Top 10 Movie Fight Scenes

  • Published: 05 August 2014
  • Nothing pumps up the action in a movie more than two (or more) skilled fighters just going at it. Be it a raw combat or CGI-assisted set pieces, every punch and kick in these fights is a step in an intricate dance. Subscribe:

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    The Matrix (1999)
    Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping
    This movie was jam-packed with awesome fight scenes, but the Agent Smith vs Neo fight in the subway is a the ultimate combination between special effects and hand-to-hand combat.

    Raging Bull (1980)
    Director Martin Scorsese made the bold and unusual choice to put the camera inside the ring in the final fight with Sugar Ray Robinson, showing the fight from a boxer’s POV.

    Ong Bak (2003)
    Choreographer: Prachya Pinkaew
    The movie that introduced the world to Tony Jaa, and fight choreographer Prachya Pinkaew, this is a full-throttle, no-holds-barred fight - no wires, no effects, just Muay Thai.

    The Bourne Ultimatum
    Fight Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Imada
    This movie makes the bold choice of shooting a fight scene without music, letting the sense of urgency and action come completely from the fighters (and the props they throw at each other, hit each other with, and crash through, of course).

    Hero (2002)
    Fight Choreographer: Chium Siu-Tung
    The Grey Fight between Jet Li and Donnie Yen is one of the most perfect weapons fights ever filmed, elevated by the fact that it takes place entirely within the two characters’ minds… until the end.

    Kill Bill Vol. 1
    Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping
    A nod and send-up of 70s Kung Fu flicks, the Bride takes on an astounding number of bad guys, resulting in gushes and gushes of blood, and a plucked-out eye.

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping
    Director: Ang Lee
    There’s some beautiful wire work in Crouching Tiger, but for sheer precision and skill on display, we love the training-hall face-off between Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang

    Killzone SPL (2005)
    Choreographers: Donnie Yen and Wu Jing
    Yen is a martial arts legend, and his fights could comprise a list in and of itself, but this largely improvised fight has to be one of the most impressive achievements.

    Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)
    Choreography: Jackie Chan
    A true classic of Jackie Chan’s work, the final factory fight couldn’t be a more pure expression of Jackie Chan’s style.

    Enter The Dragon (1973)
    Choreographer: Bruce Lee
    We couldn’t go any other way with the #1 on this list. Without Bruce Lee’s incredible skills, and this iconic fight, movie fights wouldn’t be what they are today.

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  • retromillenium 2000
    retromillenium 2000  20 hours back

    All the choices were great, but there was one missing which for me makes the list somehow incomplete.

    The Punisher vs The Russian

    Now, I know most people in here will scoff at what I'm saying. The fight doesn't have any special moves, any quick counters, any acrobatics. However, the insurmountable brutality of it was something else, all to the tune of "La Donna E Mobile".

    • Alfredo Mac Laughlin
      Alfredo Mac Laughlin  21 hours back

      Great list, by the way. I'd agree with mostly everything. How about making a list of TV SHOWS greatest fights?

      • Alfredo Mac Laughlin
        Alfredo Mac Laughlin  21 hours back

        #0: Indy vs. The Swordsman

        • Alrighty Then!
          Alrighty Then!  1 days back

          This list is invalid. You left out Stewie vs Brian in Family Guy.

          • Enceladus Eve
            Enceladus Eve  1 days back

            You guys are alot better than Watchmojo anyways in arranging top 10s

            • Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond

              No Old Boy? (Original one of course)

              • arthur workman
                arthur workman  2 days back

                I don't understand the announcer's remark here - didn't Rocky do the exact same thing? 1:42

                • James Dudley
                  James Dudley  2 days back

                  I liked ninja assassin fight scenes and sucker punch w the samurai dream if that counts.

                  • nazario monteiro
                    nazario monteiro  2 days back

                    The man from nowhere.. thanks

                    • KGP4Life
                      KGP4Life  2 days back

                      Any fight from Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

                      • Douglas Moore
                        Douglas Moore  3 days back

                        Pure millennial bullshit!

                        • Huipin Zhang
                          Huipin Zhang  3 days back

                          Where the fuck is Saitama Vs Alarm Clock?

                          • Genya Arikado
                            Genya Arikado  3 days back

                            Van Damme vs Bolo in Bloodsport!

                            • Manwitha Machinegun
                              Manwitha Machinegun  3 days back

                              This is more like "top list of fight scenes in mainstream martial arts movies"... There's much better fight scenes than a lot of these in much lesser known movies.

                              • Kedhari Sivashankar
                                Kedhari Sivashankar  3 days back

                                No gravity.... Little realism... Top 10??! LOL!
                                Good, u have put Lee and Chan right.

                                • Praveen Jaladanki
                                  Praveen Jaladanki  3 days back

                                  Starstruck, my hot coffee turned cold watching this. Great picks, buddy.

                                  • Lucas Milagre Tavares Ferreira

                                    The Duelist should be number one

                                    • Alex Denton
                                      Alex Denton  4 days back

                                      The final fight in Chocolate should be here. Not perfect , but a great scene :)

                                      • Thiraviam Manikandan
                                        Thiraviam Manikandan  4 days back

                                        Kung fu hustle movie

                                        • VicInNocal
                                          VicInNocal  5 days back

                                          KUNG FU HUSTLE: The fight with those two musicians who have like a guitar thing.
                                          ROB ROY: The swordfight at the end.

