Nothing beats a good action film, and each action film has those moments that make it exciting and worth the watch. Some action flicks have gun-fights, some have explosions, car-chases, and everything else that make a great action film, well. . .great. This article, though, is about the fights, because let’s face it, fighting is the foundation of any good action film. So what makes a good fight scene? It could be the number of punches thrown, or kicks if it a martial arts film. Maybe it’s the scenic elements, are the fighters climbing around on a building as they fight, or hanging on to the tops of speeding cars? It could be the speed, or the style, even the one-liner dialog during the fight that makes it great. No matter what elements make a good fight scene, there truly hundreds to choose from. Being a big action fan I’ve seen a lot, so I scanned my own memory, did some Internet research, and talked to friends, finally coming up with the following list. Take a look and see what you think.

#10 – Dalton vs. Jimmy in Road House (1989)


The 1989 action film was kind of a flop then, but has become a cult hit. In the movie small-town mobster Brad Wesley is cruelly oppressing the local people. Dalton played by Patrick Swayze, is a New York City bar Cooler brought in to help take care of security in a club. Wesley’s right-hand tough-guy Jimmy played by Marshall Teague firebombs a house, and kills Dalton’s friend, so he chases him, and, in fight kicks his ass and rips out his throat.

#9 – Neo vs. Agent Smith in The Matrix (1999)

The Wachowski Bros. cyber-punk action flick, The Matrix uses state-of-the-art special effects and the fight choreography of Yuen Woo Ping to make the fight-scenes not just exceiting, but breathtaking. One of the major climaxes of the movie is the fight between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). It combines high-speed Kung Fu, with mind-bending effects including those created by sequenced, circular camera array shooting, called Bullet-Time.

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  • anonymos

    yea ok… i guess you havent seen tony jaa on the protector!!!