There are so many great fight scenes in films that I could exclusively dedicate this blog to them. It’s time to move on to a new series of posts. Just because I’ve not mentioned a battle here doesn’t mean it’s not a favorite. But I have a big list of them, and have to stop somewhere. Onward!
The number of monsters and super-soldiers fighting in Final Wars is ridiculous. But the award has to go to Godzilla and Monster X. The energy effects are the best in the series, and Monster X has quite a secret. It morphs into Ghidorah. Well, Kaiser Ghidorah, as I’m told. Whatever the name, this giant monster battle is great. See it!
You can’t get much more 80’s than Rocky IV. From the music to the protagonists, it’s impossible to remove the film from its original decade. It does have one hell of a final fight, though. As usual, Rocky takes more punishment than humanly possible. But it’s Dolph Lundgren’s crop-topped Drago that puts it over the top for me. Nearly impossible to not bob back and forth while watching this.
Robert Rodriguez directs Antonio Banderas in this brutal and humorous gunfight, which culminates in a John Woo-inspired standoff between El Mariachi and the last killer standing. Out of bullets, each desperately searches for a weapon containing ammunition, each one coming up empty, until Banderas breaks the man’s neck instead. One of my favorite action movies of the Nineties.
Battle: Stelios and Astinos work in tandem, mowing though hordes of enemies in slow-motion
Film: 300 (2006)
Completely ridiculous and completely captivating are terms I would use for Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle. There are many fantastic fights to choose from in the film, but this one remains the most impressive. The Beast finally meets his match.