                                          • Shannon Ottarson
                                            Shannon Ottarson  5 days back

                                            Sauron and Gandalf top my list

                                            • LaRon Taylor
                                              LaRon Taylor  6 days back

                                              WAIT????!!!! KILLZONE FIGHTS WERE FUCKING REAL??? FROM A BET??? SHEESH!!!!!

                                              • ak ak
                                                ak ak  6 days back

                                                donnie yen vs bruce lee now that a fight wiil remain histroy for ever

                                                • Sasurai Tenshi
                                                  Sasurai Tenshi  7 days back

                                                  Tarantino always over rated. He has no place here :/

                                                  • chenzenzo
                                                    chenzenzo  1 weeks back

                                                    Bruce accidentally broke Jackie Chan's nose during that fight scene.

                                                    • ADHD tw1n5 _
                                                      ADHD tw1n5 _  1 weeks back

                                                      We now all know Donny yen in rogue one lol

                                                      • viitra erwin
                                                        viitra erwin  1 weeks back

                                                        Are u kidding meee....
                                                        So Where is the f ,,the raid and raid 2 (the kitchen fight)??? Brutal and deadly..

                                                        • Philipp Ghadiri
                                                          Philipp Ghadiri  1 weeks back

                                                          All Yuri boyka fight scenes

                                                          • Curlieq55
                                                            Curlieq55  1 weeks back

                                                            I love Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon for so many reasons. Incredible fight scenes, powerful romance, compelling stories (two, simultaneously). I watched it four times in 24 hours. That’s one film I would have liked to see on the big screen.

                                                            • FloraWest
                                                              FloraWest  1 weeks back

                                                              It was amazing on the big screen. Hope you get the chance someday!

                                                          • Twinkle William
                                                            Twinkle William  1 weeks back

                                                            Holy Cross--

                                                            • bamboosa
                                                              bamboosa  1 weeks back

                                                              Oh, please. Rock Lee, accidentally drunk, fighting the bone dude in Naruto. Netflix!

                                                              • Robert 0077
                                                                Robert 0077  1 weeks back

                                                                I hate shaky cam.

                                                                • Aurangzeb Jabbar
                                                                  Aurangzeb Jabbar  1 weeks back

                                                                  where is
                                                                  IP MAN
                                                                  URI BOKYKA-SCOT ADKINS
                                                                  BLOODSPORT - Jean Claude Van Dam
                                                                  MICHAEL JAY WHITE-MULTIPLE MOVIES
                                                                  KEANU REEVES - JOHN WICK

                                                                  • Crashburn 32
                                                                    Crashburn 32  1 weeks back

                                                                    What?? They picked the absolute wrong fight scene in Bourne, where Bourne loses much of the fight before choking the guy out. The fight scene in Identity was so much better. Bourne disarmed the guy of his machine gun, beat him with a rolled up magazine, stabbed him repeatedly with a pen, then dislocated his right arm and right leg. Then the guy threw himself out the window.
                                                                    It was not only the best Bourne series fight, but should be higher on this list.

                                                                    • Angshu pati Das
                                                                      Angshu pati Das  1 weeks back

                                                                      Drunken master 2 man awesome

                                                                      • Chukwunonso Nweke
                                                                        Chukwunonso Nweke  2 weeks back

                                                                        BOYKA... He is the most complete fighter.

                                                                        • kalstonii
                                                                          kalstonii  2 weeks back

                                                                          Tony Jaa? One take thru the back of the restaurant in the protector? Not really one take, but good camera work edits cuts

                                                                          • Larry The TRUTH
                                                                            Larry The TRUTH  2 weeks back

                                                                            Best fight scene me and the toilet after a White Castle Burger. Epic abuse and reaming of my anus on the part of white castle 😳🤦🏽‍♂️

                                                                            • Sean Mellers
                                                                              Sean Mellers  2 weeks back

                                                                              Clearly you've not seen flashpoint

                                                                              • Ben
                                                                                Ben  2 weeks back

                                                                                The Hallway in Old Boy

                                                                                • clueless guy
                                                                                  clueless guy  2 weeks back

                                                                                  U should have added Netflix's the night came for us

                                                                                  • Daniel Ryslink
                                                                                    Daniel Ryslink  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Matrix with its endless, pointless strike exchanges between invulnerable characters actually made fight scenes boring. It resembled two old ladies talking about weather, only more sleep-inducing. Also, failure to mention the infamous hammer fight from Oldboy means the list is flawed.

                                                                                    • Vigneswara Prabhu
                                                                                      Vigneswara Prabhu  2 weeks back

                                                                                      There's more to Martial Arts than Kungfu. Well Said.

                                                                                      • Aaron C
                                                                                        Aaron C  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Sorry sorry but what about John Wick

                                                                                        • TheoneGodfather
                                                                                          TheoneGodfather  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I so badly wanted the fight from The Raid to be here. It kinda was. I personally didn't like the crazy 88 fight but did like all the others in the movie.

                                                                                          • CornerKofford
                                                                                            CornerKofford  2 weeks back

                                                                                            You missed some of the shaw brother kung fu fights

                                                                                            • TravelingTrav
                                                                                              TravelingTrav  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Scott Adkins? Undisputed 2-3 had some shit.

                                                                                              • Kev
                                                                                                Kev  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Awesome !!!