Top 10 Fight Scenes of All Time10 - Jackie Chan vs Ken Lo (Drunken Master 2)
Jackie Chan developed an interesting concept for his left-field take on martial arts legend Wong Fei Hung creating a Popeye-like character who used alcohol as his power-booster instead of spinach. When he faces off against an army of thugs and high-kicking bodyguard Ken Lo in a location that has tons of pure alcohol lying about, you just know he's going to go mental, flip around the place, spazz out and save the day. This scene is an extended showcase and testament to the skill of Jackie Chan lasting almost 20 minutes from start to finish. It also features Chan throwing himself onto real embers. Mentallist.
9 - The single take fight (The Protector AKA Warrior King)
You know in music videos where they allegedly film it all in one take and follow the singer around on a steady-cam? Well for his second Martial Arts epic newcomer Tony Jaa decided to do the same thing for an action scene that sees him single-handedly storm a brothel and take out everyone in the building without stopping for breath. Not only is it shot in a single take, but it's also devoid of editing or any kind of camera tricks (it's not even sped up, which is normally considered 'okay'). It features some brilliant take downs, cool camera angles and Tony's trademark gymnastics. If he can inject the same energy and creativity into his future films then he may be the most likely candidate to inherit the crown from Chan and Li. He even managed to throw in one of the prostitutes for good measure.
8 - Rocky vs Drago (Rocky 4)
'Does the crowd understand? Is it East versus West? Or man against man?' I'm not sure what the answers to those questions are, but this is an awesome fight regardless. Pitting Stallone against fellow 80s action star Dolph Lundgren (who would later go on to fight Van Damme in Universal soldier) in a fight where neither boxer seems to feel the need to either block or dodge any punches. Stallone reports on the pains he went to to ensure authenticity,
'During Rocky IV, Dolph had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. John's Hospital for four days.' Cool.
7 - Optimus Prime vs Megatron (Transformers the Movie)
Here it might seem as though I'm letting my personal influences cloud my judgement, but in fact this is a fight that you will find on many a count-down and it's earned itself a place in pop-culture. Not only is the Stan Bush soundtrack sweeet, but you also have some cool moves in there and the most devastatingly sad result in film history. Damn you Rodimus! Damn you!
6 - Matrix vs Bennett (Commando)
Any fight with a line like 'Let off some steam Bennet!' deserves a high score. This fight though has also secured itself a cult status however as a perfect example of over-the-top machismo at its vein-popping, bicep-bursting best.
5 - Jackie Chan vs Brad Allen (Gorgeous)
To my eyes this is a fight that is grossly underrated and easily on par with the best of Chan's work, this time going against JC stunt-team member Brad Allen.
There are actually two fights in the film, a match and a rematch, but I consider them two parts of a whole. Infused with fast footwork, technical and imaginative choreography and a great competitive spirit (it's a sparring match this time not a fight to the death), this is certainly one to seek out if you haven't seen it already.
4 - The Burly Brawl (The Matrix Reloaded)
Despite some awful CGI and an incomprehensible plot, the Matrix Reloaded is still worth owning for its fight scenes. This scene however is the standout fight watching Neo as he takes on thousands of Smith-clones in a balletic brawl. A massively complex undertaking that could only have been choreographed by one man: the legendary Yuen Woo Ping.
3 - The Hall of Mirrors (Enter the Dragon)
This had to score highly if only for its iconic status and the technical difficulty of filming it without accidentally showing cameras or lights in the reflections (and for the pure weirdness of Hans with his strange bear hand). It's one of those 'puzzle' fights, where the protagonist has to figure out a solution to beat the enemy (like Dr Robotnik when you're playing Sonic). In a classic cliche inspiration strikes when Bruce hears the words of his teacher echoing in his ears which gives him the idea of smashing the mirrors. It's genius!
2 - Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris (Way of the Dragon)
Two of the greatest martial art actors of all time going head to head in a battle conceived, choreographed and directed by Lee himself. Adding to the coolness factor is the fact that they are fighting in the colosseum. Even cooler than that is that they filmed their illegally.
A highlight of the fight is when Bruce gets the upper hand of Chuck Norris buy grabbing his lushous chest-hair. We all know however that in real life a single hair from Norris' chest or beard contains enough raw power to destroy the solar system.
1 - Jackie Chan vs Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez (Wheels on Meals)
This fight is often cited as the greatest in movie history and I'm inclined to agree. For once we get to see Jackie Chan demonstrate his raw fighting talent without the use of props and he's found himself a worth opponent in the form of Kickboxing Champion Benny Urquidez. The scene features one kick from Benny so fast that it blows out a series of candles and uses no trick photography. Chan himself is also on fine form and the build up to the scene sees him break into a castle by inserting poles into holes in the wall and swinging up on them as he goes. During the actual fight they apparently traded real blows and when you watch it that's easy to believe. A worthy winner.
Seek these clips out on YouTube for an hour or so of quality kung fu action. I promise you'll feel invincible once you're done. Unforunately there wasn't room to include the close number 11 that's still worth of a mention, this cat and dog: