If two action movie characters come to a disagreement, it's more than likely they'll settle their differences in a good ol' slugfest. And the most honourable way to do so is laying their holsters and scabbards aside to work their legs and mitts into each other's bruised bodies.
Fistfights are a gritty staple in action films but can be so much more than mindless violence. Bare-knuckled showdowns can deliver subtle narratives, powerful feats of the human body, or the sheer pleasure of watching acting legends square it off.
There isn't anything wrong enjoying some satisfying cinema beatdowns, especially when fight choreographers, editors, directors, and actors put their blood, sweat and tears into crafting them - quite literally. So be prepared for cinema's most grisly, awe-inspiring, and visually stunning fight scenes ever put to screen.
To be clear, these fights use fists and kicks alone; you'll see no knives, bats, or guns in this list, although the quick use of an improvised weapon, or gunplay prelude, may be overlooked so long as the main focus is on flurrying fists. Let's get ready to throw down!