14. The Hallway Scene in 'Oldboy' (2003)
This South Korean tale won the Grand Prix Award at Cannes for its twisted tale of revenge. After being held captive for 15 years -- without explanation -- Oh Dae-Su is released and challenged to find out who kidnapped him. Torturing his former prison guards, he is forced to make a tense escape through a hallway filled with men armed to beat him down, and the scene is done in one impressive take from director Park Chan-wook.


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13. Viggo's Nude Fight in 'Eastern Promises' (2007)
David Cronenberg's film about the Russian mob is notorious not only for its levels of mob violence, but also for this infamous scene that adds mistimed nudity to gangland bloodshed. Viggo Mortensen's Nikolai is double-crossed and set to be killed while he's relaxing in a sauna. But when it comes to fighting for your life and dispensing of your enemies in a brutal fashion, Viggo proves very quickly that you can't be distracted by something as minor as being stark naked at the time.

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12. The Nighttime Escape in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000)
Ang Lee's wuxia martial arts film became an international success that wowed audiences with a lyrical display of hand-to-hand combat. Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi fly through the air and trade blows over the attempted theft of the Green Destiny sword, wowing new audiences who had never seen such a stylized display of action before.


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11. Ripley vs. the Queen in 'Aliens' (1986)
Sigourney Weaver's butt-kicking heroine finally has a weapon that can match the terrifying aliens when she straps into the exosuit and charges the vengeful queen head-on -- all to save the life of the orphaned Newt. The fight is an impressive display of special effects, thanks to the talents of Stan Winston, who combined animatronics and puppetry to bring the monstrous creation to life.


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10. Bourne vs. Jarda in 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004)
Director Paul Greengrass jumped on board the 'Bourne' trilogy with this installment, bringing a grittier way of filming Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his struggle to unlock his past. Attempting to interrogate Jarda, the only other survivor of the mysterious Treadstone Project, the two CIA black ops members quickly come to blows. Greengrass pulls the cameras in close, keeping the hits just a few inches away from the audience member's faces. Bourne and Jarda move fast and disorient the viewer like they were caught in the action.


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9. The Final Scene in 'Enter the Dragon' (1973)
Bruce Lee's final film -- and the first Hollywood kung-fu film -- spotlights the Chinese star's unique martial arts skills. Lee's vision of martial arts as an art form is achieved in this climactic duel between himself and the clawed Shaolin crime-lord Han. The fight comes to a standstill in the deceiving hall of mirrors, where Lee must out-think his sinister enemy. The scene is visually captivating display of Bruce Lee's one-of-a-kind talent.


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8. The Marquess of Queensbury Fight in 'The Quiet Man' (1952)
John Wayne's Sean Thornton returns to Ireland and falls in love with Mary Kate Danaher, but marrying her is not a simple task -- as he must deal with Mary Kate's bullying brother Will, who will not approve of the marriage, nor give his sister her rightful dowry. Sean refuses initially to fight back against Will, but when he comes dangerously close to losing Mary Kate forever, he finally stands up for her and gives Will the beating he's had coming for the entire movie -- a beating that happens to rage all over the quaint Irish town.


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7. Luke vs. Vader in 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)
This classic lightsaber duel is the emotional center of the 'Star Wars' saga. Despite Yoda's warnings, Luke abandons his Jedi training to rescue his friends, not realizing he is walking right into a trap laid by Darth Vader. Luke does his best to fend off the Sith lord's powerful displays of the Force, but after losing his hand and finding out his true relationship with Vader (like we need to tell you what that is), Luke opts for a deadly free-fall into the air shaft rather than joining the dark side. This was the fight that showed Vader could be truly ruthless.


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6. Rocky vs. Apollo in 'Rocky' (1976)
Rocky doesn't win. Sure he wins the rematch, and then beats Mr. T, and then beats the Soviet Union -- eventually -- but in 1976, Rocky Balboa was just a thug debt-collector from Philadelphia. All he wants to do is go the distance with the heavyweight champion of the world and prove that he isn't "just another bum." As the fight moves closer to the 15th and final round, Balboa takes a pummeling, but never stops dishing it right back out to Apollo Creed. 'Rocky' became an instant inspiration that proves winning isn't everything, and that refusing to give up could be the biggest success of all.


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5. The Alleyway Fight in 'They Live' (1988)
One of John Carpenter's most underrated films -- a subversive tale about aliens controlling society -- features pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Nada, a drifter with a pair of scientifically enhanced sunglasses that allow the wearer to see the aliens' true form. Nobody wants to believe his crazy story, especially his friend Frank (Keith David). The only way to get Frank to try on the glasses is to beat him into submission; the problem is, Frank puts up a vicious fight. The fisticuffs seem to go on forever in this memorable drag-out brawl.


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4. The Final Tournament Round in 'The Karate Kid' (1984)
Eight years after winning Oscar gold for 'Rocky,' director John G. Avildsen directed this beloved teen classic. "Wax on, wax off." "Sweep the leg." The crane kick. The moments leading up to Daniel-san's victory over the Cobra Kai Dojo are ingrained in our memories as the moments that an ordinary kid can fight back against the bullies, and gain the balance in his life. Out of all the battles on this list, 'The Karate Kid' delivers the sweetest victory.


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3. The Bride vs. the Crazy 88s and O-Ren Ishii in 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' (2003)
Quentin Tarantino's two-volume love letter to kung-fu movies and spaghetti Westerns caps off its first part with this bloody -- seriously, we mean bloody -- battle featuring Uma Thurman's Bride taking another step on her path of revenge, and crossing another name off her hit list. The over-the-top fight features swords, hacked limbs, a schoolgirl wielding a Chinese meteor hammer, the entire Tokyo yakuza, and enough retro kung-fu sound effects to turn the House of Blue Leaves into gory pop-culture collage.




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2. The Airplane Runway Fight in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)
Indiana Jones is a larger-than-life hero who needs big threats. Being shot at by Nazi goons while taking on a German mechanic who is built like a circus strongman -- at the same time that a fighter plane spins wildly out-of-control around them -- is just enough to challenge Harrison Ford's rugged adventurer. The fight is down-and-dirty, and has one of the grisliest endings in movie history. Steven Spielberg packs the punches in an Indiana Jones fight with so much weight that every time fist meets face, it sounds like thunder hitting a mountain.



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1. Neo vs. Agent Smith in 'The Matrix' (1999)
'The Matrix' wasn't just a huge box-office success, it also changed the rules of filmmaking, setting a new standard for the next decade -- and century. Using state-of-the-art special effects to highlight the fight choreography of the legendary Yuen Woo Ping, the Wachowski Bros. cyber-punk action film achieved its most breathtaking peak in this fight between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). Their fight isn't just brutal and urgent, it's a physics-defying display that blows your mind.


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