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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Comments • 8 502

  • John D McMahon
    John D McMahon  5 minutes back

    You totally left out the excellent Achilles's fight sequences in the otherwise pedestrian movie TROY.

    • David Ramirez
      David Ramirez  3 hours back

      YOURE RETARDED..... the last fight scene from Unleashed with Jet Li where we fights like 100 guys in his apartment. Or in the movie Old Boy where he fights all those guys in the hallway. Or from The Grandmaster final scene where he fights all those other blade masters.

      • richcapo 76
        richcapo 76  4 hours back

        Most of this stuff looks like dancing, not fighting. Not a fan.

        • Patrick Long
          Patrick Long  5 hours back

          gotta go with what some others have said and oldboy hammer scene should be in here, also i think the deluge sword fight as well.

          • corey iveys
            corey iveys  10 hours back

            Bruce vs. Chuck!!!!!!! #1

            • Emanuel Acosta
              Emanuel Acosta  11 hours back

              I know Kung fu

              • Drinner D
                Drinner D  11 hours back

                @6:01 "zeeyee Zang..." Oh Americans. That's terrible pronunciation.

                • connor duncan
                  connor duncan  15 hours back

                  Watch both the raid 1&2 they have some of the best fight scenes I’ve ever seen it is one of the things that you do before you die

                  • Eugenio Herrera
                    Eugenio Herrera  20 hours back

                    Jet lee vs Jackie chan in forbidden kingdom , and undesputed 2 sccot adkins vs the black boxer , and plenty of the fights in Fearless(Jet lee)

                    • Michael Hassler
                      Michael Hassler  22 hours back

                      Most of these fight scenes are crap, I like fighting that seems very believable. I was so impressed with the scenes in Atomic Blonde...not necessarily the whole movie, but many fight scenes felt like there were legitimate physical consequences to the body from the blows, the right kind of injuries resulting, as close to watching something real unfolding in front of you.

                      • Garry Price
                        Garry Price  23 hours back

                        Total list of garbage. I could name 10 Donnie Yen fights that are better than about 8 of these.

                        • Mira
                          Mira  1 days back

                          I just went "NO WAY!" seeing Donnie Yen in leather jacket walking towards the alley. Only you guys would add that scene in their list. That's what separates you from other channels. You're not limited to the popular mainstream. Cheers!

                          • David Ramirez
                            David Ramirez  3 hours back

                            Mira that’s not a good fight scene..

                        • FrnnkEducation
                          FrnnkEducation  1 days back

                          And who did Bruce Lee idolize? Muhammad Ali. Always an African boss at the end of every list whites try to leave us off of

                          • Brian Ng
                            Brian Ng  1 days back

                            I guess I am biased, but how Kill Bill and Matrix got on while the Raid was only honorable mention is ridiculous. And nothing from Fist of Legend? It was that movie that inspired The Wachowski to seek out Yuen Woo Ping.

                            • Jo DeP
                              Jo DeP  1 days back

                              They Live, Roddy Piper vs Keith David, the fight to try the glasses on. Classic

                              • Matthew Sinclair
                                Matthew Sinclair  1 days back

                                Indiana Jones vs the guy with the sword. It is a fight scene. Its brilliant. It's funny. It's one of the most iconic scenes ever. It was spur of the moment. It even makes sense in the context of the film!

                                • Kim 77
                                  Kim 77  1 days back

                                  Almost all of the Kill bill scenes from both movies trace direst roots back to Bruce Lee fights...
                                  Kill Bill 1 and 2 are good movies but Tarantino lifted the fights from Other sources

                                  • Can Von Tiedemann
                                    Can Von Tiedemann  1 days back

                                    I think John Wick could be on this list

                                    • General Jackass
                                      General Jackass  1 days back

                                      you left out film drive mark Dacascos only good American martial art film

                                      • andx errorbrain
                                        andx errorbrain  1 days back

                                        no boyka no deal

                                        • LaborRevolution209
                                          LaborRevolution209  2 days back

                                          Ok cool, talk about it but skim over the scene., Gtfoh!

                                          • Stan
                                            Stan  2 days back

                                            I actually know Donnie Yen from Highlander when he worked for Jacob Kell. I saw just about every movie of his after that though.

                                            • ThePiquet888
                                              ThePiquet888  2 days back

                                              the good the bad the ugly - faceoff - epic

                                              • TURnKEYiNK
                                                TURnKEYiNK  2 days back

                                                Kung Fu Hustle, some truly fantastical fight scenes

                                                • Chaz Fatur
                                                  Chaz Fatur  2 days back

                                                  Although respectfully mentioned, IPMan should have made the actual list simply because of who he represented and played, the legendary IP Man who by the way trained a very young cocky Bruce Lee!

                                                  • pvthitch
                                                    pvthitch  2 days back

                                                    Lee vs York in the burning church. The 4 Musketeers.
                                                    Connery vs Shaw in Robin and Marion.
                                                    Flynn vs Rathbone. Adventures of Robin Hood
                                                    Power vs Rathbone. Mark of Zorro.
                                                    Curtis vs Martin. The Great Race.

                                                    Are you kidding me with this shit? You are aware that there were films made before you were born, right?
                                                    And that fancy slapping is not a fight?
                                                    And that only 2 of the fights you showed lasted more than 6 beats without a cut?
                                                    And that all combat scenes are built from character/style/intent, not choreography?

                                                    Trust me, guys. You screwed the pooch on this one. I did this for a living for 20 tears.

                                                    • Alex N
                                                      Alex N  2 days back

                                                      'fighting itself" in the 88 is so cringe worthy bad. It's only saving grace is that it's styled as 80s B movies - successfully so

                                                      • Axxess Mundi
                                                        Axxess Mundi  3 days back

                                                        Enter the Dragon is a generic kung fu 1 vs all fight scene.
                                                        The fight scene from They Live with Roddy Piper should be on the list.

                                                        • Scott Wyatt
                                                          Scott Wyatt  3 days back

                                                          Very good list. I wouldn’t have minded seeing the church fight scene from The Kingsmen make it but still a good list.

                                                          • dragonflymadfw
                                                            dragonflymadfw  3 days back

                                                            Nija II had some amazing fight scenes

                                                            • SanraS Uzumaki
                                                              SanraS Uzumaki  3 days back

                                                              Neo Vs. the Thousand Smiths should have been there, that was epic. also, rock lee vs gaara during the chunin exams and naruto vs sasuke at the valley of the end, are worth to mention, among other ANiME that scapes my mind atm.

                                                              • Saber is love, Saber is life

                                                                Let me save you the trouble and just say that almost every single foreign movies, namely Chinese.

                                                                • Comicbookstoreguy177
                                                                  Comicbookstoreguy177  3 days back

                                                                  The fight scene in They Live is clearly the best followed by a Christmas story

                                                                  • endarasman
                                                                    endarasman  3 days back

                                                                    i came here after watching John Wick trilogy...

                                                                    • Ruthlesseclipse
                                                                      Ruthlesseclipse  3 days back

                                                                      Rocky 4 rocky vs ivan drago should have been here not raging bulls

                                                                      • Donald Franke
                                                                        Donald Franke  3 days back

                                                                        The sword fight from Robin Hood Costner’s

                                                                        • Raymee101
                                                                          Raymee101  3 days back

                                                                          Mad dog and glory. But I guess this was for martial arts

                                                                          • Overlordsen
                                                                            Overlordsen  3 days back

                                                                            I deff think the final fight of IP Man 1 and the fight on the round table of IP Man 2 were missing in this list!

                                                                            • Lyrikal Styles
                                                                              Lyrikal Styles  3 days back

                                                                              John mdfkn wick

                                                                              • pbkayakyer
                                                                                pbkayakyer  3 days back

                                                                                Roddy Piper fight from "They Live" better be in here!

                                                                                • Anthony Lewis
                                                                                  Anthony Lewis  3 days back

                                                                                  Fight scenes in "The Raid", is nothing short of awesome and much more - Mr Iko Uwais is a BOSS!.

                                                                                  • Tijan
                                                                                    Tijan  3 days back

                                                                                    Dont leave out private Ryan

                                                                                    • razer354
                                                                                      razer354  3 days back

                                                                                      Good list for an american channel

                                                                                      • SsgKevin USA Ret
                                                                                        SsgKevin USA Ret  4 days back

                                                                                        Jean Claude Van Dam in the first Bloodsport should have been given at least a nod.

                                                                                        • AWE SOME
                                                                                          AWE SOME  4 days back

                                                                                          I like me some knife fights. Then you know shit is going to get serious. One of my favourites is the one in the hamam in Eastern Promises.

                                                                                          • Kevin Johnson
                                                                                            Kevin Johnson  4 days back

                                                                                            Neo vs 100 Agent Smiths should have been on here, too. Also, first Rocky/Apollo fight. You got the wrong one from Kill Bill. Should have been Elle vs. Beatrix. Finally, why not the final fight scene from Kung Fu Hustle?

                                                                                            • HorrorVision
                                                                                              HorrorVision  4 days back

                                                                                              Should’ve chose Jackie’s fight scenes in “Gorgeous”

                                                                                              • Emile Page
                                                                                                Emile Page  4 days back

                                                                                                Unpopular opinion: Bruce Lee's fights are overrated.