PUNCH DRUNK: The 10 Funniest Movie Fight Scenes of All Time

To celebrate the awesome showdown at the center of the new comedy Fist Fightwe’re highlighting the 10 funniest movie fight scenes of all time.

Look – we don’t recommend hand-to-hand combat as your go-to method of conflict resolution.

…However.  If you are absolutely intent on throwing down, please do it with a little panache.

It makes it a lot more entertaining for all us spectators.

With that in mind, check out our ranking of the 10 funniest movie fight scenes of all time.

10. Drunken Master 2

The Scene: Alright, let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way: we had to include at least one Jackie Chan fight.  The problem was including only one Jackie Chan fight.  The guy is the master of blending physical comedy and fight choreography. The ladder fight from First Strike is legendary, and we’re big fans of the naked fight in The Accidental Spy – but at the end of the day, you just can’t top Jackie’s inebriated final dual in Drunken Master 2.

9. Team America: World Police

The Scene: It turns out crafting a convincing fight sequence between two puppets is extremely difficult…if not impossible.  So the folks behind Team America went the opposite route: just mash the puppets together, add some epic music and you’ve got yourself a fight scene.  The results are pretty amazing.

8. Iron Man 2

The Scene: While Tony Stark’s bodyguard Happy Hogan (director Jon Favreau) tussles with one guy, ultra-badass Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) goes ahead and takes out the other 10 guards on the floor by herself.  Why did it earn its way onto this list? Because there are few things funnier than the shattered male ego.

7. Army of Darkness

The Scene: The Evil Dead Series has no shortage of hilarious fight scenes, from Ash’s battle with his own evil hand to the climactic sword fight with the Skeleton King. However, we’re going to go with the Gulliver’s Travels inspired fight from Army of Darkness, where Ash is besieged by an army of tiny clones. Sam Raimi’s blend of nightmarish horror imagery with Looney Tunes violence is just our kind of goofy genius.

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: We could watch Indiana Jones punch people in the face all day (every day), but sometimes the funniest fights are the ones that are over before they even begin. This is what you get for bringing a knife to a gunfight.

5. Casino Royale

The Scene: Casino Royale’s thrilling (and hilarious) parkour chase and crane-top fight gave us the perfect introduction to Daniel Craig’s highly physical, brawler take on the iconic James Bond character.  While his subject flees using agility and nimble athletics, Bond pursues through unstoppable brute force.  This idea is perfectly emphasized when the runner gracefully swings through a small gap above a wall…while Bond crashes through it Kool-Aid Man style.  He’ll also make you seriously regret throwing a gun at him.

4. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

The Scene: A proper fight requires a proper set of rules.  Most important of all: no touching of the hair or face.  But tridents to the chest or machetes to the arm? Well that’s fair game.  You know what they say: if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of San Diego.

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Scene: You knew this was coming.  King Arthur’s severed-limb-heavy duel with the incorrigible Black Knight is pretty near the top of the Cinematic Comedy Canon at this point.  To not include it on this list would be inconceivable.

2. Pineapple Express

The Scene: The hysterical brawl between Red, Saul, and Dale in Pineapple Express works so well because it follows through on the bizarre stoner logic of the characters.  With every (surprisingly violent) punch and kick, it still feels like the actual stakes of the movie – you know, Saul and Dale being hunted by drug dealers and crooked cops – aren’t as important to them as, say, the fight for Red’s portable phone, or a heartfelt apology for breaking his favorite bong.  As for Red himself, the tragedy of the scene is that he’ll never get to celebrate his dead cat’s birthday now.

1. They Live

The Scene: With an impossibly long fight sequence that goes from being funny, to not that funny, to painfully unfunny before circling all the way back to being hilarious again, John Carpenter’s 1988 classic They Live earns the top spot.  All Nada (wrestler Roddy Piper) wants to do is convince his friend Frank (Keith David) to put on special sunglasses that will allow him to see how society is secretly ruled by an elite yuppie class of aliens.  What follows is a brutally long alleyway brawl with Frank stubbornly refusing to put on the sunglasses at every turn (at one point even Nada starts laughing at how absurd the fight is getting).  Interminably long but undeniably entertaining, this fight is without a doubt the funniest movie fight scene of all time.

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