Friday's Top Five: Movie throwdowns
September 16th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Movie throwdowns

HBO has been promoting the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight for weeks and they’ll square off this Saturday in Vegas.  If only Pacquiao was Mayweather’s opponent, the match might be worth watching.

For those of you who refuse to purchase pay-per-view but like a dose of violence in your entertainment, consider watching movies known for their famous throwdowns instead.  Besides, HBO will re-air the fight next weekend for free.

This week’s list is dedicated to memorable movie fights, the characters who fought them, and the trash talking that ensued along the way.  What are your favorites?

1. "Rocky 3" (Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang II): “You ain’t so bad!” – Rocky (Rocky vs. Thunderlips is a close second, but so are all of Rocky’s bouts.)


2. "The Last Dragon" (Leroy Green vs. Sho’nuff): “Now, when I say, ‘Who's da mastah,’ you say, "Sho'nuff!"  – Sho’nuff


3. "The Empire Strikes Back" (Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader): “No. *I* am your father.”  – Vader (Possibly the greatest line in film history.)


4. "The Matrix" (Neo vs. Morpheus): “Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place?  Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?” – Morpheus


5. "The Karate Kid" (Daniel Larusso vs. Johnny Lawrence): “Get him a body bag! Yeah!” – Johnny’s Cobra Kai Toady Tommy


Honorable Mention:

"Fight Club" (Narrator vs. Tyler Durden) – “How much can you know about yourself, you've never been in a fight?” – Tyler Durden


"The Princess Bride" (Westley vs. Inigo Montoya): “I’m not left-handed either” – Westley


"Raging Bull" (Jake La Motta vs. Joey La Motta): “Come on, hit me. Harder. Harder.” –  Jake La Motta


"Big Trouble in Little China" (Chang Sing vs. Wing Kong): “I was born ready.” –  Jack Burton


"Die Hard" (John McClane vs. Karl): “You should have heard your brother squeal when I broke his neck.” –  John McClane


"Gladiator" (Maximus vs. Tigris): “We who are about to die, salute you!” – Tigris


"Aliens" (Ellen Ripley vs. Alien Mother): “Get away from her, you b$%&#!” – Ripley


"Predator" (Dutch vs. Predator): “You’re one...*ugly* m.f.’er.” – Dutch


"Three O’Clock High" (Jerry Mitchell vs. Buddy Revell): “Today. After school. Three o'clock. In the parking lot. You try and run, I'm gonna track you down. You go to a teacher, it's only gonna get worse. You sneak home, I'm gonna be under your bed.” – Buddy Revell


"The Game of Death" (Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar): The fight speaks for itself.


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  1. Jdm

    Okay, this is from TV...and I know we're talking movies...but every time Peter and the giant chicken square off in "Family Guy" is just great stuff.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |

    the corruptor
    game of death
    enter the dragon
    lion heart
    gladiator (cuba gooding jr)
    just to name a few real classics.........

    October 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yeni film

    ooow thanks admin very good movie 🙂

    October 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phillip

    Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris anyone? Enter the Dragon anyone? the best movie fight ever! do some homework and check it out.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T

    Rocky IV – great line:" I must break you" – Dolph L.
    And the Evil Dead III – Army of Darkness with Bruce Campbell.
    Brosnan's Bond vs. Graves in a swordfight in Die Another Day.
    Superman vs. Captain Marvel in TV's Justice League Unlimited – "CLASH" episode

    October 3, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Muddywolf

    John Carpenter's "They Live" may be the best fight scene ever in a "B" movie. A bare-knuckle knockdown brawl. I also vote for any bathroom fight scene where someone's head get's slammed into a toilet – "True Lies", "Terminator 3."

    October 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darren

    The Wildbunch before the big shootout. William holden, "lets go!".

    A couple of people mentioned 'They Live'. Awesome choice. I wouldn't of thought of it. "Its time to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And i'm all out of gum"

    Aliens "lets rock!!!" – Vasquez.

