Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences

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  • 15 Minutes (2001) ... escape from burning apartment
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007) ... opening sequence *
  • The Abyss (1989) ... waiting for the crane to come down from the surface, and then what happens when it does
  • Aliens (1986) ... locked in with the face-huggers.
  • Avatar (2009) ... the whole finish
  • The Battleship Potemkin (1925) ... the Odessa Steps sequence.
  • Behind the Sun (2001) ... the chase through the woods
  • Ben Hur (1959) ... the chariot race
  • The Boondock Saints (1999) ... the toilet *
  • The Bourne Identity (2002) ... the car chase *
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) ... fight with Desh *
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) ... trying to trap the beast.
  • Brute Force (1947) ... breakout, especially on the drainpipe side
  • Casino Royale (2006) ... foot chase
  • Chicken Run (2000) ... in the pie machine (with plenty of Raiders references)
  • Children of Men (2006) ... escaping in the car that won't start **
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) ... shrine fight between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004) ... retrieving the dog
  • Death Proof (2007) ... ship's mast and all car stuff thereafter
  • District 9 (2009) ... wearing the suit
  • District B13 (2004) ... opening foot chase **
  • Duplicity (2009) ... executive tarmac brawl
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ... battle on Hoth
  • Equilibrium (2002) ... "not without incident" to the end.
  • Fearless (2006) ... fight on the high platform **
  • Fist of Legend (1994) ... climactic fight *
  • The Four Musketeers (1974) ... the convent/cathedral **
  • Goldeneye (1995) ... tank chase scene
  • Hard Boiled (1992) ... hospital scene
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ... dragon chase
  • Hero (2002) ... duel with Sky *
  • Jurassic Park (1993) ... kitchen scene
  • I Am Legend (2007) ... the dogs and the ray of sunshine
  • The Incredibles (2004) ... Elastigirl and the doors **
  • The Iron Giant (1999) ... From the diving catch to the end
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) ... Go Go Yubari fight (ball and chain)
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) ... fight with Elle
  • King Kong (2005) ... the bugs ** (or the stampede, or the t-rexes, or the finale - hot damn)
  • Kung Fu Hustle (2004) ... two masters vs. the beast **
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008) ... fighting over the dumplings **
  • Legend of Drunken Master (1994) ... the axe gang fight
  • Let the Right One In (2008) ... the pool
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) ... the kitchen
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ... escape from the mines of moria
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ... Eowyn and the Witch King *
  • The Matrix (1999) ... opening sequence **
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) ... the highway chase
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) ... car chase (especially the golf club)
  • Next (2007) ... walking out of the casino
  • Oldboy (2003) ... hammer time
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) ... Banderas and Hayek escaping from the hotel room
  • Ong-bak (2003) ... climactic sequence, possibly highlighted by saw fight **
  • Our Hospitality (1923) ... the rapids/waterfall scene
  • Over the Hedge (2006) ... caffeine
  • The Princess Bride (1987) ... duel between Inigo and the man in black
  • Prodigal Son (1983) ... attack on sleeping opera company
  • The Professional (1994) ... police invasion of Leon's apartment
  • Project A (1983) ... the bicycle chase through the narrow alleys (what follows with the flagpole and the clock-tower is great too)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ... opening sequence
  • Red River (1948) ... the stampede
  • Rumble in the Bronx (1995) ... fight at gang headquarters
  • Safety Last! (1923) ... the climb
  • Sanjuro (1962) ... final duel
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) ... storming the beach (a rare unfrivilous entry here)
  • Shanghai Knights (2003) ... singin' in the rain
  • Sin City (2005) ... Marv's apartment escape
  • Spider-man 2 (2004) ... the train
  • So Close (2002) ... sword fight (best part of generally good closing sequence)
  • Sorcerer (1977) ... the trucks over the rope bridges
  • Stagecoach (1939) ... the chase scene
  • Stardust (2007) ... voodoo sword fight
  • Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith (2005) ... Palpatine vs. Mace Windu
  • Strangers on a Train (1951) ... the merry-go-round scene
  • The Sword of Doom (1966) ... the fight in the snow
  • Terminator 2 (1991) ... hospital breakout
  • Thirst (2009) ... sunrise
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975) ... fight with the mailman
  • The Three Musketeers (1973) ... stealing food
  • Throne of Blood (1957) ... Washizu's bitter end
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) ... car chase via remote control from the backseat
  • Troy (2004) ... Achilles vs. Hector
  • The Twilight Samurai (2002) ... steel vs. wood
  • The Untouchables (1987) ... shootout in Chicago's Union Station
  • X2: X-Men United (2003) ... raid on the school **
  • Zatoichi (2003) ... confronting the gang, highlight being showdown with the bodyguard
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Speed (1994)
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* tough choice
** nigh impossible choice

Below the line are awaiting for a rewatch to pick a specific scene.

