As much as we love the classic movie beatdowns between two equal rivals, they can be a little formulaic.
Sometimes, it’s fun to watch one character completely outmuscle another in an unexpected way.
Sometimes, a good old-fashioned beatdown is what you need (to watch obviously, not to be on the receiving end of, I do not suggest going out there to get your ass kicked).
With that in mind, here’s a list of 5 amazing and brutal movie beatdowns that we enjoyed watching.
Inglorious Basterds – The Bear Jew to Nazi sergeant
Not many lists involving violence in movies can leave out a Tarantino scene. The Baseball beatdown scene in Inglorious Basterds is the inclusion in this one. This scene opens with Lieutenant Aldo Raine interrogating a Nazi Sergeant, informing him about the Basterds’ most physically imposing member, The Bear Jew Donny Donowitz and his “tradition.” This tradition is beating Nazis’ heads in with his baseball bat, which has the signatures of relatives who lost Jewish family members in the war etched into it.
Donny then emerges and the gravity of the situation dawns for the Nazi. The outburst of violence then proceeds, with Donny taking swings at the sergeant while the rest of the Basterds look on and cheer, as if they were in a local baseball stadium, while two other Nazi soldiers look on in terror. The scene is however made by the amazing banter and dialogue between the group, in traditional Tarantino style, along with the violence.
Dark Knight Rises – Bane to Batman
This might be a bit controversial, but witnessing Batman getting his ass kicked is actually entertaining to watch. In the previous entries in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman’s combat isn’t really tested as he dispatches his rivals with relative ease. Up comes Bane in the Dark Knight Rises.
“You’ve made a serious mistake.” “Not as serious as yours” Bane echoes.
Seeing the Dark Knight scared under the cowl at the sight of Bane is amazing to watch. Bane brushes off all of Batman’s strikes while delivering some serious trash talk. Bane then straight-up overpowers him, throwing him around in a way that he hasn’t experienced, before unleashing a flurry of punches to crack Batman’s cowl. Seeing Bane walk away with the cracked cowl in hand, leaves audiences with the feeling of “holy sh*t that was powerful.”
Knockaround Guys – Taylor Reese (Vin Diesel) to local tough guy
This is probably the best scene in an otherwise average movie about four mobster sons on a mission to retrieve some missing cash. The group look to make a statement in the small town and Vin Diesel’s character Taylor, the group’s muscle man, knows the best way to do this is put a beating on the town’s resident tough guy.
However, this guy thinks he could take Taylor. But following an awesome speech by Taylor, followed by Vin Diesel removing his jacket to reveal his physique, he changes his mind. However, it’s too late and Taylor takes him down swiftly. Taylor then lays some stiff shots to the face, before stopping. Then starting again. And again. Oh and one more time. These types of scenes were the ones that drove Vin Diesel’s climb up Hollywood and should definitely be more recognised.
Gladiator – Maximus vs other gladiators
One question: “Are you not entertained?”
As movie beatdowns go, this is a simple one to explain as this is mostly about the stylistic nature of the beatdown. Maximus steps into the arena after hearing words from his mentor to entertain the crowd, and Maximus does just that, dispatching a group of other gladiators without breaking a sweat.
Swift sword strikes tied in with some showboating before taking out the last opponent leave the audience stunned, before his cry out to the crowd to acknowledge what just happened. Short, sweet and achieved what it needed to.
Godfather – Sonny Corleone to Carlo Rizzi
Trash who hit women deserve any punishment that comes their way. When that woman is the daughter of Don Corleone, the mafia boss from The Godfather, you’re bound to receive that punishment. The idiot in question is Carlo Rizzi, who hits Connie Corleone. Her brother Sonny notices and decides to take matters into his own hands.
When Sunny gets his hands on Carlo, it’s not a pretty sight. The beatdown that follows is a raw flurry of strikes by fist, shoe, trashcan and trashcan lid all while the onlooking crowd watch on in a mix of fear and respect. Sonny’s final message, telling Carlo not to touch his sister again, leaves a satisfying feeling for every viewer.