    September 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darren

    From the Evil Dead movies. "I'll swallow your soul" said the demon or witch. "Come get some" replied Ash.

    September 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • KajinPL

      I think Demon Witch would suffice. lOl The Evil Dead movies were priceless. That's one of my favorite scenes alongside the fight with his possessed hand.

      September 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KajinPL

    Jet Li Vs. Danny Glover & Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 4. That's a good one.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Big Trouble in Little China!! Awesome. Lol

    September 17, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Red Pison

    Should have gone with Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris in Way of The Dragon.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Optimus Slime

    what , nothing from those alien giant transforming robots? sad

    September 17, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
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    September 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JRD

    Obi Wan Kenobi fights Jango Fett in the rain : Star Wars E2

    September 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. richard fores best friend

    Pliny-stfu Talk about saying the same thing over and over. Yer as bad as tracie !

    September 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jaymo

    I like what I'm hearing from everybody! Here are a few more good ones: Kill Bill (lots of good fights), Ong Bak (AMAZING), The Warriors (80's gang fights), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (just for fun).

    September 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. KajinPL

    ARE YOU SERIOUS?! All these fights and they don't mention "They Live"? RODDY PIPER VS KEITH DAVID! BEST ON-SCREEN FIGHT OF ALL-TIME!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. itsamemario

    oldboy has a killer single sequence thats way intense

    September 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. 4real

    the protector

    September 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • KajinPL

      The last fight scene was amazing. i still prefer to call it Tom Yum Goong.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. What about Pony Boy??

    Gosh what is that book/ movie called....The Greasers if I'm not mistaken. Or Smoking Aces... pretty bad A stuff

    September 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      You're thinking of "The Outsiders."

      September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      How about any of the fights from the Bourne series? Awesome sequences and cinematography!!!

      September 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mc93

    Cinderella Man... MB to JJB... "It's no joke, pal. People die in fairy tales all the time".

    September 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. bobo

    This is the worst content I've read on CNN in a while. Probably put together at the last minute by an intern. Terrible.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. JOHN

    CINDERELLA MAN !!! Jim Braddock Vs. Max Baer

    September 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. gbreault85


    September 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Great list but would have had Rocky 1 and 2 there with Rocky 3. Also, how about The Wrestler and The Fighter?

    September 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. slap a moondancer

    What about Jason Statham kicking a$$es in The Transporter? The fight scene in the garage where he breaks the toe clips off the bike and covers the floor & himself with oil? He beat 6 or 7 guys.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Pliny

    We need more 'poop' jokes.

    It's not good enough to hear them 1000000 times.

    We need to hear you tell them again and again and again.

    We need to know how boring and unoriginal you are.

    We need to know that people like you still have the humor and intellect of a 5 year old.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Norman Head

    Thunderdome.same concept two men enter one man leaves.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  29. ~ @Richard Fore / {lol} ~OR~ Whatever Name U R Going By now~

    What the is wrong with you? Grow up already. This was going on since last night. First you started on Beautiful Vixen now Get a room. You are doing a poor job of it. Get a room comments are more serious and never childish. He would nev willful come on here and say mean things. Beautiful Vixen, I guess she is getting soft. So what? I think it's time for your meds. Go take them before you forget.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. J Dawg

    What about James Bond vs Peter Franks in an elevator in Diamonds are Forever??? Both guys knew only one was getting out of the lift alive – an intense, claustrophobic fight to the death!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. Zena Bowrite

    @Fores'@charlie crack who else.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  32. Richard Fore's Apprentice to lol

    Wow, you're way off LOL. Look, Richard, how am I doing? Fooled these clowns so easily!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. Evel Knievel

    Pacquiao would beat Mayweather worse than Ike beat Tina.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  34. erich2112x

    Ip man, 1,2 and 3.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  35. Dawn

    I heard they are doing a remake of Rocky III with Chaz Bono taking the part of Rocky Balboa only they will be sparring in Wrestling championship instead of boxing. Looking forward to seeing a Chaz in a pair of tights!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  36. Emil

    This is jacked

    September 16, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |

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