I certainly agree with The Professional Jimbo. That could possibly be the best scene like that in the movies. Did that make sense?

I think so - you mean the best of the "police invasion" type of scenes?

Yes..or hero trying to get away from bad guy type.

Good list, with some very worth scenes here. The Chicken Run scene was unexpected but very welcome. Hard Boiled's hospital scene is tons of fun, and the opening scene to Raiders was pretty much certified a classic upon arrival.

As for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I give a slight edge to the wonderful and beautiful fight in the treetops. Is the shrine scene the final fight? I found that last melee a bit over the top and disappointing, but Iknow I'm the only person alive who feels this way.

Have you considered some of the great chase scenes of the 70s? The French Connection and $ (Dollars) both leap to mind. As to Woo, I also like the final scenes from The Killer.

And the final fist fight in From Russia With Love is possibly the best action scene from all the James Bond films - rugged and raw in a way later Bonds seldom were...

I'm curious, have you seen the Mask of Zorro? A highly under-rated film any fan of Raiders will probably enjoy, as it is also a great action film with an actual plot and great actors.

Great list!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

By the way, if you enjoyed Chicken Run, you really owe it to yourself to check out the director's earlier Wallace and Grommit shorts. The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave both have fantastic closing scenes in the same vein as the scene you mentioned from CR. All three are packaged on one video tape / DVD. Dare I even say that those two shorts I mentioned are even better than the great Chichen Run?

Well, I dared. They are.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I've already got 'em on my list! I'll get the DVD from NetFlix when I sign up (I've sworn to finish my construction projects first, otherwise they'll never get done :-).

I saw 'em! Do I agree with your "better than the great Chicken Run" claim? Yes. Close, but yes. I have to admit that I had a bit of trepidation after watching "A Grand Day Out." Technically impressive, but it didn't do anything for me otherwise. Kinda like really early Simpsons before they hit their stride. But "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave" are both wonderful. Each would be worth the rental price by itself.

Jim, congrats on catching up with Wallace and Gromit. I can appreciate your "very early Simpsons" comparison regarding A GRAND DAY OUT, the conception of that one is probably cuter than its realization. The other two, though, are brilliantly funny in a genteel English sort of way. Like something out of a much nicer past.

Thanks! One at a time . . .

Hard Boiled: I really liked the break in the mayhem where our hero and villain come to an unspoken agreement to get the patients out of a room upon which the mayhem erupts again (at least, that's the way I remember it).

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Actually by "shrine fight" I meant the scene where Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang fight, and Yeoh goes through like 5 different weapons. I'll make that clearer above.

70s Chase Scenes: I have to rewatch The French Connection (thusly recorded, and I never saw $. Should I?

The Killer: I have to admit, I never really liked this one as much as Hard Boiled. Perhaps because I saw the latter first. I do remember the final scene as being pretty cool, but it didn't make as big an impression on my as the hospital scene.

From Russia With Love: Sadly, the Bond movies have blended together in my mind (actually they've clumped - there's the Connery clump, the Moore clump, the Brosnan clump, and the "other" clump). I'm sure you're right about the scene, but I can't place it.

Mask of Zorro: Yes! Thanks for the reminder. Can't pick a particular scene at the moment though.

Ah, THAT shrine scene. Alright, yes, that scene was very, very good.

I liked $. It's a bit quirky, but Goldie Hawn (easily one of her best roles) and Warren Beatty are extremely charming, the plot is extremely clever, and Richard Brooks' directing is extremely crisp and slighy a bit skew. It is a heist film, so if you dig those types of films, I certainly recommend it. I seem to remember that the chase at the end was very long, eventually involved several different modes of transportation, and was very entertaining.

As for Mask of Zorro, yeah, now that I think about it, I'm not really sure one particular action scene really stands out. Hmmm....

