife-fighting scenes between Tommy Lee Jones and Benico Del Toro in The Hunted were also pretty brutal and well done.

And even though the movie was a major disappointment, I still love the lightsaber fight, between Darth Maul and Qui Gon/Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menance

Edited by thuganomics85, Jan 5, 2009 @ 1:21 PM.

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Posted Jan 6, 2009 @ 7:03 PM

The 1997 movie Drive has some truly astounding fight scenes.

Exhibit "A"
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Posted Jan 8, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

Four more great fight scenes are Jet Li/Aaliyah vs. the female assassin in Romeo Must Die, in which Li's character basically used Aaliyah's character as a weapon, Yoda vs. Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode V: Attack of the Clones, which was by far the only good thing about it, Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith, which was not only visually stunning, it was the best part of what is easily the best Star Wars prequel and the garage fight between Frank Martin and the bad guy's henchmen in The Transporter. Jason Statham shirtless and covered in oil. 'Nuff said.

Edited by Prettyeyes, Jan 8, 2009 @ 11:08 AM.

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Posted Jan 8, 2009 @ 5:46 PM

Yoda vs. Count Dooku


Part of me wishes that didn't come out as well as it did so we'd have the Mace Windu Vs. Count Dooku fight they had slated as Plan B as mentioned on the DVD.
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Posted Jan 9, 2009 @ 2:25 AM

Part of me wishes that didn't come out as well as it did so we'd have the Mace Windu Vs. Count Dooku fight they had slated as Plan B as mentioned on the DVD.

Wait...Mace Windu was supposed to have a point beyond people making 5000 "It's the lightsaber with 'bad mother fucker' on it" jokes?
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Posted Jan 9, 2009 @ 7:04 PM

I know this is ancient history but one of the greatest sword fights in film in my opinion was the Tyrone Power-Basil Rathbone duel in "The Mark of Zorro". I read/heard Rathbone was a trained fencer and, apparently, so was Power (source: Wikipedia).
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Posted Jan 9, 2009 @ 8:42 PM

I read/heard Rathbone was a trained fencer and, apparently, so was Power

He was, as were lots of his contemporaries. It's part of the reason I love his duel with Errol Flynn (another one) in "Robin Hood".
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Posted Jan 9, 2009 @ 9:16 PM

Best Chick Fight: Teri Hatcher and Charlize (Who in the hell is that blonde chick?) Theron in Two Days In The Valley.
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Posted Jan 9, 2009 @ 11:49 PM

Haven't seen the movie, but...blonde chick? Charlize...Theron? The Oscar-winning A-Lister?

Edited by flickchick85, Jan 9, 2009 @ 11:50 PM.

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Posted Jan 10, 2009 @ 12:08 AM

It was her first major movie, and while the rest of the cast (which includes Danny Aiello, James Spader, Glenn Headly, Eric Stoltz, and Jeff Daniels) were no slouches, according to the writer-director, Theron was the only one people were asking him about after the film screened, and it was largely because of that fight scene, which I agree is great.
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Posted Jan 10, 2009 @ 10:03 AM

Yeah, that isn't my present reaction to Charlize, but my reaction at the time. I'd never seen or heard of her before and she was just stunning.
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Posted Jan 10, 2009 @ 2:45 PM

Johnny Depp vs. Orlando Bloom vs. Jack Davenport on the mill wheel in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; hilarious and imaginative for a prolonged period.
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Posted Jan 10, 2009 @ 4:34 PM

Yeah, that isn't my present reaction to Charlize, but my reaction at the time. I'd never seen or heard of her before and she was just stunning.

Oh haha, sorry 'bout that, AimingforYoko, I totally misread your post. I missed the part where you said "Theron" and thought you were actually trying to think of her last name. And thanks, I'm curious about this movie now. *adds it to the Netflix queue*

Edited by flickchick85, Jan 10, 2009 @ 4:34 PM.

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Posted Jan 14, 2009 @ 9:54 PM

The Taken. Pretty much most of it. :)

Liam Neeson kicks so much ass in this film, it's crazy. And yet, it looks very realistic. I was really impressed. Considering the sheer number of encounters, I thought I'd say "oh, come on!" a lot more.

Instead, I kept saying "Qui-Gon is kicking ass and taking names!" with a big smile on my face.

There's just something about his voice...it's so...soothing? He sounds so cultured and rarely raises his voice. He also looks very mild-mannered. So to see him taking out the bad guys with such ruthless efficiency was quite something else.

Note to bad guys in films: Do NOT fuck with Liam Neeson's daughter. There will be no negotiations or deals. You have one chance to do as you are told. If you do not comply, you will get your ass handed to you. By way of your windpipe. And other assorted body parts.

Edited by NoWillToResist, Jan 14, 2009 @ 9:58 PM.

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Posted Jan 15, 2009 @ 2:23 PM

I gotta go with Beatrix vs. the Crazy 88/O-ren Ishii in Kill Bill Vol. 1.
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Posted Feb 5, 2009 @ 7:11 PM

There are so many movies with great fight scenes, but my most current favorite fight scene was in The Rocker. Rainn Wilson chases down Will Arnett and his crew for kicking him out of the band. That scene really got me on the floor laughing. He tries to stab them with drum sticks and manages to keep up with the van going 50 mph.
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