If there’s one unequivocal positive about action films, it’s the adrenaline rush it injects into viewers as we sit on the couch munching popcorn. While directors such as Michael Bay have diluted the lot with mindless plots and exhausting action sequences, there are plenty of quality action films out there worthy of your time.
While a strong story can vault an average fight scene into greatness simply by capitalizing on our emotions, some stand on their own with expert choreography and devastating finishing blows. Sometimes it’s enough to digest even the sourest of films, but it needs to be something special to pull that off. There’s something primal and conclusive about two combatants squaring off in a test of physical and mental strength. Other times it’s a single fighter against dozens upon dozens of henchmen, and that’s fun too. There are no rules—well, for the most part—in these fights. It’s a battle of endurance and technical prowess.
Bruce Lee said it best when he explained the nature of fighting: “When you fight, if it is a real fight, use every tool that you have, use your whole body. Use your fists, your legs, your fingers, your head if you have to, and hit them in every vulnerable spot, the balls, the eyes etc. to win.”
With that in mind, this list will countdown the 15 best fight scenes in film and what makes them so entertaining. There’s a little bit of everything here, whether it’s a one-on-one battle or a one versus all brawl. Just sit back, play your favourite action movie and enjoy. Oh, you’re also invited to yell at me for not adding your favourite fight scenes, too.
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