Kick! Bam! Pow! A Dozen of the Greatest Fighting Movies Ever Made

We all enjoy a little action, right?

“A little”, hell. Action is what a lot of us live for. If a movie doesn’t have some faces getting smashed in or limbs getting crunched, it can get boring pretty quickly. There are a lot of movies with some fighting in it, but what about fighting scenes with some movie in it?

You know the ones I’m talking about. The main theme of the movie is fighting, with a little plot thrown behind it. Some are really cheesy and some are freaking awesome. Here are just some of the best fighting movies ever made.


12. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a fantasy type of action film and it’s in the countdown for a couple of reasons. First, it’s an nontraditional type of fight movie and second because it’s just a great, brutal classic.

A lot of times, reviewers try to over analyze this film, but that’s ridiculous. How can you over analyze Conan? It’s one of those movies that not only doesn’t require a lot of thinking, but if you do a lot of thinking, it spoils the movie.


11. Fists of Fury (Tang shan da xiong) (1973)

Fists of Fury (as it’s called in the U.S.) may be a little cheesy, but it’s a Chinese martial arts movie from the 1970s. That’s part of what makes it great. The movie itself was very well made for the time period and it has some awesome fight scenes in it!


10. Kickboxer (1989)

As with a lot of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, he not only is the hero, but he must defeat a villain that hurt someone else he loves or cares about that was treated unfairly. While this may be annoying to critics, to us, it’s VAN DAMME, which means a loose plot and a lot of fighting. This is what we want.


9. Mortal Kombat (1995)

For anyone that had first played the video game that prompted the movie, you’ll know that whatever plot there is, it doesn’t really matter. The name of the movie really gives away the basic premise for the movie. It’s about fighter competing in a match to the death.

There’s a little more to it than that in that they bring a lot of fantasy into it as well, but the fighting is the exciting part. As you can tell, all they can do is fight. They can’t even spell “Combat” right.


8. Enter the Dragon (1973)

This not only is the first Kung Fu film to be made by a major Hollywood studio, but this is also the last movie that Bruce Lee ever appeared in. In fact, he died just six days before the movie was released into theaters.

Basically, the plot revolves around a martial arts tournament. This movie brought Asian martial arts and Hollywood together in a stunning combination.


7. Rocky (1976)

The original Rocky starring Sylvester Stallone, is now considered a classic and set the precedent for all the other Rocky movies to follow. I don’t think that this was the best film, but it sure caught the hearts of Americans, in particular men. In fact, you could say that this is a great movie about an underdog.

It also appeals to a great fantasy among younger men, as many would have loved to have been Rocky Balboa and envy Stallone for his role. I personally thought the movie was a moving success story, but at this point, Stallone really lacked acting ability and speech enunciation.


6. Karate Kid (1984)

Out of all four of the Karate Kid movies made, this one was the best. I think the ideas in the other two with Ralph Machio were too far-fetched and The Next Karate Kid was too girly.

There of course were some far fetched points in this movie too, but they can be forgiven considering this is another great movie about an underdog who comes out on top in the end. Oh, and I love Pat Morita’s character, Mr. Miyagi; don’t you?


5. Best of the Best (1989)

Again, this is another martial arts film, so the plot is loose, but the fighting is great. Basically, this is a story about an international taekwondo tournament in which some of the members of Team USA and Team Korea have a heated past to say the least.


4. Braveheart (1995)

Really, this is a historical drama and would probably be better classified as a war movie. However, because war is a type of “fighting” and because there is a lot of hand-to-hand combat in the movie, it’s in the countdown.

This is a great addition to the countdown because it’s an unconventional fighting movie. If you want a movie filled with action and passion, this would be the one to watch!


3. Rocky IV (1985)

Finally, Sylvester Stallone got some acting lessons and a speech therapist! Rocky IV was the best of all of the Rocky movies, though a bit unrealistic. The guy he’s fighting is this huge Russian guy, who – I’m sorry -could kick Ricky’s ass any day of the week!

That’s the first unrealistic part. The fight took place in Russia, so the main audience was, you guessed it, Russians. By the end of the fight, the crowd is cheering for Rocky. Yeah, right. However, the emotion, the idea, and the fight scenes were great.


2. Drunken Master (Jui kuen ) (1978)

This Jackie Chan film is a great action/ comedy about a guy whose father couldn’t discipline him enough to teach him kung fu and he was ashamed by his son’s behavior. So, he sent his son to a cruel kung fu master (the drunken master). It’s different and a little corny, but a funny movie and the fight scenes are great.


1. Bloodsport (1988)

Here’s Jean-Claude Van Damme at his finest. The plot of this movie revolves around this huge international ultimate fighting tournament in which Van Damme’s character (Frank Dux) has been invited. One of the evil opponents almost killed Frank Dux’s friend unnecessarily and threatens to do the same to Dux.

The fighting scenes throughout this movie are phenomenal and you get to see a lot of different martial arts/ fighting styles. For this reason Bloodsport may be one, if not the best fighting movie of all time.

Leave a Comment

  1. djjango says:

    What? No Riki-oh?

  2. Wat says:

    Horrible, horrible list. Rocky IV the best Rocky movie? BRAVEHEART? Seriously, this is a joke, right?

