Top 10 Brutal Movie Beatings

Script written by Niki Neptune. There’s violence in movies, and then there’s cringe-inducing beat downs. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 brutal movie beatings. For this list, we’re looking at cinematic acts of brutality so vicious, so raw, and so, well, brutal that they’re pretty tough to watch. Believable choreography, realistic sound effects, and convincing makeup all add up to scenes so realistic we can’t help but think the actors involved might’ve actually gotten beaten up onscreen – now that’s method. We have to warn you: this clip contains mature content and some spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT. Special thanks to our users Andrew A. Dennison, Ruston BlackBatman Henry, ThaNarwhal and jeppeMCdk for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Niki Neptune.

Top 10 Brutal Movie Beatings


There’s violence in movies, and then there’s cringe-inducing beat downs. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 brutal movie beatings.

For this list, we’re looking at cinematic acts of brutality so vicious, so raw, and so, well, brutal that they’re pretty tough to watch. Believable choreography, realistic sound effects, and convincing makeup all add up to scenes so realistic we can’t help but think the actors involved might’ve actually gotten beaten up onscreen – now that’s method. We have to warn you: this clip contains mature content and some spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT.

#10: The Ladies vs. Stuntman Mike
“Death Proof” (2007)


You can’t really feel too sorry for this dude, especially considering he’s a sociopathic murderer who stalks and kills innocent girls and all. It was just his luck that this time, he picked the wrong trio of badass women to try to terrorize. After unsuccessfully attempting to kill them, the ladies regroup and give chase. Once they catch up to this killer, they bestow upon him a well-deserved beating. Nothing says “girl power” like a spin kick to the face.

#9: Captain Vidal vs. Anti-Fascist Rebel
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)


A little girl and her pregnant mother move in with the girl’s sadistic stepfather who just so happens to be a fascist captain in Francoist Spain. When his troops capture a father and son rebel pair in the woods, the good captain uses a bottle for a decidedly morbid task: to mercilessly smash the son’s face until it caves in right before his father’s eyes. While there may be fairies and fauns in this story, it is no children’s tale.

#8: John Hartigan vs. Yellow Bastard
“Sin City” (2005)


When you’re an altruistic cop who’s willing to do anything to save the life of a young girl, giving a beating is the least you can do. At least, that’s how this character approaches his job. Hartigan’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit after stopping a corrupt senator’s pedophile son from attacking and murdering another child. After being behind bars for a lotta years, well, he’s understandably upset. His only course of action is a brutal beat down on the man whose crimes he went to jail for.

#7: The Butcher vs. Amsterdam
“Gangs of New York” (2002)


Back in the day, a street brawl between rival factions was a common occurrence. But when the leader of one of those factions kills your father – in front of your very eyes, no less – well, it’s your duty to infiltrate his ranks and make an attempt on his life on the anniversary of your father’s death. But when that attempt fails, don’t be surprised if you get the crap beaten out of you. Especially when he doesn’t even have to use his hands to inflict major damage.

#6: Sonny Corleone vs. Carlo Rizzi
“The Godfather” (1972)


As a general rule, you should know that being married to the daughter of a mafia don is going to be a little hazardous. And that’s even if you don’t lay a hand on her. Being a small-time crook, an all-around punk and a wife-beater, Carlo gets a well-deserved, public beat down by his wife’s brother in retaliation for his abuse on his sister. Considering his father-in-law is a major mob boss, he should have considered himself lucky that he wasn’t killed. At least, not immediately.

#5: Frankie & Friends vs. Nicky & Dominick
“Casino” (1995)


Nicky Santoro could get things done, whether it was getting people to pay up or defending his boss. But what goes around comes around. To say this dude gets beaten is putting it lightly; he gets wrecked. After it’s discovered that Mr. Santoro is cheating with the boss’ wife, his goons turn on him in exchange for their own safety. And by “turn on him,” we mean they force him to watch them beat his brother to death, then take some baseball bats to his dome and bury him alive.

#4: Virgil vs. Alabama
“True Romance” (1993)


Living a life of crime comes with its own unique pitfalls. Stealing from a mob boss and going on the run, well, that’s uniquely dangerous. So, when a mob henchman, played by James Gandolfini, confronts Patricia Arquette’s character in a motel room, it’s a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle beating. And while a weaker woman might’ve succumbed to her injuries, she manages to not die and eventually gets the upper hand. Small victories.

#3: The Driver vs. the Hitman
“Drive” (2011)


You know it’s about to go down when a fight is preceded by a quick make out session. Since violence and romance seem to happen frequently in elevators, why not go for both? When one of Bernie Rose’s well-dressed henchmen enters an elevator, presumably to attack our protagonist the driver, he ends up failing miserably and instead receives a series of soul-shattering head stomps for his efforts.

#2: Derek vs. Gang Member
“American History X” (1998)


When you’re a neo-Nazi, the appropriate response to someone attempting to steal your car is racially motivated brutality, obviously. After catching three gang members in the process of making off with his ride, Edward Norton’s character confronts them, kills one, and pulls off one of the most inhumane crimes in film history by curb stomping another of the would-be robbers. There’s self-defense, and then there’s an excuse to be a violent racist, and this crosses the line.

Before we unleash our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Bane vs. Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)
- Steve & Barry vs. Markie Trattman “Killing Them Softly” (2012)
- DS Lou Ford vs. Joyce Lakeland “The Killer Inside Me” (2010)
- Combo vs. Milky “This is England” (2006)
- Rama & Andi vs. Mad Dog “The Raid: Redemption” (2011)
- Jay & Gal vs. The Librarian “Kill List” (2011)
- Pierre vs. Random Club-Goer “Irréversible” (2002)

#1: The Narrator vs. Angel Face
“Fight Club” (1999)

When you’re suffering from a personality disorder and also happen to be the ringleader of an underground fighting club, chances are you might end up hurting someone – and chances are you’ll hurt yourself too! Not to say that there’s anything wrong with having dissociated personalities per se, but when you’re basically disfiguring your homeboy’s face during a “friendly” fight, chances are you’re not firing on all cylinders. Guess Angel Face will need a new nickname.

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