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08.05.2016by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 One on One Movie Fights Of All Time

We all love action movies and kick ass fight scenes. Throughout film history, there have been some great brawls, but nothing can beat a good mano a mano fight between two people. Here is our ranking of the ten best movie fights between two opponents. Some are sports related while others are action set pieces that knocked us out. If you think we missed a classic duel or think our order is off, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - THE KARATE KID

Every child of the 80s knows the feeling of pride that they felt in their gut as Daniel LaRusso defied the odds and climbed up the ranks of the tournament at the end of THE KARATE KID. Going against the evil Cobra Kai, the injured Daniel raised his body into the crane position and knocked Johnny Lawrence out. It was a stirring sequence that makes you cheer no matter who you are.

#9 - SNATCH

Guy Ritchie's unique visual style may not work quite right in the new KING ARTHUR trailer, but it is pitch perfect in his 2000 classic SNATCH. Brad Pitt steals every scene his is in as Mickey, a Pikey brawler whose temper gets him into a lot of trouble. But, when a caravan is on the line for his Ma, Mickey unleashes a wicked punch. Ritchie's slow motion looks phenomenal in these scenes which up the intensity even more.

#8 - PREDATOR

When it comes to alien invaders, most movies have the heroes sporting massive weapons or tactical advantages. In PREDATOR, Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't need firepower to defeat the invisible crab-faced alien because he is already sporting two massive guns. I cannot imagine anyone but Arnold beating the ever-loving shit out of an alien and that is why this movie will forever reign as the best in the franchise.

#7 - THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Paul Greengrass is not exactly my favorite when it comes to directing action sequences; I prefer the frame to hold still so I can see what the f*ck is going on. But, I have to admit he has managed to helm the best MacGyver movie that never was. Matt Damon is able to make anything into a weapon and the above fight scene is no exception. Using household objects to defeat his opponent, Jason Bourne is one guy you do not want to leave alone with a book, magazine, or even a paperclip.

#6 - BLOODSPORT

Jean Claude Van Damme has been in some quite memorable films. From KICKBOXER to TIMECOP, Van Damme left a legacy on movies of the 1990s. But, in one of his earliest roles, Van Damme made BLOODSPORT into one of the best martial arts movies of the decade. His showdown with the legendary Bolo Yeung remains one of the best fight scenes in movie history.

#5 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic characters in movie history but he usually relies on his intellect, his whip, or his gun to get him out of jams. Sure, Indy has brawled with Nazis and other foes, but his fight with the mechanic who looks like Tom Hardy on steroids is a personal favorite. I love how Indy only is able to win thanks to some mechanical intervention, but the rest of the fight is so brutal that you feel every telegraphed punch.

#4 - THE RAID 2

Both of THE RAID films are testaments to practical fight choreography, but the sequel ups the ante quite a bit. The above fight may be the best in either movie. There is something noble in how these fighters go toe to toe with each other rather than try to get a suckerpunch in here or there. Hopefully this movie doesn't surprise anyone and if you have never heard of it, shame on you. Watch it immediately.

#3 - THE MATRIX

THE MATRIX represented a moment in cinema history where the modern and the classic action sequence were melded like never before. The showdown between Neo and Agent Smith is the perfect blend of retro kung fu and cutting edge special effects. While the sequels may have overdone it with the CGI side of things, the original film is most memorable for the tangible way the unrealistic fight scenes look almost real.

#2 - ENTER THE DRAGON

I was tempted to put Bruce Lee's fight with Chuck Norris in WAY OF THE DRAGON in this spot, but instead decided to go with this glorious masterpiece. Bruce Lee's short lived career in Hollywood gave us this amazing movie that melds B-movie martial arts with top notch production values. Lee's fight against his claw-handed opponent ranks as one of the most distinctive and memorable fights of all time. Even though the combatants may not be of equal skill, the set design and layout of this sequence is stunning.

#1 - THEY LIVE

John Carpenter's movies have tons of iconic sequences, many of which are in this movie. I could easily quote dozens of lines from this film or relay my favorite scenes, but it is the alley fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David that ranks as our top one on one fight scene. The brutal punches land better than anything in a modern 3D movie thanks to Carpenter's unflinching framing of the scene. This is a hard scene to watch but that just goes to prove how damn good of a job the cast and crew did executing it.