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, in Aliens, the scene in which Ripley goes back down from the surface to get Newt, while the entire planet is crumbling around her, is one of my favorite suspense/action sequences in the entire series.
The whole train wreck in The Fugitive is certainly noteworthy, as is when the Marshalls first get sight of Kimball, and chase him through the bowels of the dam, ending with him jumping.
And while maybe not necessarily an action scene (I don't know what qualifies in your definition), per se, I think the chase in Raising Arizona is one to consider.

Ah, I think you're right. Those might be the scenes to choose from Aliens and The Fugitive. I'm still going to see them again one of these days, so I'll make the final call then.

As for Raising Arizona, I do think it qualifies as an action scene (guns, cars, etc.), and a good scene it is, but at the risk of incurring your wrath, I don't think it makes the cut for this list.

Jim, regarding ALIENS, as an alternative to the scene DaveMog has suggested, let me suggest the scene in which Ripley hijacks the APC, recues the retreating marines, and drives them outa there, making road-kill of aliens as she goes.

Ah yes, another worthy candidate. The more we talk about this movie, the quicker it moves up my "watch again soon" list (or maybe I'll just add it to my nascent DVD collection).

I think that particular James Bond scene comes from Tomorrow Never Dies. In Goldeneye there was a cool action scene where he drove a tank around bulldozing everything in his path.

You're right! Both great scenes. The list will be updated to reflect that. Thanks!

Jim, talking of tank chase scenes, what about the tank chase scene in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE? - you know, Indy's on a horse, gets abord the tank, gets his dad and the other guy out, then (apparently) rides the tank over the cliff.

Yeah, once I get a chance to watch that movie again I will probably add it.

Were this my list (and of course it isn't, but if it were), I'd have to add the first fight between Charlie's Angels and Crispin Glover in the alley. OK, sure, it was derivative of The Matrix. Still cool.

OK,
- B

Well, you could always clone the list. :-) I did like that scene. Casting Crispin Glover was inspired. However, I thought the fight scenes in Charlie's Angels were too similar to those in The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, while at the same time being a bit less impressive. So that scene didn't make the cut. As for the similarity, a bit of movie trivial . . . The kung fu coordinator for Charlie's Angels is Cheung-Yan Yuen, brother of Woo-ping Yuen, of Matrix and CTHD fame.

On a related note NetFlix has at at least 9 films which were directed by Woo-ping Yuen!

I'm rather partial to the beheading of the orc in Lord of the Rings.

Yeah, that whole sequence was also impressive, and in any other movie it'd be a hands-down winner. But to my eye it's overshadowed here by the jaw-dropping Moria sequence (escape from the tentacle thing, fight with the troll, escape from the orcs, escape from the balrog).

You're absolutely right. I really felt the need to give the orc battle scene a nod, though, for much the same reason I loved the temple scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It just makes me go (low guttural growl)....mmm....battle! I am now in love with Legolas for his skill with the bow as well. The degree of utter coolness with which the action scenes were handled in Rings just make me drool with anticipation to see the Ents when they finally get riled up.

I feel that The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers has been unjustifiably forgotten.

The Rush to Helm's Deep
- Grima and companion are ambushed down a cliff by warg-rider scouts.

- Aragorn sees what's coming and races down the hill to his horse.
- "What is it? What do you see?"
- "Wargs! We're under attack."
- Panic breaks out. "All riders to the head of the column!" Theoden, King of Rohan.
- Legolas dashes to the top of the ridge and takes in the scene as warg-riders pour over the rise.
- To Eowyn, "You must lead the people to Helms Deep. And make haste!"
- "I can fight!"
- "No! .. You must do this. .. For me. ... Follow me!"
- "Head for the lower ground. Stay together!"
- Aragorn wheels on Brago and you know then that he is the true King.
- Eowyn turns and tends to her people. The Riders peel up the incline.
- Legolas takes aim and "FWITTT" drops the lead warg. He gets off two more shots "FWITTT" before the Riders of Rohan surge up the crest of the ridge. Without pause, Legolas turns and does the hyper-cool full on gallop horse neck mount.
- The Riders plunge down the slope. "CHARGE!"
- The wargs burst up the slope.
- The two sides crush together.

...and then it starts.

Also, for true emotion, the scenes of the looting and terrorizing of the Riddermark, culminating with the boy's drop from the horse, have true desperation in them.
- "They were unarmed. They had no warning."

Finally, for truly exceeding my expectations, the Ents' assault upon Orthanc was glorious.

