10 Worst Movie Beatings Ever

With tons of great action movies out there, we’ve all seen a lot of violent scenes.

For all you violence fans and action buffs, we have gathered together the 10 worst beatings someone ever took in a movie… ever.

A Bronx Tale (1993) – Bar Scene

The most brutal scene in the movie “A Bronx Tale” is the scene in the bar when a motor cycle gang gets a little out of hand.

Mafia boss Sonny LoSpecchio (played by Chazz Palminteri) and his Mafia men beat the crap out of the eight thugs and throw them out onto the street.


Shawshank Redemption (1994)

There are a couple of the prison scenes that are rather violent in the 1994’s “Shawshank Redemption”. I think the most vicious is when “The Sisters” seek out to rape Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins).

They don’t rape him, but they end up giving him a severe beating that landed him the infirmary for about a month.

Goodfellas (1990) – Billy Batts beating

Of course if it’s a Mafia movie, you know it will be violent. If you’re a fan of Mafia movies as I am, you will already know that Joe Pesci is famous for playing a loose cannon. His roll as Tommy DeVito in “Goodfellas” is no different.

In a bar one night, Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) was teasing Tommy and wouldn’t quit. After a small altercation, Tommy and his friends leave only to return later that evening. Tommy beat and kicked him within an inch of his life and then shot him.

This is a prime example of a great explosive Mafia scene.


Out for Justice (1991) – Gino versus Richie

At the end of the movie, Detective Gino Felino (Stephen Seagal) has his final showdown with Richie Madano (William Forsythe). The beating is really quick, but Gino beats the daylights out of him.

I think it’s partially so effective because you come to the realization that it doesn’t take long for someone to mess you up.


Casino (1995) – The Pen Scene

In the movie “Casino” we see Joe Pesci playing a role that he plays so well. As Nicky Santoro, Pesci once again gets to show off his talents as an explosive Italian hothead who’s out of control.

In the infamous “pen scene”, Nicky Sanotoro and his friend Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) are in a bar and this man gets in a small verbal altercation with Sam over a pen.

Nicky intervenes by snatching the pen that was the topic of discussion and jamming it into the man’s neck. He repeatedly jammed it into the guy’s neck while everyone else witnessed blood spurting out of this guy’s neck.


The Untouchables (1987) – Baseball bat

Here’s classic beating that had to be mentioned. In “The Untouchables” Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro, was delivering a speech in a meeting.

In the middle of the speech, he also delivered several whacks on this guy’s head and body with a baseball bat. Capone’s meeting attendees sat in shocked silence.

The time of the beating only took a few seconds, but it was severe and a classic brutal Mafia scene.


The Godfather (1972)

Now here’s a movie filled with good wholesome violence. If you haven’t had your fill of violent scenes, watch “The Godfather” to remedy the problem. Of course, we know that “The Godfather” is known for its shootings and killings, but there’s one scene in particular that brings beatings to new heights.

Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo) made the mistake of hitting his wife Connie, who just happened to be Sonny Corleone’s (James Caan) sister. Sonny chased Carlo down and beat him and kicked him until he couldn’t get up. He did it on the street for everyone to see and before he left, he gave Carlo a warning.

“You touch my sister again, I’ll kill you”, he pronounced.


Tango and Cash (1989) – Prison Scene

A lot of people forget about this scene when the topic of brutality in movies comes up. However, it’s a very intense scene. Let me paint a picture for you.

Two of Los Angeles’s best detectives, Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Gabe Cash (Kurt Russell) have been framed, tried and convicted of murder and put into general population in a prison. With regards to the other people in the prison, well, let’s just say that they’ve already met.

Needless to say they weren’t the most popular two in the prison. There’s one scene where a bunch of prisoners drag the two officers down to the steam room, beat them and electrocute them.

As Detective Cash says later, they were “FUBAR” (“fucked up beyond all recognition”).

Fight Club (1999)

If you like sheer, senseless violence, then you’ll love “Fight Club”. There are plenty of scenes in this movie that are extremely brutal; however, there’s one that sticks out in my mind the most.

After Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is giving his Fight Club speech, he gets the crap bat out of him. The part that sticks in my mind the most is that Tyler laughs all the way through it.

He’s insane and this is an awesome scene!


Casino (1995) – Baseball bat scene

I know the movie “Casino” was already mentioned once, but any movie this graphic deserves a second mention. Here’s the scene that I think most people will agree is the worst beating in movie history.

Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) and is brother Dominick (Phillip Suriano) were taken out into the dessert, stripped down to their underwear and beaten to nearly death. The Mafia thugs made Nicky watch while they bludgeoned his brother and then pounded him as well.

They then put the bothers in a hole and buried them while they were still breathing (barely).


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  1. Hibiscus says:

    The wine bottle scene in the first ten minutes of Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the most brutal things I have ever seen in a movie.

  2. me says:

    No curbstomp from American History X?

  3. Jim says:

    There’s an extremely brutal beating early in Gaspar Noe’s “Irreversible.” Like the wine bottle in “Pan’s,” but with a fire extinguisher!

    Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin” also has a pretty f’ed up beating towards the end. I never imagined being hit with a shampoo bottle, in the face, could be portrayed so graphically! Action flicks don’t always have the worst beatings, IMO…

  4. evildeadtoo says:

    james gandolfini and patricia arquette in true romance??

  5. T-Bird says:

    I got three not mentioned. (1.) The scene at the end of Wonderland, where one gang (including their wives/girlfriends) were bludgeoned to death while sleeping by another band of thugs (who work for a notorious gangster in which the victims robbed at gunpoint earlier on), with solid lead pipes to the point where whole pieces of skull were broken away. The worst part IMO was the sound of skull bone being crushed. 2.) In the movie Sleepers, even though it wasn't actually shown, a group of youth home guards "took turns beating him (a smart-mouthed young black inmate) until there was nothing left to beat." (3.) The 3 years of random beatings and torture of Kevin Bacon's character in Murder in the First.

  6. Honey Boutot says:

    Hi! Great article. I didn’t expect this on a Wednesday. This is awesome!

  7. L0K1 says:

    28 Weeks later in the hospital