The 10 Longest and Awesomest Movie Fight Scenes of All Time

By T.J. Dietsch in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:02 am
A great fight scene can make or break an action movie. Let's be honest, going into one of these things, you're not really interested in the characters' feelings -- you just want to see how they deal with their problems with their fists, feet, and/or swords. Or with the other guy's arm. We combed our DVD collections, the internet and Netflix's Instant Watch movies to come up with this list of epic movie throwdowns from everything from action movies and drama to horror and foreign films. All of the movies on this list have fight scenes that last over five minutes, consist of thousands of dollars of collateral damage, break bones, bust skulls and make our eyes bleed from sheer awesomeness.

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

Another Academy Award winner (this time for John Ford's directing on this 1952 classic), The Quiet Man stars John Wayne as a former boxer who moves to Ireland and, if this clip is to be believed, he spends his time burning money, talking trash and kicking a dude's ass clear across town.

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.
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