Yeah, you're right, I should include a scene from it. Upon release, it suffered in comparison to the Fellowship scene I loved so much, so I left it off at the time. And I still think, while spectacular, the other two movies have action scenes that outshine it. However, if you consider that movie in relation to other movies on this list, it certainly deserves a spot. I've given it a temporary spot, and will pick a scene when I've had a chance to rewatch it.

Goodness! do I hate post post stress disorder. As soon as I put it up it didn't look right. Of course I meant to say "Hama" and not "Grima" is ambushed. I wouldn't have minded it if Grima was Warg Chow.

Like you, I loved the Journey in the Dark in FOTR but I recall it as several set pieces of action, not one continuous scene. They stop to notice Gollum, they stop to read, they stop to drop a daisy chain of armour down a well and there's even a momentary pause to reset the game before the Balrog enters. Should I assume that you had read LOTR before you went into the movie theater? Because what carried me emotionally through Moria was knowing that they had to get out of there as fast as they could, knowing but not remembering what would happen to Gandalf. That constant panic makes the entire journey, from where they hide from the birds to where they pop up in Lothlorien, one narrative arc for me emotionally... but several action scenes.

For me it is the emotional investment placed on the action that determines favorite action sequences, otherwise it is just great stunts & CG. During the warg attack I found myself thinking "They're not even going to make it to Helm's Deep!" and I already knew the story. I was genuinely shocked when Aragorn was dragged off the cliff and Legolas wowed me with his elf-cool but what really got me was Theoden cranking up his full-on Beowulf game and Eowyn's devotion pitted against her desperation to turn around and fight.

If I looked at action scenes dispassionately I can't think of a more impressive and bombastic (literally and figuratively) scene than the Seven-Mile Bridge scene in True Lies.

While the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in ROTK was a bravura spectacle it was just as edge-of-your-seat thrilling to see the lighting of the beacons calling Rohan to Gondor's aid. Thank you Howard Shore. I'd be interested to know your reaction to another viewing of TTT, I think it was the best of the three movies. Keep in mind that TTT has Gandalf's fight with the Balrog in it... Go Sir Ian!

My use of the word "scenes" in "Favorite Action Scenes" has bothered me as well, given the extended nature of some of the stuff I listed. It is now "scenes/sequences", but I'll keep trying to be selective in pinpointing the best moment of action in any given film.

You guess correctly that I read LotR first, and I like your theory explaining how that primed me to lump the Moria narrative arc into one "scene." The reality is probably closer to me being too lazy to pick just one true scene, but let's go with your explanation instead.

I'm totally with you on the emotional involvement front. It is why I had to single out the "Eowyn and the Witch King" scene out the final battle sequence in RotK. I must further agree with your singling out of the lighting of the beacons as a truly thrilling moment.

Having said all that in favor of emotional investment being key, I am also capable of enjoying particularly well-done action scenes based *almost* solely on their technical merits. The climactic sword fight in So Close is a prime example. I wasn't all that engaged for most of the movie, but that fight really worked for me (aided, no doubt, by the impossibly-impressive-especially-for-a-guy-pushing-sixty Yasuaki Kurata). It was a fight fought with such intensity, and doubt as to the outcome, that it made me care about our heroines, who I could have taken or left previously.

I'm looking forward to seeing all three LotR movies again. I've only seen each once in the theaters, and am waiting to see what kind of extended edition boxed set goodness they come out with before I snag the DVDs. Having seen them all under the same conditions, and the same number of times, FotR is my favorite so far.

Have you seen Shaolin Soccer yet? Some great action scenes. Heartily recommended.

I haven't, but I've added it to my "to see" list, thanks! Hey, you seem like a kung fu aficionado, perhaps you can help me . . . I remember two kung fu movies from my youthful days in front of Kung Fu Theater: In one, an apprentice fights his master in a china shop and they have to be very careful not to break anything because each piece is out of their price range. In the other, our hero is an ex-convict who comes to a town (which is perhaps on a beach?) where the locals are oppressed by thugs. One of his skills is that he can throw pocket change with incredible force. Any idea what either movie is called? Have I asked you this before?

Hey Jim, Sorry I didn't respond earlier, I must have forgot to check the box. Neither movie sounds familiar to me. There is a Jet Li movie, Once Upon a Time in China, where he can flick round steel balls hard enough to kill, which is close to what you're asking about. Hopefully as the Shaw Brothers films are released we can find the ones we want!

