10 Best Street Fighting Movies

Sunday, April 10 by Tony Dutch

There have been great movies about undergroun fighting and street fighting, leading to many fans debating the 10 best street fighting movies. Distinct from action films, a street fighting movie has lots of underground, backroom brawling, realistic fight scenes and doesn’t rely on explosions and car chases to keep you glued to your seat. Here are the best street fighting movies of all time.

  1. Fight Club No discussion of the best street fighting movies is complete without including “Fight Club.” There’s a reason this movie racked up millions in the box office. When talking about the best street fighting movies, it’s impossible not to break the first rule of Fight Club: “You do not talk about Fight Club.”  The types of fights you see in this movie are like what you see on mma news sites – extremely realistic and entertaining.
  2. “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie This is an action flick with outstanding brawling and is definitely one of the best street fighting movies around. Yeah, it’s a cartoon. Get over it. Street fighting fans will agree that Chun-Li vs. Vega is one of the best animated fight scenes in history. Of course, a movie based on one of the most popular fighting games in history with fighting scenes supervised by legendary Japanese fighter Kazuyoshi Ishii is bound to have a realistic feel.
  3. “Ong BakOng Bak” is full of hardcore street fighting. No computer graphics, stunt doubles, wires or blue screens. Just an R rating for strong violence and lots of Muay Thai action as Tony Jaa performs all of his own stunts. In preparation for this movie, he trained for four years in the ancient form of Muay Boran, the precursor to Muay Thai. The action is so authentic that Ajarn Yodthong (a Muay Thai master) makes an uncredited cameo and Steven Segal wanted to produce the film. The sequel’s not bad either.
  4. “Fighting”. “Fighting”, starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, and Luis Guzman, is the story of  a small-town boy who moves to New York City and ends up partnering with a con artist to start street fighting on the illicit bare-knuckle circuit. Shawn faces professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters as he starts to gain a reputation. Fighting is a testosterone-driven movie with talented actors and deserves a spot on any best street fighting movies list.
  5. “Green Street Hooligans”. “Green Street Hooligans” is Rated R for brutal violence. Starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, this is the story of Harvard undergrad who moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism. The actors playing said hooligans worked out four or five hours every day in preparation for the fighting scenes.
  6. “Enter the Dragon”. “Enter the Dragon” was Bruce Lee’s final feature film entirely completed before his death. Boasting skillfully choreographed fight scenes, a ’70s soundtrack, and non-stop action this is clearly one of the best street fighting movies.  Even thought it was released in 1973, “Enter The Dragon” is still a classic.
  7. “Blood Sport”. 1988’s “Blood Sport”, starring real life martial artist and action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme, is based on the true story of an American fighter, Frank Dux, the first Westerner ever to win the illegal and deadly underground fighting tournament known as the Kumite.
  8. “Undisputed”. “Undisputed” stars Ving Rhames as a top ranked heavyweight boxer who ends up in prison and has the biggest fight of his life against the top ranked prison boxing champ who just happens to be martial artist Wesley Snipes.  Both actors trained extensively for the movie, Rhames for the two years prior to filming.
  9. “Blood and Bone”. Michael Jai White stars as an ex-con who takes the underground fighting world by storm. Although this movie went straight to DVD, with martial artist Matt Mullins and MMA fighters Bob Sapp, Kimbo Slice, Maurice Smith, Gina Carano and Ernest “The Cat” Miller, you have to admit that it deserves to be on any best street fighting movies list.
  10. “Never Back Down” (2008). This is the story of Jake Tyler who is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran played by veteran actor Djimon Hounsou. Intense fighting sequences and an angry, driven protagonist make this one of the best street fighting movies.
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