  3. protogenxl says:

    You Missed Kill Bill, Big Trouble Little China, and Kung-Fu Hustle.

  4. Stinky Eastwood says:

    this list is shit. You list Mortal Kombat above Conan? (I mean, it shouldn't be listed at all, but come on!) Also, go and re-watch Rocky and I think you'll be surprised at how little fighting is actually in the movie. Great movie, but probably not for this list. Besides, if you're going to include movies because of 1 great fight sequence, you MUST include They Live.

  5. Bobby says:

    This could quite possibly be the worst movie list I have ever come across. It is down right horrible.

  6. salamibonmawrang says:

    did a girl make this list?

  7. imafaik says:

    The Ultimate Warrior with Yul Brenner and Max Von Sydow. I saw this film many years ago on the (very old) CBS Late Night Movie, and the final confrontation is unforgettable.

  8. adammack says:

    only the strong

  9. total ass-clown says:

    VanDamme is a total ass-clown

    • Terry says:

      VanDamme total ass-clown huh? So anyone who could hand your ass to you in 50 different ways is an ass-clown? Damn, I didn't know kids were so stupid and arrogant these days. Get real boy. Stop thinking you are badass because you fight with your little sister and beat up your best friend when he pisses you off.

  10. Jason says:

    What about "Ong-Bak" or "The Protector"? Tony Jaa was insane in those movies, some of the best stuff I've ever seen!

  11. WinBlackjack says:

    this comes from a JCVD fan?

  12. neuromancer says:

    What about Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (The Street Fighter) with Sonny Chiba? HE RIPS OUT THIS DUDES TESTICLES WITH HIS BARE HANDS.. come on… It was a bloody violent movie even by today's standards and the action never stopped, not for 5 minutes.

  13. Chong Li says:

    What the hell is a dim mak? Perfect choice for number one!

  14. eyin says:

    Really now, check out Ong-Bak.

  15. this list blows says:

    How can a list like this not include GLADIATOR!?

    …Braveheart? seriously?

    This list is awful!

    Whoever wrote this should get their ass kicked on video so we can add it to this list.

    • porkz says:

      Gladiator does need to be on the list

    • Terry says:

      Braveheart is very deserving of this list. Most fight movie lists I've read through, list Braveheart. It's a true badass movie. If you don't agree, get a sex change and a breast reduction; that's the first start to you becoming a man.

  16. Blah says:

    This is seriously the worst list ever. Hang up your man card. You failed.

  17. wack says:

    sorry man, your list fails.

  18. kingtheoden says:

    Quite possibly the worst movies to put on this list ever.

  19. Nyawu says:

    I don’t see how you can NOT include flashpoint’s end fight.
    Tons of different styles, submissions and counters. Good stuff.

  20. DeadLikeMe says:

    I'm about the biggest Conan fan you can find and even i agree that it shouldn't be on this list. None of these movies should, for that matter.

  21. Alok says:

    How the hell did Conan get on the list. Sad to see no Kill Bill

  22. drew says:

    Fist of Legend, The Perfect Weapon, Troy and Hero absolutely belong on this list.

  23. razershaarp says:

    What about Ring of Death and IP man would have to be the best! If you haven't seen ip man it goes off!

  24. san says:

    no crouching tiger?

  25. MR.OBVIOUS says:

    your list is not complete without

  26. ekmek says:

    This list is terrible. The most recent movie on it was made almost 15 years ago.

  27. Shadowkiller says:

    I'll agree with Bloodsport being on the list, but not at number 1. That really encapsulates enough Van Damme to be his only inclusion as well. A Jet Li movie (Once upon a Time in China or Fong Sai Yuk would be good examples )could replace Kickboxer. Also, Drunken Master 2 is a far better movie in terms of fight scenes than the original. And if Braveheart makes the list, then Gladiator has to as well. It could take Rocky's place, as Rocky shouldn't even be on the list for fight scenes, no matter how good the movie is. Especially when Rocky IV is on there. And Kill Bill should definitely be on there…it could easily replace Karate Kid, as could The Matrix, which also had very good fight scenes, as done by Yuen Wo-Ping (Drunken Master). I am glad that no Seagal movies made the list. Aikido may be cool, but slapfighting just does not look that good onscreen.

    • stick says:

      you must be smoking crack, watching the van dam movies now its torturous. they are horrible. and how does any bruce lee movie get on a list below any van dam movie. and how about jet li.

  28. Sintra says:

    Wait what? No ong-bak/tom yum goong?
    This list sucks.

  29. Mike says:

    ONG BAK is 1-A. Tony Jaa is a beast.

  30. this list = epic fail!

  31. eko says:

    bad list. the author doesn't know jet li apparently

  32. you miss Ong Bak….

  33. dude121 says:

    What about fight club

  34. vineet says:

    list seriously sucks, whosoever has made this list has actaly never seen good fighting movies, Update ur list with Movies like Fightclub, District 13 an awsome movie. and Never Back down is again a graet movie vid great fighting scene , great story . .

  35. jack says:

    blood and bone should be on there too but check out ong bak amzazing film

  36. Brandon says:

    what? the first drunken master was horrible compared to the second one, bad list