Nice to see you again! No sweat about the delay. :-) I saw Once Upon a Time in China not too long ago and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the movie I was thinking of. Mine was probably made in the 70s sometime, based on when I saw it and the look of the film.

Hey, I'm pretty sure I watched Fist of Legend based on your Greatest Kung Fu Movies list (I can't remember for sure how it ended up in my Netflix queue). I thought it was very good - my wife and I both enjoyed it quite a bit. And you're right about the excellence of the fight scenes. Thanks for the recommendation!

Crouching Tiger and Project A are the ones that really stuck out in my mind after reading this list. Action is poetry in the East.

I just bought Sonny Chiba's The Street Fighter on DVD, and several scenes from that were immense fun, too (the ship sequence, the fights in the dojo).

Also, have you seen Ricky Oh: The Story of Ricky? Ricky's opponent slices open his stomach, takes out his intestines, and tries to strangle our boy with 'em. Not not not for the faint of stomach.

I'd like to see a Sonny Chiba movie or two. Netflix doesn't have The Street Fighter so I'll probably have to wait a bit.

Have you seen Fist of Legend? It turned me around on Jet Li.

I have not seen Ricky Oh. And, ummm, I don't know if that's going to change anytime soon. :-)

hee. fair enough on Ricky...

Have not seen Fist of Legend, but I've seen a couple of movies in the Drunken Master Series.

Did you see the Drunken Master movie in my list?

I have now... heh heh

You did?! Cool! Looking forward to your thoughts when you update your "Seen in 2002" list (or you can just post 'em here if you want to spare me checking back every five minutes :-).

actually, I've seen the 1978 movie. I thought you were asking me if I'd seen Drunken Master on your list, like I'd overlooked it. which I had. sorry for the confusion...

so now I have to go rent the sequel, eh? sounds like it's a cut above his typical American fare.

I must confess that I've more consistently enjoyed his American movies than his Hong Kong movies. For every good HK Chan movie I've seen, I've seen two HK stinkers (IMO). But Legend of Drunken Master is one of my favorites of his HK movies. It's possible I even preferred it to Project A.

Hey Jim,

Big news for Kung Fu movie buffs, they just released a special edition DVD of Master of the Flying Guillotine with Jimmy Wang Yu. I recommend it highly.

Jokow

Excellent! Have you seen that the Shaw movies are being remastered and rereleased on DVD? I hope there are Region 1 releases!

if not, there are ways to change your DVD player so that it plays discs from all regions. my roommate Peter has a CD-R than he puts in his Sony, and it rewrites whatever internal code that keeps the player region 1-specific.

Good to know! Actually I've heard of such hacks, but so far I haven't needed 'em. That could change depending on what happens with the Shaw movies. Although I have high hopes for a U.S. release with the Crouching Tiger- and Matrix-induced kung fu resurgence here.

Jim, cool of you to take neither DaveMog's nor my suggestion for your ALIENS scene. I have to admit the scene you chose is very worthy.

Thanks! There are several movies on this list where it's hard to pick just one scene, and Aliens is one of them. I ultimately went with the face-huggers, because I think it's the one that made my grip my armrests the hardest.

Totally with you on Shanghai Knights' fight scene. That was the one that pleased me most out of both films; Jackie got to show his full range of humor and physical prowess, plus big points for the creative use of props.

I can't remember if we've discussed this before: are you a Jackie Chan and/or kung fu movie fan?

Jim, I'm really glad that you got your Hero DVD! I really liked the concept of the two combatants dueling in their minds. As I recall that happened twice in the film, once with Nameless and Sky and again with Nameless and Broken Sword. I literally got goosebumps during the "in the mind" duel between Nameless and Sky.

:-) Me too. Great scene. Hey, did you find any other English or subtitled content on the DVD? So far I've only watched the movie, and I had to turn on the English subtitles via my player's built-in menu rather than the DVD's menu because I couldn't guess my way through the Mandarin.

I haven't looked yet. There's a subtitle button on my remote so I just switched to ENG. I would've liked to have had a translation of the opening text as well.


One of my favourites is the fight scene from Enter The Dragon, from the moment the alarm goes off in the radio room (adding to the atmosphere/excitement) to the point when he is trapped by the shutters, rounded off by the line "The battle with the guards was magnificent, and I was going to ask you to join us".

