The amazing battle scenes in films like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Oldboy stand out because they are so common.
There’s a battle sequence in almost every movie, from The Raid series to Bridget Jones’ Diary, so don’t be surprised if you see one. Suspense and editing skills are necessary for a well-crafted battle scene. In order to avoid having to cut past stunt doubles, it’s best if the performers perform their own stunts.
Since there have been so many formulaic fight sequences, the ones that are well-directed tend to stand out from the others. The best battle sequences in movie history may be found here.
10. Cliff Booth & Brandy V. The Manson Murderers In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The violence in Quentin Tarantino’s flicks is well-known and widely appreciated. Only on-screen make-believe and an on-screen fight over slashed tires are included in the first and second acts, respectively, in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Then, in a one violent smackdown, Tarantino unleashes the entirety of the film’s brutality in the film’s beautiful ending. The sequel to Inglourious Basterds, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, was no exception to the rule.
Cliff Booth and his pitbull Brandy conduct speedy vigilante punishment set to Vanilla Fudge’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for the Manson murderers instead of going to Sharon Tate’s house to kill her and her friends.
9. Chaney V. Street In Hard Times
In Walter Hill’s directorial debut, Hard Times, Charles Bronson provided one of his most memorable performances. A hustler named Speed notices Chaney’s unstoppable fighting prowess and decides to take him under his wing.
Having racked up a string of victories in New Orleans, Chaney finally finds an opponent who can challenge him in the final showdown. Street’s athleticism makes him a formidable opponent for Chaney’s physical strength.
8. Rocky Balboa V. Apollo Creed In Rocky II
Rock vs. Apollo is one of the most memorable movie fights ever seen on screen. A love tale is defined above all by the last bout in Rocky, when Creed defeats Rocky and he doesn’t care because Adrian remains by his side. Stallone surprises the audience once more in Rocky II, when they face off in a rematch. Instead of a spectacular slow-motion knockout shot, Rocky emerges victorious this time around.
Rocky and Apollo are out of gas after a few rounds. When Apollo finally collapses from exhaustion, Rocky is the only one (barely) left standing. Despite his opponent’s best efforts, he was knocked out in one round.
7. Yu Shu Lien V. Jen Yu In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s martial arts segments made it an international hit; the characters’ acrobatic, ballet-like combat technique made it stand out.
The film’s high point is the confrontation between Yu Shu Lien, played by Michelle Yeoh, and Jen Yu, played by Zhang Ziyi. Yu’s Green Destiny sword is becoming increasingly precise, and Lien is having to constantly switch weapons to stay up. The two engaged in a physical and verbal brawl throughout the altercation.
6. Indiana Jones V. The Mechanic In Raiders Of The Lost Ark
George Lucas cast Pat Roach in the Indiana Jones films after initially considering him for the role of Darth Vader. He was a humorous physical threat to Harrison Ford because of his massive size as a professional wrestler.
Roach appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark as a Nazi plane mechanic. While Marion is slaying the pilot, Indy is slugging it out with the mechanic in the hangar beneath the planes. It’s a crushing defeat for the “wealth and glory”-seeking archeologist. Mechanic cockily prepares to give the final deadly blow, but Indy cowers as jet propellers approach behind him. After he’s been drenched with propeller spray, the plane’s mechanic is unable to save himself.
5. Nikolai V. The Chechens In Eastern Promises
A ferocious bathhouse brawl is the centerpiece of Eastern Promises. Semyon leads Nikolai to a bathhouse in the expectation that the Chechens will mistake him for Kirill and kill him, since they don’t know what Kirill looks like.
With linoleum knives, the Chechens attack Nikolai and he responds. In spite of being repeatedly stabbed, he manages to dispatch of them both, foiling Semyon’s schemes in the process.
4. Lee V. Han In Enter The Dragon
Lee confronts Han at his private museum after defeating Han’s army of henchmen in the last act of Enter the Dragon. Fight to the death ensues between the two.
Once in the hall of mirrors, Lee is unable to discern which of the many Han figures he sees there is the actual deal. He then murders him.
3. John Nada V. Frank Armitage In They Live
The fighting in John Carpenter’s They Live, often cited as one of the best combat scenes ever shot, is nothing short of stunning. Roddy Piper and Keith David were adamant about not relying on a stunt team for the fight scene between John Nada and Frank Armitage over a set of sunglasses that allow people to view the world for what it truly is: a brainwashed, alien-infested dystopia.
Because of the intensity of the battle between Piper and David on the day of the film, Carpenter opted to leave it uncut at 5.5 minutes long, even though it was originally planned to be just 20 seconds long.
2. James Bond V. Red Grant In From Russia With Love
Red Grant, a SPECTRE assassin played by Jaws’ grizzled antihero Robert Shaw, attacks Sean Connery’s 007 on the Orient Express in From Russia with Love, the second-ever Bond film. This is one of the most startlingly vicious battle scenes in the entire franchise, after Bond disarms him by using one of Q’s devices.
Terence Young’s management of tension and Sean Connery’s excellent portrayal of a Bond who is afraid for his life despite his suit of narrative armor make this horrifically violent sequence remain shocking after more than half a century.
1. Oh Dae-su V. Everyone In The Hallway In Oldboy
Park Chan-revenge wook’s thriller classic Oldboy has a stunning hallway fight sequence. On every rewatch, fans are shocked by Oh Dae-heroics su’s against a horde of thugs. In order to get used to it, you have to be exposed to it over and over again.
There are no hidden edits or CGI except when Oh Dae-su is stabbed in this scene, which was shot in 17 takes over the course of three days by the team (Choi Min-sik was committed to the role, but not enough to take an actual knife in his back).
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