As the Clash once sang, "London is drowning, and I live by the river." Well, London isn't drowning, it's burning in a third night of unprecedented rioting that has now spread throughout the country. As police fight pitched battles with angry mobs, all we can do is sit and watch as the violence unfolds. Or, if that's not to your liking, you can sit and watch these nine intense cinematic riot scenes, instead. The choice is yours.

Gangs of New York

This extremely violent Martin Scorsese film focuses on 19th century Irish immigration set against the backdrop of the 1863 New York City Draft Riots. As nativist and immigrant gangs fight for control of the city's Five Points slum, political forces beyond their control come to a head. And by "come to a head," I mean mobs of marauding rioters outraged over the recently enacted draft bring the city to its knees. While the incident might have made for one of the darker chapters in U.S. history, it also made for one hell of a movie.

The LA Riot Spectacular

Rather than a single riot scene, this entire film is a satirical send up of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. And while the violence in the film is more humorous than disturbing, there's no questioning the fact that a movie with both Snoop Dogg and George Hamilton is pretty intense.

The Huntchback of Notre Dame

When an angry Parisian mob attacks the Notre Dame cathedral looking for Esmeralda, it doesn't sit too well with the church's hunchback bell-ringer, Quasimodo. As the rioters attempt to bust down the doors, the hunchback pummels them with hunks of wood, stones, and anything else he can manage to get his hands on, including a smoldering tub of molten metal.

Do the Right Thing

When tempers flare at an Italian pizza joint in a predominantly black neighborhood, a fight breaks out between the owner and two young black patrons. When the dust settles, the police have inadvertently killed one of the men, and the neighborhood is in engulfed in rage. Soon after, the pizza joint goes up in flames, as other stores in the neighborhood prepare for the worst.

Natural Born Killers

During the climax of Natural Born Killers, what starts off as a prison-house interview quickly degenerates into a full-on riot. What follows is one of the bloodiest scenes in cinema history. While producers claimed the orgy of violence was satirical, that didn't seem to placate the film's detractors, and the controversy surrounding the film landed it the #8 spot on Entertainment Weekly's "25 Most Controversial Movies Ever" list.

V for Vendetta

When the fascist Norsefire party takes power in a futuristic distopian England, only the mysterious V and his followers can stand in its way. In the films climactic scene, thousands of supporters clad in Guy Fawkes masks storm downtown London as Parliament and Big Ben are incinerated by a bomb.

Batman Begins

After years of trying to bring down a corrupt Gotham City through economic means, Ra's al Ghul and his men decide to go for broke and use crazy gas instead. It's not as stupid as it sounds, unless of course you think about it, in which case, it is as stupid as it sounds. At any rate, once the crazy gas starts flowing, it doesn't take long for the people of Gotham City to start rioting. In the scene above, Batman rescues a young boy from the riot who happens to be the same kid who plays Joffrey in Game of Thrones. Go figure.

Police Academy

Of all the scenes on this list, the riot from Police Academy is probably the most intense. OK, maybe not, but while researching the subject, I came across this clip, and my nostalgia got the better of me. Deal with it.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

What makes this riot scene better than all the rest? Clearly, it's the addition of monkeys. Sure, the new Apes film staring James Franco might have better special effects, but at the end of the day, this version has a lot more heart. Of course by "heart," I mean dudes running around in shitty ape costumes.