The List: 10 best movie fight scenes
With self-described "anarcho-comedy show" Street Fight Radio set to visit Kafe Kerouac for a taping on Friday, June 10, we thought we'd take a look at some of our favorite on-screen brawls. Here are 10 of our favorite movie fight scenes.
"Road House": Patrick Swayze vs. bar toughs
And the Double Deuce house band doesn't miss a single note.
"The Raid 2": Final battle
The 2014 martial arts film from director Gareth Evans climaxes with an insane fight sequence that takes place in an industrial kitchen, a setting perfectly suited to the slice-and-dice knife skills that come into play.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark": Indiana Jones vs. swordsman
Gun violence is never the answer, except when it is.
"The Legend of Drunken Master": Jackie Chan vs. Ken Lo
This beautifully staged scene mixes moments of cartoon-like slapstick (think Road Runner vs. Wile E. Coyote) with martial-arts mastery.
"Fight Club": Ed Norton vs. Ed Norton
In a movie packed with fight scenes (it's right there in the title, after all), nothing beats the sight of Ed Norton brutally laying into himself, delivering repeated punches to his own face, tossing himself into bookshelves and pile driving his battered frame through a glass table, all as his horrified boss looks on.
"Kill Bill: Vol. 1": The Bride vs. the Crazy 88
The extended battle in Quentin Tarantino's first "Kill Bill," collectively his best film (fight me irl if you don't agree), is brutal, bloody and beautiful, with the Bride (Uma Thurman) efficiently dispatching of 88 foes.
"The Bourne Ultimatum": Jason Bourne vs. Desh
I way prefer these Matt Damon-led films to any era of James Bond. /ducks
"Oldboy": Oh Dae-su vs. goons
Best described as "that hallway scene with the hammer," it finds the film's protagonist pitched in an exhaustive battle with an assortment of enemies. By the end, he's so worn down he can barely lift the hammer off the ground.
"Rocky": Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed
While Rocky experienced many memorable bouts over the course of his career (Mr. T! Dolph Lundgren! Uh, Tommy Morrison?), we'll always most appreciate his first fight with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Bonus points for spawning the excellent "Rocky" spinoff "Creed," starring the great Michael B. Jordan.
"They Live": "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. Keith David
PUT ON THE GLASSES!