It’s time for a SPECIAL!
Going a little off the MMA beat for a day only, as I will still release my planned UFC 127 picks tomorrow. I figured I’d let you know a little bit about myself by posting my taste in a few favorite action movies of mine. I will be doing specials like this occasionally to take a break from the norm, especially on a slow news week or when I can’t think of a topic writing about at the moment. Remember, these are solely my opinions, and if you disagree the best solution would be for you to make your own list. I hope you enjoy!
None of these selections will contain any spoilers.
Maniac’s Top 25 Favorite Ass-Kicking Movies Of All Time
25)The Karate Kid(1984)
Okay, now I know most of the ass-kicking is on the main character in this movie. I even have a hard time putting this movie on this list but I can’t help it. If you love stories about underdogs this is one that shouldn’t be missed. Basically the whole heart of the story is the relationship between Mr. Myagi and Daniel. The fighting is basically a backdrop to that and there is a satisfying payoff in the end. Cobra-Kai, Never Die!
Okay before you criticize me for not putting the first Rocky on this list hear me out for a second. When I think of the first movie, I think DRAMA. An outstanding one at that and the final battle with Apollo Creed is beyond memorable. This movie, is different. The same can be said about the 3rd one. This is very similar to it's previous entry and it focuses less on Rocky's rise from the gutter as he is wealthy now and looks more towards the unstoppable Dolph Lundgren. This guy is a genetics monster and pumped with every steriod known to man. Ultimately, Rocky has no chance, or does he? It's has to take an ass-kicing movie to end the Cold War, and this one did it.
23)The Dark Knight(2008)
Yeah, I figured I’d put this movie on the list. It’s hard not to. Eh, you’ve seen it, no need to really explain it. It’s a damn good , but when I think of this movie, I think of the Joker and not so much Batman. That’s the main problem I had with this , but maybe that’s why it’s so good because the villain is so powerful.
Oh yes, the ambitious Tony Montana just had to make my list. Nothing says ass-kicking more than a 4 foot tall, drug dealing, pissed off Cuban. Arguably the best performance of Pacino’s career. Plenty of memorable quotes and an awesome finish!
21)Full Metal Jacket(1987)
My favorite part of this movie is definitely the first hour or so and if you’ve watched it, then you know why. I’d check it out based solely on that. Not that there’s anything wrong with the second half of the movie.
I’ll always be a Clint Eastwood fan. I probably could’ve picked another one of his movies to better fit this spot, but I really enjoyed this movie. I loved how his character changed throughout the movie as stubborn as he was. Clint still managed to kick a little ass here and there. Not many 80 year olds can pull off the whole “tough guy” routine, but he still manages to do it.
What would an ass-kicking list be without Van Damme. This is probably Van Damme’s best movie in the 90s as far as I’m concerned and this was his answer to “The Terminator”. Dolph Lundgren is great and quiet over the top at moments.
No matter what your opinion of Mel Gibson maybe with his very public rages, it’s be hard to deny that he is a very talented director. I do feel that his best days are behind him, especially profit wise. He will always have the ability to direct great movies. This movie may not be factually correct by any means, but it still tells a great story with plenty of gore and epic Scotsman battles.
17)Mission Impossible III(2006)
Call me crazy, but this is really the only MI movie I really enjoyed. It’s basically a heap of eye candy, but I loved the unlikely villian played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Nothing says over the top and unrealistic like this Swarznegger action flick. That’s all it is and there are plenty of unintentional funny parts. Probably the best part of this movie is Vernon Wells, who also played the crazy asshole in The Road Warrior
I think this movie is underrated, perhaps most people shunned it away because it is in another language. I actually didn’t have a hard time reading the subtitles in this one. What you have here is a great love story, with the main character kicking some ass at the same time.
Definitely one of the best Bond movies ever made. Daniel Craig made the character his own.
I actually had the Nicolas Cage movie “Con Air” in this spot until I thought about how he almost had the role of Superman in the 90s. Thankfully, it reminded me how awesome this sequel was. Perfect villians, especially Terrence Stamp as General Zod. This IS the best movie in the series.
12)The Deer Hunter(1978)
This is a much watch for DeNiro fans. I think the person who definitely steals the show though is none other than Christopher Walken. You are really convinced at one point that he has lost his mind. This is a fairly long movie, but entertaining throughout the whole way/
11)Above The Law(1988)
Last year me and a friend embarked on a journey to watch every Seagal film ever made. We did so over a period of a few weeks and I can’t say I wasn’t entertained. If you ever plan to do with I highly suggest you pick up a book titled “Seagalogy”. It’s a completely uncalled for book, but a must read for action fans. With Seagal’s face now associated with MMA, how could I not include him. This is the first movie he ever made and after this practically became a star overnight.
This is actually one of the few films that I’m actually make me a fan of Matt Damon. If you’ve never seen this I guarantee you that there will be plenty of surprises. Traditional Scorsese directing and will always be in my collection of films.
One of the best action movies of all time. Perfect hero, perfect villian, and stellar action.
8)Dawn of the Dead(2004)
I’m a sucker for zombie flicks. Running zombies made this far more intense than the original movie. What can I say? I loved it.
Every action fan’s wet dream.
It’s funny how Liam Neeson came out of nowhere and is now one of Hollywood’s newest action stars. I was always a fan of Schindler’s List, but up until he was the villian in Batman Begins I hadn’t really followed his work as I wasn’t a fan of Star Wars. He did the job in this movie as pulling off a convicing pissed off father.
One of my favorite movies of all time as it never seems to get old watching. This movie isn’t necessarily about the action, but about many different characters, mainly Henry Hill. If you have a interest in gang flicks and have never seen this, then WHAT THE HELL are you waiting for. Pick this one up
The best buddy-cop movie ever. The sequel does a pretty job as well while the 3rd and 4th begin to diminish the series. Overall a fairly solid franchise though. You want to see Gary Busey’s character get his ass kicked throughout the whole movie.
3)Rambo:First Blood Part II(1985)
The first Rambo movie will always be my favorite one of the series, but holy hell, while the first one was more about John Rambo as a person, this movie was straight up explosions and death. Same can be said for Rambo(2008). They are both pretty much equal as they both take place in the jungle.
I hate to be biased towards my childhood, but I’ll always love Tim Burton’s vision of the Caped Crusader. Probaly the most kick ass quality about the movie is the musical score. Danny Elfman did a fine job capturing Batman with his composing. If the ending scene with Batman watching over the city with the music doesn’t give you chills, then I’m not sure what I think about you. Jack Nicolson does an excellent job as the traditional Joker and Michael Keaton is probably my favorite Batman of all time. IMO that’s what makes this Batman so great, you would never think his Bruce Wayne would be Batman, but he still manages to don the suit well and kick a little ass at the same time.
This has to be my favorite action movie of all time without a doubt. The effects still hold up very well. The only problem I have with the first one is how it’s aged. When I think to T1, I think of the 80s. Not to discredit it in anyway as it is highly enjoyable. This movie has it all, action, horror(T1000 use to scare the hell out of me!),comedy, and drama.
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