Saturday, December 13, 2008

Top 10 Duels and Fight Scenes in Movies

When you think of duels, the concept of a Western probably comes to mind. Duels in movies, however, are extremely varied. A good duel can be etched in your memory for a long time, and sometimes it's the pivotal scene in a movie.

Here are my top 10 duels and one-on-one fight scenes from the movies:


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - Fight Scene between Yu Shu Lien and Jiao Long

Although it's a bit over done at some points, it's still a very elegant, tense and riveting duel. Plus, it features two women, which is a rare thing in movies.


The Court Jester - The Pellet With The Poison Duel Scene

Danny Kaye is the king of comedy and nonsense. You wouldn't expect him to be in a list about duels and fight scenes, but watch this clip and you'll understand why this duel is worthy of the top 10.


Monty Python And The Holy Grail - The Black Knight Fight Scene

Yet another funny duel, with a lot of dark humor and silliness - a true classic Monty Python.


Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Aragorn VS the Uruk Hai Leader

OK, so this scene is mostly about the death of Boromir, actually, but I HAD to give LOTR one spot in this list. Plus, it's a cool fight - and there aren't many one-on-one fights in LOTR, which is mostly about massive battles. Besides, Viggo is DA KING.


The Matrix - Neo VS. Agent Smith

The first Matrix movie was a piece of pure genius. The final duel between Neo and agent Smith, is something you really wait for the entire movie - and it's well worth the wait. It's fast, intense, sophisticated and not without a touch of humor. And, of course, the good guy wins.


Kung Fu Panda - The Duel for the Dumpling

This is a hilarious yet riveting duel between Po the Panda and Master Shifu - all for one last dumpling.


Under Siege - Ryback VS. Stranix

This is probably the best Steven Seagal movie. Seagal is excellent in one-on-one fight scenes. He's sleek, cool and moves like a snake. This duel is very well done - brutal, quick and with knifes only. This clip shows every fight scene Seagal has in Under Siege.


Stardust - The Zombie Duel

Septimus is already dead, but the witch makes him keep fighting. Can Tristan win against a corpse? This is a very original, very unique and wonderful duel, and the movie itself is great.


The Princess Bride - Inigo VS. The Man in the Black Mask

This is one of the best sword fights EVER. Not only is it impressing, skillful and artistic - it's also funny and holds some of the best quotes in an already highly-quotable cult movie. "Unless the enemy has studied his Agrippa... which I have!".


Troy - Achilles VS. Hector

No, it's not because it's a duel between two of the sexiest men alive. No, it's not because they are showing a lot of sweaty muscles. It's number one on my list because it's truly glorious, intense, skillful and accompanied by excellent music, that only intensifies the drama.


James said...

Not really a duel, I suppose but the "duel" between Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai in Crossroads is in my top.

Vince said...

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Revital Salomon said...

Thanks Vince! Joined your site and added my list :)

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Ira said...

Woah! what a hit of nostalgia :-))) I loved that Danny Kay movie... I think I have't seen that in 20 years. I even remembered how I loved the younger, Redheaded Lansbury better than the lead... My redhead Fetish goes disturbingly deep :-)