Undefeated: The 10 greatest fist fight scenes in cinema history

 
 

This Friday, Hollywood will be giving us the answer to the question every American’s had on their mind since 2004: Who would win in a fight between Charlie Day or Ice Cube? We tried to find a betting line for the big scuffle in Fist Fight, but it looks like Vegas isn’t putting their money on this one. Mickey, our local bookie, said “42-1 Cube” and he’d eat his shoe if we won.

To make Fist Fight a lot to live up to, we decided to make a list of the greatest fight scenes in film history, obeying only one rule — no lead actor would be represented twice. Read through our list of film fisticuffs below, but be warned: Some spoilers may follow.

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Commando

Yeah, yeah, we know — the Bennett fight scene at the end of Commando has a steamier pun, but we seriously doubt that Arnie wouldn’t tear that Australian creep with an insult of a mustache to shreds in a heartbeat. This fight, featuring Sister Act 2 director Bill Duke (who’d later work with Schwarzenegger again on Predator) is one of the best of its decade. The “I eat Green Berets for breakfast” line, the couple still having sex on the other side of the door when Arnold and Duke bust through even though there’s been a bunch of gunshots throughout the fight, and the brilliant “Fuck you, asshole” exchange make this incredibly fun to watch. It’s our pick for Arnold’s best hand-to-hand fight, narrowly eclipsing Terminator 2.

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