So, I was just thinking about how Rotten Tomatoes recently did a piece on the best fight scenes ever shown in the movies, and that there were a great deal of comments, both positive and negative, about the resulting list. Consequently, I thought I’d start my own list. My goal is to explore moments of combat in television and cinematic hisotry and highlight some of the most memorable.
For purposes of this list, here are the criteria by which I’d like to abide:
1. A “fight scene” is a film or television depiction of physical combat between two or more individuals. A fight scene may involve one individual versus a group of individuals.
2. A “battle scene” is a film or television depiction of physical combat between two or more groups of individuals. A battle scene is not a fight scene.
4. A “projectile weapon” is one that propels an object or blast of energy with the purpose of harming an opponent by means of adding energy to the projectile or energy blast from a source external to the bearer of the weapon. (i.e. a gun or a bow and arrow are projectile weapons, but a thrown rock is not.)
5. A fight scene should not involve the use of a projectile weapon as part of the main fight sequence, unless such weapon is used as a hand-to-hand weapon.
Please comment extensively. My goal is to get as much public feedback and discussion going as possible. I will try to put up video clips of the best fight scenes I can find on this page, according to me and those who comment. If you’d like to email me directly, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and let the fighting begin!
Martin Q. Blank vs. Felix La PuBelle: (Grosse Pointe Blank) “It’s not me,” pleads Martin Blank to an astonished Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver) who finds him just after having stabbed a burly assasin to death in a high school hallway with a ball point pen. This scene has always stuck with me because of its sheer brutality and the suddennes with which it starts and stops.
Jason Bourne vs. Desh: (The Bourne Ultimatum) Two people quickly moving past the point of thinking and hesitation, only driven to stop each other lest they lose their own lives in the process. They are highly trained beasts motivated by self preservation.
Hector vs. Achilles: (Troy) The script calls for Achilles to “fight in a god-like manner.” He moves with such strange grace and economy of motion. Achilles’ fighting style is his own; it is wholly unique and it is fearsome and beautiful to behold, as befits the divinity that runs through him. Despite all of Hector‘s skill and bravery, sadly, the mortal prince never really has a chance.
Daniel Larusso vs. Johnny Lawrence: (The Karate Kid) The entire story comes down to one swift kick to the face, and good triumphs over evil, Daniel-san overcomes adversity, and Pat Morita is immortalized as the closest thing we have to Yoda this side of Dagobah.
King Kong vs. 3 Tyrannosauri Rex: (King Kong) Epic, primal clash of the titans. Kong kicks big time dinosaur ass, and does it all for his monkey love of Naomi Watts. I just love the way this fight scene ends.