My 12 Favorite Fight Scenes

Over the next two weeks, we have some great movies with fight scenes coming up, between the new Spider-Man, The Matrix, and The King’s Man, not to mention season 2 of The Witcher. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at some other great fight scenes from movies and shows that have stuck with me. If I missed your favorite, make sure to tell me in the comments below!

Daredevil – Hallway

In the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil, there is a great one shot fight scene that takes place in a hallway. In it, people are coming in and out of the shot, as we only get to see down the hallway, with multiple rooms connected. This was early on in the first season of the first of the Defenders series’, and it really opened up our expectations of these shows.

Spider-Man 2 – Train Fight

The best live action Spider-Man film owes a lot to the natural chemistry between the hero and the villain, Doc Ock. This long fight scene scales tall buildings, goes on speeding trains, and ends with Spider-Man almost passing out, but being saved by the people of New York.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest – Three Way Sword Fight

Three different accomplished swordsman are fighting over a small box, on an abandoned island, with a few crumbling ruins, and a much larger fight off in the distance. Theoretically they could work together to get off this island and deal with the box later, but alas, each has their own selfish motivations for taking the box themselves.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Throne Room

There are a lot of opinions about the Sequel Trilogy, and a lot about this movie specifically. I might even say this is the most divisive Star Wars movie there is. But, if you can put aside your feelings on the story, I think we can all agree that this fight scene where Kylo and Rey decide to work together to defeat Snoke’s guards is such a beautiful fight.

Kingsman: Secret Service Church Fight

This was the fight scene that made me want to write this article in the first place. It is so epic, and while I didn’t love this film (the first one gave high standards) I felt like this whole time I couldn’t breathe, because I was always clenching for whatever came next.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Highway

Yes, this is my favorite MCU film, but that’s not why this is my favorite fight (maybe a little). This fight feels so close and personal. As we lead up to the dramatic reveal at the end, we just see two equally skillful and powerful martial fighters. No flying, no lasers, no aliens, just two (superstrong) humans going at it in a comic book movie. I mean, Cap had some friends, but they just broke up the real fight.

The Princess Bride – Cliff

A break in this list, I love this scene not for the actual fighting, but for the conversation that happens during the fight. These are two professionals, who don’t have anything against each other, but know they must fight for the sake of their individual missions. The dialogue is so clever and witty, that you don’t want either side to win, because then it has to end.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – Anakin vs Obi-Wan

While this fight is the action-focused climax of the entire trilogy, it is much more the emotional climax as well. Anakin and Obi-wan fought together for years, and in the novelization of the film, reads the following sentence:

Blade-to-blade, they were identical. After thousands of hours in lightsaber sparring, they knew each other better than brothers, more intimately than lovers; they were complementary halves of a single warrior.

Because of their perfect harmony with one another, this fight is a beautiful moment, that is surrounded by pain and fear.

Inception – Gravity Fight

This fight scene is great not because the individual fighters are impressive, but because of the spectacle of the environment in which they fight. The direction of gravity is constantly shifting around this hotel hallway, and the fighters have to learn how to accommodate that shift, or they will lose. What makes this even better, is that there is no CG involved in this fight. Instead, a hallway was constructed on a large machine that flip it over as the scene was filmed.

Mission Impossible: Fallout – Bathroom

In this scene, Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill have to team up and work together to fight an opponent, in a bathroom. This series is full of cool fight scenes, but what makes me love this one specifically is two things. One, at another point in the movie, the two are described as a “Scalpel” and a “Hammer” respectively. Two very different instruments, attempting to work together, and it doesn’t always work. Also, Henry Cavill cocking his arms like they’re firearms is so freaking awesome.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Break In

For a Quentin Tarantino film, this movie is pretty empty of the blood and violence that we’ve come to expect. It was a slow, meandering film, that only had tension if you know the real world context (which I didn’t at the time). However, right at the very end of the film, Tarantino finally opens up, and gives us an entire movie’s worth of violence in one scene. It is so brutal and graphic, that you do everything you can to just make it through.

Anchorman – News Team Street Fight

Finally, not necessarily saving the best for last, but man you can’t ignore this scene. Comedies don’t usually have fight scenes, and when they do, they usually aren’t very good. But this movie somehow managed to have a big compelling fight scene that doesn’t stop the comedy, but is more than Three Scrooges style slapstick.

These are my favorite fight scenes. Again, if you feel like I’ve missed your #1 favorite fight, put it in the comments below, and I’ll add to the list some community requests.

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