10) Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, Rocky
Rocky fighting Apollo Creed might not be the most action-packed brawl in the history of cinema, but watching the underdog slug it out with the champ for 10 minutes only to lose in the end? That's a damn great movie moment. Even better? It's the only Academy Award-winning script in the bunch, though not the only Oscar winner.
9) The Quiet Man
8) Freddy Krueger vs. Jason Voorhees, Freddy vs. Jason
Horror fans had been waiting for this one for decades. The two titans of franchise horror finally throwing down and fighting tooth and nail (or machete and claw-glove, as it were). The movie might not have been what fans expected, but how can you complain about a fight that lets Freddy really let loose with his glove and Jason rip Freddy's glove-bearing arm off and impale him with it? Setting the fight near Crystal Lake which just happens to also be under construction was a stroke of genius. Bloody, violent genius.
7) Nada vs. Frank, They Live
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper offered up the motto of every ass kicker on this list when he uttered the John Carpenter-written line: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum." And kick ass he did. The ass in question that everyone remembers though is a fellow good guy in the form of Keith David's Frank. Nada and Frank go at it for about six minutes just punching the crap out of each other. And all over eyewear. Go figure.
6) Final Battle, Legend of Drunken Master
Choosing just one fight scene from Legend of Drunken Master wasn't easy. You've got that weird yet rad fight scene with the old man under the train in the beginning. Fighting while crouching can't be easy. Then there's the first drunken fight out in the streets. That's awesome. But the last ten or so minutes pits Jackie Chan against weapon wielding cronies, a guy who kicks like crazy, fire and sobriety. I wonder how many people have watched this movie, gotten blitzed and then tried to fight drunken boxing style. I can tell you, it's at least one.
Tags: Bruce Lee, Horror, Jackie Chan, Kill Bill, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, The Matrix, They Live, Tony Jaa