('He' is you-know-who.)

This is quite possibly my all-time favourite action scene.

Aliens is on my top ten list of all-time favourite movies.

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I definitely have to get some Bruce Lee onto this list, but I've been waiting to rewatch some of his movies. For those movies of his that are on DVD, I understand the treatment is lousy.

Hey professor, while I have your attention, do you put your own <BR> tags in? There seems to be a ton of extra whitespace at the end of your posts...


I usually put one in
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for effect (when I remember) and two at the end,
but I have just deleted one because you are right -
too much white space
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Jim
I've seen some of your posts before. Are you a moderator for Listology ? Please let me know if you do not like my HTML and I will change it - I'd hate awfully for you to restrict its use on my account. All the best !

I don't mind your HTML, although I'm glad we agree about all that whitespace. :-) I certainly have no intention of restricting your account; I enjoy your contributions! As for my role here, I created Listology and on those rare occassions when moderation has been called for I've been the one to do it. We've been pretty lucky though, in that I almost never have to intervene. Anyway, thanks for asking, and thanks for kicking in lists and comments!

im not a huge fan of heat but the bank robbery scene with the street shootout was pretty amazing!

i nominate that, 'street shootout' scene, Heat(1995)

Thanks for the nomination! I'd have to see it again, which probably won't happen anytime soon, given how underwhelmed I was by the movie. I recall thinking that scene was really just long and loud, but my opinion was probably colored by numbing my butt during all that tedious build-up.

"This crew. Is. Good." Damn you for making me flash back to one of Al Pacino's most gratingly punctuated lines ever. :-)

just a suggestion

chasing "John Doe" in the apartment scene "Se7en"

I don't really remember that scene, but I'll keep an eye out for it when I watch the movie again. Thanks for the suggestion!

np man, nice idea for a list,keep up the great work!

Hey Jim, why is there a line seperating Die Hard, The Fugitive, Lethal Weapon, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Speed just wondering, is it because they didnt make the list??

See the comments. :-)

ah :) now i am wiser :)

You're right for the fight between Eowyn and the Witch King in 'The Return of the King'.
The highlight of 'The Two Towers' is probably the battle of Helms Deep.
'The Fellowship of the Ring': The fight between Christopher Lee as Saruman and Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf was excellent!

I probably will have to add a Two Towers scene to this list when I get around to rewatching it, and it will either come down to the battle of Helms Deep or the Warg attack.

I agree that the Gandalf/Saruman fight was excellent, but I only allow one scene per movie (and I already cheat by allowing "sequences") and I think the Moria sequence wins out.

Yeah, the last scene in "Sanjuro" is a major 'holy crap!' moment.

Amen, brother. My jaw dropped, I rewound, and it dropped again.

I probably wouldn't have thought of it, but the plummeting crane in The Abyss is certainly a good choice. Having to wait for it definitely makes the scene a lot more tense than your typical falling building/structure would be. A standout moment in a movie that, in my opinion, rarely lived up to its considerable potential.

Johnny Waco

It's been quite awhile now, but I saw it several times back in the day, and I remember loving it until the last 15 minutes or so, which were so bad they tainted the rest of the movie. "They must have done something too us." The memory still makes me cringe.

Didn't you just love the scene with the dragon slipping around the rooftop, sprinkling shingles beneath him as he struggled for a grip?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Oh yes! I was very impressed by that entire sequence. CGI done right. It would be interesting (well, perhaps that's overstating it) to examine the evolution of CGI dragons. This one is the pinnacle of the species.

I remember watching Battleship Potemkin, the rewatching The Untouchables a while later, and being very unimpressed with the stair scene. Fair enough they wanted a tribute, and it's a fantastic film to pay tribute to, but boy did it feel clunky in comparison.

Oh, and I've also finally seen Oldboy , and that hammer scene nearly made me cheer. The one that I would have chosen, though, is his first fight out of his prison, when he asks "Can studying fighting on tv make you a figher? Apparently, it can."

I may have a bit of nostalgia going on with The Untouchables. I loved it as a teenager, but recently rewatched it and didn't find it held up as well as I would have hoped. Still enjoyable, and I don't remember taking points away from the train station scene, but I'd certainly agree the original is better!

As for Oldboy, yes indeedy, yours is another kicker of a scene! But I for me the technical excellence of the hammer scene made it the hands-down choice.