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2:22AM on 08/07/2016

Freddy vs Jason

it's a cheesy film but the final fight scene between Freddy and Jason is like a WWE smackdown on steroids. The two titans goes all out with punches, stabbings, chopping off arms, gouging out eyes, and much more.
it's a cheesy film but the final fight scene between Freddy and Jason is like a WWE smackdown on steroids. The two titans goes all out with punches, stabbings, chopping off arms, gouging out eyes, and much more.
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12:09PM on 08/06/2016

Missing some great swordfights...

Some ok fights there, it's true. But for my money, the greatest swordfight I've ever seen was in The Adventures of Robin Hood, circa 1938. Errol Flynn (Robin Hood) versus Basil Rathbone (Sir Guy of Gisbourne). And, on that same topic, the sword fight from The Princess Bride remains the second best sword fight I've ever seen. The third? Gotta be Highlander versus The Kurgen in Highlander. Sad to see none of them make it.

Plus, the fight scene in They Live, while *well known*, is
Some ok fights there, it's true. But for my money, the greatest swordfight I've ever seen was in The Adventures of Robin Hood, circa 1938. Errol Flynn (Robin Hood) versus Basil Rathbone (Sir Guy of Gisbourne). And, on that same topic, the sword fight from The Princess Bride remains the second best sword fight I've ever seen. The third? Gotta be Highlander versus The Kurgen in Highlander. Sad to see none of them make it.

Plus, the fight scene in They Live, while *well known*, is not so because it was great but because it was far, far, and far and away too long for any one movie. The first time through, it's like "wow, will this ever end!". The second and later times it is "God damnit, won't this ever end?"

Anyway,
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1:56PM on 08/05/2016

Cool 10 spot

As I was going through I was thinking to myself, how cool would it be if the Batman vs Superman fight was good enough to be on this list... Maybe some other day, high hopes
As I was going through I was thinking to myself, how cool would it be if the Batman vs Superman fight was good enough to be on this list... Maybe some other day, high hopes
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1:36PM on 08/05/2016

good films, not good fight scenes

Donnie yen v Colin chow in flash point is the best fight scene I've every seen. what about Scott Adkins undisputed 2 and 3? or warrior with tom hardy.
Donnie yen v Colin chow in flash point is the best fight scene I've every seen. what about Scott Adkins undisputed 2 and 3? or warrior with tom hardy.
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1:29PM on 08/05/2016

Ip Man, Ong Bak, The Protector, Fist of Legend, BlackMask, Hero, Crouchign Tiger, Iron Monkey, LEgend of the Drunken Mastr, Zatoichi

I get that there's only 10 slots in the list and I get wanting to include at least some western films and not having it jut be a list of semi-obscure martial arts films, but most of those above titles make these others look like a joke. Even as far as western films go, I wouldn't consider something like Snatch (as much as I love it) or They Live to be the best of the best. The fact that there's not a single Jet Li or Jackie Chan fight listed also seems like a pair of massive oversights.

For
I get that there's only 10 slots in the list and I get wanting to include at least some western films and not having it jut be a list of semi-obscure martial arts films, but most of those above titles make these others look like a joke. Even as far as western films go, I wouldn't consider something like Snatch (as much as I love it) or They Live to be the best of the best. The fact that there's not a single Jet Li or Jackie Chan fight listed also seems like a pair of massive oversights.

For a really awesome non-Martial arts fight scene check out the sword fight from Rob Roy.
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1:41PM on 08/05/2016
completely agree
completely agree
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1:17PM on 08/05/2016

Huh?

Not a single Jet li, Donnie Yen or Jackie Chan scene?
And that doesn't include great action scenes by Sylvester Stallone, Tony Jaa, Wu Jing, Scott Adkins, Uma Thurman, Liam McIntyre .....
Not a single Jet li, Donnie Yen or Jackie Chan scene?
And that doesn't include great action scenes by Sylvester Stallone, Tony Jaa, Wu Jing, Scott Adkins, Uma Thurman, Liam McIntyre .....
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1:31PM on 08/05/2016
Exactly.
Exactly.
11:52AM on 08/05/2016

the raid 2

i think this fight scene should have been number 1
i think this fight scene should have been number 1
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1:34PM on 08/05/2016
Considering what else made the list, I am pretty surprised that it's only #4.
Considering what else made the list, I am pretty surprised that it's only #4.
11:43AM on 08/05/2016

2 Days in the Valley

Charlize Theron vs. Teri Hatcher
Charlize Theron vs. Teri Hatcher
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11:41AM on 08/05/2016

The Quiet Man

John Wayne vs. Victor McLaglen
John Wayne vs. Victor McLaglen
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11:38AM on 08/05/2016

From Russia with Love

Sean Connery vs. Robert Shaw
Sean Connery vs. Robert Shaw
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