One on One Battles in Film views: 19947
The top ten one on one battles in film based on significance and dramatic effect of the fights.
10.Dean Youngblood Vs. Carl Racki, Youngblood
Possessing great athletic talent, Dean Youngblood travels to Canada and quickly learns that talent enough will not be enough to succeed in Junior Hockey. After getting his clock cleaned by Carl Racki in tryouts, the coaching staff decide to give Youngblood a shot and he manages to steal Racki’s spot on the roster. A rivalry is born that will carry itself all the way to the Memorial Cup playoffs in which Youngblood’s team and Racki’s team are set to do battle. During the game Racki and Youngblood fight (albeit very unrealistically) for vengeance, victory and of course the championship.
9.Simba Vs. Scar, The Lion King
No one ever said that drama was only available in live action. In the Lion King we see the jealous and spiteful Scar murder his brother, the King of the Pridelands and claim the throne for himself. The Kings son Simba manages to escape into exile and only returns once he has matured and grown into a young adult. Thought to be dead, Simba returns to see his former home in ruins and his family in slavery. After learning the truth about this father’s death he battles his uncle to avenge his father, but more importantly return his home to a place of peace and harmony.
8.Éowyn Vs. The Witch King, LOTR: The Return of the King
Although in the end this battle ends up being a two against one, the one vs. one part of the fight deserves recognition. Éowyn the proud and brave niece of the King of Rohan watches her uncle be critically wounded by one of the film’s most feared villains. The Witch King “whom no man can kill” instructs his beast to devour the injured king. Realizing that she was about to watch this happen, and with no one else around to help her Éowyn steps in to fight both the Witch King and the giant winged beast he rode in on. After decapitating the creature we watch the Witch King reveal a gigantic mace and sword. Éowyn stands in there with him pretty well but in the end she needs a little bit of assistance. Still a great underdog fight worth watching.
7.Madmartigan Vs. Kael, Willow
My personal favorite battles are the ones that combine vengeance and good vs. evil. Madmartigan is an embattled, selfish yet skilled swordsman who begins the film left to rot in a cage for his crimes. An old friend of his named Airk comes across the locked up Madmartigan only to leave him behind in his cage. Throughout the course of the movie, we watch Madmartigan develop into a reliable and somewhat trustworthy ally of the films heroes. During the final battle Madmartigan joins forces with Airk and witnesses his friend die at the hands of the sinister General Kael. Madmartigan takes on the highly skilled Kael in a great sword fight before impaling him and proving that he is “the greatest swordsman of all time”.
6.T-800 Vs. T-1000, T2: Judgment Day
I don’t think you will find anyone else that grew up around the same time as I did that doesn’t remember Terminator 2 being the moment you realized how awesome special effects in movies were becoming. My favorite part about this fight is how the entire movie lead up to it. The two terminators spend the whole movie trying to get the best of one another with a variety of weapons until finally the have to engage in point blank battle to the death. The outdated t-800 puts up a heck of a fight until he is bested by his newer, faster nemesis. We do get a chance to see who gets the last laugh at the end of this film though.
5.Tommy Lee Vs. Dae Han, Best of the Best
Best of the Best is one of my favorite movies growing up and is a good story about honor and pride. The entire film centers around an American Karate team training for a huge international fight. The men bond together as a team and train hard leading up to the showdown where they are clearly outmatched. The centre of the battle is the final fight between Tommy Lee and the Captain of the Korean team, Dae Han who killed Tommy’s brother in a fight years before. Tommy defeats his opponent after a gruesome fight, but spares his life.
4.The Bride Vs. O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill Volume 1
Almost like a video game, The Bride is forced to fight her way through a pile of henchmen and 2 mini bosses until finally clashing swords with O-Ren. The music, the setting and the lightly falling snow set the scene for the showdown which is a battle that could almost be described as elegant. In the end, the Bride wins the fight and the respect of her fallen adversary.
3.Obi Wan Kenobi Vs. Anakin Skywalker, SW: Revenge of the Sith
Although the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker made the top of my first list, I absolutely had to mention the climactic battle between former student and master. From the very beginning of the film, the movie goer knows that a monumental fight was going to take place. As Anakin slides further toward the dark side, him and Obi Wan catch up at the end of the film where Obi Wan pleads with his former student to see the error of his ways. Obi Wan realizing that his former friend cannot be saved, reaches for his Light Saber admitting that he “will do what I must”. As the Jedi border on extinction, Obi Wan represents one of two Jedi left that can defeat the very powerful Anakin.
2.Robert Roy MacGregor Vs. Archibald Cunningham, Rob Roy
The one aspect about this battle that sets itself apart from the rest is that it is an arranged organized sword fight to settle the differences between the films villain and hero. The other thing that sets this battle up nicely is how evil and blatantly sadistic Cunningham, he is portrayed as a villain you love to hate. At the end of the film, we watch Roy take slice after slice from Cunningham’s blade until he no longer has any strength left to fight. Falling to his knees, he has no choice but to wait for Cunningham to finish him off. Driven only by his last bit of strength Roy actually grabs the thin point of Cunninghams sword and squeezes it, cutting his hand open in the process but rendering it useless to Cunningham. As Cunningham gives him a stunned look, Roy grabs his broadsword with his free hand and slices Cunningham wide open, killing him.
1.Rocky Balboa Vs. Apollo Creed, Rocky
There is not much to say about Rocky, but I can say without doubt the fight between Rocky and Apollo deserves top spot. A perfect underdog story, the bout between Rocky and Apollo Creed IS the entire movie. In the end Rocky proves to himself that he is a true fighter and the world discovers a new future star. One of the best films of all time.
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